Social branded content nearly doubled in 2017

by | Mar 14, 2018 | Marketing, Public Relations

Social branded content on Facebook grew by 98 percent in 2017 and outperformed all other posts published by the media publishing industry by 5 percent, according to new research from ListenFirst.

The firm recently released its Media Publishing: Social Branded Content Report with key insights into the adoption, effectiveness and strength of social branded content as a new advertising opportunity.

“As the most recent Facebook algorithm update has demonstrated, it’s increasingly difficult for brands to achieve escape velocity for the distribution of their content marketing programs on their own. Working with publishers gives marketers an edge as they’re leveraging the media property’s credibility, not just with consumers, but with platforms as well,” said Mike Rothman, CEO and co-founder of Dad-focused digital lifestyle brand Fatherly, in a news release.

“The return advertisers are getting by partnering with publishers on social branded content illustrates the value of partnering with a great media brand that creates engaging content and has a loyal following,” said Jason Klein, co-founder and co-CEO of ListenFirst, in the release.

“While Facebook’s news-feed algorithm change might cause uncertainty across the media and advertising industries, advertisers who partner with premium media companies still stand to benefit from their combination of scale, targeting, and ability to create meaningful interactions with passionate communities,” Klein added.

Key takeaways from the report include:

Branded content represents less than one percent of all media publishing posts

The number of publishers posting branded content grew by 34 percent in 2017, yet only 20 publishers account for more than half of the social branded content posted by media publishers on Facebook.

Social branded content is the most effective post-type in media publishing

Media publishing’s social branded content began outpacing non-branded content in average post responses in Q2 by 23 percent, with the trend continuing through Q4 2017.

Fatherly and Buzzfeed’s Tasty grab top posts

Fatherly’s partnership with New York Life Insurance Company was the #1 branded post in 2017 with 853M responses and 46.6M views, followed by Tasty’s partnerships with Frank’s RedHot with 651Mresponses at #2, and Kraft Natural Cheese with 601M responses at #3.

Automotive and CPG are top advertisers

Automotive was the #1 advertiser category led by Toyota USA, Ford Motor Company, and Ford Trucks, followed by CPG-Food at #2 led by Pringles, and Alcoholic Beverages at #3 with Coors Light and Miller Lite taking the lead.

Download the report here.

Richard Carufel
Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 17 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders. Reach him at richard.carufel@bulldogreporter.com; @BulldogReporter


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