News and Updates

Slickstream Adds Category-Aware Search

One of Slickstream's key features is site-search. Visitors to your site will stay longer if they can quickly and easily find exactly what they're looking for. So we're always looking for ways to make search faster and better.

In our new release, you will notice a change in the experience. When you type in a search query, you may see category cards showing up above the search results. These category cards replace the filter buttons that used to appear below the search bar.

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A Few of Our 'Favorite' Things

How is it February already?

January just flew right on by here at Slickstream, with well over 100 new websites signing up for our Engagement Suite and a whole heap of new records broken. One of those records was for total favorites (over 5,000,000 in a single month!), and to celebrate we decided to take a closer look at the content that visitors loved so much.

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Self-Serve

Introducing Self-Serve Site Configuration

Part of Slickstream's "secret sauce" is our ability to integrate our engagement suite into websites without anything more than an embed code added by the publisher. We handle the work so that our features get added into the site beautifully and seamlessly.

Until now, though, if a publisher wants changes to the configuration of engagement suite widgets on their site, they would need to contact us. For example, if the publisher decided that they wanted to switch to a "grid layout" for their search results, we would need to make that change for them.

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Want to Increase Revenue? Focus on Activity

Slickstream publishers sometimes ask me why we use "activity time" as one of our key engagement metrics. The answer is easy. It is directly correlated to revenue -- and everyone wants to know how they can increase revenue.

First, let me explain what I mean by "activity time". This is the active time that a viewer spends on your site. Don't confuse this with session duration. That is a metric that you'll see in Google Analytics. But for a variety of reasons, it is a very poor measure of engagement. (Just think about someone who opens one of your pages and then goes out to lunch while leaving that page open in their browser.)

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