Building and Launching a lodging marketplace like Airbnb

Airbnb is one of the most successful startups in the Lodging marketplace space. Airbnb started its journey way back in 2008 and made its way to the top with incredible growth hacks and a lot of hard work. Starting a marketplace startup used to be very difficult back then but now building a marketplace have gotten much easier especially with tools like TradlyPlatfrom. With TradlyPlatform majority of development for a marketplace can be done within a matter of days, making it possible to run more elaborate growth hacks and test experimental features quickly and more efficiently. Being able to do that increases the chances of setting up a successful market startup significantly.

If you are willing to start a marketplace and wondering how to do it then you are at the right place. Every marketplace startup needs set of these fundamental features:

Built-in chat

A user able to chat with prospective seller/account/tutor profile, etc to discuss the listings

The chat feature is more or less like the WhatsApp features which allow the users to do

  • Personal and private communications
  • Share locations
  • Attach additional private photos and documents about the listings

Advanced Search

User able to do advanced search of listings through search function to find the accurate things

Search feature allows the user to

  • Traditional listing name and description based search
  • Advanced attributes as an filter to filter listings
  • Sorting functions like price , recency

Coming soon

  • Map level filters (Neaby miles/KM)
  • Location searches (by city, region and country)

Carousel Banners

A platform owner is able to use the media section to show any sort of communication on this prime placement. and link these banners to be STATIC or to the product or a page, etc.

You can use this to

  • Important promotions
  • How-to Guides
  • Explanation of some features
  • Specific product promotion that leads to that product page
  • Advertisement placement
  • Towards a particular tag (A tag has a collection of listings)
  • And many other usages based on your ideas.

Social Login & Registration

A user who wants to register inside your apps to start using your services.

Depends on the business nature, you may want to have a different registration system for your users to register. We have the below list of registrations available in the app

  • Facebook Registration: An user can use their Facebook login to sign-in/ sign-up
  • Google Registration: An user can use their Google login to sign-in/ sign-up
  • Native email registration: An user can just any email which is not connected to 3rd party logins to sign-in/ sign-up
  • Phone number-based registration: An user can sign-in/ sign-up using their phone number with OTP verification in their first registration. In the subsequent sign-in, the verified phone number and password can be used to sign-in.

Customisable collections widgets

A user when he visits the home page of the app should be able to find a fresh collection of ideas.

Currently available

  • A recent list of accounts/stores/profiles
  • A recent list of Listings/Ideas/Postings/Ads

Coming soon on the self-serve platform (Available immediately based on manual request)

  • Custom collections based on tags
  • Using Attributes filter
  • Category (multiple)
  • Listing title
  • Price (less than, greater than, etc)
  • Offer percent (less than, greater than)
  • Location (kilometer/miles radius)

Ratings for individual listings

User able to rate and review the listings he recently got serviced, purchased, made bookings, etc to share his experiences

  • Reviews & Ratings can be activated on account level (stores, campaign creators, profiles, etc)
  • Can be activated on listing level (products, courses, rides, campaigns, etc)

Currently available fields:

  • Rating (5 Stars)
  • Type of ratings
  • Photos
  • Descriptions
  • Short title

Coming soon

  • Configure the above fields to be optional or mandatory
  • Activate/Deactivate the above attributes from the super admin panel
  • Add new attributes from the super admin panel

Here we have shared a glimpse of what TradlyPlatform features but check the documentation for a detailed features list and also you can test our free demo apps to see how it works. And finally, check the pricing page if you are interested in a free / paid solution.

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