Adding Recommendations – Quick Guide

Product Recommendations are powerful. Not only can they increase conversions, and bump up each user’s average order volume, they excel in keeping users engaged and committed to browsing through your website.

In this tutorial, we’ll be running through each and every step needed to set up powerful recommendations that do their job from day one, but also get smarter all the time!

Step One – Setting Up Visitor Targeting

Go to your Bunting Dashboard.

Select Inactive Content under Personalization Cloud.

Choose the Create New Campaign button, then From Scratch.

Visitor Targeting is the first essential piece in performing a good test. This is a way of defining who exactly will see your content.

Once the targeting rules have been setup click On To The Next Step to continue.

Step Two – Creation

Let Bunting do the hard work for you, and use the in-built recommendations in the content section. To do this, select it from the content list.

Selecting Product Recommendations

Adding Buntings powerful pre-made Product Recommendations

Our Visual Editor will appear, and it will ask you where you would like to place your product recommendations. If you move your mouse over your website’s elements, you’ll see a blue marquee appear.

Click on one of the elements on your website.

There will be options asking where you would like the product recommendations to appear.

Here you have various options. Select the option most suited to where you would like your recommendations to be positioned.

If you need more information on placing content within the Visual Editor, this guide will be a great help!

There you go! Your recommendations have been added and are ready to be styled for your website!

Step Three – The Look and Feel

Why have something that looks out-of-place on your website, when you can match the look-and-feel of the Product Recommendations exactly to your branding?!

Moving straight on from the last stage, click Preview and Edit. This will again bring up the Visual Editor where you can see the recommendations.

From here click the Cog  symbol in the top right of the screen and select Setting for Recommendations. Click okay if you are ready to proceed on the alert prompt.

We’re now in the underlying configuration for the Product Recommendations, which define both how they operate and look. For now, scroll down to the Widget Designer – Wizard.

Here you can change the variables which define your font and colours to suit your brand guidelines.

Widget Designer

Using the Widget Designer to style recommendations

Step Four – Setting up Split Tests

Split tests are a bedrock in gaining a solid insight into what your users really want. This can be done in the measure impact tab.

To start running the split test for the campaign, turn the Google Analytics Event Tracking to ON and the Run a split-test to measure impact dropdown to yes.

Finally, Save and Finish. Now you have Product Recommendations that have been styled to match the look of your site in a few minutes!

Step Five – Publishing Live

You are now ready to get product recommendations on your site!

All you have to do is head to Inactive Campaigns and, in the manage column, select the drop-down for your New Product Recommendations and click Activate. 

Publishing Content

Call to action to publish content within Bunting

What Product Recommendation algorithms are there?

Bunting offers many algorithms which can be applied to Product Recommendations, with each having certain levels of suitability for different pages of your eCommerce website.

The following list details the algorithms and the uses for them:

  • Adaptive – These are the default setting for recommendations from Bunting using a machine learning algorithm to detect what the best recommendations are given in the context of the page.
  • Recently Viewed by Visitors
  • Most Popular – Last 24 Hours
  • Most Popular – Last 7 Days
  • Most PopularLast 30 Days
  • Popular Alternatives – This is most often used on Product Pages. It takes into consideration what customers view, add to cart and buy after viewing the specified product.
  • Cross Selling – Commonly shown on both Cart/Checkout pages and Product pages. This takes into consideration what other customers buy from these pages.
  • Repeat Custom – This will determine what customers usually buy, based on what their last purchase was. The context for this is the order complete page, this is done cumulatively.

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