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How Will a US TikTok Ban Affect Brands and Dropshipping?

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  • 2024-03-23 16:55:08
  • 1 min read

Updated: 2024-03-23 17:01:09

With the rapid development of the e-commerce world, social media platforms have become the main driving force behind successful marketing strategies of e-commerce brands. However, TikTok, one of the most popular social media platforms, is facing an uncertain future in the US due to a TikTik ban being approved in the country.

On March 13th, Wednesday, the House passed a bill by a vote of 352-65, giving China's ByteDance(the parent company of TikTok) about six months to divest the TikTok app or face the US ban. This is no doubt a significant challenge for TikTok, one of the most popular social media platforms worldwide with more than 170 million American users.

The main concern is that the TikTok ban bill will probably bring significant impacts to brands and dropshipping businesses that mainly rely on the video app to boost their sales. It may be necessary for businesses to replan marketing strategies and switch to alternative social media platforms to sustain business growth.


Loss of a Significant Marketing Platform


TikTok’s huge user base, attractive content, viral trends, and inexpensive marketing have made it a profitable platform for both e-commerce brands and advertisers. The major retailers such as Sephora, Walmart, Target, and Amazon have also been big beneficiaries of TikTok. Countless successful stories have reflected how brands gained insane growth and significant revenue by leveraging TikTok strategies such as hashtag challenges, influencer marketing, and live streaming.

In addition to the vast number of TikTok creators, the most affected group are TikTok Shop sellers as well as dropshippers particularly in the beauty, skin care, fashion, and health and wellness industries. The explosive growth of TikTok plays a vital role in driving traffic and sales for dropshipping businesses and they are taking TikTok as an ideal platform to showcase their products, directly connect with potential customers, build brand awareness, as well as boost sales. 

With TikTok potentially quitting the US market, Dropshippers will lose an important platform for expanding their businesses. What's worse is that a lot of brands that grew on TikTok might be facing shutdowns, especially those relying solely on TikTok organic traffic and TikTok Shop.

The potential TikTok ban is causing concerns to both e-commerce sellers and advertisers. We are keeping a close eye on any progress about the situation and we kindly remind you must plan early for necessary adjustments to your marketing strategies and digital advertising budgets to deal with the unclear US  future of TikTok.


Find Alternative Social Media Platforms


According to a latest report from eMarketer, YouTube has more US users ages 12 to 17 (23.2 million) than TikTok (17.8 million), which means YouTube is gaining more popularity among young ages than TikTok. As such, a potential TikTok ban could be a boon for YouTube, leading to people spending more time on the platform and increasing ad revenue. 

In the field of short videos, Instagram Reels and YouTube shorts are top alternatives that also provide similar features and viral results as TikTok. As for advertising, Facebook and Instagram would likely be among the top alternatives for these advertisers with their vast user bases and advanced ad targeting capabilities. eMarketer forecasted that a TikTok ban would generate $1.94 to $2.38 billion in incremental ad revenues for Meta in 2025.

As the social media landscape evolves, it is critical for brands as well as dropshipping businesses to plan robust marketing strategies in a variety of traditional and emerging media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. to deal with any potential challenges after TikTok leaves the US market.

Since a lot of brands would probably experience a big hole in their sales when leaving TikTok, you don’t need to be overly alarmed. It is recommended to incorporate other effective ways such as influencer marketing, email marketing, and search engine optimizations(SEO) to help build strong brand awareness, customer loyalty, and sustainable organic traffic. With a diverse marketing strategy, brands and dropshipping businesses can still stay ahead of the competition and keep growing smoothly.

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