Category๐Ÿ˜ Marketplaces

Online marketplaces

How do I build a lead matching app with auto-matching of users & providers?

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Based on the information you’ve provided, it looks like you’ve got two options when looking at pairing up designers with clients wanting design services through a lead matching app. You mentioned that you’d like to sort the applicants by proximity to their designer so you may want to use a lead matching directory feature like what Brilliant Directory offers. This could be set up...

Why are there so many new online marketplaces popping up?

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One reason is because there are more tools available to create online marketplaces. For single-sided marketplaces, people can use Shopify, BigCommerce or WordPress (with plugins). For two-sided marketplaces, people can use Sharetribe, WordPress (with plugins) or hire developers to create their marketplace. Other factors include: The costs are getting lower Shows like Shark Tank & The Profit...

As a beekeeperโ€ฆwould you use an online marketplace โ€œfor beekeepersโ€ to buy/sell products, exchange information with other beekeepers?

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It does sound like using a marketplace would work the best for what youโ€™re looking to do. If youโ€™d said that you just wanted somewhere for beekeepers to exchange information then you could have looked at using the free Mighty Networks group or setting up a Facebook group. As youโ€™re looking to create a place where people can buy or sell, Iโ€™d look into either using WordPress with a marketplace...

How can my marketplace build trust when selling expensive services?

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Great question. It can be hard to run a marketplace for expensive items as I feel like people have a threshold for the amount of money theyโ€™re comfortable risking online through payments. Most people started with buying books online then built up their tolerance to risk through more successful transactions. Credit card refunds and Paypal buyer protection helped but people still have a number of...

Can Sharetribe be used to build something similar to Kijiji or as a platform for matchmaking? How can I monetise such a market?

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If you’re looking to build a classifieds website like Kijiji (Canada) or a marketplace like Gumtree (Australia), you could potentially use Sharetribe to build it but you will come up against some limitations in managing listings. Sharetribe is built more for, what I’ll call, persistent or permanent listings. These are marketplace listings where you list your product once and when it...

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