We’re down to the wire! With Election Day less than 24hrs away, Pathmatics has been hard at work researching the most up-to-date insights. But, to offer a more complete picture, we partnered with Embee to share a glimpse into user trends, experiences and behaviors in Instagram.
Combining our industry leading ad intelligence, Embee polled over 14k Instagram users to find out their views on voting, issues that concern them the most, and who they think might win the Presidential Election.
With 30 days to go, both campaigns used different channel strategies to raise donations and get the word out to vote. Diving a little deeper, the Biden campaign chose to invest almost 3X more than the Trump campaign in Instagram, at $1.5MM vs. $359k respectively. And, according to Embee’s data, that translated to 5.4% of IG users reporting they’d seen an ad for either candidate.
The result – Biden posted 222 Creatives to Trump’s 52 on the social network, also gaining a huge advantage in impression volume with 194M impressions to Trump’s 45.9M.
Getting the Message Out
When asked what the top 5 issues affecting the US are, it’s not surprising that the top 3 dealt with health (56.7%), the economy (50.4%), and the global pandemic (45.4%), all of which are inherently linked together.
Similarly, we did an analysis of creative text for IG ads in the last month for both campaigns, finding that the Biden Campaign seem to be looking at the numbers, with ads mentioning health, covid, the economy and education, while the Trump campaign ads don’t specifically mention any of the top issues.
Popping the Bubble
It's no secret ads are influential - otherwise, why spend all this money? But the real measure of political ad spend is how its affecting voters. According to Embee, 80% of Biden's and Trump's ads were served to registered voters who actually intend to vote - Check!
However, more interestingly, the data shows the majority of political ad spend for each candidate went to voters, already in their respective bases, both in terms of party affiliation and who they'd already planned to vote for. But, there's still undecideds out there, combing through Instagram, who could be swayed, even up to the last minute.
Taking IG Seriously
The good news - Instagram isn't only for influencers peddling energy drinks and bathing suits. With 107 million US users, 53% 18-34, political campaigns see the value in marketing to the younger demographic. And with exponential growth in the next 5 years, we expect the 2024 election to see a significant jump in spend on the social platform.
Our thanks to Embee for the killer insights, and, if you haven't already - get out and vote!
After earning his BS in Communications, Matt cut his teeth in the entertainment industry, spending fifteen years writing everything from feature screenplays for A-List directors, to celebrity bios for some of Hollywood’s top actors. That creative drive made it an easy transition to Marketing, bringing his eye for storytelling to the digital advertising ecosystem.