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Personalized stores for Magento and Shopify retailers to improve conversion

Posted on September 4, 2019 by


Every one of us has a unique interest and preference in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the gadgets we use, the movies we watch, etc.  People who shop online also have their own interests, and their browsing pattern reveals the same. Each visitor’s browsing behavior is unique and different from that of the rest. Serving each person according to their preferences and interests is called personalization.

Personalization in eCommerce is the ability of the online store to display unique products to each visitor based on their interest. The store records the actions of each visitor and delivers tailor-made results to each visitor. In online stores, personalization can be provided through recommendations, site search, and personalized stores.

What is a personalized store in eCommerce?

A personalized store is a collection of curated products based on a visitor’s interest displayed as a listing page or recommendation widgets. They reduce product discovery time and hence improve visitor engagement.

How personalized stores work in Amazon?

Amazon is a global leader in eCommerce and its success story is definitely a lesson for the retail world. Amazon makes a personal appeal and brings the visitors repeatedly to its store. The personalized store provides readily available suggestions tailor-made to the visitor based on their past browsing pattern. 

This personalized space has dynamic widgets such as ‘Related items you viewed’ , ‘Inspired by your browsing history’ etc. As stated, they reduce the time to discover products and easily trigger the visitor’s interest to purchase them.

Tagalys’s My Store

‘My Store’ is a completely personalized space that displays product listing pages based on the interest of each visitor. Retailers report online visitors who enter “My Store” convert at a 4X higher rate than the overall site conversion. 

‘My Store’ gives Magento and Shopify retailers an opportunity to create personalized space similar to the Amazon store, without a large engineering investment.

Tagalys maximizes conversion rate & gives merchants visual control of products displayed in Site Search, Category Pages & Product Recommendations at their online store. To know more about our solutions and features, get in touch with us now.

Posted in e-Commerce Personalization

Effective Ecommerce Merchandising Strategies that Drive Higher Conversions

Posted on July 29, 2019 by


merchandising strategies

 

Not too long ago, merchandising only meant displaying products in the window, color-coordinating different aisles, ensuring the sales team has adequate knowledge of the products – you get the drift.

But with eCommerce taking the world by storm, merchandising had to be reinvented. No longer do you have a physical store to display a sign in the window to attract a customer. While offline merchandising seems like a whole different ball game, there are many aspects of it that correlate to eCommerce. Taking some of the old and finding some new, we’ve listed out a few ways you could effectively use merchandising techniques to increase conversions for your business. 

 

Pay attention to your home page display 

While your customers may not necessarily land on your home page, the entrance to your business needs to make the best impression. Through data analysis, you can truly know your customer and what they would like. For example, if you’re selling antique furniture, you might want to keep your home page more delectable with a focus on “home”. But if you’re selling funky accessories, you might want to jazz up your page to make it vibrant and fun. Remember what is unappealing to one customer need not be unappealing to another. You need to understand who you’re catering to, for example, a camping equipment site would need peace and calm, but to sell sports shoes, you’d need to keep it young and energetic.

Your home page should display products that would interest your customers. Remember, customers no longer have the time or patience to navigate through a complicated site. Keep things simple, easy to find, and ensure you offer products relevant to them. 

 

Use search results to your advantage

How you configure your site search can make a remarkable difference in your visitor’s experience. Tweaking your results page to display visuals rather than just a text list would give customers a better experience. Apart from that, it’s important to display relevant products in the search results. 

Taking it a step further, offering similar products that might interest the customer in the same price range can drive up your conversion rate and your Average Order Value (AOV) as well. One way you can do this is by showing customers the top-selling products in the same category.

By using site search enhancement services like Tagalys to optimize your site search, you’ll see a boost in conversion rates.

 

Sequencing 

In a physical store, as a retailer, you would arrange your products in a way that would not just be visually appealing, but would also enable the customer to sort through your collection easily. Products that you know don’t sell too well wouldn’t be upfront because you know it isn’t your best. New arrivals, best sellers and trending products would take the spotlight. 

In eCommerce stores as well, sequencing plays a significant role in getting customers to buy. While smaller stores may be able to spend time in arranging products manually, if you have bigger stock or a large catalog, it would be next to impossible. You would need help to automatically sequence products based on different attributes. 

