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Things you see subtly advertised on social media

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A bit of explanation: I'm admittedly a bit of a normie, and I spend a frankly stupid amount of time melting my brain on Tiktok. A lot of my tiktok feed is cooking videos, and I've noticed recently that a lot of the cooking accounts I follow have begun using a specific brand of salt in a really recognizable jar with a noticeable label. This brand is never mentioned by name, and sometimes it barely shows up for more than a second (if at all), but its obvious these accounts are sponsored and being paid to use this specific brand of salt. Its a really subtle way of advertising, like some kind of subliminal messaging. In a way, I think this is probably done to bypass the fact you have to tag videos as ads on social media nowadays. If it's subtle enough, it can reasonably be claimed that it isn't an intentional ad, just some using a product they like. It seems really effective too. Google trends showed that this brand of salt has been getting searched way more frequently in the past month than before.

Anyways, what products do you notice being used really frequently by a lot of people in a way that's too often to not be a coincidence, even if not being directly advertised? I can't be the only one to notice this sort of phenomenon.
 
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I would like to corroborate, but I don't really use social media except this place. Whenever someone shows me a tiktok as evidence for something, which can be worringly often, I almost always hit them with "Do you think this is real or do you think this is made to get a reaction out of people" or "Don't you get the feeling that this was made just to get peoples attention?"
 
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A bit of explanation: I'm admittedly a bit of a normie, and I spend a frankly stupid amount of time melting my brain on Tiktok. A lot of my tiktok feed is cooking videos, and I've noticed recently that a lot of the cooking accounts I follow have begun using a specific brand of salt in a really recognizable jar with a noticeable label. This brand is never mentioned by name, and sometimes it barely shows up for more than a second (if at all), but its obvious these accounts are sponsored and being paid to use this specific brand of salt. Its a really subtle way of advertising, like some kind of subliminal messaging. In a way, I think this is probably done to bypass the fact you have to tag videos as ads on social media nowadays. If it's subtle enough, it can reasonably be claimed that it isn't an intentional ad, just some using a product they like. It seems really effective too. Google trends showed that this brand of salt has been getting searched way more frequently in the past month than before.

Anyways, what products do you notice being used really frequently by a lot of people in a way that's too often to not be a coincidence, even if not being directly advertised? I can't be the only one to notice this sort of phenomenon.
Just in case you don't know the name of this kind of advertising, it's called Product Placement. I wasn't aware it was done in the social media space yet, but it has been widely known that it's done in movies and TV Shows for a long while now(Over 40 years at least).

In its defence, it can make sense if you want a Sci-Fi world, some 50-100 years in the future tethered to our world now, like how Bladerunner used product placement for Coca Cola, but it rarely serves a purpose more than to get more money. At the very least, even if it's subliminal messaging in a way, at least it can't track you(I think?).

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I don't use much social media but stuff always finds you (unless you're a hermit living in a cave without internet). I've seen morbius and related morbposting spread all over the place, and it almost seems too artificial to say it's a natural meme. Maybe I distrust big corpos too much or it's easy to jump to conspiracies but it's spreading too well. Maybe it's a good movie and everyone morbs normally, but I don't know man.
 
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I've seen morbius and related morbposting spread all over the place, and it almost seems too artificial to say it's a natural meme.
It's 100% artificial. The movie bombed, and now they're trying to salvage it by appealing to the terminally online demographic. Expect to see more of this bullshit in the future. "Watch our terrible movie for the ironic memes" is going to be the next "watch our terrible movie because [designated internet bad guy] is FURIOUS about it."
 
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I don't use much social media but stuff always finds you (unless you're a hermit living in a cave without internet). I've seen morbius and related morbposting spread all over the place, and it almost seems too artificial to say it's a natural meme. Maybe I distrust big corpos too much or it's easy to jump to conspiracies but it's spreading too well. Maybe it's a good movie and everyone morbs normally, but I don't know man.
At first I thought they we're just memeing a bad movie (I haven't seen it), but then I realized the memes reek just like those fast and furious "family" ones.
 
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Just in case you don't know the name of this kind of advertising, it's called Product Placement. I wasn't aware it was done in the social media space yet, but it has been widely known that it's done in movies and TV Shows for a long while now(Over 40 years at least).

In its defence, it can make sense if you want a Sci-Fi world, some 50-100 years in the future tethered to our world now, like how Bladerunner used product placement for Coca Cola, but it rarely serves a purpose more than to get more money. At the very least, even if it's subliminal messaging in a way, at least it can't track you(I think?).

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Very true, I did forget the name of the practice. Product Placement is definitely what it is. I suppose I just got used to it in TV/movies since its so common and has been a thing for so long, and it feels different seeing it in media that is meant to be "real" (since tiktok thrives on making you feel like you're actually connecting with the content creator and parasocial relationships). It's definitely an effective method of advertising if nothing else.
 
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hmmm...
 
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