Balance Factor

When a new technology hits the online merchandising world, there’s a good chance it will revolutionise the way, as online retailers, we run our eCommerce businesses. Locayta Balance Factor® has managed to do just this providing you with more control than ever before. As well as enabling retailers to determine the exact sequence of products on any page of their retail site, the revolutionary technology also facilitates search driven merchandising on your retail site. Keep reading to find out more on how these elements of control can help maximise your profitability.

Balance Factor for Search

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As well as field and specific search term filtering in search, Locayta have developed a balancing technology that allows search results to be skewed by other metrics such as popularity or profit margin to ensure results are beneficial to you the retailer. Using Locayta Balance Factor® in search allows retailers to control the sequencing of search results and to boost certain products to the top of the search results list based on the metrics that are important to you, be it profitability or stock levels for example. The amount by which results are skewed can also be controlled using a “Balance Factor”  which is a percentage value between 0% (results are not skewed) and 100% (results are skewed).


Balance Factor for Merchandising

When it comes to merchandising, Locayta Balance Factor® works similarly by combining metrics selected by the retailer to dynamically generate the sequence of products on category pages; these can be anything from popularity, price, margin, newness to site and stock availability. In addition to Balance Factor, Freestyle Merchandising® includes tools to help retailers manually sequence the order of products on a page  as well tools for dealing with the problem of brand adjacency.

Some Feedback…


For Locayta client Prezzybox, Balance Factor has delivered results beyond expectations. “It’s been a revelation,” says Founder and managing director Zak Edwards, “We have total control. We use Locayta’s Balance Factor technology to adjust the weighting of search and category results, meaning that as well as responding to user behaviour we can add our own stock control and promotional strategies into the mix. We have the ability to create filter criteria to match seasonal promotions, gift categories and internal variables. Most crucially, because every decision we make can be applied automatically across every category we’ve eliminated any margin for error and ensured that our customers experience accurate results every time. It’s no exaggeration to say that we saw conversion rates increase overnight when we started using Locayta.

What next?

Balance Factor can be used in conjunction with Locayta’s searchmerchandising and product recommendation tool kit. It’s easy to set up, configure and run. Want to know more? Contact the Locayta team directly for  advice and a detailed look at what Locayta Balance Factor® can do!