Top 5 American Pizza's Brands in Social Media

We've compared the Facebook activity of the top 5 American pizza brands to see who rocks in Social Media Marketing.

Looks like Pizza Hut is #1 not only in pizza, with very promising and balanced stats in all three metrics. Surprisingly, Domino's are totally leading in Applause rate. Although sadly that’s in huge disproportion to the Conversation and Amplification rates. Lots of Likes means that they have an emotional content, which is good for creating loyalty to the brand, since with a higher level of loyalty, the customer lifetime value is longer and creates higher profits for the company. On the other hand, liking is the least engaging activity a fan could do, when compared to commenting and sharing. So Domino's should consider using posts that are more engaging to its fans. Papa John's social activity looks dangerous. Why do people comment but not share or like? Maybe they use company's page for complaints? Regardless, having only 20-30 shares for posts that promote discounts is strange for a page with 2 million fans.

It’s also interesting to trace the ratio between Conversation, Amplification and Applause rate, to find out if there is a standard proportion for some social networks or industries, and so on.

So here’s what we found:

Conversation ratio Amplification ratio Applause ratio
Pizza Hut 1 0.7 11.8
Domino's 1 0.7 32.1
Papa John's 1 0.4 10.0
Little Caesars 1 1.7 9.2
Papa Murphy's 1 0.7 11.8
Average 1 1.0 13.2
Normalized 1 0.9 10.3

This is how the ratios are calculated, for example, for Pizza Hut: we compared metrics to the Conversation rate so we assigned it a ratio of 1. Then we divided the Amplification rate by the Conversation rate to find out how the first metric differs from the latter, that is (226.05/312) = 0.7. The same is done with the Applause rate: (2670.7/312) = 11.8, which means the Applause rate is 11.8 times higher than Conversation rate.

To find out the common trend, Normalization techniques were used. In our case, normalized means calculated without the highest and the lowest results in the data row. For example, the Amplification ratio normalized average would be calculated without the lowest 0.4 and highest 1.7 numbers of Papa John’s and Little Caesars, respectively. Normalization helps to receive cleaner result by excluding peaks.
So the final result is 1 : 0.9 : 10.3 ratio between Conversation : Amplification : Applause in Facebook for pizza brands in America. Roughly speaking, this means that the most common proportion is 1 comment : 1 share : 10 likes per post. Of course for more accurate results, more brands would need to be included, but this is a task for another article in the future :)

The next step is to understand the level of activity of Fans for each account. For that purpose, we will calculate Relative Metrics averaged by the number of Followers. For example, Weighted Conversation rate for Pizza Hut is (312/8083591)*100 = 0.004. It means that, on average, 1 Fan leaves 0.004 of a Comment per 1 Post. The lower this rate, the more inactivity the users account has (or the worse content).

Metrics per Fans rate for top american pizza brands

We can conclude that big brands experience more problems with bots and inactive users than smaller brands do. This is not surprising since it’s obviously harder to keep 8 million fans interested and engaged than just 100 of them. It also depends on advertising agencies and the campaigns used - creating bots to boost the page popularity isn’t an uncommon practice. A recent statement from Facebook indicated that 8.7% (nearly 80 220 000) accounts of monthly active users violate the terms of service, which means that they could be bots. So it’s always good to keep that in mind.

The next step in our analysis is content. Here’s the posting density for the last 30 days for each brand. It looks like it’s nearly one post per day (considering there’s 24-25 working days in a month).

Posts per 30 days
Pizza Hut 25
Domino's 25
Papa John's 24
Little Caesars 19
Papa Murphy's 10

Now let’s take a closer look at the posts from each brand to find out which topics could boost the fans’ engagement, and which techniques are used by each brand for this purpose. We will analyze the last 20 posts from each company.

Pizza Hut

Here is how Posts Diagnostic looks for Pizza Hut:

Pizza Hut Facebook posts analytics Performed with with Diagnostic report

We’ve got two absolute leaders in the likes/shares.

The Best Post Ratio for this post is 1.2 : 14.1 : 7.3, which means that the Conversation rate is 1.2 times higher than average for that account, the Amplification rate is 14.1 times higher, and the Applause rate is 7.3 times higher.

The Best Post Ratio for this funny horse is 1.7 : 15.5 : 7.9. It looks like Pizza Hut used the old ‘children and animals’ trick :) Although without the children, yet.


Let’s look at their posts:

Dominos Pizza Facebook posts analytics Performed with with Diagnostic report

They’ve got an absolute ‘star’ post by all three dimensions - comments/shares/likes. Compared to that post, all other posts look quite mundane. So here’s the content of this champion post:

Dominos Pizza best post analytics Performed with with Diagnostic report

The “Stressed Desserts” post has a Best Post Ratio of 5.5 : 20.6 : 7.5, which means that its Conversation rate is 5.5 times higher than average for that account, the Amplification rate is 20.6 times higher, and the Applause rate is 7.5 times higher. This post would totally deserve the prize of “Post of the month”. And here is how it looked on the page:

Papa John's

More colorful circles for Papa John’s:

Papa Jonhs Pizza Facebook posts analytics Performed with with Diagnostic report

They have an absolute standout post based on replies, likes and shares:

Papa Johns Pizza best post analytics Performed with with Diagnostic report

Unfortunately, the post is very controversial and its stats look nice only until you look at the comments:

So it looks like our previous assumption about the usage of this page as a place for complaints is close to reality.

Little Caesars

Little Caesars Facebook posts analytics Performed with with Diagnostic report

Their replies and likes leader:

Little Caesars Pizza best post analytics 1 Performed with with Diagnostic report

We can draw a parallel here with Domino’s best post – it looks like fans love wordplay.

And their shares leader:

Little Caesars Pizza best post analytics 2 Performed with with Diagnostic report

Papa Murphy’s

The ‘huge-radiant-sun’ post in Papa Murphy’s diagnostic chart:

Papa Murphys Facebook posts analytics Performed with with Diagnostic report

In this case, the post will tell the story for itself:

This is a good lesson for every business - you are people in the first place...

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