eRowz

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eRowz
Private
IndustryClassified Advertising
Founded2011
FoundersVincent Vandegans and Bart Verschueren
HeadquartersEnghien, Belgium
Websitewww.erowz.com

eRowz (formerly trading as BC.Net[1]) is a vertical search engine, with a specialisation of classified advertising in sectors such as cars, product sales and real estate.[2][3] The businesses strength is in its range of websites (e.g. for-sale.co.uk and for-sale.com), which provide niche country specific offerings for the sale of second hand goods via online classified advertising, reaching around reach around 7 million visits per month.[4]

History[edit]

eRowz was founded and patented in Belgium in mid-2011[5] by Vincent Vandegans[6] and Bart Verschueren.[7] Initially commencing with a classified website in France, followed by Italy, eRowz now operates in fourteen countries globally with a portfolio of classified advertising related websites. The group of sites are published in seven different languages and receive more than seven million unique visitors each month.[8]

How eRowz works[edit]

eRowz is a custom built search engine that currently crawls real estate, cars and product related classified advertisements to obtain unstructured data.[9] Another source of data are frequent data feeds and API interfaces with partners such as eBay, Amazon and Kelkoo.[3]

The data acquired is then aggregated into one giant eRowz database.[9] This data is then presented real-time to visitors based on their preferences, settings and searches. Visitors can set-up alerts for new items for sale matching their criteria.[10] eRowz uses geolocation technology to help the visitor find products which are closest to the place they live.[2][11]

Accolades[edit]

eRowz was selected in the Tie50 International Entrepreneur in 2015.[12] eRowz also won the Trend Awards in 2014 for its fast rate of growth.[11] It was finalist at the Enteprize of the Year by Ernst & Young

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Demystifying the World of Online Classified Advertising". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Grandir sans investisseurs, c'est possible". Le Soir. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  4. ^ "eRowz, le moteur de recherche wallon qui tutoie Amazon et eBay". RTBF International. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  5. ^ "For-sale.co.uk (Bc.net)". EBay. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Vincent Vandegans Digital Strategist". LinkedIn. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Bart Verschueren CEO at eRowz". LinkedIn. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Erowz, l'agrégateur de petites annonces cartonne". Lecho. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b "The Internet; Empowering Us to Sell Second Hand Goods Online Profitably". BDaily. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  10. ^ "20 FREE Classified Advertising Tips to Sell Second Hand Goods Online". The Drum. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  11. ^ a b "eRowz.com – Bringing Order to the Chaos of Buying and Selling Second Hand Goods Online via Classified Advertising". Journalism.co.uk. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  12. ^ "8 Belgian start-ups represent Belgium at TiEcon conference in California". The Brussels Times. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2016.