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1 1 Chapter 10 Strategies for Web Auctions, Virtual Communities, and Web Portals

2 2 Learning Objectives In this chapter, you will learn about: The key characteristics of the six major auction types Strategies for general and specific consumer Web auction sites Strategies for business-to-business Web auction sites

3 3 Learning Objectives How businesses can use virtual communities to increase brand awareness and sales Strategies for Web portal sites

4 4 Auction Basics Online auctions provide a business opportunity that is perfect for the Web. An auction site can charge both buyers and sellers to participate, and it can sell advertising on its page. Web auctions can provide a general auction site that has sections devoted to specific interests.

5 5 Origins of Auctions Auctions became common activities in 17 th - century England. The 18 th century saw the birth of two British auction houses – Sotheby’s in 1774 and Christie’s in 1766. Colonial auctions were used to sell farm equipment, animals, tobacco, etc.

6 6 English Auctions Bidders publicly announce their successive higher bids until no higher bid is forthcoming in the English auction. The auctioneer pronounces the item sold to the highest bidder at that bidder’s price. An English auction is an open auction because the bids are publicly announced.

7 7 English Auctions An English auction has a minimum bid or reserve price. English auctions that offer multiple units of an item for sale and that allow bidders to specify the quantity they want to buy are called Yankee auctions.

8 8 Dutch Auctions The Dutch auction is a form of open auction in which bidding starts at a high price and drops until a bidder accepts the price. Dutch auctions are also called descending- price auctions. Dutch auctions are particularly good for moving large numbers of commodity items quickly.

9 9 Sealed-Bid Auctions In sealed-bid auctions, bidders submit their bids independently and are usually prohibited from sharing information with each other. In a first-price sealed-bid auction, the highest bidder wins.

10 10 Sealed-Bid Auctions The second-price sealed-bid auction is the same as the first-price sealed-bid auction except that the highest bidder is awarded the item at the price bid by the second-highest bidder. Second-price sealed-bid auctions are commonly called Vickrey auctions.

11 11 Double Auctions In a double auctions, buyers and sellers each submit combined price-quantity bids to an auctioneer. The auctioneer matches the sellers’ offers to the buyers’ offers until all the quantities offered for sale are sold to buyers. Double auctions can be operated in either sealed-bid or open-outcry formats. Click to see Figure 10-1:

12 12 Web Auction Strategies Web auctions are one of the fastest-growing segments of online business today. Business analysts predict that Web auctions will account for 30% of all electronic commerce by 2002. Three broad categories of auction Web sites are emerging: general consumer auctions, specialty consumer auctions, and business-to-business auctions.

13 13 General Consumer Auctions One of the most successful consumer auction Web sites is eBay. The eBay home page includes links to categories of items. Sellers pay eBay a listing fee and a sliding percentage of the final selling price. Buyers pay nothing to eBay. Click to see Figure 10-2:

14 14 General Consumer Auctions The most common format used on eBay is a computerized version of the English auction. Another auction type offered by eBay is an increasing-price format for multiple item auctions that eBay calls a Dutch auction. In either type of eBay auction, bidders must constantly monitor the bidding activity.

15 15 General Consumer Auctions Times Mirror started Auction Universe in 1997 and sold in 1998 to the Classified Ventures, and closed in August 2000. Portal sites such as Yahoo! And Excite have created auctions. Click to see Figure 10-3:

16 16 General Consumer Auctions has also recently expanded its business to include auction. Amazon’s “Auction Guarantee” agreed to reimburse any buyer for not satisfying to the listed merchandise that costing $250 or less. A third party “escrow service” holds the buyer’s payment until he or she receives and is satisfied with the purchased item. Click to see Figure 10-4:

17 17 Specialty Consumer Auctions Some specialized Web auction sites exist to meet the needs of those market segments. The technology portal site devoted to computers. Golf Club Exchange Web auction site is for golfers. Coin collectors are attracted to sites such as Coin Universe. Click to see Figure 10-5:

18 18 Business-to-Business Auctions Business-to-business auctions evolved to meet specific need such as handling excess inventory. The large companies may create their own auction sites that sells excess inventory. A third-party Web auction site takes the place of the liquidation broker and auctions excess inventory.

19 19 Business-to-Business Auctions Ingram Micro now auctions those items to its established customers through the Auction Block site. CompUSA builds its own auction site to dispose obsolete inventory. Examples of third-party Web auction sites are “Auction IT” for computer equipment, “Going, Going…Sold!” for lab equipment, “” for electronic components. Click to see Figure 10-6:

20 20 Business-to-Business Auctions “OpenClose Connection” allows brokers to put mortgage loan packages up for bids from lenders. In May 2000, a new venture called the “International Securities Exchange” began trading 82 of the most actively traded stock options contracts.

21 21 Auction-Related Services A common concern among people bidding in Web auctions is the reliability of the sellers. When purchasing high-value items, buyers can use an escrow service to protect their interests. Escrow services such as I-Escrow, SecureTrades, and TradeSafe Online are example. Another service offered by some firms on the Web is a directory of auctions, such as “Auction Guide” and “AuctionInsider” sites. Click to see Figure 10-7:

22 22 Seller-Bid Auctions and Group Purchasing Sites Another auction model, in which sellers bid the prices at which they are willing to sell, also called reverse auction. On a group purchasing site, the seller posts an item with a price. As individual buyers enter bids on an item, the site can negotiate a better price with the item’s provider. Mercata and are examples. Click to see Figure 10-8:

23 23 Virtual Community Strategies Three key elements are required to make a virtual community: –Cellular-satellite communications technology –Electronic marketplaces –Software agents

24 24 Virtual Community Strategies In 1999, eBay and cellular-satellite communications company SkyTel Communications announced a wireless person-to- person online trading service. Electronic marketplaces are growing out of virtual online communities such as GeoCities and Tripod. Software agents are programs that traverse the Web and find items for sale that meet a buyer’s specification. Click to see Figure 10-9:

25 25 Virtual Communities A virtual community is a gathering place for people and businesses that does not have a physical existence. Virtual communities exist on the Internet in various forms, including Usenet newsgroups, chat rooms, and Web sites. Virtual communities help companies, customers, and suppliers plan, collaborate, transact business, and interact in ways that benefit all of them.

26 26 Virtual Communities Most Web communities are business-to-consumer strategy implementation. Some successful B2B virtual communities have emerged. Milacron’s Milpro site is a good example of a B2B virtual communities. In addition to providing services, Milpro site also provides links for customers interactions. Click to see Figure 10-10:

27 27 Early Web Communities One of the first Web communities was the “WELL”. Member of the WELL pay a monthly fee to participate in its forums and conferences. In 1995, Beverly Hills Internet opened a virtual community site. Los Angeles-area communities developed to become GeoCities, and it grew rapidly and was purchased in 1999 by Yahoo! For $5 billion.

28 28 Web Portal Strategies By the late 1990s, virtual communities were selling advertising to generate revenue. Search engine, entertainment, and Web directories sites also were selling advertising to generate revenue. These portals are so named because their goal is to be every Web surfer’s entry to the Web.

29 29 Web Portal Strategies Many Web observers believe that Web portal sites will be the great revenue- generating businesses of the future. Adding portal features to the existing sites is a wise business strategy. One rough measure of stickiness is how long each user spends at the site. Click to see Figure 10-11:

30 30 Web Portal Strategies Industry observers predicting success for Web portals may be correct. The companies that run Web portals certainly believe in the power of portals. They have been aggressively adding sticky features such as chat rooms, e-mail, and calendar functions.

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