Walmart beauty on TikTok

By: Kátai Ildikó Date: 2021. 03. 16. 11:01

Walmart put its second shoppable livestream on social video app TikTok, this time to showcase beauty products. The retail chain’s “Spring Shop-Along: Beauty Edition” works with brands like L’Oréal’s Maybelline and NYX Cosmetics brands, Bliss and Marc Jacobs fragrances starting at 9 p.m. ET on March 11.

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Creators including Gabby Morrison, who has 3.5 million followers on TikTok, will demonstrate their favorite beauty products from Walmart as they share their skincare, makeup and hair routines and offer tutorials on popular trends during the 60-minute interactive tutorial.

Livestream flies high

Walmart’s second livestreamed shopping event on TikTok comes a few months after the retail chain mixed content and commerce for its “Holiday Shop-Along Spectacular” on the social video app in December. Walmart experienced seven times as many views as it had expected, and boosted its TikTok following by 25%, per data in the blog post of William White, Chief Marketing Officer, Walmart U.S.

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Walmart currently has over 728,000 followers on TikTok as of press time, making its collaborations with popular creators like Gabby Morrison a key part of extending its reach among a wider audience. The results and return to the platform demonstrate why Walmart was working with Oracle to acquire TikTok’s U.S. operations, a bid that is on indefinite hold as the Biden administration may approach Chinese tech firms differently than the previous administration, which had been looking to force U.S. investment.

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TikTok is rapidly emerging as a popular influencer marketing platform, with 45% of marketers saying they used the social video app in influencer campaigns last year, up from a negligible amount in 2019, according to a global survey by influencer marketing firm Upfluence. TikTok’s growing popularity is eating into Facebook’s Instagram, whose utilization in influencer campaigns fell to 68% from 80% a year earlier. Meanwhile, Facebook utilization fell to 43% from 46% and Twitter declined to 15% from 22%.

Watch and buy

The shoppable livestream on TikTok is another sign of how the digital media industry is becoming more transactional as brands place a greater priority on business outcomes for their campaigns. As brands seek a way to lift sales while fostering direct relationships with customers, livestreams have emerged as a growing marketing channel. The strong growth in e-commerce had led Facebook, Google, Pinterest and Snap to add more shopping functions to their platforms in the past few years, and the pandemic has accelerated that shift to online buying.

With many shoppers avoiding stores during the pandemic, e-commerce has become even more vital to Walmart’s sales growth. Its U.S. e-commerce sales grew 35% from a year earlier in the fourth quarter, helping to drive a 2.1% gain in revenue to $141.7 billion during a period that included the holiday shopping season, per its quarterly report.

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