The popular social media platform TikTok is delving deeper into e-commerce with the official launch of TikTok Shop in the U.S. The feature-rich rollout includes a dedicated shop tab, live video shopping, shoppable ads, and an affiliate program for creators.
- Dedicated Shop Tab: A specific tab for shopping where users can browse various products.
- Live Video Shopping: Brands and creators can showcase their products in real-time.
- Shoppable Ads: Ads that allow immediate purchases.
- Affiliate Programs: Creators can earn a commission by promoting products.
The feature allows creators to tag products directly within their in-feed videos and live videos, simplifying the shopping experience for users. Brands also have the option of creating product portfolios, which are accessible from their profile pages.
Apart from hosting products, TikTok is offering logistics solutions under "Fulfilled by TikTok," which aims to ensure secure and efficient deliveries. The platform has previously partnered with Shopify and also offers integration with other e-commerce solutions like WooCommerce, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, and more.
According to TikTok, the platform has already onboarded more than 200,000 sellers and over 100,000 creators have joined the affiliate program.
While TikTok Shop is likely to gather more user data, including financial details and shopping patterns, the company has reassured that all such data for U.S. users will be stored in the U.S. and managed by a separate unit, USDS. However, this may still raise concerns among lawmakers, many of whom have previously called for a ban on the app.
As TikTok Shop goes live, it positions the platform as a serious contender in the e-commerce sector, directly challenging giants like Amazon and Shein. With features aiming to leverage the platform's massive user engagement, TikTok Shop is well poised to make a significant impact on social commerce.