It’s official. After a successful test, per Instagram, the platform is bringing ads to another surface — within the Shop tab globally.
Shop is a mobile-only hub launched last May to highlight a wide range of digital storefronts, which landed a permanent spot at the bottom of the navigation bar in November. Ads will appear in most countries where Instagram Shopping tab is available, according to the company, including North America, Latin America, and the EMEA and APAC regions.
Ads will appear as tiles on the Instagram Shop tab homepage, which will then take users to a product details page to learn more about the item, view additional images, or browse other products from the same brand. Instagram notes that, as with other ads, users can hide or report ads by pressing and holding on the tile to take action.
“I’ve found the most success running ads in an environment where the consumer is already in a shopping mindset, which the Shop tab naturally attracts,” Hannah Gardner, the senior associate of acquisition marketing at luggage brand Away, told Instagram in a statement. “The more frequently I can get in front of the consumer in that mindset, the better my potential for ROI.”
Other participants in the U.S.-based ad test prior to its official launch included beauty brand Donni Davy, pet products maker Boo Oh, Clare paint, Wisconsin-based home decor shop JNJ Gifts, nostalgic snack maker Deux, and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty.
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