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As an online retailer, one key area of investment is bound to be display advertising across other online platforms including blogs, portals, social networking or content sites. Such advertising proves to be an effective method of extending your reach and driving more customers onto your retail site. Locayta Shop Window goes one step further.  The click-to-buy shopping widget appears directly on those third party sites enticing those larger audiences directly to buy increasing your conversion rates dramatically. Keep reading to find out more.

The Benefits of Locayta Shop Window

Locayta Shop Window is an innovative, dynamic and appealing way of expanding your sales channels, increasing reach and your return on investment from your existing display advertising costs. In addition it is cost efficient and easily deployed. Giving you the potential to extend your online reach, Locayta Shop Window brings your site and purchasing options directly to a new audience enabling them to browse and search your product catalogue, view product detail pages, add or remove items to their wish list, and add or remove items from their shopping basket, all within the interface still remaining on the third party site. At the point of purchase, users are sent directly to the checkout on your main eCommerce site.

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How it works…

Locayta Shop Window uses an innovative web service which stores, indexes and caches your product data. When the advertisement appears on the third party site, the shop window is activated by a simple click or mouse-over action initiating a query to the web service containing your product data, passing any changes on to your main eCommerce system. Through the technology, users can browse and search your product catalogue, view product detail pages, add or remove items to their wish list and add or remove items from their shopping basket. At the point of purchase, users are sent directly to the checkout on your main eCommerce site.

What next?

Locayta Shop Window supports the full feature-set of Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® including behavioural product recommendations and visual merchandising. To see Locayta Shop Window in action with a FREE DEMO and to find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole, visit www.locayta.com today.

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Within the physical retail world, growing your audience presents a challenge – how do you get your shop window in front of more eyes than ever before and how do you continue to grow this figure? A similar theory applies within the online retail arena, where gaining the maximum exposure for your platform is key to driving a successful performance. So how do we do this? There’s no denying that increasing your online reach is all about maximising your potential by reaching as wide an audience as possible. Below we’re discussing the merits of Locayta’s Behavioural Targeting which is enabling retailers across the web to do just this.

Locayta’s Behavioural Targeting:  This technology uses unique behavioural algorithms to market to returning users who have previously abandoned your website without making a purchase. By analysing previous interactions that occur on-site, Locayta’s technology generates relevant, tailored and personalised recommendations to your returning customers who visit your site. To further on this, the technology is able to direct users seamlessly to products they have previously abandoned as well as making promotional offers or to cross-sell / up-sell alternative products. This technology allows you to market to existing customers who have already shown an interest in your site and the products on offer, which makes re-activation and conversion increasingly more likely.

A review from Prezzybox.com

Locayta client Prezzybox says, “It’s been a revelation. 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.”

Get Involved

Locaya Freestyle Merchandising  enable clients to build their online merchandising solution and Behavioural Merchandising is just one of the many functionalities available and it comes fully integrated into the Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® platform. To see it in action and find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole, visit www.locayta.com today. Remember, Locayta Freestyle Merchandising is easy to implement with a flexible pricing model and is accessible to eCommerce businesses of all sizes and budgets.

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Looking to increase your conversion rates is a key driver for many online retailers; the higher proportion of your on-site visitors you can get to purchase your goods, the better the profitability of your website. So how do many online retailers achieve this? Notably successful players including the likes of Superdry.com, Tesco and Boohoo.com all employ Locayta Product Recommendations to increase their conversion rates and the results speak for themselves. Here’s what they had to say…

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Mark Wakeley commented, “Until we launched with Locayta our systems just couldn’t achieve what we needed to do,” he says. “The ability to control product and accessory recommendations makes sure that customers have fast, convenient access to the products they are looking for, ultimately increasing conversion rates and order values. We’re now moving to the full Locayta system. Freestyle Merchandising is easy to use and you receive full support. We’ve experienced some staff turnover in the past year and Locayta have been quick to respond to the training needs of new people. They take the time to meet with us once a week to look at potential new advances that will tighten our performance further.”

