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5 Steps to Launching a Media-Led Curated Marketplace

5 Steps to Launching a Media-Led Curated Marketplace

The 5 essential steps to successfully launch a media-led curated marketplace.
Pontus Karlsson
May 25, 2023

Media companies are increasingly recognizing the potential of venturing into the e-commerce space, leveraging their existing audience base to create curated marketplaces. In this blog post, we delineate the 5 essential steps to successfully launch a media-led curated marketplace, drawing inspiration from successful ventures like Food52, Something Navy, and Poosh.

In the dynamic world of media, companies are constantly seeking avenues to diversify their revenue streams and foster deeper engagement with their audience. One strategy that has proven successful is launching a curated marketplace, a concept embraced by the likes of Food52, Something Navy, and Poosh.

A curated marketplace is a platform where buyers and sellers converge to discover and purchase products within a specific industry or community. By launching a curated marketplace, media companies can create a centralized hub that resonates with their target audience, tapping into the burgeoning e-commerce trend.

Here are 5 steps to launching your media-led curated marketplace:

Identify Your Niche

Begin by researching and pinpointing a specific niche that aligns with your brand and audience. This could range from a marketplace offering exclusive designer collaborations, as seen with Something Navy, to a platform offering a curated selection of lifestyle and wellness products, akin to Poosh.

Research Your Target Audience

What brands are they excited about? How are they shopping today? Speak to your audience and involve them in the development of your marketplace. This can also help you to find relevant brand partners, and to tap into your network to get introductions to these brands. Delve deep into understanding your target audience by analyzing their demographics, needs, and behaviors. This will enable you to tailor your marketplace to meet their preferences and buying habits, fostering a community that is both engaged and loyal.

Define Your Value Proposition

Clearly articulate what sets your curated marketplace apart and how it addresses the needs or solves the problems of your target audience. This unique value proposition will be the foundation of your marketing and branding initiatives, helping to attract both vendors and customers to your platform. See example of Togeth3r, a marketplace for consumers that are excited about shopping from sustainable brands.

Develop Your MVP

Kickstart your venture by developing a minimum viable product (MVP). Collaborate with brands that resonate with your identified niche to create a vibrant and diverse marketplace. Platforms like Off Script can facilitate a smooth launch, and has removed any technical barriers to entry, offering tools and resources to help you build and launch your curated marketplace. Engage with your audience through surveys and feedback sessions to continuously understand the brands and products they are eager to see in your marketplace.

Launch and Market Your Marketplace

With your MVP ready, it's time to unveil your curated marketplace to the world. Utilize your existing media platforms to market your marketplace, leveraging your expertise in content creation to build a buzz and attract your target audience to your new venture. You can also run ads, as long as you ensure that your customer acquisition cost is lower than the life-time value of a customer.

In conclusion, launching a media-led curated marketplace presents a golden opportunity for media companies to diversify their revenue streams and foster deeper engagement with their audience. By following these 5 steps, you can carve out a niche, understand your target audience, define a unique value proposition, develop a robust MVP, and successfully launch and market your marketplace.

Ready to take the plunge? Begin your journey with Off Script today.