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How to create an Instagram Shop

How to create an Instagram Shop for your small business

Turn your Instagram profile into a virtual store using the Instagram Shop feature!

For ecommerce businesses, Instagram Shop is a great way to get discovered and sell online. This feature allows businesses to share shoppable products directly to their Instagram account without customers needing to leave the platform.

Keep reading for our step-by-step guide on how to create an Instagram Shop to turn your followers into customers.

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What is an Instagram shop?

Instagram Shop acts as an online storefront where customers can discover and shop your products without having to leave the platform.

The other benefit for businesses with Instagram Shop is that they can also be featured on the Instagram Shop tab—the new shopping destination accessible from Instagram’s main navigation menu.

Instagram Shop navigation tab

Like Instagram’s Explore feature, the Instagram Shop tab makes it easy for people to discover new shops and products based on previous engagement and the posts and brands people follow.

Instagram Shop explore feature

Below are the 6 steps your business can take to set up your shop and start selling!

Step #1: Confirm eligibility

The first step in setting up your Instagram Shop is determining your eligibility. If your business checks all of these boxes, you are eligible and able to set up Instagram Shopping.

Step #2: Convert to a business account

In order to set up shopping, you need to convert your account to a business or creator account. Convert your account with this guide.

Once you have a business account, you can add in relevant business information like store hours, business address, phone number and a link to your website.

Step #3: Connect your Facebook Page

Follow these steps to link your Instagram business account with a Facebook page.

  1. Go to your business’s Instagram profile

  2. Select “Edit Profile”

  3. Under the “Public Business Information” section, select “Page”

  4. Choose a Facebook Page from your Pages that you'd like to connect

  5. If you do not have a Facebook Page select “Create a New Facebook Page”

Please note: Facebook Page Shop is not required, only a Facebook Page.

Step #4: Upload a product catalog

Your Instagram Shop is powered by your product catalog, a list of products, inventory, descriptions, and prices.

There are two ways to connect a product catalog to your Instagram Business Account: