May 11, 2024

Is the marketplace really worth it?

The modern service market, including sectors such as beauty, psychology, medicine, and law, is increasingly using digital solutions like marketplaces.

These platforms, acting as virtual shopping galleries, allow service providers to reach new customers, and consumers to easily find the services they need.

However, every solution has its pros and cons.

Benefits of using marketplaces

Marketplaces, such as DocPlanner for the medical industry or Booksy for the beauty industry, bring significant benefits to many service providers:

  1. Wide reach: Through these platforms, both small and large service providers can reach a vast number of potential customers looking for specialized services without leaving their homes.
  2. Reduced operational costs: Service providers can utilize the ready-made e-commerce infrastructure of the platform, lowering costs associated with promoting and managing their own websites.
  3. Security and trust: Marketplaces usually offer rating and review mechanisms that build trust among users and help distinguish service providers offering high-quality services.

Drawbacks of using marketplaces

Despite numerous advantages, marketplace platforms also come with certain risks and limitations:

  1. Limited control over customer relationships: Customer data is usually stored by the platform, making it difficult to build loyalty and direct relationships.
  2. Intense competition: A high number of sellers can lead to price wars and the need to constantly fight for visibility on the platform.
  3. Sales commissions: Fees for using the platform can significantly reduce net margins, especially impacting smaller entities.

Losing loyal customers to the competition

Imagine you run a local beauty salon. One of your regular customers, Marek, has been using your services for years.

One day, Marek decides to book his next treatment through Booksy. However, instead of booking with you, he receives an attractive discount offer from a competing salon also visible on the platform.

Tempted by the promotion, Marek decides to visit the competition.

As a service provider, you suffer losses not only financially but also lose a loyal customer who could have brought you steady income.

This demonstrates how marketplace platforms, while effectively attracting customers, often redirect them to the competition, making it challenging to build lasting relationships and loyalty.

Article by

Wojtek Dasiukiewicz

Software developer with over 10 years of experience, founder of With a deep passion for marketing and automation, he is on a mission to build something truly useful. As a low-code/no-code enthusiast, he aims to empower individuals and businesses to harness the power of technology effortlessly.

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