## 💡 Prerequisite Knowledge
The knowledge of the following topics is recommended:
[Recommendations and Pathways](🔗): Read through this guide to get a better understanding of the Recommendations feature. Email Recommendations work in a similar way.
[Widget Configurator](🔗) This guide walks you through the process of creating a widget. Email Recommendations use the same widget configuration process.
[Merchandising Capabilities](🔗): In this guide, you'll learn how to set up merchandising rules for a widget. The same process is used for merchandising Email Recommendations widgets.
Familiarity with basic HTML elements and API components to understand the integration of the Email Recommendations widget with email campaigns.
## **What are Email Recommendations**
**Bloomreach Email Recommendations** feature delivers dynamically rendered product recommendations when your customer opens their email. These recommendations are not predetermined when the email is sent, but rather they are generated in real-time when the email is opened and read.
For instance, suppose you sent an email on Friday that includes Best Sellers Recommendations. The recipient didn’t open the mail and some of the best-sellers went out of stock over the weekend. When the receiver opens the email on Monday, recommendations will exclude the products that went out of stock. Only Best Sellers Recommendations for Monday will be shown.
Email Recommendations integrates your email campaigns with the latest product data to provide a consistent shopper journey from email to digital store.
With Bloomreach Email Recommendations, customers get rich and relevant product suggestions that are tailored to their onsite search or purchase behavior. This enables you to leverage customer data for building engaging personalized email campaigns at scale.
## **How does this feature benefit my business**
**More conversions, more revenue**: Email Recommendations allow you to retain, re-engage and convert customers by recommending products they are most likely to buy. Using these recommendations, you can also cross-sell and upsell products across multiple channels for greater revenue.
**Improved customer experience:** With Email Recommendations, you can leverage our intelligent algorithms to suggest products that are personalized to your visitor’s browsing behavior. Such relevant recommendations make the product discovery experience easy and intuitive, which leads to an enhanced customer experience.
**Unified and consistent digital experience:** This feature integrates your customer and product data with your email campaigns and creates a seamless digital experience across web and email channels.
## **How does this feature work**
The following steps must be followed to implement this feature:
[Setting up the Email Recommendations Widgets](🔗)
[Integration with Email Campaigns / Email Service Providers](🔗)
### **Setting up the Email Recommendations widget**
Similar to [Web Recommendations](🔗), the Email Recommendations can be configured from the [Widget Configurator](🔗) Dashboard.
The steps for creating an Email Recommendations widget are:
#### 1. Log in to the Bloomreach Dashboard - <https://tools.bloomreach.com/>.
For EMEA customers, use <https://tools.bloomreach.co.uk> <br>
#### 2. Go to **Pathways & Recommendations > Widget Configurator**. Then, click "**Add Widget**".<br>
#### 3. Add the Widget Basic Info like **Widget Name** and **Widget Description**.
Then, select the Primary Algorithm and Secondary Algorithm for the widget.
**Primary Algorithm:** The Primary Algorithm available for Email Recommendations can be identified with the prefix “Email |”. You can select from the following options:
**Secondary Algorithm**: Select the alternate algorithm you want the widget to use in case there isn't sufficient data for the primary algorithm.
You can also set the **Result size** and **FL list** for the widget. When you finish adding the widget's basic information, click **Next Step** to proceed.
#### 4. You can now apply the merchandising rules for the widget as described on the [Recommendations and Pathways Merchandising page](🔗).
Depending upon the use case, you can select the desired recommendation strategy and merchandise recommendations for the emails.<br>
#### 5. Click **Save** to finish creating the widget.<br>
After creating the widget, note down the **widget_id** as it will be required in the API call. The widget ID is the alphanumeric value available on the **Widget Configurator's** main screen. In this example, the widget ID is nj3rvrjr.
### **Integration with Email Campaigns / Email Service Provider**
The Email Recommendations are delivered as Image and link pairs delivered by Email Recommendations APIs. For each product recommendation, the APIs can be embedded within the email template as a pair of:
**Proxy API** that opens up the Product Display Page when the customer clicks the product’s image in the mail
**Image API** that displays the product’s image in the recommendation
Below shows an example of an HTML block that would go in the email template with two Bloomreach Recommendations :
These APIs can be embedded within Email Templates as Image Components.
Please whitelist our crawler IPs (126.96.36.199) so that we can crawl through the images from your website.
## **How can I control the look and feel of the Email Recommendations**
The Email Recommendations are delivered as **Enriched Images** in the emails when the email is opened by the recipient. Enriched images are product images enhanced with attributes such as the _Product Name, Description, Price_, and _Brand_, and then rendered as a new image in the recommendations. The attributes displayed in the image will be pulled from your product feed.
You can decide the layout of the Email Recommendations by setting up an HTML template for these Enriched Images.
The Email Recommendations pre-generate and store the Enriched Images based on the defined HTML template. This ensures that the images are delivered instantly as and when the customer opens the email.
**Here is a Sample HTML Template:**
**This is the Enriched Image Output**
Please reach out to your Bloomreach Integration Engineer to specify the product image, attributes, and the desired layout for the recommendations.
## **How can I enable this feature**
This feature can be enabled both for the present and new Recommendations and Pathways customers.
**Live customers:** Please get in touch with the [Bloomreach Support team](🔗) if you’d like to enable this feature.
**Integrating customers:** Please reach out to your Technical Services representative who is helping with your integration.
## **Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)**
**1. Is the Email Recommendations feature available for all Search customers?** No, Email Recommendations will be available only for the already existing and new Recommendations and Pathways customers.
**2. What types of Widget APIs are supported for Email Recommendations?** All the widget types and APIs supported for web Recommendations are supported for Email Recommendations.
**3. Can I merchandise Email Recommendations widgets?** Yes, similar to Web Recommendations, all merchandising operations are supported for Email Recommendations widgets.
**4. Is it possible to use fallbacks for Email Recommendations widgets?** Yes, the fallbacks algorithms can be configured for Email Recommendations widgets
## **Where can I use this feature**
You can use this feature to enrich your customer emails with product recommendations for many use cases. Some examples are listed below:
**Abandoned Cart** You may encounter visitors abandoning their shopping carts before purchasing on your site. Abandoned carts can potentially lead to lost conversion opportunities. It’s essential to re-engage and convert these visitors with high purchase intent. If you have [Bloomreach Engagement](🔗) or another CDP integrated, you can re-engage such customers by recommending products that are similar to those left in their abandoned cart.
**Marketing Emails and Newsletters** You can use Email Recommendations to recommend products regularly based on Weekly Trending Products, Monthly Bestsellers, New Arrivals from Favorite Categories, and more.
**Order Confirmation and Tracking** You can use our Co-Bought algorithm and deliver email recommendations to cross-sell products similar to the most recent purchase of your customer.
**Account Creation** In retail, you often already have rich browsing information that can be used to personalize the experience for a new customer. When sending an account confirmation email, you can add personalized recommendations for New Arrivals, On-Sale products, or other categories the customer browsed.