For example, if a customer wants a white long sleeve shirt, your page should be able to display all products that have been tagged with these attributes. Learn about sequencing and the best ways to go about it before implementing it on your site.

 

Personalising experience 

When you’ve been a regular customer at a store, and the staff or owner recognizes you, it’s a feeling all customers enjoy. This is because – be it a restaurant or an apparel store – they know what you like, they know what you bought before, and they offer you discounts and special treatment. Just how do you replicate that in your online store with no support staff?

Ecommerce stores are able to do this by displaying products “Based on your past purchases.” A business should recognize the traits of different customers such as the price point at which a particular customer is purchasing products. What kind of products are they looking for? Are they putting quality over price or vice versa? 

For example, an online grocery store would know the monthly grocery pattern of the shopper based on past purchases. Offering them an option to just buy things from their usual shopping list would enhance their experience as they wouldn’t have to spend time searching for these products every time. 

 

Complementary Products 

This tactic can greatly increase your sales simply because you suggested products that go well with the one the customer is purchasing. Also known as cross-selling, you can prompt the customer to look at other products they might be interested in, or would need with the product they are purchasing. 

For example, if a customer is buying a yoga mat, you can suggest fitness clothes, yoga bricks/blocks, an exercise ball, healthy food products – basically things that go with the other product and complement the lifestyle of the buyer.

 

Here is a recommended read about “5 Ways to Convert More Visitors into Customers Using Geomarketing

Wrapping Up on Merchandising

Developing a strong foundation with merchandising enables you to strengthen the core driving force of your business. You can spend thousands on advertising and getting people to your site, but once there, you need to bring your A-game and deliver! 

 

“Advertising moves people toward goods; merchandising moves goods toward people.” – Morris Hite.

Merchandising is all about presenting the right goods to the right people at the right price. When you get that right, you’ll flip the seesaw bringing your bounce rate down and pushing your conversion rate up.

Tagalys maximizes conversion rate & gives merchants visual control of products displayed in Site SearchCategory Pages & Product Recommendations at their online store. To know more about our solutions and features, get in touch with us now.

Posted in e-Commerce General e-Commerce Product Listing pages

Personalization and its application in online shopping

Posted on June 24, 2019 by


People around us are diverse in their thoughts and interests. Everybody has a unique preference and this applies to online shoppers as well. Serving each person according to their preferences and interests is called personalization.

Personalization in eCommerce is the ability of the system to display unique products to each visitor based on their interest at the store. The system records the actions of each visitor and delivers tailor-made results to each visitor. Although Personalization is widely used in fashion retail, it also works well in other eCommerce verticals with large catalogs & purchases are made within a few visits. Personalization reduces time to discovery & improves visitor engagement.

The most popular personalization channels at an online store are across ‘Recommendations’, ‘Site Search’ and ‘My Store’.

1.Recommendations

These product recommendation carousels are unique for each visitor based on their browsing history. They can be grouped into a single carousel or segmented by product type based on merchant requirements.

(Single carousel recommendation widget that displays personalized results)

(Multiple carousel recommendation widgets that display personalized results)

2.Site Search

The conversion percentage of visitors who search is 2X greater than the visitors who browse through the store. Visitors on mobile, have a higher inclination to search, as it reduces the time to discover products. Hence personalizing the search results have provided great improvements in conversion rates for leading retailers.

 Search results personalized for visitor A                                               Search results personalized for visitor B

Tagalys personalizes the search results by collecting & analyzing click-stream data by visitor and sorts results by products of interest that are specific to visitors.

3.My Store

Almost every human that has shopped online, might have come across Amazon’s personal Store for its users.

(Amazon’s My Store)

‘My Store’ is an end to end completely personalized space that displays personalized product listing pages by the interest of the visitors. The products in ‘My Store’ are based on the visitor’s shopping interest. Online visitors who enter “My Store” convert at a 3X higher rate than Search. My store, eases the product discovery process, ensuring only products relevant to the visitor’s interest are visible.

‘My Store’ is also available to merchants using Shopify or Magento from Tagalys.

Tagalys maximizes conversion rate & gives merchants visual control of products displayed in Site Search & Category pages at their Magento and Shopify online store. To know more about our solutions and features, get in touch with us now.

