With the Social Buy Button, selling up to 10 products on Facebook, Facebook Messenger, or Instagram is as easy as adding a button to your profiles.
Got a side hustle or business idea? Take it to the next level with all the professional eCommerce features you need.
Thinking about selling with a website in the future? You can upgrade easily anytime.
It only takes a couple of minutes to set up your online store using the user-friendly dashboard.
Once you're all set up, synchronize your products or services with the platforms you want and start selling!
Set up your Facebook and Instagram shops using one dashboard and leverage the world's largest social network.
Highlight products in your Instagram posts and tag them to drive direct sales.
You'll see better ad performance if potential customers don't have to leave their platform to buy.
Feeling creative? Reach a broad audience and win over potential buyers with entertaining ads on TikTok.
No need to maintain a website. Give your customers the best buying experience on social.
Let your customers decide which carrier they'd prefer. Social Buy Button supports a variety of popular shipping methods.
Manage your store from an easy-to-use dashboard and watch as changes are synced automatically across your channels.
Accept payments directly via the Social Buy Button checkout and choose from over 30 payment providers, including PayPal, Stripe, and credit cards.
As your business expands, so can your shop. Upgrade anytime to add features or products or expand easily with third-party apps.
Here's how the Social Buy Button can help you turn your followers into loyal customers:
Save time and manage your entire online store from your smartphone. Any changes you make from the intuitive dashboard will be synced across all the platforms you're selling on.
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FAQ – Frequently asked questions
You can easily add the Social Buy Button to your social media profiles. It works with Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and Pinterest. With the button, customers can buy directly instead of following a long route to the shopping cart, which may cause you to lose some potential buyers along the way. Note that you need a business account for all four channels in order for the social media shopping cart integration to work. You must also accept the sales processes and policy of the social media platforms.
Here’s how to integrate the Social Buy Button on each channel:
Facebook: Your business must have a Facebook page and you must be the admin of it. After selecting the Facebook business page where you want to sell your products, click on “Save” and accept the Facebook Merchant Commerce terms and conditions. Facebook will have to review and accept your store before you can sell or advertise with it. All enabled products will then be synced to a new Facebook tab and will appear in your shop as soon as the setup process is complete.
Facebook Messenger: Adding Messenger to your online store makes it easier for customers to contact you. They can contact you easily via the “Message Us” button. To enable Messenger for your shop, click on “Connect Facebook Page”, choose the business page from which you want to contact customers, then click “Next”. Allow the requested permissions and click “Done”. Click “Save” to connect the selected Facebook page, enter the shop’s URL and click “Save” once again. The “Message Us” button will now appear on every page of your online store.
Instagram: Since Instagram is part of the Facebook group, you first need to set up a Facebook shop before you can proceed. You also need to convert your store’s Instagram account into a business profile in order to sell. Once approved, you can enable the product-tagging feature on Instagram. In “Settings”, click on “Shopping” to confirm your Facebook account, then select the product catalog you want to connect to your business profile, then click on “Done”. Once your account is approved by the Instagram team, you simply need to turn on the product-tagging feature. Then you can start tagging products in your stories and images.
TikTok: All you need to do to advertise on TikTok is connect your TikTok for Business account. Your store will be linked to the account and your catalog will be automatically uploaded to TikTok. If you already have products on TikTok, they will be replaced with products from your IONOS store. If you don't have a TikTok for Business account yet, you can sign up and create one. TikTok uses your store's country and currency settings and its web address. You can only change these settings in your IONOS control panel. We recommend that you connect to TikTok after you have set up your store.
Pinterest: First, you need a Pinterest business account. You can either convert your personal account to a business one, or you can add a business account to your personal profile and switch between the two. Pinterest doesn’t enable button integration as such, but you can track visitors’ behavior with the Pinterest Tag. You need to "claim" your website on Pinterest in order to track which images or products are shared from your website. In the “Settings” section, enter your website’s URL and click “Claim”. Then select “Add HTML tag”, which you should copy, then click on “Next”. Open a new tab in your browser and go to the shop dashboard section. This code should then be added in the SEO settings and then simply click “Add Code” in the “Header meta tags and site verification” section. Paste the meta tag into this field and click to save. Return to the Pinterest browser tab and click “Submit”. Within the next 24 hours, you should receive an email confirming that your website has successfully been claimed.
The vast majority of product categories are suitable for selling with social media shopping carts. How popular your products will be, however, is a different matter. The best-selling categories on social media are electronics, beauty, films, music, retails, travel, and hotels, but sometimes products that are a little out of the ordinary catch shoppers’ attention most.
Trending products can help to increase your sales so you could consider selling what people are looking for, or simply add these sought-after products to your already existing product range if it makes sense to do so. Alternatively, you may decide to steer clear of the crowd and do your own thing in order to stand out.
If you ever decide to quit selling on social media and want to branch out, you can easily upgrade and sell on other channels.
With help from the built-in shop integration you can even sell on your own website or someone else's, without changing or migrating your product catalog.
Selling on social media gives you the opportunity to reach your customers where they're already spending much of their time. Potential customers aren't just using social media to find products — many of them are also buying them there directly. Plus, you can engage with existing followers more effectively to turn them into customers.
The payment process depends on which payment method or gateway you choose. When a customer purchases through the Social Buy Button, these transactions are processed by third-party companies like PayPal. You'll then receive the funds in the account you've set up with the gateway or payment services provider.
Customers can also pay using offline payment methods, like cash on delivery, direct debit, or over the phone. If you go down one of these routes, you'll need to provide them with instructions either at checkout or after the order has been placed (for example, by email or on the phone).
PayPal Express Checkout is the most frequently used payment option. This is because customers want to check out as quickly as possible. PayPal Express Checkout allows customers to skip the step where they have to enter all their shipping and payment info, instead relying on PayPal to supply this info for them.
Customers also frequently choose Stripe or Square as payment methods because of their fast transaction speeds.
In order to select the payment options for your business, follow these steps:
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