Instagram has launched Map Search in Australia and New Zealand, as well as different markets, a feature that permits Instagram users to use a map to discover labeled businesses. Instagram is launching a new product in Australia which shows a map featuring popular tagged locations around them.
The tool, Map Search, makes it simpler for users to discover small businesses in their area. The device is being launched in select markets, including Australia and New Zealand, however, Instagram says it desires to grow it throughout the globe.
Map Search can be gotten to by a new icon on Instagram’s Explore page. When close-by places are displayed on the map, clients would then be able to filter them by categories like restaurants and beauty salons.
Map Search can be accessed in-app using an icon in the Explore tab in the top right next to the search bar.
As indicated by Instagram, above 200 million businesses use Instagram every month throughout the world, and 90% of users on Instagram use a business.
The map will likewise be shown for certain hashtags, for example, #takeaway. The new function adds to existing Instagram features that help small businesses, for example, the ‘Support Small Business’ sticker in Stories.
Donut Papi is a Sydney-based doughnut shop with 44,000+ followers on its Instagram account (@donutpapi).
Donut Papi’s founder and director, Kenneth Rodriguez, said of the new function:
“The majority of our customers are on Instagram, so when we decided to change our whole operation from face-to-face to online-only during a lockdown, Instagram allowed us to communicate with our customers efficiently and visually. Stories in particular provide quick updates for customers whenever there are specials, changes, and announcements.
“We’re excited about the launch of Map Search. Instagram is such a big platform that despite being a Redfern local of more than three years, we have some neighbors that are only just discovering us now. Map Search could also be a helpful tool to someone who just moved into a new neighborhood for discovering cafes and restaurants around them.”
Results for Map Search will likewise be shown when users search for certain hashtags, for example, #takeaway.
Instagram is billing the tool as a way to help small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic. Above 200 million businesses throughout the globe use Instagram every month.