Before partnering with vFairs, The Black Virtual Mall faced a series of challenges:
- The need for a platform that was easy to use, functional, and convenient for both vendors and visitors.
- The necessity for a platform that could facilitate seamless communication and provide strong customer support.
- The requirement for a platform offering the ability to customize and adapt to changes such as vendor additions and seasonal design alterations.
- The quest for a solution to replicate the feel of a real-life mall in the virtual world, including intricate details like windows reflecting the feel of ascending levels and avatars showcasing the Black-owned nature of the project.
vFairs offered a range of features that specifically addressed the challenges faced by The Black Virtual Mall:
Working with vFairs, Selolwane created a virtual mall that mirrors a real-life multi-storey mall with a food court and cinema. The attention to detail, such as level-reflective window designs and culturally representative avatars, brought authenticity to the virtual mall. Seasonal design changes were also made to celebrate events like Halloween and Christmas.
vFairs’ integrations with various payment portals brought the mall concept to life. This feature eliminated the need for organizers to deal directly with sales, enabling visitors to make purchases instantly at the shops.
Different tiers were designed for various kiosks, shops, and premium stores to cater to diverse vendor needs. Each shop section could be individually linked for visitors to directly purchase a product, bypassing multiple landing pages. Business owners were also allowed to upload welcome videos to their booths, simulating the experience of a shop greeter.
To improve interaction and engagement, The Black Virtual Mall organized holiday events such as a scavenger hunt. Gamification elements like leaderboards were introduced to enhance the visitor experience.
In a first-of-its-kind feature, the food court was integrated with various food delivery services. This allowed Black-owned eateries to set up booths and enabled visitors to order food directly to their homes.
The Black Virtual Mall is a testament to the transformative power of innovation, leveraging vFairs’ platform to not just empower Black businesses, but also to pioneer a new dimension in ecommerce and shopping experiences. The creation of this virtual mall has opened up an entire industry of possibilities, laying a blueprint for the future of shopping in the emerging metaverse.
It stands as a shining example of the potential that virtual real estate holds, reflecting a promising future for virtual commerce and property development.