Tech Transformations for 2016 and Beyond

As we head into 2016, Facebook IQ wanted to explore technology’s transformative role in our everyday lives. We commissioned insight and innovation experts Crowd DNA to travel the globe consulting experts, interviewing influencers and surveying people about how technology shifts their attitudes, values and daily rituals.

We then looked at how keywords and conversations around these societal and cultural shifts manifest on Facebook and Instagram and how open people in Nigeria, South Korea, the UK and the US are to the diverse ways technology is augmenting their lives. The study resulted in interviews with 11 experts, 60 qualitative participants and 4000 online survey respondents. Read more

Meet the Parents

It’s 4am. The alarm isn’t ringing. It doesn’t need to anymore. Mom traded her evening bag for a diaper bag months ago. And on game night, the game Dad is now focused on is “tucking in” breaks, ranging from 5 to 50 minutes.MTP_Blog_2016-01

Microsite_BugWhile the mission of parenting may be timeless, the journey looks different than it used to, thanks to a confluence of cultural, societal and technological changes. Today’s parental landscape is increasingly varied, and the very definition of family has expanded. Indeed, families come in all shapes and sizes. Moms are choosing to have children at later ages, and dads are more involved in raising children. Meanwhile, mobile-first Millennials are becoming parents and bringing their tech-savvy ways to bear, all while children’s voices are gaining influence at home.  Read more

Priming Across Screens: The Cross-channel Impact of Mobile and TV

From our living rooms to the palm of our hands, screens big and small are giving us the flexibility to access content whenever and wherever we want. While this 24/7 access appeals to consumers, it has complicated campaign planning for advertisers. People can now see the same brand ad on different screens and at multiple times on any given day, whether they are on their mobile phone or watching their favorite TV show.

Facebook wanted to understand the neural impact of preceding an ad exposure on one platform with an ad exposure on another platform (beyond what was attributable to increase in frequency). To study how people’s brains respond to TV ads after seeing that same ad on a mobile phone or on TV, we commissioned Neuro-Insight, a neuromarketing agency in the US. Read more

Cultural Connection: The Value of Video

People’s connection with video is undeniable. With more than 8 billion video views per day, we are seeing this come to life on Facebook in many different ways.1

People are using video to connect with their culture. In a survey Facebook IQ recently commissioned with Qualtrics, we found that people who self-identify as US Hispanic, African American or Asian American are 1.3X more likely than the general population to say that video helps them stay connected with their culture.2 And culture is essential: 84% of US Hispanic, 86% of African American and 81% of Asian American survey respondents said cultural heritage was important to the way they define themselves.2 Read more

Life Through the Lens of Instagrammers

Capture,  filter, hashtagshare. 

On an average day, Instagrammers around the world perform this fluid gesture over 80 million times as they express themselves through the universal language of visuals.*

But Instagrammers don’t just share their world visually—recent research indicates that this visual experience expands their perspectives and inspires new behaviors. Read more

Marketing to Moments That Matter

Every day, everywhere, people are connecting around millions of moments that matter to them—from wedding announcements to birth announcements, from birthdays to beach days and from training for a marathon to watching a TV marathon.

Over the past several months, Facebook IQ has examined insights around these moments that people share—and share in—on Facebook and Instagram every day.

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Storytelling Sells: Creating a Digital Marketing Narrative to Drive Action

When it comes to digital campaigns, advertisers tend to lead with “Buy Now” messaging. But is the traditional direct-response approach the most effective way to reach people on digital? Not necessarily. Advertisers are beginning to evolve how they approach their digital marketing strategies, embracing techniques—like storytelling—that have been used successfully in driving business results on other channels (TV, print, email, search, etc.).

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Moments That Matter: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

We are marketers participating in arguably the most important medium shift in marketing since the first television ad for Bulova watches in 1941. Mobile has delivered us from a mass media world to a personally relevant one—from a world in which marketers would buy TV, magazine and radio ads as a way to reach people based purely on context to a world in which marketers can reach individuals based not just on demographics but also on passions, behaviors, interests and so on. It’s driven the shift from a world of appointment-driven media ruled by rigid 15-, 30- and 60-second frameworks to a world of anytime/anywhere media.

And thanks to mobile, we’re moving from fewer bigger, longer moments manufactured by the media and marketing industry—moments like soap operas, the “Seinfeld” finale and pivotal sports games—to a time when people are manufacturing and consuming their own and each other’s moments en masse—every minute, every day, 365 days a year. From meals to memes, from first steps to first jobs and from moving on to moving up, millions of people go on Facebook and Instagram to share—and share in—these types of moments every day.

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The Mobile Lives of Millennials in Latin America

Millennials in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina are making it a priority to stay connected. Whether that means toggling between devices or checking Facebook first thing in the morning and last thing at night, many are willing go that extra mile. And as the world’s first generation of digital natives and the largest generation, by population, in Latin America, Millennials are a driving force in the region’s evolving mobile landscape.

To illuminate the most important shifts, Facebook commissioned a study from global media analytics expert comScore. We explored how and why Millennials (defined as people ages 13–34 in this study) connect across the 3 most populous Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. We found that mobile is now clearly the first screen for Millennials in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina—and that there are interesting (and actionable) differences in the ways Millennials in each country access and use mobile.

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