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Urban clothing retailer Superdry, have experienced unprecedented success within both the on and offline market. They approached Locayta to help with the international expansion of their ecommerce offer.  Using a winning combination of Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services, Locayta have revolutionised their online retail performance. These include both Visual Merchandising and Guided Navigaion.

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Chris Griffin, Head of eCommerce at Superdry 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”. Chris added, “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. We’re now aiming to roll out Freestyle Merchandising to eight further international sites in the next few months. They are a great company, continuously coming to us with proposals for new innovations to drive revenue. We experience a tangible return on their services. Their service is fantastic and you receive full support in implementing the system and fine tuning it to your own requirements.”

Visual Merchandising
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 The ability to manipulate the visual display of your online platform has the power to impact your entire performance. Locayta’s visual merchandising technology allows Superdry to manually manipulate their displays, responding dynamically to their site’s metrics data, such as stock availability, popularity and newness, to sequence their product display appropriately and automatically. In addition, with the use of balance factor technology, Superdry can schedule sequencing in advance for time sensitive promotions as well as manage the display of brands across their site.
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 An intelligent navigation search enables users to locate the correct product quickly and efficiently. Using Locayta’s technology, Superdry’s customers  are able to streamline their search options and pinpoint their purchase. Customers can personalise their search with various options such as size, category, colour and price.  The technology interacts immediately with consumer behaviour resulting in relevant, appropriate and highly likely purchase options being generated resulting in increased conversion rates and average order values.

What Next?

Amongst the many services available from Locayta, all the above mentioned technologies 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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Online engagement is a commonly sought after quality for eCommerce retailers – once customers are engaged with your platform and your product, conversion rates and average order values increase accordingly. Today’s post is going to look at a case study of Locayta client and stationary / furniture supplier, Paperstone, who achieved just this by setting up a new online search and navigation solution with Locayta Freestyle Merchandising.

The ability to connect your customers with your product is the first step to engagement. IT Director George  Harris at Paperstone explained, “Our previous website had no way to filter products down based on attributes. We were reliant on customers being willing to walk through categories to find what they wanted and drill into the options”; in other words customers were not connecting with product at all.  George continued, “We wanted to add much better functionality to the site improving the search engine and facet navigation. We were lookingto focus very much on the search functions so for us Locayta was a precise and cost effective solution.”

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Using Locayta’s Intelligent Navigation, Paperstone’s customers are now able to drill-down into certain refinement options, anything from category, brand, price, colour, size, newness and more. Paperstone are also able to optimise different types of searches as well as specific search terms.  Locayta Balance Factor® enables Paperstone to manipulate the display of products on their site on category and search results pages to optimise and achieve their current business objectives.

 

The Verdict

George says that Paperstone have “seen a much greater engagement with our search in general – it’s a vast improvement on what we had previously. The technology has worked really well for us because we’ve been able to automate a fair amount of control which we previously had to deal with manually. That means our sales people can manage how they use Balance Factor rather than having to go through the development team. It gives them more autonomy and the ability to respond to market factors. It also frees up the development team up to focus on other areas.”

Find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole, visit www.locayta.com for a quick, FREE and easy demo.

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Tesco are one of Britain’s biggest retail chains and truly pioneered the online market when setting up their eCommerce offer. As we all know this platform continues to grow and increase in size across all product verticals, the challenge kicks in when it comes to ascertaining how big online retail players can continue to optimise their offer and stay ahead of the curve ensuring continual expansion? Tesco.com turned to Locayta Freestyle Merchandising to do just this in order to drive sales on their clothing online platform. Keep reading to find out more.

Locayta Product Recommendations

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As one of the most advanced and developed technologies out there, Locayta Product Recommendations  are guaranteed to increase your online conversion rates. The technology is able to generate individually user by user based, highly relevant and personalised product suggestions alongside browsing options to your users which are placed alongside the items currently being browsed. Product and accessory recommendations track and analyse the behaviour of shoppers – from items searched to products added to baskets and purchased. This data enables Locayta to suggest highly relevant additional items to shoppers at every point across the user journey, from initial search to point of purchase. Recommendations are made in real time, delivering the fast, value adding service consumers expect from modern ecommerce sites. Due to the relevancy of the product suggestions, uptake percentage is dramatically strong making them a sure fire way to increase your conversion rates. They were so impressed with the performance of the technology that they are now planning to roll out the entire Locayta Freestyle Merchandising platform to Tesco Clothing.

A Review from Tesco… 

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Mark Wakeley, Change Manager at Tesco, says, “Locayta’s product and accessory recommendations ensure that customers have quick access to the outfits they seek. It’s about offering convenient service, helping customers to choose the ideal look for them, and ultimately increasing conversion rates and order values by pointing them towards extra products that will complement their main choices. Locayta are a great company who take the time to meet with us once a week to look at potential new advances that will tighten our performance further.

Get Started… 

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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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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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.”

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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.”

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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…

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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?

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.

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Locayta client Work Wearhouse are one of the top online suppliers of work-wear and promotional clothing in the UK. Due to this they have a vast product offering which in turn demands complex functionality from their online platform, including search. Work Wearhouse came to Locayta looking for a slick, effective and high-performing eCommerce site with a premium search functionality. Sound familiar? Keep reading to find out how Work Wearhouse got on implementing Locayta Freestyle Merchandising and how their internal search has improved resulting in maximised profitability.

The Problem

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On initial outset, Damon Horney, Managing Director said, “We had a search system on the site provided by another company. It was hugely expensive and didn’t deliver results that were proportionate to the cost. On the other hand, the search functionality that came with our standard shopping cart software was far too basic. We needed something that would give a level of convenience to our shoppers but that was also affordable within our business model.” Like many retailers, Work Wearhouse were being poorly served by their internal on site search resulting in failed results, poor conversion rates and low levels of sales.

The Solution

Work Wearhouse opted to implement Locayta’s Search functionality. Damon commented, “Locayta provided swift, expert search facilities at a reasonable price. Search is vital for our customers. They tend to come to the site with a particular product in mind. They don’t want to hang around. They want to explore a couple of options, compare price and the like, and then make a fast decision. We used Locayta’s spell correction and synonym functions to achieve accurate search results. Customers can also now search using different criteria simultaneously. I see intelligent faceted search as one of Locayta’s key specialities. Locayta are very customer focussed; if an issue does arise they’ll tell you exactly what’s happening and deal with it quickly. They do have impressive global clients, but they’re also more than happy to help companies like ours, who are smaller but growing fast, with the same dedicated level of respect and service”.

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The Results

“We’re seeing people spend more time on the site and stay for longer on individual pages. The search experience is quicker and more accurate and that’s an vital factor for us. I’m keen to explore more of what the system can do this year as I’m aware we’re not yet tapping into its full potential.” Locayta Search connects customers to the right products, quickly and accurately, increasing customer satisfaction and site click- through rates. . To see the technology in action and find out more on Locayta Freestyle Merchandising® services as a whole visit www.locayta.com today.

 

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…

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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!