Selfies and snail slime: Analyzing beauty conversations on Facebook and Instagram

In the UK, France, Germany and the UAE there has been a big growth in beauty conversations among women on Facebook and Instagram over the last 12 months. On Facebook we’ve seen a 18% increase in mentions of beauty, a 20% increase in mentions of makeup and a 16% increase in mentions of skincare1.

Beauty has always been about self-expression and thanks to the smartphone, people are now able to express themselves to a wider audience, on the go, in real-time. Where once the beauty purchase journey was relatively simple and linear, now as the online and offline worlds become ever more intertwined it is complex, fluid and individual. Read more

The Short and Winding Road: The Path to Purchase for Auto Buyers in Brazil

The path to purchase a vehicle now lasts an average of 6 weeks in Brazil, just half of how long the industry believes it takes for people to buy a car.

And mobile is driving that shift. With smartphones being the most owned and used device,* we see that Brazilians are turning to mobile throughout the path to auto purchase. And there are more than 480 opportunities to reach them on Facebook and Instagram along the way. Read more

Opening New Worlds: The Power of Passions on Instagram

Does technology have the ability to turn a hobby into a passion? Does having exposure to exotic destinations change the way people travel? Do sports fans want to see the personal side of players? Whether it’s an interest in travel, sports, beauty or cars, we explore how and why people are using Instagram to expand their world and follow their passions.

In this four-part installment of our podcast series, we’ll share insights from our internal Instagram data – as well as a recent Facebook IQ study – that shows how people use the platform to fuel their passions by allowing them to get unfiltered exposure to people, places and products from all around the world. Read more

Mobilizing for Summer

Summer is a season for people to connect with family and friends, stay active and feel good. And mobile has created opportunities to stay connected beyond the moments we share in person. On Facebook, we saw that 92% of Summer-related conversations in the US took place on mobile in 2016—that’s 12.38x more conversation on mobile than on desktop.

With mobile as our constant companion, it’s more important than ever to connect with people on the go. Check-in locations can offer a glimpse into the ways people stay active and engaged during the season.
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Shifts for 2020: Blurring Boundaries

By 2020, more people will have mobile phones than running water or electricity at home.1

And for the first time in history, more people will be connected to the internet than not.1 Mobile will generate nearly half of US ecommerce sales2 and Millennials will make up half the global workforce3—but don’t look for them in customer service, given that 85% of customer interactions will be managed without a human.4

A whole new world? Practically—and it’s just over 30 months away. Read more

The Power of the Platform: Pixels + Print

When looking for a fashion fix, a beauty how-to or fitness tips, people turn to both magazines and Instagram. But they seek a different payoff from pixels than from print. In a study Facebook commissioned Kantar Millward Brown to learn more about those differences, we found that 65% of people who use Instagram on a monthly basis and subscribe to magazines (dual users*), choose Instagram over magazines when looking for inspiration. When it comes to looking for detailed information, 57% choose magazines over Instagram.

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Journeys of Connectivity: How People in Sub-Saharan Africa Come Online

Each month, across Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 95 million people access Facebook, with 97% on mobile.1 And as the number of people on Facebook in the region continues to grow, we wanted to better understand people’s journeys of connectivity.

Facebook IQ commissioned D3 Systems to conduct an in-person survey among a nationally representative sample of 6,089 people ages 18+ (along with in-depth interviews and ethnographies) across three of the most populous Sub-Saharan markets: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Read more

Why Creativity Matters More in the Age of Mobile

Mobile has not only ushered in a new era of consumption for people, it’s given marketers a new canvas to tell stories. So why, then, are marketers building for mobile under the constraints of briefs and media plans built for other mediums, like TV and print? How can we as an industry break conventional norms and redefine storytelling and campaign planning now that the thumb is in charge?

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