Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg emphasized while discussing the social network’s recently announced test of a buy button during its second-quarter earnings call Wednesday that the aim is to streamline the transaction process for sellers, and not for Facebook to become a seller.
Last week, Facebook announced that it is testing a new buy button feature, enabling businesses to sell products directly on the social network. The button — available on desktop and mobile ads and page posts — is currently limited to a few small and midsized businesses in the U.S.
It’s hard to come up with a more obvious call to action than “buy,” and Facebook announced Thursday that it is testing a buy call-to-action button with “a few small and midsized businesses in the U.S.”
Facebook has been trying to give users options for social commerce, such as proposing a “want” feature. Chirpify took it one step further. The social commerce platform recently teamed up with country singer Tim McGraw for an interesting promotion. Facebook users who already have Chirpify accounts were able to purchase McGraw’s newest album simply by commenting, “buy.”
How many times have you seen a brand share an image of something that you’d like to buy? Facebook is taking a step toward closing that loop with Collections, allowing users to not only like, but collect, want, or buy products that brands share through images on the social network.