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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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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Winning hearts on Valentine’s Day

During the first big consumer holiday of the year, people spend billions showing affection for loved ones.1  They come to Facebook and Instagram to connect over happiness and heartbreak and share in the moment with loved ones of all kinds. We took a look at how conversations played out on our platforms surrounding Valentine’s Day 2016.  Read more

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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Weddings: From Hashtags to Honeymoons

With wedding season in full swing, many couples across the globe are putting the finishing touches on their plans for the big day. After all the months of anticipation, couples will be feeling the intoxicating mix of happiness and excitement as they prepare to take their vows and embark on the greatest adventure of their lives together—marriage. Read more

Facebook and Instagram: A Tale of Two Feeds

It’s early evening in the US. A 55-year-old checks Facebook to laugh at her grandchildren’s latest antics, then she scrolls through Instagram to spark ideas about her upcoming kitchen remodel. Across the world, a 23-year-old in Japan opens Instagram on his way to work, eager to see what his favorite pop stars are up to. Then he browses Facebook to see if his friends have agreed on a karaoke location for that night.

While people turn to both Facebook and Instagram throughout the day to connect with family, friends and the world, it’s clear that each platform plays a different role in their lives. But what, exactly, are those roles? And do they vary based on people’s age, gender and geography? Read more

The New Mobile Primer for Beauty

Mobile devices and the visual web are making beauty more transparent and accessible than ever before. With that, real women are rewriting the rules of beauty and shaping trends in equal measure alongside big beauty brands and esteemed beauty experts. Today, our beauty inspiration not only comes from runways and glossy-magazine spreads, but from a friend’s selfie, a blog on this season’s hot look or a time-lapsed “how to” video on the latest make-up trick. And, the once linear path to purchase is much more complicated—Facebook data reveal that 34% of beauty and personal care purchases took place on mobile during Holiday 2015. Read more

The Tender Side of Tech

Whether it’s a brother using a laptop to “blow out” birthday candles or a long-distance couple sharing a weekly virtual date, people are using technology in surprising new ways to nurture and share their bonds of love.

GIF04-Reinventing-Rituals-v05-250pxIn a study of how technology is reinventing rituals for people around the world, Facebook IQ commissioned insight and innovation experts Crowd DNA to consult experts, interview influencers and survey people in Nigeria, South Korea, the UK and the US (data are on average across the countries). In this second post in the Tech Transformations series, we focus on how technology is helping people create new and different expressions of love.

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