It’s been a busy year for microblogging social network Tumblr. In April, it brought its ’sponsored post’ native ads to mobile for the first time; a month later, it was bought out by acquisition-hungry Yahoo for $1.1bn.
Tumblr has revealed that Universal Studios was behind the most successful sponsored post of the year, in terms of the number of notes (which combines reblogs and likes) it attracted in the first 24 hour.
Featuring one of the Minion characters from the film it was promoting, Despicable Me 2, the post has received a total of 315,720 notes since 6 June.
The post simply consists of an animated GIF, along with a link to download the picture to the user’s device. This seems to be key to a successful Tumblr ad – GIFs feature in all but four of the Top 40 – and it’s not hard to see why they work. GIFs are part of the native language of Tumblr, which is mostly made up of brief posts accompanied by an eye-catching image.
“The goal when designing for Tumblr is to create content that is compelling, engaging and sharable for both mobile and desktop platforms,” a Tumblr spokesperson told Mobile Marketing. “Colorful, striking and emotive content permeates the network by design, and it’s no secret that the GIF is one of the best performers.”
“It is imperative that sponsored posts are non-disruptive and truly native to the consumption experience on Tumblr. As the ‘ad’ is in fact a Tumblr post – any of the seven different post types [text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio and video] can be used – our native tools and functionality are the backbone of advertising on Tumblr.”
It’s also worth noting that the majority of the top posts – 21 out of 40 – also come from the entertainment industry. Universal Studios accounts for six of these, meaning this one brand on its own is better represented than any vertical outside of entertainment.
“Entertainment and Fashion were some of the first advertising communities to adopt and embrace Tumblr to tell their stories,” the spokesperson told us. “The Top Sponsored Posts list highlights the versatility of advertisers that have participated on Tumblr in every category. The top five sponsored posts alone represent brand partners from four very different industries.”
In second place is Converse – fashion is the second most popular vertical, with six of the top 40 – followed by Warner Bros, Ford and Home Depot. You’ll find the full list below, and can view each post’s creative assets here.
- Universal Studios: Despicable Me
- Warner Bros: Gatsby
- Home Depot
- Warner Bros: Hangover3
- SONY: One Direction
- Comedy Central
- Universal: Universal Horror Films
- Veteran’s United
- Turner: Loiter Squad
- Universal Studios: About Time
- SONY: This Is The End
- AMC Entertainment: Walking Dead
- Warner Bros: Man of Steel
- Little Brown Books: JPYA
- Saks 5th Ave
- Nickelodeon: Teen Wolf
- American Apparel
- SONY: Carrie
- A24 Studio: The Spectacular Now
- Disney Marvel: Thor
- Fox Theater: Percy Jackson
- General Electric: Txchnologist
- Ralph Lauren
- Home Depot: Design Meet Style
- Open Road Films: The Soul Center
- General Electric
- ABC Family: Pretty Little Liars
- Open Road Films: Jobs
- Calvin Klein
- Universal Studios: Kick Ass Movie