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‘A holistic shopping platform’: Google vp Tara Walpert Levy on new holiday livestream shopping on YouTube – Digiday

Summary

YouTube has recently dabbled in livestream shopping with creators like skincare influencer Hyram and nail care influencer Simply Not Logical. Doing so helped prove the worth of working with creators on live stream shopping events. It led YouTube to create a new week-long live stream holiday shopping event, kicking off Nov. 15 in partnership with brands like Samsung, Walmart and Verizon.

Digiday caught up with Tara Walpert Levy, vp of agency and…….

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YouTube has recently dabbled in livestream shopping with creators like skincare influencer Hyram and nail care influencer Simply Not Logical. Doing so helped prove the worth of working with creators on live stream shopping events. It led YouTube to create a new week-long live stream holiday shopping event, kicking off Nov. 15 in partnership with brands like Samsung, Walmart and Verizon.

Digiday caught up with Tara Walpert Levy, vp of agency and brand solutions at Google, ahead of a panel at Advertising Week, to hear about why YouTube is leaning into live shopping now, what it will do for marketers and returning to in-person networking.

This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

There are a couple of things going on. YouTube has this foundation as a shopping platform and we got consumer research that, frankly, overwhelmed even us about how people view [YouTube] as a shopping platform. This study, in partnership with Publicis and TalkShoppe, found that 89% of viewers feel that YouTube creators have [product] recommendations they can trust — it’s hard to get 89% of people to agree on anything — and 87% said when they browse on YouTube they get the highest quality information about products.

And we’ve reported in the past that 70% of people buy a product after they see it on YouTube. So the new information combined with our historical knowledge really brought home for us [how people are using YouTube to shop]. Sometimes, people think of YouTube as a brand or a reach platform, which of course it is, but this brings home in a quantitative way how powerful a shopping platform it is and why (because it’s really tied to the roots of our creators). 

[With this announcement,] we also wanted to highlight our investment in YouTube being a robust shopping platform. Beyond live shopping, we’ve made product feeds now globally available in campaigns on YouTube. We’ve also launched shoppable CTV ads across YouTube so now we have this whole suite of new functionality that brands are leaning into and seeing success with.

[As for live streaming,] we partnered with a number of different creators for a number of small live shopping tests earlier this year and we saw a lot of success with creators. It really set up the fact that we believe major shopping events on YouTube will be successful for brands and creators. So on Nov. 15th, we’re kicking off YouTube stream and shop, which will be seven days of shoppable livestreams, starting with the Merrell Twins, offering exclusive products from Samsung, Walmart and Verizon. We think we’ll learn a lot about live shopping on YouTube from this bigger moment. 

We look at live shopping as part of our portfolio. YouTube is a holistic shopping platform in everything from the shopping shelf that goes with our regular videos to the ability to buy from a video on demand. Live shopping rounds out the portfolio of what we do. …….

Source: https://digiday.com/marketing/a-holistic-shopping-platform-google-vp-tara-walpert-levy-on-new-holiday-livestream-shopping-on-youtube/