Slickstream's recent update includes a major upgrade to search. This was more than a year in the making and incorporates some big concepts. One of those concepts is "two-dimensional search" (or "2D"). The other is "progressive search". I'm going to explain those to you below.
News and Updates
Your site search matters. It's a critical part of the way your visitors interact with your site, and it's something we take extremely seriously at Slickstream.
And while we were proud of the Engagement Suite's existing responsive, as-you-type search, we also saw the potential to do so much more. So in our latest update, we're thrilled to announce a major overhaul of Slickstream Search, included free of charge for all subscribers!
This will be rolling out to customers on a staggered basis over the coming weeks, so read on for what to expect and let us know if you have any questions at all.
These days, everyone's talking about stories. Publishers are incorporating these vertical, social-style videos into their websites more and more, but are often struggling to know if they're on the right track. And with the technology and landscape evolving so fast, it can be very difficult to keep up.
If you're a food blogger using WP Tasty as your recipe plugin, we have great news for you: you now have the option of integrating your Slickstream Favorites directly into your Tasty Recipes recipe card.
For many of our users in the food blogging industry, WP Recipe Maker is an absolute must-have for their site. It's a feature-rich recipe plugin for WordPress that creates handy 'cards' where visitors (and search engines) can get all the information they need.
And one of those features is now the ability to integrate directly with Slickstream!
Everybody's got first-party data on their minds today, with the specter of the end of cookies looming large over publishers worried about how it will affect their advertising revenue.
Web stories, the web version of the popular social media format, are rapidly increasing in popularity thanks to a renewed emphasis by Google. Google views stories as a great new traffic source for publishers but equally importantly, as a new engaging medium on the web. (Watch this short overview from the stories team at Google).
A few months ago, we announced a feature that utilized the structured data many of our publishers in the cooking/recipe space were already producing: ingredient-based search.
Today we're happy to announce another such feature, this time for those in the crafts/DIY vertical: supply-based search!
If there’s one thing that matters to us most here at Slickstream, it’s the visitor engagement data that drives everything we do. And while it’s all well and good to create shiny new objects for our publishers to put on their sites, in the end they have to actually drive clickthrough.
So when we roll out a new tool in the Engagement Suite, the first thing we do is test, test, test! And this week, our friends at DIY & Crafts were kind enough to let us publish the results on our latest addition: the content grid.
Slickstream stories are getting added to a lot of our customers' websites. We've been asked an important question frequently: Why should I add stories to my website?