U.S. retail giant Walmart has announced the launch of Walmart Creator, a one-stop portal designed to enable creators to monetise shoppable products from the retailer.
The company says it believes anyone can be a creator, and the product democratises the tools and resources needed to do so.
Creators who sign up will have access to tens of thousands of products and are given the opportunity to earn revenue all while earning commissions on sales they refer with no cap. Users of the platform can share product links to any social platform or group of their choice, receive product recommendations based on interests and affinities, and collect valuable performance data to help grow their community and following.
“We know our customers are inspired by the content and stories they see from their favorite influencers in their social feeds every day,” said William White, Chief Marketing Officer, Walmart U.S. “This next step in our strategy will help fuel inspiration for our customers by connecting their favorite creators directly with our brand and the brands they love at Walmart.”
Walmart has been active in the social commerce space and says it is always testing new channels, including shoppable livestreams, with the goal of better serving customers by meeting them when and how they want to shop. The company says Walmart Creator represents another expansion into this space, further enabling shoppers to shorten the distance between inspiration and purchase.
By launching the platform in beta ahead of the busy holiday season, Walmart says it is putting creators in a strong position to earn while also continuing to evolve and optimize the platform before launching fully in 2023. In this platform, creators can utilise carefully curated product collections to inspire their next content story and generate affiliate product links for their posts. They can track and view performance in Walmart Creator’s analytics dashboard to understand how customers engaged with the products they featured in their posts. Creators can also apply to be a part of any upcoming brand campaigns.
“I’m so excited to work with Walmart on the new Creator Program – I’m passionate about accessibility and educating and empowering others – and this is both of those things wrapped into one,” said DevanOnDeck, an influencer with 3.8 million followers on TikTok and large followings on Instagram and YouTube. “I’m super pumped to be a part of this and I’m looking forward to creating together.”
Walmart says it plans to rapidly evolve and iterate the Walmart Creator platform over time to build features and experiences that make it easy for creators to create and publish content, and customers to shop their favorite products through Walmart.
Creators can get started by applying for beta access at https://WalmartCreator.com.