Posted in e-Commerce General e-Commerce Personalization e-Commerce Product Recommendations eCommerce Site Search

4 Personalization tactics to improve sales at your Magento and Shopify eCommerce store

Posted on April 21, 2019 by


The problem with showing your customers generic product results is that you run the risk of pushing your customers towards decision paralysis. A significant portion of your visitors become frustrated that they cannot find what they’re looking for.

That’s exactly the problem that personalization helps to address. Personalization in eCommerce refers to the customization of a buyer’s retail journey to ensure that he/she finds only the most relevant product to choose from. Through personalized merchandising, you can use a user’s data and their previous behavior on your site to show them products relevant to their interests.

With the future of retail stores and online retail heavily depending on personalization, here are a few personalized merchandising strategies that you can follow to improve your Click Through Rates (CTRs), and therefore your sales.

1. Emailers

Companies that do not employ a personalized email strategy risk exposing their customers to generic products which may be of no interest to them. This can actually do more harm than not sending your customers any email at all.

A great way to ensure that your users keep coming back to your store is to send them personalized and relevant emails tailored to their interests. Engagement via email can include simple follow-up messages. Introducing products the customer might be interested in, relevant offers and more.

2. Recommendations

With brick and mortar stores and early eCommerce stores, customers didn’t have the luxury of an exclusive display of their favorite products, for obvious reasons. A “generic” experience rarely results in high customer satisfaction, as most stores discovered.

Today, online retailers have the capability to provide personalized recommendations on every page of your store. Search results can even be sorted personalized to suit each of your customers’ unique tastes and requirements.

In addition to showing your users filters and sort options based on time of product arrival, cost, rating, and brands, you can go one step further by showing them products they are more likely to find useful. By using this simple technique, you can help your users make faster and easier buying decisions.

3. Personal Stores

With most companies, personalization starts and ends with showing recommended products as described above. But to break the clutter and bring a whole new dimension to personalization, several leading eCommerce stores now offer their customers their own online store.

A personal store typically consists of a dedicated page for individual users. They display products they have previously viewed, and additionally, other products that are likely to be of interest to the user. This completely eliminates the virtual labor that your customers have to go through to find their way to the products that they are most likely to buy. Since time is of the essence to your customers, you are also helping them save time by making it easy for them to browse their favorite products. Amazon’s ‘My Store’ displays products each user has viewed and ones they may be interested in, in an exclusive personal page.

While setting up a personal store might seem like a daunting task, you can use powerful tools like Tagalys’ Personalized Product Sorting, which will help you automate the entire process. The tool uses machine learning to constantly improve its output. It ensures that the personal store you create for your customers remains truly personal and highly relevant.

4. Notifications

Before push notifications, companies had to rely on newsletters and messages to catch their customers’ attention. Both ineffective ways to get a user to re-engage with an online store after they have exited it.

With push notifications, you can give your customers a nudge about a new product in-store, a limited period special offer, or a seasonal item that could sell out soon. The right products and offers can encourage your users to make immediate purchases – if your users know they exist.

Use available data to create user segments that work and push smart custom notifications, on smartphones or desktop. This increases their purchase intent. When personalization, notifications, and offers come together in the right way, they create a great sense of immediacy.

The easier you make product selection for your users, the more likely they are to come back for more! Investing in intelligent solutions that can automate the personalization process for you. emails, recommendations, personal stores, and notification – can go a long way in helping you improve customer retention, and in turn, sales.

At Tagalys, we are all about helping you get to the point where your eCommerce store becomes the preferred destination for your buyers. To know more about our solutions and their features, get in touch with us now.

Posted in e-Commerce Personalization e-Commerce Product Recommendations eCommerce Site Search

Amazon My Mix: Personalized e-commerce shop increases product views and conversion

Posted on October 16, 2017 by


Amazon, started a version of a personalized store called My Mix, in June 2017 to help visitors save time and find products quickly. The one common trend across every online store globally is that over 60% of their visitors engage with the store via a mobile device. This changes the expectation of behavior as visitors on mobile devices have more urgency than visitors on desktop. They are typically on the go and get to see only 2 to 4 products per screen. So should you design a separate site for mobile visitors? No. Applying a personalization engine will address this challenge and a personalized store ensures visitors are more likely to stay longer at your store.

