Securing capital is the lifeblood for your marketplace. While it does require determination and hard work, there is no need for it to be painful. With PwC expecting the industry to grow from its $15 billion estimated overall value to $335 billion by 2025, it is a better time than ever to get investors on board.
Starting a new multi-vendor marketplace venture might seem daunting at first. Creating a business plan, setting out a budget and hiring a team might feel like a mammoth undertaking to begin with. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools and pieces of wisdom out there to make things much easier.
That means that knowing how to invest wisely in your marketplace is now more easier than ever. And what’s more, you won’t have to cut corners when it comes to quality. Here are some steps for how you can make the most out of your budget and set your platform up for success.
The marketplace industry is expected to grow from its current $15 billion estimated overall value to $335 billion by 2025. That makes now a great time to invest in a new marketplace business. However, for many, launching a marketplace can feel like a daunting task. The back office, vendors and buyers are all separate facets that must be carefully considered pre-launch. All of this can make launching your marketplace seem a stressful, almost overwhelming, undertaking. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be.
According to Lengow, over 60% of sales already happen through marketplaces, and some of the most successful companies worldwide (Airbnb, Amazon, Uber) operate under this model.
On the surface, it may seem like marketplaces are much more complex than other, similar businesses, due to their nature as multi-vendor platforms. The truth is the marketplace model is surprisingly lean and scalable for new startups. So how do we really define a marketplace, and how does it differ from online stores and classifieds businesses?
In 2019, building a marketplace business is an attractive proposition. In fact, online marketplace revenue is expected to double by 2022. Furthermore, more specialised, niche marketplace businesses are increasingly cornering their respective markets with great success. In addition to that, the rising prevalence of ready-made marketplace SaaS solutions makes it easier than ever to get started and launch a new marketplace.
The marketplace industry is currently going from strength to strength. 60% of digital sales are carried out through online marketplaces already and the number of new marketplaces is growing rapidly. With the sector becoming increasingly competitive and customers placing high demands on UX, the importance of technology to the success of a marketplace has never been bigger. As a result, choosing the right software to power an online marketplace has become a space all of its own. With so many different options available, it can be challenging to select the right marketplace technology for a particular business. To help marketplace owners decide on the type of platform for them, in this article we have focused particularly on why Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions are the way to go for new marketplaces.
Commissions are by far the most popular revenue model for digital marketplaces. Although they might come under different names by different marketplaces - Amazon calls them referral fee, eBay has final value fees and Etsy refers to them as transaction fees - they are all the same thing: a percentage or fixed amount that a marketplace chargers a vendor for each sale they make on its platform.
Original content published by Ecommerce Foundation: ArticleMany of the world's most successful companies operate under marketplace models: Airbnb, Amazon, Uber, Etsy. Indeed. With the constant evolution of marketplaces, Ecommerce Foundation decided to interview Eduardo Aznar, Chief Growth Officer at Shopery. Together, we discussed the relevance and impact of marketplaces in today’s ecommerce society. Shopery empowers leading ventures and brands to build and scale their marketplace businesses through a SaaS solution.
Branding is just as vital to a marketplace as finding the right sellers, measuring the right metrics, or choosing the right revenue model. Whilst there is no single consensus on the definition of marketplace branding, a marketplace’s brand can be thought of as the personality that identifies the business.