The COVID-19 pandemic has forced retailers to shut their doors and adopt new means of selling their products, which is what the new Facebook Shops feature is intended to help with. Announced by Mark Zuckerberg, the new feature will allow businesses to sell their products through virtual storefronts that can be customized with an array of images and colors. Store owners can then feature their shop on their profile page as well as through their Stories and advertisements to encourage shoppers to take a browse.
The Facebook Shops feature is also set to be supported across the namesake social media platform as well as through Instagram Live to allow users to make purchases of features products as they watch content live.
Facebook Shops Helps Businesses Sell Through Virtual Storefronts
1. Virtual Storefront Sales - Facebook Shops enable businesses to sell products through virtual storefronts that can be customized with an array of images and colors, providing an opportunity for online retailers to create engaging, interactive sales platforms.
2. Social Media Shopping - The rise of social media shopping initiatives like Facebook Shops provides an opportunity for businesses to tap into the power of social media networks for selling, anticipating valuable opportunities for marketers.
3. Live Stream Shopping - Facebook Shops extending to Instagram Live allows businesses to dynamically showcase featured products during live streams, creating a new form of branded entertainment and an opportunity to incentivize impulse buying.
1. E-commerce - The rise of virtual storefront sales through social media creates immense opportunities for e-commerce businesses, with the potential to drive innovation in online shopping experiences.
2. Digital Advertising - Social media shopping will drive innovation in digital advertising as brands seek more engaging ways to capture customer interest and sales.
3. Social Media Networks - Social media shopping initiatives like Facebook Shops creates a whole new level of partnerships for social media networks that will generate more engagement and increase revenue.