How Social Shopping on Instagram & Pinterest Drive Ecommerce Sales

Window shopping isn’t just done on foot anymore: it’s done on social media.

Sixty percent of people say that they find new products on Instagram, and according to Forbes, 30% of consumers say they’d make purchases through Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat.

Consumers are increasingly turning to social channels to buy products, and the trend makes sense. The average person spends about two and a half hours on social media every day, and brands have put themselves in that space for years to market their products and capture users’ attention. 74% of consumers rely on social media for information regarding product purchasing, and 43% are more likely to purchase a product after learning about it on social media, according to Lyfe Marketing. The way we shop continues to evolve, however, and social shopping is making big gains in the ecommerce space.

What is social shopping?

Social shopping (or social commerce) is when sales take place directly through social media platforms. It’s important to note that social shopping is different from social media marketing. Rather than getting your product in front of potential customers and then redirecting them to a website to make a purchase, social shopping cuts out extra steps to increase conversion and allows customers to check out right in the network they’re already using.

Through social shopping, brands can tag product images in organic posts with key information and links for customers to purchase the product directly. It makes the purchasing experience much easier for customers.

**Social shopping sales conversion **

Combined with chatbot checkouts and autofill options for payments, BigCommerce reports that social shopping is massively outperforming the ecommerce purchasing journey brands are accustomed to. Businesses who practice social selling generally see an average $5 return for every $1 invested.

Two standout platforms in the social shopping space that brands should pay attention to are Instagram and Pinterest.

social shopping chatbot funnel, Pattern

**Instagram **

Instagram is leaps ahead of other social media platforms in the social shopping space, and their shoppable posts are wildly popular. According to Facebook (Facebook now owns Instagram), 130 million Instagram accounts tap on a shopping post to learn more about products every month.

The stats back up how effective a platform Instagram is for brands.

  • Barbour, a manufacturer of outerwear for fishermen and mariners, reported that since starting to use Instagram’s shopping post feature, their sales from the app have increased by 42% and traffic to their website from Instagram is up 98%.
  • TYME, a company that sells hair styling tools, have seen their traffic from Instagram increase by 44% since implementing shoppable posts.
  • Lulus, a clothing company on Instagram, claims that shopping on Instagram can be credited for over 1,200 of their orders and 100,000 sessions.

What social shopping looks like on Instagram

Instagram has made social shopping very user-friendly on their site. Shoppable posts appear with little shopping bag icons in the left hand corner of the image that users can click on to see the price and details about the product they’re looking at.

Shopbop Instagram social shopping platform, Pattern

Another way Instagram has made shopping on their platform easy is by adding a “Shop” navigation tab to the top of their Explore page on the app so that customers can easily peruse products they can purchase through the app. Instagram is currently beta testing ecommerce capabilities that allow shoppers to make purchases directly from their Instagram feeds with an easy checkout process.

Instagram social shopping ecommerce, Pattern

“Our projection is that over the next two years, every major consumer brand will have access to sell their goods through Instagram,” says Michael Lagoni, CEO and Co-Founder of Stackline.

Social shopping on Pinterest

While Instagram is arguably the most popular social shopping platform, Pinterest is one of the first platforms to introduce native shopping features, specifically their “Buyable Pins” feature allowing users to purchase products directly from pins.

Since they went public in 2019, Pinterest has begun positioning themselves as less of a social media company and more of a commerce company, expanding the potential for their social shopping features. According to Lagoni, Pinterest captures 2 billion searches per month. They’re prime to enter the ecommerce space as a leading social shopping platform.

What social shopping looks like on Pinterest

Consumers on Pinterest, similar to consumers on Instagram, can easily access product information and pricing when they stumble across a product image they love that has a shopping tag icon featured in the corner.

Pinterest plans on offering direct payment and checkout options on the platform in the near future.

