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  • SearchSpring vs. Fusionbot

    If anyone is using either of these advanced search plugins, can you give me your opinions on them? I am looking into the possibility of using one of them and would welcome any insight that you may have.

    As of right now, I am favoring SearchSpring. Both are fairly pricey, but I think for the number of products I have vs. number of visitors SearchSpring may end up costing us less.

    Both seem to make some pretty strong claims with regards to conversion rates, average sale price, and SEO. If you are using either, can you attest to some of these claims and whether or not you experienced increases in conversion rates, asp, organic search rankings, or page rank?

  • #2
    I use SearchSpring and am very happy with it. Here is an example page

    My conversion rates have slowly been creeping up but I am not sure that much of that is due to SS. The percentage of people on my site who use search is only like 7% of my visitors use search in the first place.

    But I have a large catalog of about 30,000 items and finding specific things was kind of a nightmare before, so for people that do not arrive already at a product detail page via Google, it is much more navigable than it was before.

    The service with SS has been incredible though. Super responsive and very flexible. They have made a few changes to their standard implementation for my site, at no cost.

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    • #3
      I will add, though, that I'm not sure what SEO advantages you can expert. The SS interface is entirely javascript, which will not be parsed by Google. Google still sees my normal category navigation.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cbsteven View Post
        I will add, though, that I'm not sure what SEO advantages you can expert. The SS interface is entirely javascript, which will not be parsed by Google. Google still sees my normal category navigation.
        This is what I was referring to, from the SearchSpring website:

        "Based off the most used and most successful queries used on your site, SearchSpring builds landing pages unique to each popular query. If a large percentage of your shoppers are using specific queries within your site, there will be a much larger customer base using those exact search queries in the wild. Since SearchSpring builds and optimizes landing pages for each unique query, your site will display higher and higher within the search engines, often generating first page results, and many times as the top several results."

        I mean, it certainly sounds plausible. I was just wondering if anyone could verify that they have had similar results. I do think that they are talking about keyed-in queries made via their "Intellisuggest" feature and not necessarily via the js faceted search. I could be wrong though.

        Your site looks good btw - I like how you have this implemented. Your products are similar to mine in that you have many very similar items with different sku numbers. I can definitely see the advantage in this type of search.

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        • #5
          I believe what they are talking about is a hosted solution, where you have pages hosted on SearchSpring's servers, so there is no javascript being done. It is a confusing distinction. I'd recommend contacting their sales people and have them clarify.

          As far as I am aware you can't get optimized landing pages with the normal SS service.

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          • #6
            Ahh...okay, that makes more sense.

            I will definitely ask when I call them later this week.

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            • #7
              We have recently started using Fusionbot and thus far have been quite pleased.

              I have been working with [email protected] and he has been very helpful.

              There really was nothing for us to do to implement the feature it was handled between 3DCart and Fusionbot.

              You can check out our store search at Bin Boxes | Bag Sealers | BookFolds | Impulse Sealers | Pack-Secure

              Our other website without the hyphen, does not use Fusionbot.
              http://www.pack-secure.com

              Packaging and Shipping Supply Specialists

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