Final yr, in an interview with MBW, TikTok’s World Head of Music Ole Obermann mentioned plans for e-commerce options for artists inside its app.
He famous that TikTok “not too long ago did a number of exams within the US the place we labored with big-name artists to allow them to promote bodily merchandise off of their TikTok accounts”.
Obermann cited artists together with Lizzo and Billie Eilish as being concerned in these exams, telling MBW on the time that, “the numbers have been large” including: “It blew us away”.
An article revealed by the Monetary Occasions at this time (July 5) left main questions hanging over the way forward for these e-commerce plans for artists on the platform.
The FT reported that TikTok has scrapped the enlargement of its TikTok Store characteristic into Europe and the US.
Launched within the UK in December 2021, TikTok Store lets creators promote merchandise immediately on TikTok by means of in-feed movies and dwell streams.
The UK was TikTok Store’s first market outdoors Asia. TikTok formally introduced at this time (July 5) that its ‘Store’ software has been launched in Malaysia, with the FT noting that it additionally not too long ago went dwell in Vietnam and Thailand. It was launched in Indonesia final yr.
Based on the FT, the launch within the UK “was hit by inner issues and struggled to achieve traction with customers”.
In consequence, experiences the FT, a deliberate enlargement into the US “later in 2022”, and into the European markets of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain within the first half of this yr, has been shelved.
An nameless TikTok worker is cited by the FT as saying that, “The market simply isn’t there but,” and that, “normal shopper consciousness and adoption are nonetheless low and nascent”.
The FT’s article claims additional that “many TikTok Store livestreams have achieved poor gross sales regardless of the corporate providing subsidies and money incentives to encourage manufacturers and influencers to promote by means of the app”.
MBW reached out to TikTok to make clear whether or not the claims reported by the FT can have any influence on TikTok’s music-related e-commerce plans outlined by TikTok’s World Head of Music Ole Obermann whereas talking with MBW final yr.
In an announcement offered to MBW, a TikTok spokesperson mentioned: “The article refers to TikTok Store, a particular product obtainable in sure markets together with the UK, which is a special a part of TikTok’s e-commerce providing than Ole beforehand referred to”.
“The article refers to TikTok Store, a particular product obtainable in sure markets together with the UK, which is a special a part of TikTok’s e-commerce providing than Ole beforehand referred to.”
TikTok spokesperson, chatting with MBW
In an article revealed by Marketing campaign at this time, TikTok is reported to have disputed the FT’s declare that it deliberate to broaden right into a handful of European markets within the first half of 2022.
The Marketing campaign piece cites a TikTok spokesperson as stating that the platform’s “focus was on the UK, after not too long ago launching in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam, and final yr in Indonesia”.
A TikTok spokesperson advised Marketing campaign: “We’re all the time taking a look at methods to boost our neighborhood’s expertise and often take a look at new options that encourage creativity, deliver pleasure and innovate the TikTok expertise in markets all over the world.
“Manufacturers on TikTok have discovered a inventive outlet to authentically join with audiences, and we’re excited to experiment with new commerce alternatives that allow our neighborhood to find and interact with what they love.”
“WE RECENTLY DID A FEW TESTS IN THE US WHERE WE WORKED WITH BIG-NAME ARTISTS TO ENABLE THEM TO SELL PHYSICAL PRODUCTS OFF OF THEIR TIKTOK ACCOUNTS. THE NUMBERS WERE MASSIVE.”
Ole Obermann, chatting with MBW in 2021
Talking with MBW in 2021, Obermann mentioned: “We’re now speaking about a wider definition of ‘a musician’. A musician makes music, and hopefully they will make an incredible residing by getting folks to eat their music, by touring and performing that music dwell, by promoting merch and so on.
“However on TikTok, these musicians may grow to be creators in a broader sense, and actually use the video medium. You then’re speaking to a really giant viewers, and you’ll promote them issues [via your TikTok channel]. I actually assume we’re simply scratching the floor of the place that’s all going to go.
Added Obermann: “I’m excited by the e-commerce alternatives on TikTok for artists promoting to followers.
“We not too long ago did a number of exams within the US the place we labored with big-name artists to allow them to promote bodily merchandise off of their TikTok accounts. These artists included Lizzo and Billie Eilish, and the numbers have been large. It blew us away.
“The opposite aspect of it’s that TikTok creators who aren’t musical creators themselves, are utilizing music. Musicians receives a commission off of the again of that, and it could possibly grow to be a wholesome income stream. It helps break songs and artists, consumption goes up on the opposite platforms, extra tickets are bought, an even bigger live-streaming occasion can occur and so on.
“So that you’ve acquired two sides coming collectively. And it massively expands the pie.”Music Enterprise Worldwide
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