Should Small Businesses Use Instagram’s Shopping Feature?

Last week, Instagram announced they are rolling out new shopping features. The beta brands who used Instagram shopping since Fall 2017 reported a 1,416% increase in traffic and 20% increase in revenue. We know what you’re thinking: How do I get in on this action!? Read on to learn what Shopping on Instagram is, what features exist, and if it’s right for your business.

What is Shopping on Instagram?

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Think Instagram meets Pinterest. They are building out ways for Instagram users to browse, save, and buy products from businesses. This is a big change for businesses who use Instagram to promote themselves. Historically, Instagram allows for very limited means to link a prospect back to your website. Unless your business has reached 10,000 followers and is verified allowing you to use links in stories, the only option is to “see link in bio” which we are all very used to seeing. The ability to use Instagram’s new “shopping tags” opens a new e-commerce window. Bottom line, if your business sells online you might want to read on.

How do I get started?

First, your business needs to get approved for the Instagram shopping features. Your business must (1) have a business profile, (2) adhere to Privacy Policy,  (3) sell mostly physical goods, and (4) have a Facebook Catalog to apply.

Once you are approved you can add shopping tags to images you post in the feed or in stories. These tags will bring you to a product page where users can read more or visit the website. Instagram users can explore new products and new businesses through the shopping channel in the “Explore” section.

And, what are the new features?

Instagram is making it easier for shoppers to save and go back to products they like through a “Shopping Collection.” Similar to a shopping cart or account favorites section, when Instagram users’ find products they like and click through on the tags,  they can “save” them and have the ability to go back and view those products in their “collection.” Instagram is also adding a shopping tab to business accounts, this allows users to see all of a business’ shoppable products in one place. Finally, they are adding the ability to shop via in-feed video. As a business owner, all you have to do is  tag products in videos you post to your feed.

Advice from Rivet: If you are an e-commerce business selling physical goods and Instagram is an important channel to your customer base, definitely think about starting to use Instagram shopping features.  The features Instagram rolled out in a fairly short period of time demonstrate their focus on developing this functionality. As Instagram optimizes users’ shopping experience, your opportunity to grow your business on Instagram increases.

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13 Holiday Shopping Markets that You Shouldn’t Miss

Not sure about you, but we loved exploring our local businesses on Small Business Saturday. We are eager to meet more makers, artisans, and entrepreneurs, but equally as excited to share their creations with our loved ones this holiday season. So, we have been doing some research and we found 13 Holiday Markets to bring you cheer this holiday season. Browse the ones near you and mark your calendars! We want to see your favorite vendors so tag us @Rivet_Marketing and Happy Shopping.

December 1-2 Weekend

The Salem Flea Holiday Market

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 AM  4:00 PM

Where:Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA, 01970

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Ipswich Christmas Bazaar

When: Saturday, December 1st, 9AM - 2 PM

Where:  Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street Ipswich, MA 01938

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Vintage Bazaar Holiday Pop Up

When:  Fri, Nov 23, 2018, 11:00 AM – Sun, Dec 2, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Where:  77 Elm Street, Amesbury, MA 01913

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Marblehead Holiday Gift Expo

When: Sun, December 2, 2018 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Where:  Masonic Temple, 62 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

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New England Equine Rescue Holiday Craft Fair

When: Sun, December 2, 2018 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Where: 381 Main St West Newbury, MA 01985

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Danvers 2018 Holiday Happenings Vendor and Craft Fair

When: December 1, 2018 6-9

Where: Breakaway 221 Newbury St Danvers, MA 1923

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Marblehead Artisan's Holiday Marketplace

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 10AM - 5PM & Sunday, December 2, 2018 10AM - 4PM

Where: Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

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December 7-9th Weekend

North Shore Artisans Holiday Market

When:  December 7th from 5-9:30 & December 8th 10-4

Where: 26 Pleasant St. Newburyport, MA 01950

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Unique Market

When: December 9th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST

Where: 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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Waldorf Enchanted Fair

When:  December 8th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where:  Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St., Beverly

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December 14-16 Weekend

North Shore Artisans Holiday Market

When:  December 14th 5-9:30 & December 15th 10-4

Where: 26 Pleasant St. Newburyport, MA 01950

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Rockport’s Maker Festival

When: Sat Dec 15, 2018 - Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where: 12 Main Street Rockport MA and 27 Main Street Rockport MA

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Salem Holiday Market

When: Saturday, December 16, 201711:00 AM & Sunday, December 17, 20176:00 PM

Where: Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA, 01970

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Hello, We Are Rivet!

Hello World! We are Rivet Marketing; two driven women with 14 years of collective marketing experience aiming to help our local businesses.

Welcome to our blog, it’s called ‘On The Line’ because the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Train has been a host to numerous conversations about marketing, the North Shore, and our dreams. It felt only fitting that this blog, which will continue to do just that, reflects its origin story.

We are starting Rivet Marketing because we are motivated by our community. We are inspired every day by the hardworking and creative owners of our local businesses. We see them constantly trying new things and making our community a better place; and we want to do the same. We think this is the best way to help keep our corner of the world unique.

At Rivet, we want to use our knowledge from years of experience to build marketing plans that are tailored for local businesses, to ensure they send the right message that resonates with their unique customers in a meaningful and lasting way.

As a startup and a small business ourselves, we have decided to launch our business on Small Business Saturday, one of the most important days of the year for the local businesses that encouraged us to take this step. To kick things off, we are running a contest for a North Shore business to win a free marketing plan. Interested businesses can enter to win by signing up for our email list by December 31st.