- Continuing its augmented reality push, Snap has unveiled a suite of new AR tools for brands, the social network announced on Thursday.
- With Snap's 3D Asset Manager, businesses can create 3D models for their products featured on the app. Brands can also use the app's Camera Kit for AR Shopping to integrate Snapchat’s augmented reality try-on tools within their own applications. The app's AR Image Processing technology lets brands use existing product photography to generate augmented reality assets for Snapchat AR try-on Lens experiences.
- Brands can also use Snap's AR Shopping Templates to import their product catalog and create AR shopping catalog Lenses. Meanwhile, users can try on styles virtually with the Dress Up tool, which lets Snapchatters browse and share products within the app.
Snap's focus on AR engagement appears to be working for consumers and brands.
More than 250 million users have used AR shopping Lenses over 5 billion times since January 2021. For example, after Zenni Optical created a set of AR Lenses for its eyewear, users have tried on the lenses more than 60 million times, resulting in a 42% increase in return on ad spending compared to without the Lenses, the company said.
Snap has been bringing in other businesses to engage with its AR technologies. The company brought on Puma as its first international brand partner to use its Camera Kit for AR shopping, which allows users to try on its shoes virtually. The company also noted that it is planning to add new product categories such as furniture and handbags to its AR Shopping Templates tool, which will allow users to visualize how 3D models of their desired items will fit in their space.
Snapchat has introduced new AR tools and collaborated with brands like Gucci and American Eagle to create virtual reality experiences for shoppers. In January, the social media app unveiled shopping Lenses to allow users to view multiple products in one place. Other companies, including Ulta Beauty and MAC Cosmetics, have also tested out Snapchat AR tools that allow shoppers to browse their catalogs of items.
As the social network promotes these tools among brands and users, research suggests that AR technology could be a tool to connect with younger shoppers. According to a recent Snapchat survey of 16,000 users, 92% of Gen Z consumers like using AR technology for online shopping. Additionally, Gen Zers are more likely than millennials and Gen X to buy a product that they first experienced using AR, per the report.