Content Marketing: 7 Tips for Visual Eye Candy

Tumblr: Why Marketers Don’t Get It (& How To Engage)

Does your marketing content act as an attention magnet to attract the largest audience possible? If not, then check out Tumblr, a six-year-old content sharing community with impressive numbers. Tumbler is not on many marketers’ radar, even though it’s many ways similar to the ubiquitous website or blogging formats.

According to Tumblr founder, David Karp, “The content that does best is the content that surprises you.” To that end, let’s take a look at the surprising opportunities Tumblr has in store for content marketers.

Tumblr by the numbers.

To better understand what Tumblr can do for brands and marketers, examine the numbers.

  1. 168.6 million pageviews per month globally served on Tumblr and 59.8 million pageviews per month in the US according to Quantcast.  Of this, 70% of Tumblr content appears on their dashboard.
  2. Tumblr usage averages 15 minutes per user per session and 30 pageviews per visit (per the company.) Tumblr is second to Facebook in terms of time spent. Further, when done well, visitors are engaged with the content, not their social circles.
  3. Tumblr users are limited to 250 posts per day (per the company.) This is an engaged audience. Think school hours before 7.00am, lunchtime and before dinner.
  4. Tumblr is composed of 57% women and 43% men. 
  5. Tumblr’s audience is predominantly 18 to 34 year olds. This is a young, single audience.

How Tumblr differs from other social media sites

While participants can follow Tumblrs, the platform doesn’t provide social proof in the form of social shares and comment numbers. Instead 90% of Tumblr content is reblogged by readers to their own feeds encouraging the redistribution of content. When a user reblogs content it becomes part of their identity. Further, participants can also comment on the content they post to their own Tumblr creating accountability for content and commentary and providing more thoughtful feedback.

7 Tips to transform your visual content into eye candy with Tumblr

Tumblr plays to your business’ creativity in telling your story, which is at the heart of great content and great marketing. Just remember to check your promotions at the door.

  1. Go where the community passion is. Leverage trending topics on Tumblr. Adapt this concept that drives engagement and shares on other social media platforms to resonate with the Tumblr community. For example, since nostalgia is big on Tumblr, Lincoln told stories about their older vintage models. 
  2. Create sharp imagery that resonates with your target audience. Forget stock images. Challenge yourself to create beautiful photographs and images that tell your business’s story. Reimage your business from behind the camera lens.  For example, Disney chose top photographers on Tumblr and invited them to take pictures of their parks. This leveraged the power of these artists and their existing audiences as well.
  3. Use the power of photographs and animated gifs (as well as text and video.) Animated gif images are simple moving pictures. The have the advantage of being animated without needing to load a video player.
  4. Package informative content well. For example, Patagonia asked users to submit stories about their Patagonia clothing from the past and present to create branded stories. These stories require the customer to scan an old photograph and write about their experiences. This is difficult to accomplish since only 1% of readers create content.
  5. Add an another layer to your story.  Consider how you can change the spin on your existing content. For example, the Hunger Games created a fashion magazine about the capital. 
  6. Understand tags are the key to discovery on Tumblr. Add relevant tags from your audience’s perspective, not yours. Think macro names and words. Here’s how GE’s sponsored Tumblr on technologists uses tags with their long form content. Further, this Tumblr is off of the Tumblr site. 
  7. Build Tumblr love by liking the people who follow your blog. In contrast to other social media platforms, the list of people following you isn’t broadcast.

Tumblrs provide a home for your visual content, regardless of length. If it’s attractive and interesting, readers will discover it.

Do you use Tumblr? If so, what have your results been?

Happy Marketing,
Heidi Cohen


Heidi CohenHeidi Cohen is the President of Riverside Marketing Strategies. You can find Heidi on , Facebook and .

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  • http://twitter.com/maermaer Mary Silva

    I’m ecstatic to finally see someone analyzing the great
    potential of Tumblr for marketers. As an
    avid Tumblr user, I have often wondered why this immense social media site was
    not recognized by too many businesses as a way to reach an audience. Being
    second to Facebook in average time spent by users means that Tumblr offers an
    attentive audience for businesses to captivate. Wonderful, thorough article!

    -Mary
    A.B. Freeman School of Business-Tulane

  • Jay

    Tumblr is a great way to connect to your target audience; It just depends on the product you are trying to promote. Tumblr is a prime way to share creative content, but if there is no creative aspect to your company, consumers are likely to be bored by your posts rather than tempted to share them.