Our hypothesis was that by helping customers get to products faster, they will buy more. This was validated by a 10% conversion rate increase (for those who searched), and an overall 3% sales increase.
We used Algolia as the search provider. It is very fast, but their Magento module was not built with the best coding standards. As such, we also rebuilt the majority of the frontend for the search auto-complete, making auto-complete even faster.
I have integrated Fredhopper for onsite search and merchandising for 3 projects so far, including:
www.prettylittlething.com www.web-blinds.com www.bensonsforbeds.com
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