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YouTube expands live ecommerce tools to all creators through deal with shopify

Youtube is launching new tools within YouTube Studio’s Shopping page in an effort to grease its ecommerce wheels.

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These capabilities will make it simpler for artists to control how their products are classified and displayed on their channels. All YouTube creators who qualify for the merchandising programme now have access to live shopping options, such as the capability to tag products to a livestream directly from the Live Control Room panel.

Additionally, Shopify, a company that offers ecommerce services, and YouTube have signed a collaboration to allow creators and businesses to advertise their goods on YouTube channels and in other content. Creators may now easily link their Shopify store to their YouTube channel.

Beginning next week, YouTube will add a new shopping option to the “Explore” tab that will showcase “related” shoppable content from creator channels in the U.S., Brazil, and India. Later this year, the feature will be available in more nations.

“(Creators) spend a lot of time building a business and developing their products, so we want to make it even easier for them to connect and manage their stores on YouTube and bring their products directly to their audience,” said David Katz. VP of shopping product of YouTube.

Creators can take advantage of Shopify’s real-time inventory syncing feature, which is designed to reduce the possibility that a product would be out of stock, by connecting a Shopify store with their YouTube channel. US-based content producers can make Shopify’s onsite checkout available so that customers can make purchases without leaving YouTube. Shopify offers ecommerce packages for as little as USD 29 per month. Additionally, the business levies fees for processing credit cards online, which start at 2.9 percent plus 30 cents each transaction.

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“We believe creators are the next generation of merchants, and YouTube has been a longtime leader in powering this new cohort of entrepreneurs,” said Kaz Nejatian, VP of product at Shopify.