An online marketplace emerges for selling marketing and consulting services

May 18, 2015 02:10 PM

Companies looking for help in marketing, technology consulting and overall business management services have an emerging e-marketplace to shop for providers.

Blur Group plc, the company behind, says that more than 60,000 companies have either bought or sold such services on the e-marketplace since it launched online in 2011. It adds that more than 2,000 marketing agencies and consulting operations have joined the site within the past several months, including:  Oracle Corp., the provider of e-commerce and other business operations software and services; business and technology consulting firms KPMG, Accenture and Deloitte; and marketing agencies J. Walter Thompson, Edelman, Ogilvy & Mather, McCann Erickson and Havas.

Buyers of services over the past year, blur Group says, include retailers Inc. and Tesco PLC, and manufacturers General Electric Co. and Caterpillar Inc. has service providers based in 145 countries and is taking in around 75 requests per week from potential buyers, according to Jon Hogg, blur Group’s chief marketing officer. charges no fees for buyers or sellers to view the site. It accepts payments from buyers for project fees set by suppliers, and forwards the payment minus a commission to the supplier. Blur Group did not immediately respond to a request for information about the size of its commissions.

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