Pinterest social shopping ecommerce, Pattern

**How can brands besides lifestyle brands leverage social shopping tools? **

While lifestyle brands consistently perform well in the social shopping space, they aren’t the only brands that can take and should take advantage of it.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a very rapid growth in health and beauty brands, grocery, vitamins and supplements . . . really spanning a broader and broader subset of all CPG,” Lagoni says. Social shopping trends impact every category.

One way brands can leverage social shopping is to find ways to be more creative with the way their products are featured on platforms—think about sharing creative flat lays or high quality images of customers using your product. Brand-driven storytelling on social media is also an important element to focus on so users see beyond the product and understand the why.

On the technical side of things, Lagoni says brands are going to want to form connections across all platforms because that’s how consumers shop today. Gone are the days when social media can be overlooked in strategies to increase sales.

Brands may need to consider getting ecommerce expertise when they’re managing social media platforms. In the past, social media marketing teams and ecommerce teams have operated separately. Cross-functional collaboration to make a strong digital commerce team within your organization may be the next step to make social shopping work well with your company.

Pattern’s digital marketing team and global brand managers work seamlessly to ensure our brands optimize their sales on ecommerce. Reach out below to learn how!

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Global Ecommerce Weekly News: 27th September 2022

Global Ecommerce Weekly News: 27th September 2022

Get up to date with this week's ecommerce headlines from around the globe. --- Amazon News --- Amazon drives renewable energy push with 71 new projects Amazon is planning to add 2.7 gigawatts of clean energy capacity through a couple of new projects as the company attempts to use 100% renewable energy by 2025. The ecommerce business will soon have a total of 329 renewable energy projects, generating 50,000 gigawatt hours of clean energy, which is equivalent to powering 4.6 million US homes every year. [Read more on Reuters]( Amazon launches Prime Early Access Sale Amazon is launching a new 2-day shopping event for its Prime members only, beginning on the 11th of October. Across 15 countries, Prime customers will have access to the shopping event, with thousands of deals on offer globall, ranging from fashion to electronics to essentials. The event has the purpose of giving Prime users the chance to spread the cost of items over the winter months, 6 weeks ahead of Black Friday. [Read more on Charged Retail]( --- Other Marketplace News --- Shopify unveils new localisation tool Shopify is launching a new localisation tool, called Translate & Adapt, which works with Shopify Markets to offer localisation for sellers who are looking to expand into new markets. The tool translates a user’s online store into different languages, including product pages and information pages. Merchants are also able to create different shipping terms for each market using the new tool, which allows international expansion and offers a more localised consumer experience, unveiling new potential. [Read more on Ecommerce News]( Etsy is set to invest hundreds of millions into its marketing platform Etsy CEO claims that the company is on route to spend more than $570 million USD on marketing this year. Even during a time of macroeconomic pressure, inflation and rising interest rates, the company is preparing itself and its sellers for the upcoming holiday season and is focused on retaining interest from buyers. [Read more on Yahoo News]( --- Other Ecommerce News --- Meta looks to cut costs by 10% in the coming months Meta employees are facing job redundancies as the company plans to cut its costs by 10% over the next few months. Meta reported a 22% YoY increase in costs and expenses, totalling over $20 billion USD. The cuts are expected to come in the form of job redundancies as a result of department reorganisations rather than formal layoffs. [Read more on Charged Retail]( DHL teams up with Quadient to offer smart locker deliveries in the UK DHL and tech company, Quadient, have partnered to offer smart lockers parcel pick-up throughout the UK. The new contactless, secure locker stations will give recipients more choice and flexibility to receive their parcels at a time and location best suited to them. The partnership plans to install 500 locker stations across the country by the end of 2022. [Read more on Charged Retail]( The online fashion market is set to be worth nearly $170 billion USD in 2025 The European online fashion retail market is set to grow 50% by 2025, with an online turnover of $170 billion USD, which is 33% of the retail branch’s total. Cross-border marketplaces prove to be the largest drivers of this growth, with online websites and apps like Vinted largely pushing the market’s online growth. Zalando recently became the largest cross-border fashion retailer/marketplace, responsible for 11.7% of the online market’s share. [Read more on Ecommerce News](

