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.

Almost one-third of all reblogs take place more than 30 days after the initial post, which is something that doesn’t happen on other social networks.

This is due mainly to reblogs from influential users who use Tumblr as a discovery platform and are willing to explore content that isn’t as timely as what they would find in their Twitter or Facebook feed.

However, Tumblr still isn’t very popular among brands

But Tumblr is still the weak relative of the major social networks, as just 31 of the top 100 brands use the platform compared to 98 on Facebook and 97 on Twitter. Even Google+ and Pinterest clock in at 74 and 68 respectively.

However the situation is likely to change as Tumblr’s new ad units and popularity among teenagers make it an attractive proposition for brands.

Brand adoption of Tumblr

David Moth

Published 22 August, 2013 by David Moth

David Moth is Editor and Head of Social at Econsultancy. You can follow him on Twitter or connect via LinkedIn

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Comments (3)


John Whiteley

Good information in this blog
will take a closer look at tumblr to see how we can integrate it with our social marketing stragegy

almost 5 years ago



I think because there are already so much social media platforms out there, companies are reluctant to spend anymore money on these kind of things unless it's guaranteed to

almost 5 years ago


Mac James, Manager at Mac James Motors

The increasing interest in Tumblr and reblogging comes as no surprise to me as more and more people are looking to create online personas and are starting to engage in reblogging and posting content of their own. It's interesting; however, that Sprite was able to receive the highest amount of reblogs for the least amount of posts. I think that suggests that quality over quantity is what is key when dealing with Tumblr.

over 4 years ago

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