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.
Choosing which revenue model to implement may be the most relevant business decision marketplace owners need to address before launching, and one that must be reviewed continuously. Indeed, the chosen revenue model has a strong impact across the business, from the capacity to onboard sellers and convert visitors into paying customers, to supporting the business' cash flow.
Measuring and assessing metrics is key to success of any digital business. While metrics for traditional single-vendor online store models are well known to the public, marketplace models require a new set of KPIs.