This isn't exactly surprising considering that links are typically how Pages promote content, which is typically on their websites.
The study looked at 100,000 Facebook profiles and over 8 million posts from a year's time (June 2014 - June 2015).
"To understand the big picture, we first analyzed the post type distribution to identify which format was posted most frequently," says Qunitly's Julian Gottke. "As seen in our study, links had a share of 45.23% of the total post volume, followed by photos with 43.64%. These numbers do not leave a lot of space for status updates, videos, or any other posting format. Interestingly, videos were posted rarely, but going one step deeper into the analysis we found out that ‘moving pictures’ are driving the highest interaction on Facebook. Videos – being the highest engagement driver – are followed by image posts – performed second best – with an increasing trend throughout the year."
"Due to the strong rise of video posts during the last year, interactions per post went down during the analyzed period – vice versa for photo posts," she adds. "Here the post frequency for the average Facebook Page decreased from 29 to 27 per month but the average interactions increased from 2,000 to 2,500+ for each post."
Here's a slideshow walking us through Quintly's finding:
A couple months ago, we looked at a report from Adobe, which found that people are interacting more with links. Media brands were most successful with links as a post type.
Images via Quintly