The Online Classifieds market recorded robust growth of 18.3% between 2014 and 2016, with Real Estate Classifieds witnessing a surge of 20.5%. This was followed by Employment Classifieds and Auto Classifieds with 17.4% and 13.6%, respectively. Growth in the overall Classifieds segment is expected to slow to 5.6% between CY17 and CY21. The CAGR for all three major segments is estimated to slow to 5–6%.
We expect more entrants to try and disrupt the market with unique business models. Whether they succeed will depend on the strength of the incumbents and the type of Online Classifieds segment.
In addition to doubling down on their mobile strategy, players in the Online Classifieds segment are also transforming themselves to leverage synergy and become more valuable to their customers. We expect to witness more acquisitions and product expansions as incumbents try to leverage their dominance to enter new areas in the value chain.