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  • Instagram debuts shoppable influencer posts
  • Instagram debuts shoppable influencer posts
    Erik Lucatero ©

Instagram debuts shoppable influencer posts

Instagram’s Checkout feature, where users can buy products directly from a brand’s post, has evolved to include influencer posts. This progression increasingly shortens the step between inspiration and purchase while showcasing consumers’ trust in social media personalities.



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