TikTok for Beauty Brands: Revolutionising Ecommerce

TikTok Shop

In the ever-evolving world of digital marketing, the beauty industry has discovered a powerful partnership in the form of the TikTok Shop. This has enabled beauty brands to connect with a vast audience and employ cutting-edge shopping features in a new era of ecommerce. In this blog, I will explore the strategies beauty brands can implement to harness the TikTok Shop boom and elevate their digital marketing game.

Showcasing Expertise to Build Trust

One of the key ways brands can captivate their audience on TikTok is by showcasing their expertise within their respective market. By sharing makeup tutorials, skincare routines, and hosting live Q&A sessions, beauty brands can position themselves as knowledgeable authorities within the community, inspiring consumers with new ways to use their products and providing insightful content to learn new makeup hacks. 

A prime example is P. Louise, a brand that offers tutorials and readily addresses queries about products and their applications. This approach not only educates consumers but also fosters a sense of trust in the product and brand, increasing consumer confidence when making a purchasing decision. 

Harnessing the Power of Influencer Collaborations

In social media marketing, influencers can play a pivotal role in driving trends and shaping consumer preferences. 

This can be seen with The Beauty Crop, who have collaborated with TikTok influencer Amelia Olivia to provide new products, such as the GRWM 5 Piece Set. By linking with a well-known TikTok creator in the beauty community, it provides the brand with expanded reach, whilst bolstering credibility through product reviews.

@amelia0livia Testing Lilac Setting Powder 💜 Take a shot everytime i say LILAC!! @thebeautycrop wow this is truly beautiful…. Ad #testingmakeup #pinkundereyetrend #settingpowder ♬ original sound - Amelia Olivia

It's essential to note that the effectiveness of influencer marketing is sometimes harmed by concerns of (in)authenticity. Some influencers are gifted with PR packages or paid to promote products, which can impact the integrity of their endorsement in some cases - especially if they fail to be transparent about the nature of the relationship.

However, other creators purchase their own products and can link these on their videos, gaining commission if any of their viewers then purchase through the TikTok shop. This type of content can help to combat inauthenticity, as the content was not endorsed by the brand but provides a similar experience or promotion.

By linking user-generated content (UGC) and authentic reviews, brands can enhance their reputation and in turn, create stronger connections with their audience.

Seamless Shopping with Shoppable Content

TikTok's integration of shoppable content directly in-platform has redefined the online shopping experience. Brands can now create videos featuring their products, allowing viewers to make purchases without leaving the app. 

This convenience not only streamlines the customer journey, but also leads to higher conversion rates. An illustrative example is Made by Mitchell, who frequently does live videos to showcase order packaging, new product colour swatches and product application by makeup artists. With a call-to-action prominently featured on the screen, viewers can effortlessly purchase items, effectively blurring the line between entertainment and shopping.

The TikTok live feature can also be used to a brand’s advantage by providing giveaways. Made by Mitchell uses giveaways to help drive traffic to their live videos, with a viewer being in with the chance of winning a product once the live stream reaches a certain number of likes or viewers. This helps to drive traffic and increase engagement analytics in order to boost sales and awareness of new product launches. 

Igniting Engagement through TikTok Challenges

Beauty brands are known for their creativity, and TikTok challenges and hashtag campaigns provide the perfect outlet to showcase it. These challenges encourage users to participate and create content, generating excitement and boosting brand visibility. The Made By Mitchell Colour Case Competition is a prime instance of this strategy in action. By prompting customers who've purchased their Colour Cases to share diverse looks on TikTok, the brand not only increases its audience’s user-generated content, it also entices others to purchase products for a chance to participate.

In conclusion, the convergence of the beauty industry and the TikTok Shop has ushered in a new era of ecommerce. By showcasing expertise, collaborating with influencers, leveraging shoppable content, and igniting engagement, beauty brands can capitalise on this dynamic platform to enhance their digital marketing and social media strategies. As the beauty industry continues to evolve, the TikTok Shop stands as a testament to the power of innovation and collaboration in shaping the future of online retail.

While you're here, why not listen to our ICS Podcast episode with Barry Enderwick of Sandwiches of History, who provides some excellent food for thought on the TikTok algorithm?

And, of course, get in touch with ICS-digital to find out more about our social media strategy and ecommerce marketing expertise.