Superdry.com

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Chris Griffin says, “Locayta offered the perfect combination of tools to control our search and merchandising. Their technology delivers the same high grade performance regardless of which country the site is operating in. We have experienced some real wins – our merchandising is much more effective and easy to manage, plus the system has undoubtedly driven revenue. The ability to maintain superior search and category performance on a totally multi-lingual basis has generated phenomenal, if not unprecedented success for us. Our international e-commerce strategy has experienced four figure growth. We’re now aiming to roll out Freestyle Merchandising to eight further international sites in the next few months.”

Boohoo.com

Catherine Turner also said, “For us the ability to opt in manually where we need to is the key win,” she says. “Locayta has many automated response functions that can update search results, categories and recommendations – and that’s incredibly useful. But when a new buzz hits the catwalk it’s vital for us to be able to adapt our visual displays and search criteria at a moment’s notice. We can tie our categories and sequencing into a wide variety of trends, colour stories, collections, and special promotions in line with the latest media coverage. For Boohoo it’s all about delivering fast, relevant product placement as well as detailed category and search functionality. Compared with other systems Locayta’s dashboard is simple to use and enables us to do that at the touch of a button.”

How do Locayta Product Recommendations work?

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Locayta are able to generate individually user by user based personalised product recommendations and place them alongside the items currently being browsed. They do this by using collective intelligence from their users’ behaviour on-site. Due to the relevancy of the product suggestions, uptake percentage is dramatically strong making them a sure fire way to increase your conversion rates. To see them in action and find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole, visit www.locayta.com today.

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Boohoo.com might have been one of the early players in the world of fashion eCommerce soaring to success with their recipe of great product and a willing audience, but their ability to sustain such outstanding online performance stems from strong and strategic merchandising techniques resulting in high conversion rates, increased average basket values and guaranteed customer satisfaction. So how have they done it? Keep reading to find out the secrets behind Boohoo.com’s booming eCommerce success…

Boohoo.com and Locayta…

Upon re-launching their website, Boohoo.com were looking for an online merchandising solution that would let them effectively personalise the way they merchandise their products to different audience segments. They turned to Locayta Freestyle Merchandising for this who offered the combination of a robust, dynamic and scalable architecture, together with an extremely flexible implementation; enabling Boohoo to personalise their merchandising operations, to a high degree. The solution also offered Boohoo Locayta’s fast, accurate and effective Search engine, all of which still continue to serve Boohoo.com to this day.

The features in detail… 

Guided Navigation: Looking to enhance their on site search internal functionality, Boohoo.com implemented Locayta Guided Navigation which uses customised facets allowing Boohoo.com customers to drill-down into options at their convenience via browse, search and refinement stages with choices spanning category, brand, price, colour, size and newness to name a few. This has increased the effectiveness of product search within the Boohoo.com site resulting in improved conversion rates.

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Behavioural Recommendations: These work by gathering collective intelligence on users’ behaviour on-site to generate individually user by user personalised product suggestions which appear on screen alongside other items. This acts as a value-add service to both help Boohoo.com’s users find what they are looking for. The relevant, personal and dynamically updated nature of the product suggestions ensures that the uptake percentage is dramatically increased, boosting Boohoo.com’s conversion rates.

A word from boohoo.com…

For us the ability to opt in manually where we need to is the key win. Locayta has many automated response functions that can update search results, categories and recommendations – and that’s incredibly useful. But when a new buzz hits the catwalk it’s vital for us to be able to adapt our visual displays and search criteria at a moment’s notice. We can tie our categories and sequencing into a wide variety of trends, colour stories, collections, and special promotions in line with the latest media coverage. For Boohoo it’s all about delivering fast, relevant product placement as well as detailed category and search functionality. Compared with other systems Locayta’s dashboard is simple to use and enables us to do that at the touch of a button.

Catherine Turner, eCommerce manager at Boohoo

What comes next?

Amongst the many services available from Locaytathe above features come fully integrated into the Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® platform. To see it in action and find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole, visit www.locayta.com today.

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For many online retailers the ability to target and more importantly successfully reach the customers you want is a challenge. In such a competitive market, where business in undoubtedly booming, how can we beat our counterparts to to the punch in bagging those all important visits and sales from your target consumers? Many clients, including Prezzybox.com, Paperchase and Tesco have all turned to Locayta’s Behavioural Merchandising technology which serves as a key and instantly profitable way of localising your efforts and aims towards the correct customer. Read on to find out more…

What is it?

