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    Back to School 2024

    Trends, Insights, and Strategies for Brand Success

    Discover multifaceted world of the back-to-school season through Sila's recent study. 

    This report looks at how the back-to-school (B2S) season changes throughout the 3 months it runs through. Sila took all mentions of #backtoschool hashtags across the MENA region, from Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter, and Facebook (public posts). 

    Back-to-school represents a prime opportunity for brands to connect with consumers. Our findings underline the necessity of tailoring digital strategies based on categories and specific timings within this season. 

    3 steps of B2S

    The three crucial phases of B2S season

    Before the Promotional Peak (July 1 – August 15), Phase 1 focuses on building awareness, utilizing back-to-school hashtags, and witnessing a gradual engagement increase. 

    The Promotional Peak (August 16 – September 5), Phase 2 sees a surge in call-to-action communication, with extensive promotions across various categories by brands, influencers, and retailers. 

    Following the Promotional Peak (September 6 – October 3), Phase 3 strategically communicates product utility, particularly in food-related content and lunchboxes, predominantly driven by influencers. 

    The social media dimension

    The number of posts on Instagram surpasses TikTok by a factor of 14, yet TikTok sees significantly higher engagement, outperforming Instagram by 5x.

    There are around 7x more influencers actively posting on Instagram vs TikTok. 

    TikTok generally has a more equal split of category representation but in 2023 there was a higher focus on food. Instagram remains more product-focused with school supplies and apparel (till phase 3).

    The social media dimension

    Key Takeaways

    Brands can optimize the back-to-school season by leveraging three phases:

    Phase 1: Focus on brand and product awareness, benefiting from increasing engagement, especially for categories like food.

    Phase 2: The Peak promotion period is crucial for fine-tuning offers and compelling call-to-action content.

    Phase 3: Closing opportunity with substantial engagement; post utility-focused content tailored to school life for parents.

    Interested to get a copy of the full report? Download for free now.

    Through the use of Arabic-language AI, Sila was created to gain insight and create strategies that drive brand growth across MENA and beyond.

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