What is a personalized store?

Personalized stores from Tagalys, collect every signal left by visitors across your site to learn more about their interest and predict what products they might be interested in. This API collects data from online retailers via a Tagalys analytics file. This requires no additional work from clients to send the data and applies real-time 1:1 personalization to create a personalized store in real-time.

Visitor benefits of a personalized store

While the benefits are applicable across devices, we feel the personalized store is more suited for mobile users. Because it allows them to engage with an online store in a frictionless manner. For example, if you have shown interest in midi skirts and maxi dresses, instead of having to navigate back to the categories and restart your browsing experience, the personalized store would already have that available for you. This saves you clicks, time and the efforts to start your experience. It is like the store reorganizing its aisles for each visitor vs. having each visitor walk across the static store each time to restart their shopping journey.

Retailer benefits of a personalized store

Since the retailer now has the ability to dynamically reprioritize what products & categories to show each visitor based on their unique interest we have seen the following KPIs improve at the store.

  • Engagement or reduction in bounce rate
  • Product views per visitor
  • Product views per session
  • Add to carts per visitor
  • Conversion rates that are 3X better than other product discovery channels

How do you signup for Personalized Stores from Tagalys?

Signup as a new client at Tagalys and install any of our extensions to your platform. Contact the Tech Support team from Tagalys and request them to enable Personalization for your store, as this API is not enabled by default. Our team will study your product catalog & configuration and work with you the determine the best-personalized setup for your store. This process should not take more than 24-48 hours to be completed. Tagalys reports will also showcase the live data on the impact personalization brings to your store. This can help you determine if personalization from Tagalys is right for your business.

Posted in e-Commerce Personalization

Algolia Search vs. Tagalys Search

Posted on October 11, 2017 by


Do you want the fastest Search (Algolia) or really fast Search (Tagalys) that increases your conversion & revenue?

At Tagalys, we obsess about improving product discovery at our retailers. How do we ensure visitors click on more products from search results or how do we ensure they find the most relevant products in the first 3 scrolls. To our customers (online retailers) Site Search under 100ms to ensure scores are calculated and products sorted by what is most likely to sell, to help with end conversion is an acceptable trade-off. Read our testimonials to know more.

Algolia

Algolia is a brilliant product, incredibly fast and ideal for database searches. But does solve the needs of e-commerce search? Which is to learn what products are more likely to sell and optimizing your search results by showcasing products that are more likely to increase conversion for that query.  Here is a quick comparison of the two with data researched on October 1st, 2017

Tagalys Algolia
Search Personalization Starts at $900/mo Starts at $2500/mo
Localized Search results Yes No
30 days Reports & Analytics Starts at $49.99/mo Starts at $2500/mo
Default sorting Trending Relevance
Merchandising results Yes No
Display Popular Searches Yes No
Modify Popular Searches Yes No
Pricing based on Usage tiers Records + Indexing
Reporting period 30 days @ $49.99/mo 30 days at $2500/mo
Speed < 150ms < 50ms
IT/Tech heavy No Yes

*mo – Month, ms – Milli Second

With inbuilt analytics, Tagalys by default sorts search results based on what is trending. Trending is the analysis of visitor engagement data across the entire site to predict the best selling products for any search query, based on historical engagement data. It collects data utilizing Tagays analytics for site-wide engagement, understands engagement pattern and determines Trending scores for all products. It continues to learn and improve these scores as visitors interact with the site. We also analyze data patterns across segments or for each visitor, to personalize search.

Limitations in Elastic Search

Algolia, on the other hand, has gone on record and said “Elasticsearch is a wonderful tool for Big Data analytics, but it is very difficult to reach a good relevance with it on database search. You can try to add some logic on top of Elasticsearch or try to reorder manually results for some queries, but it’s tedious work that continuously needs to be tuned. Algolia, on the other hand, focuses on getting a very good relevance with minimal configuration. While not optimal for all use cases, it makes it particularly appropriate for database search”. The tedious work is what Tagalys has solved for online retailers giving them an out of the box solution, with simple installation.