How an Amazon SEO Agency Should Be Serving Your Brand

How an Amazon SEO Agency Should Be Serving Your Brand

If you’re in the global ecommerce space, you are most likely aware of Amazon, and probably selling your products on the marketplace. With over $470 billion in sales in 2021 alone, Amazon stands as the third largest company in the world based on revenue. The ecommerce giant is a household name in the U.S. and working hard to grow its market share across five continents worldwide.

Having your products available on Amazon and being competitive there, though, are definitely two different things. If you want to really succeed on Amazon, you’ll need specialized insight into how Amazon works and how to make it work for you. So, for many brands, it’s a great idea to work with an Amazon Search Engine Optimization (SEO) agency.

At Pattern, Amazon SEO optimization service is one of our key competencies. We understand that technology, data-driven insights and expertise  are the most important tools brands can leverage to win top listing spots on digital marketplaces. With expert teams and years of experience, we help brands conquer the Profitability Death Spiral as they compete with other products and sellers online. We offer Amazon SEO agency services as a core solution to brands that need more resources to get ahead. 

What is an Amazon SEO Agency?

An Amazon SEO agency serves brands by improving their products’ rank and listing performance on Amazon. They make strategic decisions about ad spending and placement that lead to higher traffic, conversions, and revenue for ecommerce brands.

A great Amazon SEO Agency partner will:

Prioritize Your Success

Unfortunately, many Amazon SEO agencies profit in unfair ways from your brands’ perceived success based on the ROAS numbers they provide. This is done through including branded search terms in ROAS reports, which naturally skew listing performance

Let’s say, for instance, your brand is called “Annie’s” and you sell lollipops. Your brand has a very high likelihood of winning the top listing spots on Amazon for lollipop search terms that are paired with “Annie’s,” your brand name. So, SEO agencies will spend your ad money on those terms and report a very high ROAS. 

To avoid scenarios like these, it’s best to look for an agency that either calculates their profits on metrics other than your ROAS scores or weighs branded search terms differently in the performance metrics reports. Regardless of your Amazon SEO agency’s cost structure, you should align onbranded search terms before committing to a scope of work.

Provide Detailed Competitive Insight

A great indicator of a high-quality Amazon SEO agency is the level of insight they can provide into your competitors’ listing positioning and how it compares to yours. Data fanaticism is so important at Pattern that we’ve developed proprietary technology to display this exact information with precise detail for every brand we work with. In fact, you can find our free version here to see how you compare to some of your top competitors based on ASIN.

It’s certainly possible to improve your Amazon search performance with blind spending strategies. But a truly great solution will help you to know where your dollars are at their most powerful and competitive.

Reduce Your Ad Spend Over Time

Amazon’s A10 algorithm prioritizes customer satisfaction—it wants to show consumers the best products that align with their search intent to improve conversions and sales. So, the best way to gain momentum on Amazon is to work on incremental wins. 

Improving your performance on more obscure search terms that align with your customers’ search intent is a great way to increase ROAS for the long term. A10 will reward your success with better rankings on higher-volume search terms and the virtuous cycle can help you conquer your most-coveted listing spots. And the best part? This process of gaining momentum, if done right, will naturally decrease your ad spend over time as Amazon recognizes your value and works with you to keep your products at the top of consumers’ search results.

Amazon SEO Optimization and More

As an Amazon SEO specialist, Pattern knows how to help your brand win better success for long-term profitability on Amazon. With our data-driven tools and brilliant teams of ecommerce experts, we help brands with listing management, content optimization, Amazon ad strategies, and more.

Contact us to learn more about our SEO optimization services.

Global Ecommerce: Weekly News (20th September 2022)

Global Ecommerce Weekly News: 20th September 2022

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