Snapchat is today rolling out a new ‘shoppable’ augmented reality (AR) Lens feature for advertisers around the world.

Shoppable AR Lenses serve as an extension of sorts to Snapchat’s existing shoppable ads that allow marketers to engage with potential customers natively through Snapchat.

Back in 2015, Snap rolled out its machine learning-based Lenses feature that allowed users to share images of themselves with funky effects planted on their face. The company later introduced sponsored Lenses for advertisers, which effectively encourage users to overlay advertisements onto selfies.

Now advertisers will be able to include a button on their sponsored Lens that can carry out a number of actions, such as letting users visit a website, watch a promotional video, or install an app.

Above: Adidas Deerupt Shoe – Shoppable AR image

Four brands are on board for the launch, including Clairol, King, STX Entertainment, and Adidas. As you can see here with the inaugural Adidas tie-up, Snapchat users will be presented with an AR experience for the Deerupt running shoe, with the button linking through to the Adidas website.

Above: Adidas – buy screen

Today’s launch comes a few months after Snapchat launched its first desktop app, Lens Studio, which enables anyone to create their own AR Lenses. The company also recently opened its  Marketing API for all developers to use, allowing any third-party technology and creative body to deliver ads on behalf of brands and agencies.

This latest launch feeds into the company’s broader push to attract advertisers, with the promise of garnering the attentions…

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