| ||As a platform that was once used for sharing photographs with friends and family, the development of new technology globally has seen Instagram develop various new features throughout thelast few years. As the emergence of content marketing dramatically increased in the early 2010s, how we shared and produced content for social media similarly changed. As a platform whose original purpose was to enable us to share photos with those closest to us, how we use Instagram today is completely different. As an influx of businesses trying to find a new way to personally connect with their customers, Instagram created a feature that enabled users to purchase products without leaving the walls of the app, access we did not have just a few years ago. |
With the establishment of the shopping feature in 2017, companies that were once sharing their products online—through content marketing—were instead able to sell their products through the Instagram shop. By posting images of their products and being able to tag up to five products on a single image or video post, customers now have instantaneous access to items, brands and products without having to access the brand's website. As research was developed after the shopping feature was first introduced, Instagram found that 80% of people followed a business account in a global community of over 600M.