Instagram is rolling out product tagging to all users in the US, opening up new e-commerce opportunities on the app.
The announcement came from Meta Communications Manager, Alexandru Voica, who shared: "Rolling out in the US over the next few months, product tags make it easier for people to share and discover products from brands and small businesses they love."
Everyone can now tag products on @Instagram.— Alexandru Voica (alexvoica.eth) 💀 (@alexvoica) March 22, 2022
Rolling out in the US over the next few months, product tags make it easier for people to share and discover products from brands and small businesses they love. pic.twitter.com/H5JxrKuSuU
Instagram product tags make shopping on the app seamless — where users can easily discover, click, and shop the products they find in their feeds.
By rolling out the ability for anyone to add a product tag, Instagram is introducing millions of new routes-to-purchase.
Tl;dr: Get ready to scroll 'n' shop till you drop!
Get the latest Instagram trends and news with Later’s free newsletter. Everything you need — delivered right to your inbox. Subscribe today:
Why Is Instagram Opening Up Product Tagging to All Users?
Instagram is creating more opportunities for people to shop directly on the app, bridging the gap between visual inspiration and e-commerce.
Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, shared that the app is focused on four key areas right now: Creators, Video, Shopping, and Messaging.
Changes are coming to video on Instagram 📺— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) June 30, 2021
At Instagram we’re always trying to build new features that help you get the most out of your experience. Right now we’re focused on four key areas: Creators, Video, Shopping and Messaging. pic.twitter.com/ezFp4hfDpf
By opening up the ability for all users to tag products on Instagram, the potential for purchasing on the app increases exponentially.
Previously, only creators could tag products from businesses in their posts.
Not only does this make the user journey significantly easier (especially if they have access to Instagram Checkout) but it also helps brands who have an Instagram Shop make more sales via their community.
For influencers and creators, there's also a native affiliate tool to reward product-tagging with commission-based payments.
And for Instagram themselves, there's some serious revenue at play. The selling fee is 5% per shipment (or a flat fee of $0.40 for shipments of $8.00 or less) for any sale made through Instagram Checkout.
It's a win-win-win.
P.S. If you're not based in the US, sit tight. It's likely we'll see product tagging being rolled out to more users in the future.
Will you be using Instagram's product tagging features in your posts? Join the conversation over on Later's Instagram channel!