From this week, YouTube’s explore tab will feature shoppable content for viewers in the United States, Brazil and India, with additional countries to roll out later this year.
Called YouTube Shopping, the feature will allow merchants and content creators to promote products across their YouTube channels by linking their Shopify store with YouTube.
Consumers in the US will also be able to checkout on site, meaning they can complete purchases without leaving the platform.
There are three ways products can be sold:
Because Shopify acts as the merchant’s retail operating system, product details including names, images, pricing and shipping are kept up-to-date across channels. And if a product sells out, it’s automatically removed from YouTube.
Merchants can also track the performance of live and on-demand videos directly from their Shopify admin, with a full view of multichannel sales.
With over 2 billion monthly users, YouTube provides a massive stage on which to connect with consumers in a meaningful and engaging way.
A study run by YouTube, Publicis and TalkShoppe, shows that 89 per cent of viewers trust the recommendations given to them by YouTube creators – and it’s this trust that helps inform what viewers buy.
Plus you’re in good company – this year YouTube made live events such as Coachella music festival and Paulistão football tournament completely shoppable for viewers.
The video streaming platform also hosted a product launch for major makeup brand Glossier.
Consider why your audience is watching the video in the first place – do they enjoy watching your chosen presenter? Are they keen to find out more about your brand? Do they want to see exclusive content from behind the scenes at your design studio or follow you on a sourcing trip? Perhaps they are excited to see how your product actually works. Find out what your audience are interested in and cater to it.
See the full list of eligible countries here.
First off, see if you’re eligible to become a partner. Requirements for your channel include:
If your brand’s channel meets all of the above, learn how to upload your Shopify store to YouTube here.