Having an online directory of businesses is no longer enough, as e-commerce giants are continuing to snag potential revenue from small businesses that don’t have a strong online presence. Shoppers have changed, wanting quick access to a variety of products at once to choose from online. But with a local online marketplace available, customers can conveniently shop local, with one checkout, and feel good knowing they are supporting a small businesses in their community.
Member Marketplace partners with an organization or entity in communities that are already serving small businesses. These may be a Chamber of Commerce, a local Economic Development Agency, or another similar entity. This organization serves as the backer behind the platform, allowing the platform to be a resource to their small businesses, serving as a member benefit or small businesses support initiative.
Benefits of hosting an online local marketplace for your community:
- Platform helps current and new members see the benefit of membership through increased sales and interest.
- Allows you to promote one website that can stimulate business for your members through the shared initiative.
- Trackable value offering to businesses since you’re able to determine the number of sales, leads, and site traffic metrics.
Some of our local marketplace partners include:
“The site provides local businesses a convening space to sell food and products online. We are able to get the best of both worlds,” says Dana Preston, Membership and Business Development Director at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce in an Oregon Business article. “We support local businesses and are able to meet customers where they’re at, comfort-wise. And the community has really rolled up its sleeves to help. More customers than ever purchase products online. By buying through the website, customers avoid using third-party sites that take a cut of vendors’ profits.” – Read article
Our local marketplace platforms have helped many small businesses sell online for the first time. They benefit from having the quick onboarding to the platform, staff that reviews their products and provides best-practice feedback, and live support when they have questions.
“The platform has by far exceeded my expectations. Initially I was pretty skeptical and a hard sell on the idea, but I am so glad I did.” – Business Owner in Nebraska
“Just a quick thank you! This site is so well done and has such add on features. Thank you for accepting me as a seller.” – Business owner in Nevada
“Thank you! Set up has been extremely simple and I am impressed!” – Business Owner in Iowa
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