#TikTokMadeMeBuyIt: How Amazon Influencers on TikTok Boost Beauty Sales
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#TikTokMadeMeBuyIt: How Amazon Influencers on TikTok Boost Beauty Sales

by Emily Hunt , Market Research & eCommerce Specialist 5 Min.
November 29, 2021

In February, Carly Joy (996,900 followers) posted a TikTok about her shaving routine. 18 million views later, EOS rolled out a limited edition line inspired by her video.

There is no doubt influencers are making an impact on beauty and personal care sales through TikTok. Last fall, #beauty hit 61 billion views worldwide. 

With that pretty picture in mind, here are some highlights from a report by Inès Durand, our Beauty and Personal Care expert, which taps  Similarweb Shopper Intelligence to examine the impact of TikTok influencers on Amazon beauty sales. Read on for insights and bonus tips to shine in the blossoming beauty space.

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Why is TikTok a top platform for Amazon influencers?

First, stop the clock for background.

Chinese company ByteDance launched TikTok in 2016. As the video-focused social networking service grew, companies like MAC and Walmart launched their own TikTok accounts. For advertising, however, the real power seems to be in the influencers – particularly as they relate to Amazon.

The popularity of TikTok’s Best Amazon Finds,” which gained over 14.1 billion views for #BestAmazonFinds, encourages users to tie their reels to the eCommerce giant.

Moreover, #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt, used by influencers to show off Amazon purchases they discovered on TikTok,  snagged more than 4.1 billion views in August. 

Amazon’s influencer program allows select TikTokers to monetize their following. By linking to their own personal Amazon “storefront” within their bio, influencers can earn 1-10% commission.

TikTok vs. other social media platforms

While TikTok’s 1 billion users lags Instagram’s 1.4 billion, its 17.5% engagement rate is more than four times the competitor’s 4.2%. Facebook’s video engagement trails at a paltry 0.26%

Amazon TikTok Influencer: Top Beauty Brands

Overview: impact of TikTok exposure on top beauty brands

TikTok is also giving Google a run for its money — tiktok.com overtook google.com as the most visited domain in the world in 2021.

What beauty-based trends are taking over TikTok and amping up Amazon sales?

1. Liven up old labels

Revlon turns 100 in 2032. But influencer @looksbylexington (63,900 followers) breathed new life into the centenarian brand with her video featuring its Oil Absorbing Volcano Face Roller, which generated more than 1.5 million views and 139,300 shares in March of last year. 

Afterward, #revlonroller trended with monthly videos and beauty publishers regularly quoting the product. 

TikTok trends last spring coincided with sales blossoming 53% from February to March and then a 65% MoM increase in May, which sharply contrasted the category’s -13% MoM.

As of October 2021 #revlonroller accumulated 4.6 million views, showing that TikTok truly revved Revlon up.

2. Shape product development

Carly Joy’s humorous and hot take on shaving down under inspired which explained EOS’s new product line, bringing in results like nether before.The name of the special product line? “Bless Your F**ing Cooch.” Cheeky, isn’t it?

The product’s 171% revenue growth from February to nearly $150,000 in March, significantly exceeded the 30% growth of Amazon’s Women’s Shaving Cream category. 

EOS Shaving Cream Revenue on Amazon.com, before and after TikTok viral video (2020-2021)

EOS shaving cream before and after viral video

3. Layer wins 

Although dermatologist and TikTok influencer  @dermdoctor’s (11.6 million followers) first viral video for Aquaphor captured over 15.3 million views in October, revenue declined 14% in November.

But after a second video went viral in December, revenue increased 21%, exceeding the 7% average growth for the category. Videos in March and June 2021 correlate with 28% and 63% revenue increases, while the category lagged at 10% and 30%.

4. Ride the TikTok wave 

Get some TikTok success? It’s nearly impossible to predict how long it’ll last!

After @rocio.roses (1.2 million followers) released a video comparing L’Oréal’s Fresh Wear Powder foundation to higher-end alternatives, revenue skyrocketed 1237% from January to reach $272,200 in February greatly exceeding the 2.6% category growth for the period.

Even though more videos went viral, growth remained in line with category averages or even declined. In fact, after  L’Oréal’s second viral video, sales dropped 44% MoM from $294,800  to $106,000.

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Powder Revenue on Amazon.com, before and after TikTok viral video (2020-2021)

5. Prepare for sellouts 

It’s not just Amazon that’s benefiting from viral videos – search trends indicate that other retailers are cashing in, even when inventory can’t keep up.

In May, a video featuring Cerave’s SA Cleanser by @Skincarebyhyram (6.6 million followers) went viral. That month, “cerave sa cleanser” ranked fourth top keyword containing “cerave” across ulta,com, target.com, and amazon.com combined and sixth for paid traffic. 

As the product-related video took off, Target and Ulta ramped up investment. “Cerave sa cleanser” soon became the number one Cerave-related paid search term across the three retailers, with Target and Ulta accounting for 80% and 20% of paid traffic. 

Aggressive investment on the heels of TikTok exposure may have helped induce sell-outs of the product at Target and Ulta in July. That month, “cerave sa cleanser”  fell off the top 10 keyword list with “cerave” as retailers’ halted paid spending.

6. Consider paying up

While investing in paid search may help ride a product’s viral video popularity, brands can also consider investing in paid partnerships with TikTok influencers.

After the initial hype, searches for “cerave sa cleanser” declined on Amazon, but rose 35% MoM in January after the brand launched paid partnerships with influencer dermatologists. 

Methodology

Interested in leveraging TikTok or another platform to market your brand or want to see how viral videos impact your competitors?

Here’s how we pulled our insights:

  1. Narrowed down the top 10 products for subcategories of Amazon Beauty & Personal Care including makeup, haircare, skincare, hair removal, and accessories that went viral on TikTok.
  2. Used Similarweb Shopper Intelligence to pull data on revenue and units sold at the time of top trending videos.
  3. Benchmarked these numbers against category averages to counter seasonality.

We also incorporated data points from Similarweb Digital Research Intelligence and TikTok video statistics. 

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