Over the past year, we’ve thought a lot about what commerce should look like on Twitter. A few months ago, we took our first step toward this vision by giving merchants the ability to sell products directly from a Tweet. Starting today (in the US only), we’re beginning to test a new way for advertisers to connect with consumers on Twitter and convert them to loyal customers in their stores, on their websites and in their apps. This feature, Twitter Offers, enables advertisers to create card-linked promotions and share them directly with Twitter users.
How it works
When users see a Twitter Offer in their timeline, they can add the offer to their credit or debit card in just a few taps, and redeem in real time by using the card at the store. Because the offer is tied to their card, redemption is seamless and easy: there are no coupons to redeem at the point of purchase. After the purchase, the cash back savings appear on their card statement within a few days.
With Twitter Offers, advertisers will be able to attribute redemptions directly to their campaigns on Twitter, so that they can effectively measure the ROI from their promotions, even when redemption happens offline. Additionally, we make it easy for merchants to get up and running because they can use their existing payment network, there’s no change to the consumer purchase process, no employee training and no new hardware or software to install. By leveraging Twitter’s robust targeting capabilities, advertisers can tailor their promotions and campaigns to the right audience, while optimizing for performance.
After users add a Twitter Offer to their credit or debit card, that card information will be encrypted and safely stored to make it easier for them to claim other offers or make purchases on Twitter in the future. We also give users the ability to remove this information from their account at anytime. For more information about our security and privacy policies, please visit our Support site.
We’re planning to work with a handful of brands to begin testing this new feature during the holidays in the US. Stay tuned for more information of those partners in the near future.
As we continue to learn and improve based on the experience of our advertisers and users, we’ll make this feature available for more advertisers. To learn more about Twitter Offers, please contact your Twitter account representative.
For the latest information about all of Twitters commerce efforts, be sure to follow @TwitterCommerce.
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