Black Friday? Try Blank Friday

by Ike Pigott |

No doubt you’re either in the Black Friday shopping scrums, or smugly congratulating yourself for dodging the melee. (Or maybe, like me, you’re watching the kids while a significant other is tossing elbows in an attempt to get one of the five loss-leader gadgets meant to lure shoppers…)

From an online marketing perspective, however, I’m more interested in Blank Friday.

That’s the day Facebook made a big shift that changed our search volume:

Takeaway? It’s wise to periodically review your analytics. Most businesses are still searching for the right baseline from which to measure their activity and efficacy — now we see that those baselines are subject to radical seismic shifts. If you’re not careful, you might become tied to benchmarks that have become irrelevant or even impossible to achieve.

If you have a story about your own “Blank Friday” moment, please share it in the comments.

About the Author

Ike Pigott

In his previous life, Ike Pigott was an Emmy-winning TV reporter, who turned his insider's knowledge of the news cycle into a crisis communications consultancy. At the American Red Cross, serving as Communication and Government Relations Director for five southeastern states, Ike pioneered the use of social media in disaster. Now -- by day -- he is a communications strategist for Alabama Power and a Social Media Apologist; by night, he lurks at Occam's RazR, where he writes about the overlaps and absurdities in communications, technology, journalism and society. Find out how you can connect with Ike or follow him on Twitter at @ikepigott. He also recently won the coveted "Social Media Explorer contributing writer with the longest Bio" award.