How to Reach People During Back-to-School Season

From July through September, parents and children alike buzz with that one-of-a-kind Back-to-School energy. It’s a time of joy and stress—a time to make a lot of decisions. And with nearly half of parents of school-aged children in the US saying mobile devices help them make family purchases,the role of mobile in reaching people during Back-to-School season is bigger than ever.

Facebook IQ was interested in how the Back-to-School conversation has evolved since the rise of mobile, so we studied what people are saying on our platforms and how they are saying it. 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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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

Fashioning the Online Path to Purchase

From the impulsive thrill of snagging a bargain to the relief of finding the ultimate Little Black Dress for the party season, our 24/7 love affair with shopping only seems to be intensifying.

Just as fashion trends change with every season, so too are the ways people shop for their fashion fixes. Facebook IQ commissioned consumer research company GfK to conduct a path to purchase study of 2,000 shoppers ages 18+ across the Netherlands and Sweden (“online fashion shoppers”). Read more

Marking Milestones: Women on Facebook in Indonesia

Social network usage among Internet users is higher in Indonesia than in any country in Southeast Asia, and Facebook is cited as being one of the country’s most popular social networks.1

We wanted to understand what this meant for a key segment of people in Indonesia: women ages 18–45. As a sister study to Portraits of Women on Facebook in Thailand, Facebook IQ commissioned TNS to conduct a study of the unique role Facebook plays in the lives of these women as they mark key life milestones. Read more

Unlocking the Mobile Opportunity in 2016

This past Holiday season showed us that the m-commerce dress rehearsal is over and mobile is now integrated into how people shop and buy. Indeed, Facebook data reveal that in Holiday season 2015 Millennials, Moms and Multicultural shoppers in the US collectively drove 81% of all mobile transactions.1 Read on to find out more about these shoppers and learn how brands can build on the momentum from the Holidays to further unlock the m-commerce opportunity in 2016.
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Measuring Campaign Effectiveness: Making Search Work Harder

With 45% of shopping journeys containing a mobile action1 and people switching devices and channels at will, paid search alone is no longer the most effective method for brands to get discovered or grow within their category. Marketers now know that they need to plan campaigns across digital channels to match where people are spending their time.

To help marketers plan across channels, the Facebook Marketing Science team explored how exposure to Facebook ads can influence people’s search behavior and impact search campaign performance across mobile and desktop. Read on for topline findings from that research and download the white paper for an expanded discussion of our analysis, vertical case studies and what it all means for marketers.

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Unwrapping Holiday Season 2015

The Holidays are still—and will always be—about connecting and celebrating with family and friends. And mobile is rapidly transforming old traditions, reshaping annual rituals and amplifying the global celebration.

Based on Facebook data from across 34 countries and surveys conducted in 21 of those markets, we have compiled 5 essential insights to help marketers maximize Holiday success. Read more

Discovering New Products in New Places

Dark chocolate-covered blueberries and freesia-infused home fragrances used to be the types of things people would only discover in-store. But today, these types of items—things people didn’t necessarily know they wanted before they went shopping—are on consumers’ radar before they even enter the store. In fact, 50% of core consumer packaged goods (CPG) consumers report that they learn about new CPG products before going shopping.

As consumers spend more time on digital devices, especially on mobile, digital is becoming a leading source of that discovery at a time when there are arguably more new products than ever. How can brands reach people in this competitive world of media fragmentation? Read more