How to approach On-Site Search honestly
Usually, all of these efforts resulted in numerous quite well-optimized search result pages that converted nicely. But they entirely ignored Long Tail! Even worse: Only in very rare cases, optimized or curated search results were tested properly to make sure to have the best possible result set. Even if they were tested — things changed within a matter of weeks or days and test results turned old.
The enemy of a good search result may be a new marketing campaign, new viral hype or (in most cases) a simple index update with new products.
I’ve seen many customers who have tried to solve these issues by adding almost endless lists of “synonyms” to outsmart the search engine whilst thoroughly ignoring the definition of a synonym. Synonyms represent terms with the same meaning but different spelling. A good example for a pair of synonyms is notebook and laptop. In this case, you might need to add a synonym because the word similarity is extremely low while the semantic similarity is quite high.
However, introducing synonyms for handling spelling errors, over-/understemming, decomposition problems is something different and represent nothing more than a non-scalable short-term solution to a much bigger problem. As it produces other problems like unmanageable lists of thousands of synonyms, very complex queries with sometimes transitive matches, especially when you have to deal with multi-term synonyms.
Finding a Totally New Approach to Site Search
When we at CXP decided to create a new kind of search appliance, we wanted to avoid inventing yet another search engine. Nor did we want to create even better tweaks for existing search engines.
Instead, we wanted to create something that really helps search engines to finally deliver the best result available for every search request.
The best result is a result that really fits the customer’s need.
But how could a search engine know what a customer wants? Very easy: They are telling us what they want by typing letters in a search box (or by commanding Siri, Cortana, Alexa, … to do so).
Once we know what our customer want, we can automatically deliver the result that performed best for others who wanted the same by infusing the unbeatable combination of data and AI. It is as simple as that.
Now this is Exactly what CXP searchHub does:
- Understanding customer intent.
- Find the search request that best served other customers with the same intent
- Ask the internal search engine to deliver a matching result set
- Observe the customers’ behavior and feed it back into the searchHub Analytics
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