#1VIRTUALEXPO GROUP: FROM A SOURCING TOOL TO A B2B MARKETPLACE

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For 20 years VirtualExpo Group has been leading the way in specialized online trade shows. It has been an essential sourcing tool for buyers around the world. Today, the company’s mission is naturally evolving to enable those with B2B projects to make the right purchase.

VirtualExpo Group’s websites give them access to millions of specific products with comprehensive, quality listing in distinct domains: industry; boating and the maritime sector; architecture and design; medical equipment; aeronautics and agriculture. This information is carefully organized and made available online in 9 languages.

It was an obvious choice for VirtualExpo Group to take the leap and become a marketplace in a B2B environment where it is becoming possible to buy online. A marketplace whose guiding principles, illustrated by its slogan, are: COMPARE | CONNECT | BUY.

 

COMPARE

 

A NEW STAND
With the new product presentation, it is easier for buyers to identify and view different products and their prices.

A PRODUCT COMPARISON TOOL
The product comparison tool offers a table of information about the products being compared: image, brand, features, description, price and much more!

 

CONNECT

 

DISPLAYING THE NEAREST SELLERS
A selection of 4 sellers is highlighted based on their seller rating and geographical proximity to the buyer.

NEGOTIATION INTERFACE
Buyers can interact with sellers and track their requests at any time through a simple, user friendly interface available in 9 languages.

SELLER RATINGS
Each buyer can evaluate the quality and speed with which a seller responds to their request. This feature really helps other buyers make decide on the right purchase.

 

BUY

 

DISPLAYING PRICE OPTIONS
With the display of price options, buyers have the concrete information they need to really consider purchasing a product, meaning that sellers receive more qualified leads.

BUYING ONLINE
Sellers can send a quote and buyers can confirm the transaction online.

#2EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING: A PRIORITY AT VIRTUALEXPO GROUP

The very essence of VirtualExpo Group is its start-up spirit: after 20 years of activity, the people who work for the company continue to be its driving force. Its strength lies in the commitment of its employees to its future. This means their well-being is a strategic concern.

The company takes particular care to cultivate a caring and motivating environment, and to promote a sense of initiative and healthy competition within its teams:

  • Agile Management
  • Team Building
  • Solidarity and Civic Initiatives
  • Collaborative Workspace
About us meeting with agility methodology
Célébration 10ans ArchiExpo

 

#3UNITED AROUND THE COMPANY'S CORE VALUES

Multiculturalism is a key factor in the company’s success. In addition to this, a wide range of professions are represented in the company with IT, sales, marketing and content departments. It’s the rich variety in culture and different profiles that gives VirtualExpo Group its unique character.

  • 200 employees
  • 25 nationalities
  • An average employee age of 36
  • 55% men
  • 45% women
AWARDS
27th place in 2019
7th place in 2018
25th place in 2017
21st place in 2014

The company with the best employee rating in Marseilles*

*article from June 21, 2018 by Cadremploi

 

All company employees are united around the company’s core values:

“When we dare, we make progress and conversely, when we lack audacity, we stagnate. VirtualExpo Group was born to be forward-thinking and daring, it’s in its DNA.” “Because we look out for each other, we share knowledge and this leads to much better ideas. This helps open up new perspectives.”

“Taking pride in each other’s accomplishments gives meaning to our actions beyond our own interests. Each person is a source of inspiration.”

“When you take the time to consider all the details together before you start, you can give it your all and have fun knowing you’re on the right track.” “VirtualExpo Group isn’t just a place where you come to work. This company embodies our ideals: a cultural and linguistic openness that pushes us to broaden our points of view together.”

 

#4 A WORD FROM OUR CEO

Vincent Gérard – CEO

After studying at the famous French engineering school Arts et Métiers, Vincent Gérard began his career in the design, production and marketing of contemporary heating systems.
In 2003, VirtualExpo Group President’s Corentin Thiercelin, from the same graduating class, called on him to develop and structure the sales force of DirectIndustry, an entity of the VirtualExpo Group. Vincent brought a new impetus with him: to create a multicultural and multilingual team to open the company up to international opportunities.
Today, as CEO of VirtualExpo Group, Vincent has taken up the challenge of making the historical model, a sourcing tool, the first specialized B2B marketplace.

"We have been fortunate to live through an incredible start-up adventure with double-digit growth while maintaining an agile and free entrepreneurial mindset. The success of VirtualExpo Group has been built around 2 strengths: SEO expertise, which today allows us to exceed 8.2 million visits per month, and a constant desire to meet the needs of professional visitors.”

#5THE AUDIENCE

 

BUYERS

Everything is done to ensure a smooth user experience: buyers not only have access to an overview of the international products on offer but also to the latest news and trends in 6 different fields.

POWERFUL INTUITIVE SEARCH

In just a few clicks, buyers have access to specific products thanks to the powerful search engine and advanced search features.

A PRODUCT COMPARISON TOOL

This helps the buyer select the product that’s the most appropriate for their project.

 

NETWORKING

Direct contact with sellers through a negotiation interface.

ONLINE PURCHASES

Buyers can request a quote and confirm the purchase online.

 


MANUFACTURERS

Manufacturers are provided with complete marketing solutions to optimize their SEO and online visibility. This allows them to strengthen their international growth.

INTERNATIONAL VISIBILITY

Strengthening of their brand image with marketing solutions adapted to their needs.


SEO

International search engine optimization.

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LOCAL VISIBILITY

Development and maintenance of their network of Partner Distributors.

QUALIFIED LEADS

Increased sales potential thanks to qualified traffic.

ROI

Measurement of their performance through monthly reports
and statistics available 24 hours a day in their back office.

 


DISTRIBUTORS

Partner Distributors of the manufacturers present on our marketplaces also benefit from solutions to increase their visibility and develop their business online. VirtualExpo Group provides them with a range of marketing solutions.

 

VISIBILITY

Promotion on our marketplaces as a Partner Distributor.

 

PRODUCT DISPLAY

They can add the product lines they distribute.

 

SALES ZONE

They define their sales zone to best meet the demands of the buyers situated geographically closest to them.

QUALIFIED LEADS

Increased sales potential thanks to qualified traffic.

 

#6KEY FIGURES

Over 38,000 stands

on all 6 marketplaces

Over 1,2 million products

presented on all 6 marketplaces

8,2 million visits

a month to all 6 marketplaces

109,000 professionals

read the 3 dedicated news sites

3 million readers

receive our newsletters

Close to 500,000 catalogs

available online

 

9 languages available

on our 6 marketplaces

#7HISTORY

At the end of the 1990s, Corentin Thiercelin, an engineer by training, noticed a lack of efficient tools to help companies and buyers in their search for industrial information, equipment and components.

The Internet, which was still in its infancy at this time, seemed to be the ideal tool for organizing and displaying the vast selection of products available on the international market. DirectIndustry was launched in the year 2000. Based on its success, the initial project has expanded and developed in several other sectors.

The year 2020 marks the start of a new era for VirtualExpo Group. Continuing in its trailblazing spirit, the company is launching six specialized B2B marketplaces to effectively meet the requirements of its audiences.

#8THEY TRUST US

AeroExpo

 

 

 


AgriExpo

 

 

 


ArchiExpo


 

 


DirectIndustry

 

           

                                   

 



MedicalExpo

 

 

 


NauticExpo

 

 

 

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Chloé Bonnaud

VirtualExpo Group PR Contact
+33 4 86 13 48 68