Locayta’s technology analyses the previous interactions on site to produce relevant, tailored and highly personalised merchandising features to your returning customers. This spans many different remits within the Locayta portfolio.  Firstly directing customers to products you know they’ll be likely to be interested in based upon past user behaviour through enhanced and targeted search results; dynamically reactive, Locayta’s search goes beyond all others in providing retailers with the ability to produce results based on the success of previous interactions on site. In a similar way, the same high relevancy and accuracy is applied to their Product Recommendations, which use behavioural algorithms to suggest add on purchases in real time.

How it works…

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Locayta’s Behavioural Targeting works by marketing to returning users who have previously abandoned your website without making a purchase. Using uniquely developed algorithms developed in house by Locayta, the technology analyses your users’ previous interactions on your site and makes relevant, tailored and highly personalised recommendations to your returning customers. This can involve sending your users direct to the product description of the page they looked at previously before leaving, to make promotional offers or to cross-sell / up-sell alternative products.

What do people say who’ve used it?

Behavioural re-targeting enables you to re-engage effectively with your users; generating higher conversion rates, whilst at the same time lowering acquisition costs. For PrezzyboxLocayta 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“.

How do I get involved?

Amongst the many services available from LocaytaBehavioural Merchandising comes fully integrated into the Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® platform. To see it in action and find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole, visit www.locayta.com today.

Also, why not check out our How to…increase your click through rates and How to…build revenue by bringing more traffic to your site posts?

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Cross selling is a well practised and successfully exercised merchandising technique both in physical stores and within the online arena. Improving conversion rates as well as average order values are just some of the benefits up for grabs from successful cross selling – it also enhances user experience and typically increases the revenue performance of websites typically by 15% or more! In-store, this is less of a tangible notion and can be quite difficult to monitor and develop. Online however, retailers can implement advanced and well developed merchandising techniques from Locayta to ensure their cross selling techniques are taking effect. Read on to find out more.

Cross Selling at Locayta

Locayta Behaviour

Locayta Freestyle Merchandising offers a unique combination of Site Search; a fully featured and intelligent search that learns and ensures your customers find what they are looking for, Visual Merchandising; allowing you to take control of product sequencing on category pages and search results pages as well as Product Recommendations; implementing relevant, compelling and intelligent product recommendations which are guaranteed to drive sales. Through such a wide feature set ensures the cross selling opportunities are enhanced across all facets of your website, ensuring that all opportunities are seized.

Product Recommendations

Locayta’s technology includes the placement of Product Recommendations on product detail pages, search and category pages. As one of the most important marketing tools out there, Locayta’s technology employs behavioural algorithms to place likely or previously viewed products alongside browing options to your customers in real time and dynamically in response to changes in the products themselves and to changes in user behaviour.  This technology has the power to dramatically increase your conversion rates and average order values.

Tesco.com

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Mark Wakeley, Change Manager at Tesco commented, “Until we launched with Locayta our systems just couldn’t achieve what we needed to do,” he says. “The ability to control product and accessory recommendations makes sure that customers have fast, convenient access to the products they are looking for, ultimately increasing conversion rates and order values. We’re now moving to the full Locayta system. Freestyle Merchandising is easy to use and you receive full support. We’ve experienced some staff turnover in the past year and Locayta have been quick to respond to the training needs of new people. They take the time to meet with us once a week to look at potential new advances that will tighten our performance further.”

The next steps…

Amongst the many services available from LocaytaLocayta Product Recommendations come fully integrated into the Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® platform. To see them in action and find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole, visit www.locayta.com today.

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The ability to connect your customer to your product as quickly and effectively as possible is key to improving conversion rates. Functionalities such as navigation & refinement options put control back in the hands of the consumer and Locayta Search offers just this with a fully featured, intelligent search that learns from customer behaviour.

About Locayta Search

Locayta Search intelligently learns from customer behaviour. Monitoring user interactions on site, Locayta’s search functionality learns from previous success and this in turn influences the product display. Locayta’s specialist search also provides add on features including intelligent navigation; predictive type-ahead and the unique Locayta Balance Factor® technology; which allows retailers to adjust search results based on metrics such as margin, popularity, newness to site and stock availability.

