case study

Visual content analysis


Hair care industry


Visual Brand Intelligence

The challenge

In the beauty and cosmetics world, social media is the framework for a global marketing strategy, and brand consistency is the keystone. Branded content has to adhere to aesthetic guidelines (across geographies and team levels) while still inspiring followers, and user-generated content (UGC) should reflect many of the same aesthetics if the branding is clear. However, monitoring branded content and UGC for consistency tends to be a slow and manual process, easily hindered by a limited overview (i.e., local teams posting daily cannot see the big picture, while global teams cannot execute in detail).


Our solution employed visual recognition to quantify brand positioning and perception across social media platforms for a client in the beauty and skincare industry, thereby pinpointing inconsistencies and qualifying gaps between intended messaging and real perception.

  • Detected image styles, compositions, subjects and background objects, and color palettes using visual recognition, and ranked clusters by frequency of posts
  • Contextualized the dataset by classifying hashtags, categorizing by network reach and demographics, and analyzing engagement through likes, comments, and shares
  • ‍Indexed engagement with a normalized score to inform our client how well people were interacting with their content, illustrating their best-performing content compared to their worst (e.g., close-up faces vs. multiple people, products in use vs. products alone on display)

the results

The results were as follows:  

  • Sampled images from social media from over 1.700 branded posts and UGC across accounts on 4 different continents

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