Conversion Percentage in Tagalys

Both Tagalys & Algolia also cover some of the basics of eCommerce search like showing suggestions with autocomplete, spell check & live product synching. Our core lies in the post-click analysis to keep learning from patterns and update trending, personalization or localization scores, so the products displayed in search results are more likely to convert.  So if we can help you with improving your conversion at less than 100ms, happy to show you a demo anytime.

Tagalys maximizes conversion rate & gives merchants visual control of products displayed in Site SearchCategory Pages & Product Recommendations at their online store. To know more about our solutions and features, get in touch with us now or signup for a free 28-day trial.

Posted in eCommerce Site Search

Personalized Homepage Product recommendations : The Amazon way

Posted on October 4, 2017 by


If you do not have billions of dollars to build your own personalized recommendation engine like Amazon, this post is for you. When you think of Personalization in e-commerce, you should think of Amazon. No online retailer has experimented across varies application of personalization with the goal to help visitors find a product of interest.

Personalization should not be measured by improvement in conversion rate, because factors like marketing, promotions, product content, payment gateway failure rates, discounts influence the purchase decision of a visitor. What personalization should do instead, is to allow an online shopper to discover as many products thus improving the unique product views per unique visitor metric, eventually improving the end conversion rate. Here are a few funnels where Amazon experiments with Personalization and Tagalys provides the same for online retailers

Personalized home page Product Recommendations

When you engage with products at Amazon, you start sending signals of intent helping them understand what you might be interested to buy. If you return to the home page, almost instantly you will discover many personalized product recommendations by category to ensure you do not get lost in the store and remain to engage with the products or categories of your interest.

Personalized home page recommendations

Search is usually the best performing funnel at any online retailer. At one of our clients candere.com, personalized homepage recommendations led to 10x higher revenue per visitor vs. the search funnel, with a 4x higher conversion rate

Personalized Site Search

Once you have created a persona for each visitor, it is easy to curate the catalog based on their intent and show them exactly what they want. For example, if I am in the mood for running shoes, then when I ask/search for shoes, the retailer would show me running shoes first besides showing the generic product sorting that is defined sitewide.

Personalized Store or Product feed

Amazon has been experimenting with this feature with a small subset of products in what is called “my mix”. At Tagalys we call this feature my-store. Essentially, what this allows a retailer to do it dynamically prioritize categories and products for each visitor based on exactly what they want.

Tagalys maximizes conversion rate & gives merchants visual control of products displayed in Site Search & Category pages at their online store. To know more about our solutions and features, get in touch with us now

Posted in e-Commerce Personalization e-Commerce Product Recommendations

Amazon my mix – Personalized shopping feeds for ecommerce

Posted on July 19, 2017 by


In June 2017, Amazon.com made a quite launch of “My Mix”, a personalized shopping feed that curates “Interesting” products based on visitor interest.

My mix from amazon

Here is a company, that rules the market and commands your attention. for all purposes, it is known you will come back to Amazon tomorrow to check on your next purchase. So why a personalized shopping feed?

Amazon knows that tomorrow it will be fighting for visitor attention. Attention, not just from Walmart, Target, Alibaba, etc., but from the millions of mobile applications that distract you in your shopping experience. Amazon is fighting to keep you engaged at Amazon. Only then can the billions of dollars invested in R&D, supply chain, etc have any likelihood of influencing your purchasing decision.

What will start as a curation of “interesting products”, will tomorrow most likely be a curation of the entire store, to be delivered as a feed to you. Amazon understands, you the visitor is a busy person, engaging with the store usually on a mobile device.  The retailer knows what you want today or may want tomorrow. Given the data is available, Amazon is making the whole shopping process personalized. This means, instead of you walking to the aisles or categories to find products, the aisles that are of personal interest, will come to you. All you have to do is walk into the store and the entire store will reorganize itself, to start showing you products of personal interest. This is the personalization of e-commerce, where engagement data is used to predict shopper persona of what visitors are most likely going to buy.

Real-time 1-1 visitor personalization always existed and with the lowered costs of computing power, it will be applied across the product discovery journey in an e-commerce store. In the future, Amazon will ensure each shopper’s product discovery channels will be 100% personalized, to ensure they get 100% of that shopper’s attention. Lose attention, lose engagement, there will be No sale.

Tagalys maximizes conversion rate & gives merchants visual control of products displayed in Site SearchCategory Pages & Product Recommendations at their online store. To know more about our solutions and features, get in touch with us now.