Some client experiences

Boohoo.com

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Locayta client, Catherine Turner, eCommerce Manager at Boohoo.com, says, “For us the ability to opt in manually where we need to is the key win. Locayta has many automated response functions that can update search results, categories and recommendations – and that’s incredibly useful. But when a new buzz hits the catwalk it’s vital for us to be able to adapt our visual displays and search criteria at a moment’s notice. We can tie our categories and sequencing into a wide variety of trends, colour stories, collections, and special promotions in line with the latest media coverage. For Boohoo it’s all about delivering fast, relevant product placement as well as detailed category and search functionality”.

Superdry.com

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Head of eCommerce at Superdry.com, Chris Griffin said, “We undertook extensive research to find a system that could improve our search and merchandising performance. Locayta offered the perfect combination of tools for the job. It’s essential that our international sites compete effectively with localised providers. Locayta delivers the same high-grade performance regardless of which country the site is operating in. The ability to maintain superior search and category performance on a totally multilingual basis has generated phenomenal, if not unprecedented success for us. Our international eCommerce strategy has experienced four figure growth”.

Find out more

If you’re looking to improve your on-site search and increase your conversion rates like Boohoo.com and Superdry.com, contact Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® for more information here.

Magento

As Magento are one of the most popular online platforms serving more than 110,000 users on a global scale, Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® are providing those retailers with the ability to install their own powerful merchandising tools which slot straight into the Magento platform. The best news is, Locayta’s extensions are fully approved, instantly downloadable and ready to slot straight into the Magento system. Keep reading to find out more.

How it works

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Existing clients will know that Magento’s open source software enables them to control every aspect of their eCommerce site with ease. Teaming up as an industry partners, Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® is placed to enhance this service with our advanced specialised merchandising technology. Spanning a feature set including Visual MerchandisingProduct Recommendations and Search Extensions, as a Magento client, you will be able to customise your merchandising strategy employing our intelligent and powerful algorithms. These unique technologies are able to track and analyse user behaviour to ensure that every result delivered matches your consumer’s needs as well as patented Locayta Balance Factor® technology which allows you to sequence, filter and control every aspect of your site, from the order in which products are displayed to the facets defined in your search menu.

The Benefits

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Locayta is constantly developed to stay ahead of the latest online developments with upgrades automatically applied to the Magento plug in, providing the perfect flexible solution to maximise your site’s performance. By implementing our merchandising tools, product recommendations and intelligent navigation technology you’ll develop a loyal customer base, drive sales revenue and increase your average order values. What’s more, you can achieve this with a competitive return of investment and without any changes to your current platform.

Find out more

To see Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® in action and find out more on how the services can enhance your current performance with Magento, visit www.locayta.com today.

Visual Merchandising

As an eCommerce vendor, when it comes to your online platform, any element of control you can exercise over the display of your product is key. Visual and strategic product placement is a clear influencer in driving sales and increasing conversion rates. Locayta’s Product Sequencing technology enables retailers to realise their potential guiding customers to purchase. Keep reading to find out how existing clients have made employed Locayta Product Sequencing with positive results.

How it works

Developed in-house, Locayta Product Sequencing technology makes use of  Locayta Balance Factor® which allows retailers to determine the product sequencing on any page using metrics important to the retailer, for example, stock levels, price, popularity and margin. This means like never before have retailers has the ability to influence the display of product sequencing across category pages and search results. Once set, the technology can be both automatically programmed responding to user behaviour and updating the ordering of your products according to the guideline,, as well as having the flexibility to be set up by retailers with specific targets in mind.

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The Benefits

Locayta Product Sequencing and Locayta Balance Factor®  provide an important element of control for online retailers and serve to be a highly influential and very flexible method of using visual merchandising, to benefit both your users and your profitability. For existing clients, results show advantages including increased sales between 15 – 30 %, increased basket value, maximised conversions and the attraction of new first time buyers.

Zak Edwards, Founder and Managing Director at Prezzybox, says, “It’s been a revelation. 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. It’s no exaggeration to say that we saw conversion rates increase overnight when we started using Locayta.”

What next?

To see Locayta Product Sequencing in action with a FREE DEMO and to find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole, visit www.locayta.com today.