Maximizing the Impact of Personalization

Personalization is a key part to the customer journey.   Whenever a customer is searching for information or data online, in an application, or in a store, it is important for the business to understand the expectations.  The search results are something the business must provide in order to deliver or enhance the visitors request.  Maximize the recommendations offered as part of the search results is a keyway to enhance personalization.

At our annual Hawksearch Forum, Tim Ahlenius, VP of Strategic Initiatives and Lance Bohrnell, Senior Project Manager presented the importance of Maximizing the Impact of Personalization as it relates to the current industry landscape as well as how Hawksearch personalization provides an enhanced personalization strategy by leveraging data, machine learning and the ability to improve the customer journey while boosting sales with clients already on your site.

This post will cover the overview of the current landscape, Hawksearch Personalization, Platform Personalization, and touch on the next generation of the Hawksearch Roadmap.

Personalization and the Importance of On-Site Search

Let’s start by understanding the current industry landscape.  Building a connection with your prospects is incredibly important and the more personalized the interaction is, the deeper the connection is made for the relationship.

 We may believe this to be true, but, only 22% of customers are happy with the level of personalization in digital retail. However, conversational commerce could offer true 1:1 personalization at every stage of the customer journey, and at scale.



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Yet, business leaders recognize this is necessary for the client’s overall experience. As we see above, only 8% of customers agree, and the business leaders feel they are providing the superior experience.

Personalization increases the overall effectiveness of the clients repeat business, referral business, as well as speaking positively about your organization.

So why do we continue to see this disconnect?  Because the tools and resources available do not always address how businesses should interact with prospects or clients.  Gartner predicts 80% of Marketers will Abandon Personalization Efforts by 2025.  And, 27% of marketers believe data is the key obstacle to personalization.  Businesses will need to adopt personalization or will be left behind, and the competition will win.

A study out of the UK indicates that in 2019 only 25% viewed advertising favorably, down from almost 70% in the 1960s.  This is due to the disconnect between the product offering and the connection to the buyer.

Data Privacy Impact and Personalization

Businesses already know the value of the data they collect. CCPA will be a good indicator of how much consumers value that same information.

When GDPR went into effect, most consumers did not even notice. Rarely is someone going to choose to browse anonymously and lose out on the benefits associated with data aggregation – unless that person finds out that data is being sold elsewhere.

A necessary plan of action must be addressed in terms of privacy, here are the three steps we recommend taking to get started.

  • Instill Trust
  • Use Alternative Collection Methods
  • Explain the Benefits

Let’s Talk Search and Personalization – Hawksearch Personalization

The robust Hawksearch platform offers the next level of personalization that adheres to the data privacy impacts mentioned, but also strengthens the relationship between the product offering and the prospects journey.  How? Hawksearch uses the data you already have to offer visitor’s advice & alternative ideas.  This is done by leveraging the Hawksearch machine learning core providing:

  • Boost sales with clients already onsite
  • Improve the Customer journey
  • Maximizing your businesses personalization strategy

To understand the depth of how Hawksearch personalization works, let’s first explain what is tracked to enhance the personalization journey for clients.  Here is a list of items that we consider that will enhance the interactions with the clients.

  • Clicks
  • Pages that users visit
  • Add to cart
  • Purchased shopping cart data
  • Keywords searched
  • Rate
  • Member logins (if applicable)
  • Roadmap – custom events
  • Requires V2 tracking
  • Import order history data
  • And more…

This information is combined with user interactions and different strategies to provide the prospect with relevant information that can be personalized with specific recommendations.


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Hawksearch ‘Mix & Match’ Strategies


These strategies are built into the Hawksearch platform and provide personalization as well as recommendations.  The robust Hawksearch platform goes way beyond this as well with the enhanced functionality.

Proof is in the Execution

Don’t take my word for it. Hawksearch success stories explain where clients have exceeded results using personalization and recommendations.  A couple of notable areas are focused on personalized recommendations.   In this example, the client’s shopping cart leverages a combination of Hawksearch strategies, demonstrating how to cross sell items that are used with a hockey stick.  This example shows boosting featured items but also personalizing the reposnse base on the prospects interests.