Posted in e-Commerce Personalization

Klevu Site Search alternative for Magento & Shopify

Posted on July 10, 2017 by


As we speak to new customers, we often hear questions on how we are different from Klevu Search and why customers should choose Tagalys over Klevu.

Product Discovery vs. Site Search

Klevu provides Search as a service only, whereas Tagalys powers Search, Recommendations & Intelligent Product listing pages. The Site Search funnel is a high-value funnel. Tagalys has recorded conversion rates 3X – 4X higher than other funnels within the same site. The search funnel also contributed to 20%-30% of the total revenue. We have been successful with these conversion rates because we collect data from the other funnels, to gather incremental insights. This accelerates conversion rates for customers using the Tagalys search. In the world of Tagalys, each funnel has a different intent of shopping and understanding that intent, helps us better understand the customer.

Personalized Search Results vs. Self-learning search

Klevu has a learning search and Tagalys provides trending/intelligent search. Both showcase search results that change over time as we learn from engagement data. Trending search results from Klevu are based on product analytics & Tagalys relies on visitor engagement analytics. It will show the best results across the entire site and will increase conversion. Unless we do an A/B test, it is hard to quantify how much of an improvement in conversion with either solution has over the other.

But Tagalys also provides personalized search results, showcasing the best search results, based on each visitor’s individual shopping persona. This has proven to reduce the time to transact, increase engagement and increase conversions higher than trending results. Personalized search is a must if you have high mobile traffic with return visitors. Ensure visitors quickly find products when engaging via mobile devices as they are more likely to get distracted and leave your retail site.

Pinned Searches

This gives the ability to retailers to modify the popular searches and showcases other searches, to promote business needs. This gives retailers more control over the search funnel. We do not offer this across all plans, because if done incorrectly it can reduce your conversion rate.

Pricing

While the pricing in each tier is similar across Tagalys & Klevu, Tagalys offers more features in each tier, thereby working towards increasing the conversion of our customers, thus providing higher value to the same price point. This leads to customers getting more value delivered for each pricing tier.

Reporting

Klevu reports are primarily tied to Search as that is the only product offered. Since Tagalys offers multiple product discovery solutions including search, we offer detailed reporting across all funnels that are powered by Tagalys, along with segmented product & attribute reporting.

URL redirect Or Category directed search

We do not redirect visitors for search queries to any Platform (Magento, Shopify, etc.,) powered pages. We are confident the product sorting generated by Tagalys for any listing page, including search is far more likely to convert that the sort order on the platform listing pages. Typical sort orders in a platform like Magento is a manually updated and relies on the retailer to decide the product positions. This is also static, which relies on the retailer to update these sort order.

But since our integration, has the data of products across every category or promotion page, we show the products from the same page but dynamically sorted by Tagalys. Thus if you search for “Holiday” and there is a promotion for a “Holiday” page, that page will show in search suggestions and the search results will include only products from that page, sorted by what Tagalys does best, increase the probability of conversion.

Content Search

Not available at Tagalys. Our core competency is engagement analytics to drive personalized or trending results across search, listing pages & recommendations to drive conversion.

Responsive & mobile-first, Trending/Popular Searches, Search Merchandising, Synonyms, Instant faceted search layout, Rich autocomplete Suggestions, Dynamic filters, UIUX Customization

Available at Tagalys & Klevu

So Klevu or Tagalys?

Tagalys along with other product discovery channels gives retailers complete control of managing visitor engagement & revenues across multiple product discovery channels to increase engagement. Tagalys also offers personalization of product discovery that is critical in today’s world on mobile-first engagement. While Tagalys search by itself can guarantee a 30%-100% minimum increase in search conversion, we do better when we utilize engagement data across multiple discovery channels, as each channel serves a different intent of the visitor. Klevu no doubt is a good product, but improving Search by itself is not going to increase your topline manifold as your business expects.

Tagalys maximizes conversion rate & gives merchants visual control of products displayed in Site SearchCategory Pages & Product Recommendations at their online store. To know more about our solutions and features, get in touch with us now.

Posted in e-Commerce General e-Commerce Personalization eCommerce Site Search

eCommerce Site Search – Relevant, Trending or Personalized – Whats right for your Magento or Shopify store?

