On Facebook, many brands experiment with having an eye-catching profile picture in order to draw more traffic to their website and gain a bigger following. In order to track where people are drawn to when first connecting to a Facebook brand page, social media news and tips website, Mashable, worked with EyeTrackShop to get results. The webcam eye study found that the participants in the study almost always looked at the brand’s wall first; about four times longer than anything else on the page.

The image below shows where attention was held the longest when first looking at the Facebook brand page.

The study further explains other observations they found:

  • Content matters. Facebook brand page visitors almost always saw the wall first, and spent more time looking at it than any other element on the page.
  • The exception: Scantily-clad women. Victoria Secret’s page was the only one in which people looked at the profile photo — a busty woman in a brassiere — before they noticed the Facebook wall. When they did move on to the wall, they spent about 25% less time looking at it than they did other brands’ walls.
  • Profile photos can be the difference between seeing and not seeing a brand. Most brand pages’ profile photos didn’t get a lot of attention. Only 57% of visitors to Coca-Cola’s page, for instance, even saw the bottle of Coke that occupies this prime piece of real estate. Generally, profile photos with faces in them got the most attention. An exception to this rule was Skittles, which had an image of a bag of Skittles in the profile photo spot that 90% of visitors saw.
  • Photos on the wall get attention. The Facebook wall with the most images at the time of the test, PlayStation, was also the one that people spent the most time looking at. On average, viewers stayed on the wall for 4.88 seconds. No other page element on any brand’s page held attention for longer than four seconds.
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