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In the crisis time online business become more popular. What is the difference between the E-commerce and markatplace way of starting business?

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As cities remain under lockdowns, nonessential businesses continue to stay shut and folks are generally avoiding public places. Limiting shopping for all but necessary essentials is one in all the many significant changes people have learned to adapt to living in the New Normal. In this regard, more and more businesses have made the effort to adapt to this changing needs by going online or digital.

The simplest way to explain the difference between an e-commerce website and an online marketplace is that an e-commerce website is similar to a stand-alone shop while an online marketplace is like your local market or mall with a wide variety of shops, only made digital.pexels-karolina-grabowska-4968391.jpg.f7346be56f2495c3b13001bf0650ffbb.jpg

A great advantage of having your own e-commerce site is that you have complete control over your preferred layout, graphics, images, videos, coding, and content. With your own site, you can choose the keywords essential to your business that will help enhance search engines. You can also customize the layout of your products and commodities for lead generation and conversions. If your business or brand has already made its name in the industry and you don’t want to share your proceeds with other brands in the marketplace, then getting an e-commerce website should be perfect for you! In your own site, you can customize layout, designs, modules, forms, and solutions specifically to meet your brand needs.

With an online marketplace, although it is less expensive compared to running a website, you also have limited control over your online shop platform. Here, you cannot customize modules or tailor forms specifically for your business. Not to mention, the competition you’ll have to deal with to stand out among hundreds of other products or brands in the platform. Therefore, with less cost for operation and maintenance, the online marketplace is more ideal for someone who is just starting out with business on an online platform and would just like to test the waters.

If you want more information on the differences of e-commerce and online marketplaces, please read my article with the link below.

 

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