Making It Easier to Shop and Sell on Facebook Apps

FBook Mastery - Making It Easier to Shop and Sell on Facebook Apps

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the shift to online shopping has rapidly accelerated, with an estimated 85% of people worldwide now shopping online. Facebook wants to make shopping easier for people and empower anyone, from an entrepreneur to the largest brand, to use their apps to connect with customers and grow their business. That’s why they’re creating new ways for people to shop on their apps and providing tools to help businesses sell online.

A New Place for People to Shop in the Facebook App

Facebook is rolling out Facebook Shop for users to discover businesses and shop for products in the Facebook app. Facebook Shop makes it easy for people to find products from businesses they love, discover new ones and make purchases, all in one place. Testing has started in the US and in July, Instagram Shop was also rolled out where people can discover and buy products from creators and brands, all in one place.

New Tools for Businesses to Create and Manage an Online Store

One of the easiest ways for businesses to showcase their products on Facebook and Instagram is through Facebook Shops. Shops makes it simple for businesses to set up a single online store that customers can access on both Facebook and Instagram. We launched Shops in May, and in the coming weeks, we’re making it available to any eligible business and adding customization features, messaging and new insights to help businesses measure results. We’re also expanding checkout on Instagram to all US businesses and creators.

These new features give businesses more control over how their digital storefront looks and make creating new collections easier. These include:
  • New design layouts for featuring single products or groups of products in Shops
  • Real-time preview of collections as they are designed
  • The ability to automatically create Shops for new sellers
  • New insights to measure results in Commerce Manager

FBook Mastery - Making It Easier to Shop and Sell on Facebook Apps

Expanding Checkout on Instagram

In the coming weeks, all eligible sellers in the US will be able to start using checkout on Instagram. Checkout makes it easy for people to make a purchase in just a few taps, without leaving the app. To use checkout, businesses must have Shops and use Facebook Commerce Manager or our partners Shopify and BigCommerce. More platform partners will be available soon.

Facebook is also waiving selling fees for businesses through the end of the year to reduce the cost of doing business online, especially given the current economic crisis.

Connect with Customers Using Messaging and Live Shopping

Messaging through Shops combines the in-store experience of being able to ask a salesperson questions with the convenience of online shopping. Messaging allows businesses to provide personalized assistance so people can make more informed decisions about their purchase. The new messaging button on Shops makes it easy for people to message businesses through Messenger, WhatsApp or Instagram Direct. Customers can view products right within the chat, making it easy to share products with friends and family to get feedback before making a purchase. They're testing this feature on Messenger and Instagram Direct now, and will start testing it on WhatsApp soon.

FBook Mastery - Making It Easier to Shop and Sell on Facebook Apps
FBook Mastery - Making It Easier to Shop and Sell on Facebook Apps

With Live Shopping, Facebook is making it easier for people to shop in real time. Facebook has been testing this feature on both Facebook and Instagram, and now Facebook Live Shopping includes new features to help businesses easily set up a live experience featuring products from their Shop and sell directly from the video. Instagram Live Shopping is now available to all businesses and creators using checkout in the US.

Source: Facebook
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