Athletic apparel-maker Nike will soon start selling shoes someplace you might not have expected -- Instagram.
Nike revealed its plan during an earnings call last week. It'll join other select brands like Kate Spade and Warby Parker in using Instagram-style posts to advertise its products and make it simple for people to buy them.
Partnering with the social media platform seems like a sensible strategy for a brand that seeks to reach young consumers. Instagram's popularity with "tweens" and other highly sought-after demographics is to help brands reach those users through detailed posts with "buy now" tags that link out to sales pages., and the platform has made an effort
Back in April, Facebook, which bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2015, claimed that Instagram's Stories features had-- tens of millions of users more than Snapchat counted across its entire app at the end of last year.
I've reached out to Instagram for clarification on whether the effort to help brands connect with the user base is officially out of its test phase or not, and to ask if any other brands are preparing to jump aboard. I'll update this piece if I hear back.