🚀 Release 2023-411

Release Date: October 20, 2023

Automate category creation, captivate shoppers with a visually immersive search experience, and take charge of your site experience with newly added catalog settings. Explore exciting new merchandising features and enhanced analytics capabilities in this latest Discovery Release!

Analytics


🎉 Feature Updates

Usage Dashboard - Efficiently track and analyze Bloomreach features' usage

We are thrilled to share that the Usage Dashboard feature is now generally available.

What's New
Usage Dashboard shows data-driven statistics and reports on your Organization’s usage of Bloomreach features. It also allows you to filter and aggregate the data per your needs to help analyze usage patterns and traffic to make better decisions impacting the business and revenue.

Go to Setup > Usage to view usage statistics and reports

Go to Setup > Usage to view usage statistics and reports

Whether you're interested in tracking your usage trends over time, keeping an eye on resource utilization, or staying within your usage quotas, usage reports can serve a variety of use cases.

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Catalog Management


🎉 Feature Updates

Catalog Settings - Independently manage and control an array of catalog-level settings

We are excited to announce the Beta release of our latest feature - Catalog Settings, as part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing self-service capabilities.

What's New
With Catalog Settings, you now have the ability to independently manage and control a wide range of catalog-level settings, eliminating the need to rely on Bloomreach Service or Support teams. This empowers you to make changes quickly and efficiently, saving both time and cost. In this feature iteration, you can modify the following settings:

  • General settings for feed, indexing, and default attribute configurations
  • Variants Settings
  • Autosuggest Settings —Keyword, Product, and Attribute
Go to Setup > Catalog Management > Settings to view the settings

Go to Setup > Catalog Management > Settings to view the settings

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⚡Improvements

Optimize your Autosuggest experience with new enhancements

We are happy to share that Catalog Management now provides new capabilities to preview your Autosuggest experience based on the latest catalog data and set configurations as per your preferences. These capabilities are summarised below.

  • Run Autosuggest index update: Ability to refresh Autosuggest data with the latest state of data and settings you configure in the dashboard.
  • View Autosuggest index update job status [Beta]: Ability to view a job status update for each Autosuggest index refresh in our dashboard. This shows relevant information such as when the job was triggered, which setting version it used, and the relevant error messages. This is hidden from the jobs page view by default. You'll need to select the filter to enable it.

Dashboard


🎉 Feature Updates

1. Dynamic Categories - Automate category creation and maximize merchandising efficiency

We are thrilled to announce the Early Preview launch of our new feature - Dynamic Categories!

What's New
Dynamic Categories enables you to create dynamic assortments based on pre-set conditions. With this, products can be categorized based on certain product attributes. For instance, you can create a category page dedicated to holiday collections, where products are curated based on their price and color.

Configure conditions for the Dynamic Category on the dashboard as per your use case

Configure conditions for the Dynamic Category on the dashboard as per your use case

Dynamic Categories automatically updates and displays the eligible products on the category page. This eliminates the need to manually update each category page, thereby saving time and effort.

Dynamic Category pages can be managed and merchandised effortlessly like regular category pages. This can help make your pre-holiday prep fast, efficient, and strategic.

How to access this feature
Kindly reach out to your Account Manager if you’d like to access this feature.

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2. New capabilities for Group Merchandising

We are happy to share that the Group Merchandising now supports two new features:

  • Bulk Operations: You can now merchandise the products within groups in bulk. The merchandising operations that you can apply are product boost, bury, sequential lock, and block.
  • AB Testing: It is now possible to AB test group rules via the Dynamic Grouping API. You can create multiple rule variants on the dashboard and control the test on the API to determine which variant performs better for the KPIs of your choosing. Visit this article to learn more.

🌟 Dashboard UI Enhancements

  1. Search options: You can now perform keyword-based searches (with partial or complete audience names) in the audience dropdown within the Product Grid Editor and the Preview module. We have also added this search feature to the audience dropdown UI within the Redirects page. You can search and filter redirects by redirect name or the username who created the redirects.


  2. Site context-type tags: A Site context-type(Site/ Site Group/Account) tag is now available for the chosen site in the top-right corner of the dashboard.

🐛Bug fixes

  1. When creating ranking rules, expired external rules no longer appear under the External Changes tab.
  2. Attribute values now appear in ascending order in the Attribute value selection modal. These values were not sorted earlier.
  3. For Cloning Configurations, the source account/site information is now correctly fetched from the source environment. Earlier, if the target environment site/account wasn't present in the source environment, the source account/site would not show on the UI.
  4. The Ranking Diagnostics UI and Preview module on the dashboard now display facets configured as range buckets and sliders.
  5. The Global Ranking Rules editor no longer displays duplicate attribute values. Earlier, duplicate values appeared when searching for an attribute value.

Recommendations


🎉 Feature Updates

Visual Search - Captivate and convert shoppers with a visually immersive search experience

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our amazing new feature - Visual Search.

What's New
Visual Search empowers shoppers to search using images instead of words. This capability makes product discovery effortless as your shoppers can easily find products that are hard to put into words. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Preview visual search results in the Visual Search widget dashboard

Preview visual search results in the Visual Search widget dashboard

Visual Search works its magic once the shopper uploads an image. It leverages a powerful machine-learning engine that identifies all the product types in the uploaded image. The customer can then choose any product type and explore matching product recommendations. This makes the shopper's experience both personalized and engaging.

How to access this feature
In this feature iteration, we will power Fashion catalogs with Visual Search.

  • Live customers using Recommendations: Please contact the Bloomreach Services team to try the feature.
  • Live customers not using Recommendations: Please contact your Bloomreach Account representative if you’re interested.
  • Integrating customers: Please get in touch with your Technical Services representative who is helping with your integration.

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Search


🎉 Feature Updates

Upgrade Search Relevance with Query Relaxation to Brand Name

Today, to manage null results, when not all terms in the query are matched with any product in the feed, Bloomreach utilizes Query Relaxation and relaxes the shopper's query to only look for product type in the query. However, if customer-specified queries do not have a product type, these queries would still yield null results.

What's New

With this feature, we have enhanced the handling of search queries that contain brand name, but no identified product type. For such queries, Bloomreach will now relax the query to the brand name and retrieve the matching results.

For instance, if the shopper searches for "Addidas prime 6", the system will relax the query to "Adidas" since there's no product type in the query. This helps eliminate null results and display relevant products corresponding to the shopper’s search intent.

How to access this feature

  • Live Customers: Please get in touch with Bloomreach Support to enable this feature.
  • Integrating Customers: Please get in touch with your Technical Services representative who is helping with your integration.

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