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Here is why social commerce will rule social media in 2020. #SMDAY
In honor of Social Media Day, we would like to talk about how exactly this disruptive computer-based technology has changed not only the way we communicate with brands and each other but also what impact it has on the eCommerce sector.

As of today, social commerce is one of the hottest trends in social media and it looks to have an even bigger impact in the coming years. It is growing more complex because of how prosperous it has become. It accounted for $22 billion in sales last year and expected to grow to more than $67 billion by 2023, which is more than a 200% increase in just a couple of years.
But what exactly is social commerce?
Social commerce is the act of selling products directly through social media platforms, whether you do it through posts, videos, comments, forums, or any other means. The key difference between social media marketing and social commerce is that in the second case, you're actively selling on the platform itself, instead of driving referral traffic from social media to a website. This means that the whole shopping experience happens without the customer ever leaving the social media channel.


Why is social commerce essential?
No wonder it continues to be a leader in running product discovery for companies & brands. According to research, 55% of online shoppers have made a purchase via social media. And 54% of social browsers use social media to actually research products. Another study showed that 90% of people buy from brands they follow on social media. We can go on and on about all impressive data, but the point is that you can use existing channels and its tools to drive it. Moreover, people are there and fully ready to adopt new technologies that support buying/selling.
There are 3 primary players for social commerce: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. All three have adopted and introduced plenty of tools for in-app shopping a long time ago, and continue to improve it every year. For customers, browsing and purchasing via e-commerce product within a social media platform cuts down on the amount of friction associated with the shopping process. However, each business has its own goals and ways to reach customers. So you should consider and analyze everything before you decide to jump into 'the trend'.
Social commerce offers a variety of benefits for your business and customers. Here are some of them.
1
Increases the discoverability
Increases the discoverability. For instance, Facebook alone reaches 60.6% of internet users. So you can either use your own online store or their own platform to create a store (e.g.Facebook shop & Market). These microsites are much more mobile-friendly which will generally lead to increased conversion rates.
2
Engage with customers and encourage them to buy from you
Social media is quite interactive and engaging when done right. It helps to build a strong relationship between you and the audience. While the ability to interact with people directly also helps answer questions and remove barriers. People can come to your page to ask questions and get a quick response. You can also make direct sales pitches or share landing pages, too. Let the customer drive this social shopping experience for the best results. Keep in mind that social media is a personalized experience itself, most of the decision-making processes happen naturally there. And being is someone's feed makes a step closer to the sale.
3
Product pins, shoppable galleries and stories
Video and temporary content are growing extremely popular on social media. So, social commerce has followed. One of the growing trends now are shopping options in these timed services. Facebook and Instagram are well-known options because they've made it easy for brands to promote products. For instance, On Instagram, you can use product tags to highlight anything that you sell within your stories. Facebook has similar tagging and also includes the option to add a call-to-action on your Stories page. Pinterest, for example, is designed to be a shoppable gallery in and of itself. You can create boards of different product categories and display your products on them with links to buy pages. It's a smart and savvy way to reach your audience with compelling content.
Social commerce is still in its infancy, and social media platforms are continually developing new ways to simplify the path to purchase. So we believe that following all trends and staying up to date will definitely make your customers satisfied in the long run.

Give us a shout if you have any further questions.
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