The Dreaded Message?
“We’re sorry, your search returned no results”
It’s the page many Search and Merchandizing teams hope will never appear to their customers. And of course, good search should avoid the “No Results” page showing unnecessarily – for example, if a spelling mistake has been made. However, customers may be searching for products that are simply not available in the product catalog and therefore “No Results” pages are sometimes inevitable. But they don’t have to be a dead-end for potential customers; they can be an opportunity to engage with your users. Read More
Do your search marketers have a plan for voice search optimization? According to research from BrightEdge, 31 percent of marketers see voice search as the next big thing. However, approximately 62 percent have no plans to prepare for voice search.
Jim Yu’s article sets out the ‘three Cs’ of optimizing for voice search: Conversation, Content, and Context. Read More
Outstanding pizza and fireworks at Navy Pier are reason enough to visit Chicago, but the industry’s largest eCommerce event, the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE), didn’t fail to equip and inspire as it held its 14th annual event in the city last month.
The EasyAsk team had a great time attending discussions, presentations, and networking sessions, as well as running a booth in the exhibit hall. We were able to impress visitors with solutions to the challenge that emerged over the 4 days: how to maximize mobile shoppers. Read More
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Typeahead… autocomplete… incremental search: many attempts have been made in recent years to speed up shopper’s searches. At EasyAsk, we offer ‘Search As You Type’, or SAYT (pronounced Say-it), because it means a whole lot more than just a list of suggested searches. It means many possibilities for getting the right products in front of your customers.
SAYT progressively searches for and filters through text. As a user types a query, suggestions, products, categories, and attributes are found and presented with each keystroke. This allows a user to stop short of typing the entire word or phrase and find what they were looking for quicker. Read More
Q: A Search box is a search box . . . right? How much difference can it make?
A: All the difference.
This might just be the single most important component in a successful eCommerce strategy and the key to driving significantly more revenue.
It is essential to get the usability of the search box within eCommerce sites right. Up to 30% of visitors will use the site search tool and these will be highly motivated shoppers who know exactly what they’re looking for. Shoppers who use the search box will buy more:
Personalization is a valuable and effective part of the shopping experience. But personalization must always be just that – a part of the shopping experience, not the shopping experience. There are occasions when a shopper asks for certain products and the search results are affected by personalization. Being able to find relevant products through good search is imperative to higher conversion rates.
Don’t get me wrong, personalization is great
The scope and advantages of personalization for eCommerce are ever-growing. Personalization systems tailor the information a customer sees on the screen based on something known about them. For example, if a shopper in Atlanta searches for jackets in the spring, a personalization system might use the knowledge of location and time of year to display lighter-weight jackets than it would to another shopper living in Boston during the winter. Or maybe a shopper has been browsing the women’s department of a site, then searches for a shirt. The personalization system might choose to show women’s shirts to the shopper first.
We’ve seen the ‘Back to the Future’ pattern in the history of mobile phones. They began very large, were gradually made as small as technology would allow, and now we need bigger pockets.
And, Great Scott! we can see a similar pattern in voice search as a result of the evolving use of smart-home devices. Read More