Author: Chris Moffatt

Chris Moffatt

Background in traditional high-street Merchandising gained with House of Fraser and Selfridges. Moved into multi-channel retail as Trading Manager with Sit Up Channels, then worked as a Business Consultant with Adobe, specialising in the Retail sector. I am currently Online Merchandise Manager for Smythson.

Five tips to optimise e-commerce site search

Internal site search is a core component of most e-commerce sites, but it's rarely optimised to its full extent.

Tools such as Fredhopper, Endeca and Adobe Omniture Merchandising can help enormously in this matter but there are certain generic tasks that anyone can perform to help optimise their internal search, no matter what tools you're using.

I'll concentrate on the retail sector, but these tips could be translated to other sectors too. Here are five tips to try:

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Getting away with it

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It's the world's largest e-commerce retailer, yet Amazon breaks all the established rules.

So just how does Amazon get away with it?

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20 ways for etailers to optimise site search and navigation

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In this article I've attempted to summarise what I see as the most important steps to improving the customer experience. While some require specific technology, many of these ideas can be implemented on any website.


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With the increasingly homogenous offer of online retailers, it is generally agreed that high levels of customer service are more vital than ever.

With this in mind, I'm constantly astounded by the shockingly poor levels of service British consumers are exposed to.


Five ways to monetise social media

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And there are no surprises for guessing which company is at the heart of it.