Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sprite scores big win thanks to Tumblr's potential for long-term engagement

Drinks brand Sprite managed to outperform its rivals and achieve the greatest exposure on Tumblr in July.

This is despite the fact that it only blogged three updates, while second-placed MTV posted a massive 114 times.
The findings, which come from a report by Simply Measured, show the high potential for long-term amplification on Tumblr compared to other social networks, as nearly all of Sprite’s 85,000 reblogs were owed to a single post made prior to the study period.


The Sprite post in question is an animated GIF of a game of spin the bottle. Not very complex, but it captured the imagination of Sprite’s audience and isn’t something that can necessarily be replicated on other networks.
The study looks at the Top 100 Brands on Tumblr from July 5 to August 4 2013, including how they are using Tumblr to drive engagement with fans, overall network trends that large brands see with fans, and the way they distribute their content across the network.
For more on this topic, check out our blog posts looking at 10 brands making great use of Tumblr and how misusing the network might hinder your connection to the teen demographic.

The longevity of Tumblr content

Among the 31 brands that have established a Tumblr account, the level of activity varies quite significantly.
Overall, brands average less than one post per day on Tumblr. By comparison, Interbrand companies on Facebook average 1.5 posts per day.
For instance, 10 of the brands with Tumblr accounts didn’t post any content during the month-long period that the report looked at, but 13 brands posted more than three times per week.
Six of the brands posted more than ten times per week, and it’s likely that these are the ones making the most of Tumblr’s potential for long-term engagement.
The report shows that reblogs on Tumblr, which work in much the same way as a retweet, allow content to achieve a much longer shelf life than similar posts on Facebook or Twitter.
In fact 60% of reblogs on brand posts take place because a user saw the content on another blog.
So for example, MTV blogs an average of three times per day on Tumblr. During the 30-day period the report examined, MTV received more than 62,000 reblogs but almost half of those were on Tumblr blogs posted prior to the report period.
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