Are there companies that provide white-label marketplace software?

– Alex Glenn I won’t bother you with a long-winded answer. But here are the best/cheapest options for your MVP Marketplace: IF you are only trying to prove out your model (i.e. still have not determined market acceptance/need of you marketplace – assuming it is niche), then use WordPress. This theme will be great for under 5000 users: WordPress themes | …

What is the best advice for someone who is just starting an online marketplace?

Alex Glenn Trim the fat, Capture emails, Set up a nurture sequence and feedback loop. Then, start to scale and go get some more money 🙂 One mistake most will make at this exact stage is to add features to their platform they believe their new paying customers will also enjoy using. The reason this is not always a great …

Matching offer and demand in an online marketplace?

– Alex Glenn I’m going to choose to interpret the word choice of “pattern” to mean systems/processes/UX/tech’ “What are the best systems… “What are the best processes… “What are the best UX designs… “What are the best technologies… …for matching offer and demand on an online marketplace?” If I’m correct in your intended meaning, and though it is a loaded question, …

How would one make a site similar to Airbnb?

Alex Glenn If you have not yet startup, I would strongly suggest launching as the AirBnB WordPress theme SpotFinder. I have used this theme to launch directories on sub-directories of my main domain in order to shoot up the SERP, but I have friends who have monetized this theme as is. The greatest thing about it is, you can run …

What are some of the latest marketplace startups?

– Alex Glenn There are some very cool niche marketplaces I like, namely Industrial Skilled Labor Pros, On-Demand – FactoryFix.com – which is focused on changing the way manufacturers receive skilled labor (a much-needed change). And http://hirehighschoolers.com – a not for profit that aims to keep local project-based labor fees in the neighborhood by linking people with their local teenage …

How do online marketplaces retain customers?

Alex Glenn First, let’s clarify who you mean by “customers” – Marketplaces have two customer types. Depending on your business model, you may actually monetize both in different ways. Traditional P2P marketplaces offer a medium where a safe (and sometimes even insured) transaction can take please with ease. In return for providing this platform and intro, you take a share …

What features do I need for an online marketplace?

– Alex Glenn This is a good opportunity to share something MVP-tools. In other words, tools/saas/platforms/plugins etc… that allow you to launch and scale a marketplace for cheap. Your platform can begin and get very large running off WordPress now. This was not the case a few years ago. But, with services like WPEngine.com, and new dev teams churning out …

What is the best way to launch a marketplace?

– Alex Glenn I just answered another question, but my answer is almost better suited for your question: Alex Glenn’s answer to What are all the features I need for a online marketplace website? “This is a good opportunity to share something MVP-tools. In other words, tools/saas/platforms/plugins etc… that allow you to launch and scale a marketplace for cheap. Your …

What are the best business models for charging users of a marketplace?

Marco Sánchez has some great answers on this subject, but. I would just add a few more options that are working well at scale: Pay to respond to a bid (for service-based sites like Thumbtack). The reason Thumbtack settled on this business model is because it (a) reduces leakage – lost revenue if/when customers and suppliers interact off-site, and (b) …