We discussed several years ago in this blog, the reasons for the purchase of Instagram by Facebook and it became clear that for various reasons, photography and the future of social networks were closely linked.
Not so long ago, we commented how Facebook without Instagram could suffer a terrible competition and how Instagram would also help rejuvenate the Facebook’s user base as it grew older and the millennials start migrating to other platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.
Olapic presents his study of photography, social networks and e-commerce
Olapic presented today a study that comes to support these comments and gathers a series of studies and surveys, demonstrating the importance of photography in social networks but also for e-commerce.
Years ago, American studies showed how important the recommendations of users were (70% of users believed friend’s opinions against 30% for the brands ads), today the study goes to show more or less the same:
We believe more in what our friends shares in photos than what comes in ads.
Impressive data make Facebook and Instagram the realm of social photography
According to the Olapic’s study:
- About 2.7 billion photos are daily shared on Facebook
- According to the same study, 70 million photos are daily uploaded to Instagram (Instagram announced recently that there are actually 80 million)
- An increase of 592% from 2013 based on the development of the smartphone park world and the democratization of mobile broadband.
- 92% of users says that taking pictures and instant messaging are priority in his cellphone.
Photography, key factor in the purchasing decision
The same study said that one of the keys to buy or not, can be photos from other users.
- 66% of users rely more on pictures from other customers that in that published by the brand.
- 55% said to have delayed or canceled the purchase because not having seen relevant pictures in the process.
- 39% are more likely to buy an item if the model were another user.
- 33% of users returned products that not correspond to the photo.
Hence the importance of Bloggers, Instagramers and also the Youtubers phenomenon that have become the best advocates for the promotion of its products and brand.
We cite the example of Nike (the most followed clothing brand on Instagram with over 25 million followers) or Carrera, also largely using user’s photos or brand ambassadors (like @philgonzalez) when promoting their products.
No one can resist the power of photography in social networks.
You can download the Olapic report here.