The partnership will begin by testing TikTok Shopping with a group of Shopify merchants in the US, UK and Canada in the coming weeks. It marks the first time users will be able to shop directly in the Gen-Z favourite short video app, which has already proven itself a powerful tool for driving brand exposure and sales. TikTok joins other social media platforms Facebook and Instagram in ramping up in-app shopping capabilities.
”TikTok is uniquely placed at the center of content and commerce,” Blake Chandlee, president of global business solutions at TikTok, said in a statement. “And these new solutions make it even easier for businesses of all sizes to create engaging content that drives consumers directly to the digital point of purchase.
The social media platform says that by selling products directly on their feeds, brands can meet customers where they spend time and reduce the clicks required to convert ad impressions into sales. But brands and consumers aren’t fully sold on the idea yet.