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To build great ecommerce search experiences, you need to consider at least three parts:

  • An as-you-type autocomplete menu with search suggestions for popular and recent searches, matching products, and editorial content
  • A product listing page with rich filtering and navigation options to refine the search results
  • A “no results” experience that engages users even if no search results match their search

When building these parts of the search experience, you can leverage these Algolia features, and libraries:

Get inspired by real-world examples from Algolia users. Explore search experiences built with Algolia

Building ecommerce search experiences

Based on an analysis of search experience implementations by Algolia users, there are four stages in the evolution of the search experience. See the ecommerce implementation playbook for an overview of all solutions for the ecommerce use case.

Implementing autocomplete stage-by-stage

Stage 1

Create responsive and accessible autocomplete experiences

Stage 2

Search merchandising

Stage 3

Add and test AI re-ranking

Personalized recommendations

  • Personalized search suggestions
  • Personalized recommendations on the empty query state

Implementing product-listing page stage-by-stage

Stage 1

Create data pipeline

Create responsive and accessible product listing pages

Configure relevance to get the best results in all situations

Add rich filtering and navigation options to front end

Stage 2

Fine tune relevance with analytics

Search merchandising

Stage 3

Add and test AI re-ranking

Search and category merchandising

  • Inject brand content
  • Inject content in promotional slots
  • Inject array of promotional content between results

AI-based merchandising

  • Inject re-ranked content in promotional slots

Personalized recommendations

  • Personalized recommendations on the empty query state
  • Personalized recommendations on product listing pages
  • Personalized recommendations with notifications
  • A/B test personalization strategies on search and browse pages

Personalized merchandising

  • Inject personalized content in promotional slots

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