We are living in strange times. Technology is changing our lives at unprecedented rates and is offering opportunities we could only dream about 30 years ago. Maybe this extreme pace is one of the reasons why we like to dwell in memories of the past. One particular decade many of us like to think back to and that is influencing our lives again is the 90s. Especially the younger generations like not only to dress like the 90s but to shop like they are in the 90s. Do you remember the hay-day of QVC and HSE 24? Live TV-Shopping is back! At least somewhat and with a significant technological spin on it. Of course we are not watching TV anymore, we are watching livestreams on social media!
China is the trailblazer once again and for two years now, Chinese companies, influencers and everyone else who has something to offer is using livestreams to advertise their own products. Even the Chinese government has voiced its support, calling the industry the "new engine" of e-commerce growth.
With China leading the way, the US are of course the next in line following this footsteps. With "NTWRK" a new player is entering the livestream market: "Our goal is to become a massive marketplace". NTWRK is combining the power of engaging content and the influencers creating it, with desirable and exclusive products. Those products are limited in number and availability time frame, increasing their desirability and leading to high velocity in transactions.
Those opportunities did not go unnoticed by the big players in the social commerce market. Amazon has a streaming platform, which hosts daily live shows on fitness, makeup, cooking etc. The hosts are talking about certain topics and matching products are shown directly below the video. Easy to access, easy to purchase.
With its "Shops" feature Facebook is going down a similar route. They are making it easier to shop for products in real time. Sellers, brands and creators will be able to tag products from their Facebook Shop or catalog before going live and those products will be shown at the bottom of the video so people can easily tap to learn more and purchase.
As live-streaming becomes more popular it will be only a matter of time until more platforms will be offering similar product integrations into their streaming possibilities.
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