Posted on February 1, 2017 by


Site search is a cash generation engine when done right for your eCommerce business. But assuming you do have an engine in place, what should it do for you? Search engines are aplenty and at Tagalys we offer 3 versions for retailers to choose from. Retailers can choose the best version that suits their business needs. If we equate Tagalys to a Mercedes Sedan (a bias I have over the BMW), we can rank the technology behind our search engines. They are like, Relevant = A class, Trending = C class and Personalized = S class. The technology that drives the order of the search results is the biggest differentiator across these three versions. There are a few minor aesthetic differences as well. So let’s dig in deeper. Please note that the search results are universally accurate across all 3 versions. The impact of product sorting in search results is the standout difference here. Interested already – SIGNUP NOW

Relevant search results = Mercedes A-class

This is an entry-level search engine, most suitable for retailers with less than 10,000 monthly visits.  Tagalys also offers a free plan for this engine. This version of the engine will still show you accurate search results for any simple or complex search query, but it does not have the ability to personalize results (visitor analytics) or sort results by what is trending (site analytics).  You might still consider opting for the C class or S class models, but based on our data analysis across existing clientele we have some average user engagement metrics that point out that this engine is most likely to give you better ROI than the other two. But if your average cart size ($50) or percentage of visitors who search (5% – 10%) far exceeds industry benchmarks, you might want to consider the other engines. We also acknowledge that if you are a smaller business you will be starting out with low mobile traffic, acquiring analytics data and visitors are getting to know more about your online store. This a great starter engine to help you tread the waters of online commerce.

Trending search results = Mercedes C class

This mid-segment engine is ideally suited for retailers above 10,000 visitors a month. Retailers at this size start showing patterns in data as the volume of data shows patterns on what products have the best engagement. With this engine, besides showing accurate search results regardless of search query complexity e.g., dress, maxi dress, Zara maxi dress, Zara cotton maxi dress, Zara cotton floral maxi dress, the engine considers historical engagement analytics across the site to determine the best sort order for search results that increases the probability of conversion. This engine should be used as a bare minimum to sort search results that are most likely to sell. This is done based on engagement data from the entire site. These results will appeal to your larger audience but not everyone because individual preferences are not considered in product sorting. Hence while this engine may cost more than the A-class, it is more likely to convert more visitors to customers. Hence ROI for this engine starts to make sense when you have high traffic leading to high search volume.

Personalized search results = Mercedes S class

The top line of our engines is ideally suited for retailers who attract over 50% of traffic coming in via mobile devices and where this traffic is mainly composed of return visitors. Why? Return visitors have shown interest in your retail business. They will share hard and soft data on their intent. As a smart retailer, you can make sense of this data. If your return visitors are primarily engaging with your commerce store via a mobile device, there is a good chance almost 55% may bounce after the first 30 seconds (Refer Hubspot). These visitors get to engage with 2 to 4 products per page screen in a mobile device. In order to find products that are personally relevant to them, they are then expected to filter, sort, scroll and invest their time in product discovery. When you already know what their intent is., how do you keep them engaged in the first 30 seconds?

Return mobile visitors

This is the key driver for search personalization. Because menus, filters, and sort options are typically hidden from the mobile interface to reduce clutter. This user interface leads most visitors to scroll through the results and prefer frictionless experiences. And the longer a visitor scrolls to find a product of interest, increase the probability of bounce. So to keep these visitors engaged, the personalized search results from Tagalys, consider visitor specific engagement data to showcase results that are personally relevant to each shoppers persona. The objective is to generate visitor interest to click on a product, to engage. Please note that there is a direct correlation to product views and customer conversion rates.

Our analysis with personalized search shows almost 68% of the clicks to a product page happen within the first 4 pages of search results. Hence showing the most relevant personally products, on topper unique visitor increases engagement. Increased product engagement from search results leads to higher search revenue.

There are many more fine details that differentiate the workings of each engine and there are a few cases not outlined here, where a mid-sized retailer might still want to use a personalized search engine.

Tagalys maximizes conversion rate & gives merchants visual control of products displayed in Site SearchCategory Pages & Product Recommendations at their online store. To know more about our solutions and features, get in touch with us now.

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