BK Beauty: “Platforms Always Represent Risk”

TikTok’s Shutdown and Potential Impacts on Commerce
March 14, 2024
Pictured: Lisa and Paul Jauregui of BK Beauty with Future Commerce co-founder Brian Lange. From VISIONS Summit: Austin

Last night at the VISIONS Summit: Austin, breakout brand BK Beauty’s co-founders, Lisa and Paul Jauregui, discussed the potential consequences of a TikTok shutdown on the eCommerce landscape. While a growing number of brands are harnessing TikTok as a powerful growth channel to reach new audiences, the House passing a bill to shut down ByteDance's operation in the United States has sent shockwaves through the industry.

The dynamic duo from BK Beauty shared their firsthand experiences with leveraging TikTok Shop and highlighted its significant role in their business. In this interview, Paul explained how TikTok Shop has transformed their marketing approach, shifting from optimization-focused messaging on traditional platforms to embracing an organic, crowd-driven narrative facilitated by the platform's algorithm. Lisa emphasized the importance of building deep relationships with content creators and how these partnerships have helped them succeed on TikTok.

While concerns over a potential shutdown loom, Lisa and Paul remain optimistic. They believe that creators will adapt and find alternative platforms to engage with their audiences. Additionally, they stressed that social commerce is not limited to one platform but rather spans various channels. Regardless of the outcome for TikTok, BK Beauty is prepared to adapt and continue captivating audiences through behind-the-scenes storytelling and authentic engagement.

The prospect of losing such a dynamic platform as TikTok has created uncertainty within the eCommerce community. Only time will tell what impact government actions will have on businesses like BK Beauty and the countless creators who rely on TikTok for reach and monetization. However, this conversation serves as a reminder that agility, adaptability, and a strong focus on authentic engagement are integral as brands navigate an ever-changing eCommerce landscape.

You can hear the entirety of our interview from our conversation last night on the podcast. Listen on Apple or Spotify, or wherever podcasts are found. 

— Phillip

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