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It’s been a while since our last Release Notes! The past few months were busy for the entire LupaSearch team. We have been addressing our customers’ key needs and implementing quite a few exciting e-commerce search functionalities.

LupaSearch is now more intuitive and faster, delivering even more relevant search results.

Let’s take a look at what’s new in LupaSearch on March 2024.

But first, we have some exciting news for Lithuanian users

Everyone at LupaSearch is celebrating a new partnership. This is great news for all small and medium-sized Lithuanian e-commerce businesses.

Verskis platform - one of the biggest Lithuanian e-shop builders and providers - has just integrated LupaSearch into its ecosystem. (Quick fact: every sixth Lithuanian e-shop is built with Verskis!)

Now, they will offer LupaSearch to thousands of their customers. We are very excited to support local businesses and help them start their business journey with a top-class e-commerce search solution.

Plugin for Shopware platform

Are you using a Shopware e-commerce platform? We have some good news for you.

If you’re unsatisfied with the default platform-integrated search, you can install a LupaSearch plugin and enjoy a seamless e-commerce search experience.

The plugin automatically collects the product feed information from the client’s page and runs the search.

No manual setup or additional customization is required from the client’s side. The plugin is quick to integrate. It shortens the integration process from ~2 weeks to just a couple of days.

With the LupaSearch plugin, you can enjoy a converting e-commerce search experience that delivers measurable search results.

(Currently, the plugin is only suitable for the Shopware platform, but we’re working on releasing it on other platforms.)

Improved API security

Quick update regarding our clients’ requests: we have improved the API keys’ security.

Now, you can remove access from a specific user (the feature is especially relevant if an employee leaves the workplace and you need to log him out of a sensitive application). Besides, it also prevents access for malicious users.

You can choose how to set up user permissions. For example, your marketing team member can either view or edit the e-commerce search settings.

With LupaSearch, the control is in your hands.

Dynamic facets

The update so many progressive e-commerce businesses were asking for - the dynamic facets.

Provide your website shoppers with automatically adjusting, most relevant search filters.

Now, you can use dynamic filters based on “top results." How does it work? Imagine your customer searching for a table. The e-commerce search automatically sorts and suggests the top-used filters for this product: height, adjustable or not, material, color, etc.

You can set the result page to rank up to the top 48 most frequent filters.

The dynamic facets eliminate the need for manual filter setups and provide a more user-relevant, dynamically adapting search experience.

More intuitiveness after the changes in the Admin console

More choices for monthly reports

Now, you have more options to set up monthly reports.

The organization admin can select the Report Source and pick which page, index, and source to use for the report generation.

Improved Search Query sorting order

We have also solved the previously illogical search query sorting.

The numeric values are sorted correctly, in ascending order, even for more complex numeric filters: 2 players, 2-5 players, 10+ players, etc.

A/B testing

A/B testing is a critical strategy to continuously improve the e-commerce search relevance. This functionality allows you to simultaneously show different configurations to your customers and analyze which configuration performs better.

When setting up the A/B test, choose the main query and what to test. By default, half of your users will see the A testing object, and another half will see the B. You can also select the ratio for testing, 50/50 being the default option.

When it comes to what to test, the possibilities are wide. For example, you can test:

  • personalization turned on vs. turned off;
  • sorting rules;
  • boosting bestsellers vs. trending search results, etc.

You can then analyze the in-depth results, visual statistics, and graphs.

A new filter type

Previously, you could only assign filters that contain information (for example, different book authors, applicable discounts, etc.).

Now, you can add filters that identify whether such information exists:

  • if a book has an author vs. no author;
  • has a discount vs. doesn’t have a discount;
  • new product vs. not specified.

Manually suggested searches

By default, popular searches are extracted from the users’ statistics (View “Statistical queries” in your Admin Console).

Now, it is possible to override and manually assign suggestions (Select “Manually picked suggestions”).

For instance, you can set a rule for website visitors to show the five business-relevant search suggestions: TV, computer, mobile phone, washing machine, and oven.

Solved queries with graded product names

Previously, the search did not understand the graded product names, e. g. 10m2 (superscript).

Now, it understands mm2 and mm3 as if it were a numeral instead of a grade.

Cloning configurations

Last, we want to present a usability-boosting improvement: now you can clone configurations.

This functionality is relevant in making minor adjustments. For example, it is widely used in setting up the A/B testing. You can create and set up one copy (A), clone it, and then change only the B element.

The functionality saves time and minimizes the risk of making accidental mistakes.

Additional notes

We are committed to constantly improving our e-commerce search product and providing the best possible service to our customers.

If you encounter any issues or have suggestions on improving it, contact our team at [email protected]. It will help us further improve our service.