With rapid changing technology and customer's behaviour, businesses have made their way into all business verticals. Today people first find their comfort like sitting on a sofa. It enables them to get things easier and saves time.

People buy things online but don't have too much time to waste browsing the products on different websites. The best solution for this changing mindset is a multi-vendor marketplace. Some of the well-known examples of online marketplaces are eBay, Etsy, Amazon etc.

But what is a multi-vendor marketplace?

A multi-vendor marketplace is a platform that enables customers to purchase desired goods from multiple vendors or suppliers. All vendors have their separate accounts on the platform and allow them to add and show products online.

The sellers can offer more relevant products to customers and focus on their core competency. On the other hand, the marketplace owner focuses on storing products, attracting customers through a different marketing method, facilitating payments and handling logistics, etc.

The thing to notice here is that the marketplace owner doesn't hold any inventory type; however, it helps sellers and buyers make a transaction.

According to the RioRevolution report, "During the pandemic of COVID-19, the market for handcrafted products like home furnishings and masks has boosted with sales spiking 146% on Etsy's marketplace as a result. It shows the strength of an online marketplace.

5 Tips For Launching A Multi-Vendor eCommerce Marketplace in 2021

There are two ways to launch a multi-vendor marketplace. You can either use a readymade solution or develop your own. Developing a marketplace app from a prototype or scratch is not an easy process and needs lots of investment and expertise.

But, a readymade solution is helpful to launch your multi-vendor marketplace immediately. While developing your marketplace allows you to customize the app and website according to your needs.

1. Research

Before you start any business, you must do extensive research. It helps you find out the products and services that attract the customers. Targeting customers, finding out customer's behaviour, analyzing the competitors is always necessary.

Proper research will help you create a perfect marketplace relevant to your business domain and target customers at all times. Never forget to analyze your customers; it will help you nurture your business domain perfectly.

Perfect market research helps you focus effectively on your business success. Consider it that you focus on your customers and vendors.

Make your business adaptable to the ever-changing nature of the market and technology. Always stay updated with the growing business channels.

Check every business metric which can make your marketplace profitable and attentive. Use a data-driven approach and statistics to make a better decision.

2. Choose a business model

Before you start developing the app, you must first choose your marketplace business model. Make sure that your idea fits the marketplace business model. After all, the marketplace you are going to build must draw your business interest and attract customers.

Analyzing customer-base helps you decide what business model suits you. Will you go for a commission-based model or offer subscriptions that enable sellers to sell their products?

Whether charging-per-sale, charging-per-listing or others, what matters most for you are choosing a perfect business model that can help you make your business operations easier and smooth.

3. eCommerce platform

You can also choose an eCommerce platform to manage your online business operations, such as website/app functionalities, marketing and sales. The eCommerce platform will assist you in making complex business processes easier in both the back-end and front-end.

You also have options of choosing an open-source or SaaS-based eCommerce platform for your marketplace app. Choosing a perfect eCommerce platform is vital in terms of offering a seamless app to your clients.

Make your in-house capabilities strong and capable of managing all eCommerce operations. These readymade solutions help you save your time and make operations easier.

4. Online Marketing

Once you are done with all vital decisions related to your marketplace app now, you should consider the marketing strategy for your business's growth. A suitable marketing strategy is vital to bring the required traffic and customers to convert the visitors into potential customers.
Deploying both online and offline marketing strategies together can assist you in reaching your target market in less time and efforts.

According to a study, "Nearly 17% of online marketing expenditure goes to email marketing, generating around 24% revenue.

Marketing is vital to make your brand popular among users. It is like what we offer to the customers and vendors on the platform. Content marketing, social media marketing, email marketing and paid advertising are some of the best possible ways to increase your brand awareness.

Your online marketing plan must include accurate information about the customers, competitors and the platform you are using to target your market.

5. Test and launch your marketplace app

Testing is a vital step before you start launching your marketplace app. To ensure the quality and zero-error policy run tests. These tests will help you find out the bugs before launch.

Never compromise with the quality, as it may ruin your reputation. After completing the testing phases, start launching your marketplace app. Reveal it to the market and check the pre-launch results.

Final words

Follow the five tips outlined in this writing to launch a multi-vendor eCommerce marketplace in 2021. All these tips will help you succeed and generate revenue from your marketplace app.

Author's Bio: 

Nikunj Shingala is a CEO and co-founder at Webs Optimization Software Solution which is successfully delivering services in the realm of UI/UX design, web development, mobile app development, and enterprise solution. He’s enthusiastic blogger and his writing interest includes mobile and web development technologies, startup ideas and strategies.