Super Bowl LI on Facebook and Instagram

Fans turned to Facebook and Instagram during Super Bowl LI as the Patriots beat the Falcons 34–28 in overtime at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Worldwide, 64 million people joined the conversation on Facebookenough to fill the stadium almost 900 times over. 44 million joined the conversation on Instagram.

People discussed everything from New England’s incredible comeback to Lady Gaga’s halftime show to Audi’s “Daughter” ad. All in all, Facebook recorded 240 million interactions and Instagram saw 150 million interactions.1
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Awards Night on Facebook and Instagram

During the biggest night in entertainment, the party is on Facebook and Instagram. We took a look at how conversations played out on our platforms surrounding the 2016 show.

During the 88th Academy Awards®, 24 million people worldwide generated 67 million event-related posts, likes and comments on Facebook.1 And on Instagram, 19 million people worldwide generated 64 million event-related interactions.1

So it’s no surprise that surrounding this cultural moment, the winner is … mobile. In 2016, the conversation was bigger than ever on Facebook and Instagram, growing 15% globally year over year.1 And the vast majority of related posts, videos and photos (89% in the US and 78% in Canada) were shared on mobile. Read more

Moving at a Mobile Minute

2016 was the first year that Facebook saw more mobile conversions than desktop conversions for the entire Holiday Season.1 The upswing in m-commerce started on Black Friday, with the mobile portion of online transactions growing by 55% year over year. And it continued throughout the Holidays, with mobile making up 51% of total online transactions—more than a 10 percentage point increase compared to what we saw during the 2015 Holidays.2

What does this mean for marketers now and in preparation for the year ahead? In short, when it comes to shopping, the thumb is in charge, and it’s up to marketers to move at a mobile minute to keep up with where people are. Read more

How Virtual Reality Facilitates Social Connection

You’re sitting on a train across from someone you’ve never met. You fall into conversation, chatting about everything from your hobbies to relationships to life milestones.

One other detail—you’re wearing an Oculus Rift. The train is virtual, and you and your new acquaintance appear as avatars. How does this affect your level of engagement? Your ability to establish an emotional connection?

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Unveiling the Beauty Secrets of the Modern Asian Woman

For 1 in 4 Asian women, a typical morning routine involves the daily application of 16 beauty products to their face that average a total product cost of US$229.

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Interested in what drives this and other beauty habits, Facebook IQ commissioned TapestryWorks to survey 4,158 and interview 64 women in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea.  These respondents provided insights about their beauty regimes in the cultural context of living in their respective countries, and then our experts enriched the study with Facebook and Instagram behavioral data.

We found that while women in these markets share similar beauty goals, their visions of beauty vary widely. We also found that Asian beauty shoppers like to experiment with new or alternative looks—and most are still on a quest to find their perfect beauty match. Although many visit the beauty counter, nearly 40% ultimately make their purchase online or on mobile.

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American Beauty Buyers: A Closer Look at Millennials and Gen X

Nearly 1 in 2 surveyed Millennial and Gen X beauty buyers* in the US are still looking for the beauty style and products that work best on them.1

Where are they looking? Not just magazines, stores and TV anymore. Digital is now a main channel for beauty purchasers, with mobile leading the way. Indeed, beauty accounts* on Instagram attract over 20 million unique followers in the US.2

As they search for and discover beauty products across channels, the opportunity to connect with these women is massive. In 2015, beauty product sales reached $80 billion in the US.3

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A Mobile Decision: How US Students Return to Higher Education

The decision to pursue higher education isn’t just for students about to graduate from high school. It can happen at any time, in any place. And increasingly, it’s happening in later life.

Indeed, college enrollment for students between the ages of 25 and 34 increased 52% between 1998 and 2012 in the US, and is projected to increase by another 23% by 2023.1

As college enrollment rises for returning students, mobile usage is rising consistently across generations. So much so that we got to thinking: What’s the role of mobile devices in a modern student’s higher education decisions? Read more

Modern Loyalty: Love in a Time of Infinite Choice

They say brand loyalty is dead. They say Millennials are to blame. Or maybe constant connection is exposing people to more choices than ever before. What we do know for sure is that brand loyalty still matters.

And it’s anything but dead. Indeed, it’s actually thriving with rich opportunity for brands.

Facebook IQ surveyed 14,700 adults in the US, taking a look at the state of loyalty today in five verticals: Auto Insurance, Airlines, Hotels, Grocery and Restaurants. Read more

45up: Looking Forward to “Rewirement”

It’s 6pm in Milan and Maria is blogging about her life and passion for food before getting ready for a dance class. 397 miles away in Paris, Julien prepares to pitch a new business idea as he uploads photos of the street art he walked by on the way to a meeting. Meanwhile, on a cold and blustery day in London, Anita plots her next big adventure while messaging a friend she met at a detoxing retreat in Thailand. Read more