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August 22, 2019 - No Comments!

Launching The Students’ Guild marketplace

It's been an busy summer here at Paperclip HQ. Prior to launching our crowdfunding campaign last week, the team have been working hard on adding the finishing touches to Version 3 of the Paperclip app, as well as getting our new schools marketplaces ready for the next academic year.

To add to the excitement, we can officially announce that we're now powering the official marketplace for The University of Exeter Students' Guild.

The Students' Guild represents more than 22,000 undergraduate and postgrad students at the University of Exeter in Devon. The Students' Guild currently supports over 200 different societies, ranging from Drama to Dodgeball and hosts regular events and activities for students throughout the year.

The new marketplace will allow students at the university to buy, sell and swap with one another without any extra fees or charges. Students can trade safely and even create their own trading groups based on their societies or interests. The platform also gives users access to a whole host of exclusive student deals and discounts.

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A sneak preview of The Students' Guild marketplace

Speaking about the upcoming launch, Paperclip CMO Laurence said "It's wonderful to have The University of Exeter Student's Guild on board. The Marketing Team are really excited about the upcoming Fresher's period and can't wait to spread the word around campus. We hope the new marketplace will help students at Exeter to save money on their university essentials and discover value on campus."

Stay tuned for more...

In the coming days, Paperclip will be announcing the launch of two more university marketplaces for the academic year 2019/20! We will also be letting you know about an exciting developments in our Seedrs campaign, as well as the new additions to the Paperclip family...

Paperclip is crowdfunding! Head to our Seedrs page for more information.

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August 13, 2019 - No Comments!

We’re crowdfunding!

A huge announcement today from Paperclip HQ...

We are entering what promises to be the most exciting phase in the history of Paperclip right now. Over the next six months, the team at Paperclip HQ will be implementing our long-awaited payment gateway, releasing completely re-written, updated Android and iPhone apps, and growing our community marketplace client base from 24 to over 60!

To fund this mission, we’ve opened a new investment round, which has so far resulted in over thirty new investors joining us, ranging from doctors and fund managers to the co-founder and former CEO of Just-Eat, David Buttress. They join an extraordinary group of investors including Go Compare founder Hayley Parsons and ex-CFO of the Financial Times, John Davis.

Not only this, but as of today, we are launching a public crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs – this will allow us onboard anyone who has ever wanted to invest in us, from as little as £12!

This may be old news to our existing users and readers of MyDreamality, who were provided both with a private link to the campaign last week. We may have already hit 65% of our target, but there is still and long way to go and plenty of time to invest in the UK's leading marketplace provider.

But why should you invest in Paperclip?
  • Record month-on-month sales: our plan to onboard as many communities as possible is well underway. July saw a large uptick in sales, with new schools, universities and other communities onboarded – the figures will continue to rise now inline with our increasingly aggressive sales campaigns.
  • Open consumer marketplace is about to take off: June saw record numbers of organic users and items added to our open consumer marketplace. After our payment gateway goes live in Autumn, we expect every month to be a record-breaking month, as Paperclip will start to transition from a community marketplace provider to a nationwide buying and selling platform. As you can imagine, adding the ability for buyers and sellers to transact electronically removes several barriers to usage – instead of buying an iPhone off someone round the corner, you’ll now be able to purchase it from someone in another city entirely. When combined with more stable Android and iPhone access, an upgraded marketing budget, and some savvy growth hacks, we thoroughly expect the open marketplace to start making waves.
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Paperclip founders Alan & Rich (centre) with existing investors Hayley Parsons (left) & Sarah Smith from the Development Bank of Wales (right)
  • Exciting product enhancements in the next three months: the next few months will see us add a powerful new payment gateway, which will effectively enable us to start competing with the likes of Shpock and Depop on a national scale. Our open consumer marketplace hasn’t got as much love as our community marketplaces over the past year, mainly because we have been completely rewriting and updating our Android and iPhone apps. All of this hard work is about to culminate with new product releases in August and October. We expect to see organic downloads and usage of our open marketplace start to steadily increase as of October!
  • An all-star team, positioned to scale: with a shiny new office in Cardiff city center and a talented team across all facets of product development, marketing and sales. We have an award-winning product designer (Steve), along with an experienced team comprising of several first-class graduates and a PhD; combined, this team has more than enough ability to execute our plan.

Be part of something special. Head to our Seedrs page today for more information.

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August 5, 2019 - No Comments!

Paperclip: Version 3 is go!

Here at Paperclip, we're always thinking of new ways to improve the experience for our fabulous users. Our Design and Development teams have been working tirelessly throughout the start of the year, drawing from user feedback, to create the perfect buying and selling platform. So, it is with great excitement, that we can finally reveal a shiny new version of the Paperclip marketplace...

So what's new?

The team have been working to add new features and improve the Paperclip user journey. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye, so here’s a brief explanation of what’s new:

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  • Take control of your offers –you can now view and manage all your individual offers and how many views your item has had. Choose to accept, decline or message about the offer any time whilst the offer is still active.

  • Buying and selling icons - help you keep track of your activity – beforehand, all item activity was placed under one icon which was combined to be the “trading centre”. After listening to feedback, it was clear that this was too confusing for users.

  • Notifications all in one place -  now your messages and notifications are under one icon for a cleaner and clearer user experience.

  • Add item listings into a chat – remind your buyer/seller what item you are discussing by featuring it in your messaging thread and provide further photos if needed rather than changing your original listing.

Speaking about the new improvements to the platform, our Front-end Developer Harry said, "With the new version, Paperclip has taken invaluable feedback given by our user base and used it to make our marketplaces even better. We've revolutionized the trading experience with an aim to put ease of use at it's forefront, whilst supercharging their ability to monitor and interact with other buyers and sellers with speed and clarity across an altogether more streamlined platform."

Marketing Manager Justin added, "It's great to have the new version of the marketplace up and running before our busy Fresher's period! The feedback we had from our users has shaped Version 3 and we're really grateful for those who took the time to tell us what they loved (and what they didn't) about V2."

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The new Buying and Selling screens

Whether you are a student, or a member of the global marketplace, we want to thank you for your feedback which has enabled us improve the Paperclip user experience. We're constantly looking for ways to expand the platform and give you more of what you want, so feel free to get in touch with your thoughts at: hello@paperclip.co

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