Designed in Dorset
Building an Online Marketplace
For years the market has been dominated by three or four big brands like Amazon, Etsy and NOTHS. The technology now exists for us to be able to build our own marketplaces to serve the needs of the small business owner. Designed in Dorset has long been a dream of ours and in November 2019 we put it live. For the first few months it struggled to work properly with snags and bugs appearing because we were using WordPress. In March 2020 we moved the website across to Shopify and you can see for yourself the difference.
The platform now has over 30 vendors selling anything from Facemasks to dining room tables all based in Dorset. This online marketplace is an enabler for the local community and is gathering momentum every day. We have combined a shopping platform with information on local events, Artists of the month and other news about Dorset. Combined with an active Social Media campaign on Instagram and Facebook, this website will generate lots more sales for SME’s aross the county.
Start your own marketplace
This is the third online marketplace we have built and have gained a lot of experience in the process. If you have an idea for a marketplace, we can show you the ins and outs, what software to use and how to engage with your vendors and customers. Please give us a call to find out how we can help, even if it is just for encouragement.