Why fashion label Marc Jacobs is so hot right now on Instagram

Fashion brand Marc Jacobs has managed to attract a massive following on Instagram, with 1.15m people in its community compared to 1.3m on Facebook.

Obviously some of its success will be down to its existing presence as an international fashion brand, but that’s not the sole reason for its huge following.

So to find out more, I investigated Marc Jacobs’ Instagram strategy to find out what makes it so popular.

And for more on this topic, read our blog post looking at nine different ways to use Instagram to market your brand.

How Oreo owns social media through Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Pinterest

Oreo was the brand with the highest increase of ‘buzz’ in 2012, with a 49% higher online chatter than in the previous year.

How did Oreo achieve this and also continue to maintain this high level of engagement?

We’ve previously discussed on the blog about how Oreo is the king of agile marketing, and it’s clear that Oreo has a marketing team that not only has a finger tightly on the pulse, but who can also react with whip-smart efficiency, humour and charm.

Recently I’ve discovered some more great examples of online marketing (agile and not-so-agile) throughout Oreo’s social channels. Each one displaying a strong presence and a keen idea of what its followers expect from the brand. Let’s take a look at each one in turn…

10 brilliant new examples of branded Vines

Vine has introduced a new ‘sessions’ feature, which means you can now save up to 10 Vines for editing or adding footage to at a later date.

You can also play around with the timeline of individual saved Vines by reordering separate shots, which means the user can fix any mistakes in the recording process.

An earlier update introduced ghost, which allowed the user to check the composition of the frame by faintly superimposing the previous shot over the screen.

These updates only serve to make Vine more user-friendly and professional. The upshot is we’re likely to see much better quality Vines in the future, as users now have the ability to re-edit and polish their own work.

These improvements arrive shortly after Instagram added video functionality to its photography app. Some saw Instavid as having a major advantage over Vine – 15 second length, choice of cover photo, Instagram’s own selection of filters – but with Vine amassing 40m users in just nine months, Vine is still a viable playground for brands to exploit.

Let’s take a look at the most recent examples of branded Vines…

Fight club! Instagram’s 15 second video vs. Vine’s six seconds

It has often been said in filmic terms that if a story can’t be told in 90 minutes than it’s not worth telling. Try telling that to The Godfather.

However this certainly rings true on some level, especially in advertising where you’re engaging with a customer or selling a product rather than telling a sprawling, expansive story of gun violence and enemy disposal. 

Who does benefit from the longer format? For a customer it’s good to keep things brief, nobody needs to sit through another colossal Thomson marathon, but conversely six second Vines may seem too short for the purpose. 

Six seconds may be the prime length for our fleeting attention spans, but for marketing, this truncated length can be too much of a handicap to get a brand message across.

Perhaps, for this reason, the 15 second Instagram video is a far more effective method and may explain why there was a dip in Vine usage during its launch period. Let’s investigate…