Archive for June, 2012

It’s Your Choice to Make

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

By Noam Reshef, Community Manager at ShopYourWay

The real secret in this age of way-too-much-information is filtering and sorting. That’s what you need to master: how to turn that huge tidal wave of data into neatly divided small streams of info.

That’s what we’re about this week. Sorting and filtering, helping you see exactly what you want to see.

Here we go: first thing’s first – catalogs. Or to be more precise, catalogs in pages. One of the great things about ShopYourWay is the ability to organize items relevant to a store or brand page in catalogs. The page manager can do it – and so can any follower of the page.

Say you go to Kmart’s brand page, and take a look at the catalogs. Some of them were created by the page manager, others by users. Not the same thing, right? Click on the arrow on the right and choose what you’d like to see – community catalogs, or those created by the brand manager. Nifty, isn’t it?

Same thing with questions. What would you like to see – questions created by fellow shoppers, or by the page manager? Now you can easily choose.

Look at the Pretty Pictures

Remember infographics? The lovely format which lets you learn lots of new stuff about the brand or item by using visual means? Well now it’s on our product pages as well. Check out the product you want and see how many people of a certain age group or gender are interested in it as well.

And last but not least – one of the key factors to all the stuff we listed above is following. Following a cool fellow shopper, a brand you like or a catalog you find interesting. The more stuff you follow, the more interesting your feed will become.

So – in order to make following easier we added it to the hover options. See something you like? Hover your mouse cursor over it, and check out the elegant little menu of actions that magically appears. If you can follow the item, a follow option will be there. One click and you’re done.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for some surprises next week!

We Are at Full Speed!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

By Noam Reshef, Community Manager at ShopYourWay
This is it folks! We are now officially strutting around in our new clothes. All users arriving on ShopYourWay will see it in its newly designed glory. Yes, we are quite proud, thanks.

And of course, we wasted no time in celebrations, and have a few nifty new features to tell you about. That’s just how we roll.

So what do we have for you this week: let’s take a look at store pages, for example. First of all, notice how everything looks better and more organized, and how easy it is to locate the opening hours and other important info.

Now if you’ll look closely you’ll see a new tab titled “Searslocalad” – which translates roughly to “amazing deals you really shouldn’t miss in a store near you”. Yes, you can now check out specific deals in each store, and get some great products while saving money. Nice of us, we know.

What else you ask? Well our department pages just got a new tab as well, “categories”, letting you check out the specific sub-category you’re interested in. If you’re into video games, you can browse and even follow just that specific category.

And last but not least – when browsing catalogs in a brand page, you can now sort them and view only catalogs created by the page curator, or by the community.

We’ll Let You Know

The mobile team has been hard at work: hot local deals? You can find them on our iPhone app too. You can also check if those items you crave reached your favorite store, and set up an availability notification so you don’t have to keep staring at the screen all the time. We’ve got you covered, no worries.

Stay tuned. More cool stuff coming next week!

 

Information Made Beautiful

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

By Noam Reshef, Community Manager at ShopYourWay

Hello there, curious readers. That’s why you come here, isn’t it? Hungry for knowledge, wanting to know what’s new?

But is it only cold hard facts you’re after? No, you say? Great.  This week we’ve got a really cool and amazing new feature for you: Infographics! Turning information from a dry fact into a fun ride. Here’s an example:

Whenever you click on a product the quick view lets you know how many fellow shoppers follow the product’s brand. This is cool. But click on “group insights” and suddenly the information takes on a new and lovely form.

Instead of just a number, you’ll see the age groups the various shoppers are part of, the different regions they come from, their gender – and all of that in the form of easy to get and fun to look at infographics.

Shoppers Little Helpers

This isn’t the only feature helping you get what you want in a friendly and easy on the eyes manner.  If you scroll down the homepage – and why wouldn’t you, it looks great – you’ll notice a new button on the bottom left titled “scroll to top”. Click it and it will bring you back to the top of the page, sparing your weary finger muscles and your mouse wheel some effort.

Another button designed to make your life easier is “new stories available”, which appears at the top of the newsfeed when, well, new stories are available. It’s our polite and helpful way to let you know there’s some new stuff worth checking out. Now click the button and check out the new stuff.

Seek and You Shall Find

Last but certainly not least: Search – arguably one of the most powerful tools in a shopper’s arsenal – just got way better. Type whatever you’re looking for into the search window, hit enter, and see the search results neatly divided into products, catalogs, people and media. Finding exactly what you want is now easier than ever.

 

The Fast and the Fabulous

Monday, June 11th, 2012

By Noam Reshef, Community Manager at ShopYourWay

The word today is: speed. It’s a fast moving world, and we aim to not only keep up – we want to be in the lead. The common theme of this week’s features is putting the pedal to the metal. Letting you get all the info you need in a single glance – fast.

Let’s start with a couple of innovations in the quick view department. They don’t call it quick view for nothing, now do they? The idea is to pack all the essentials into one compact and efficient box.

This week we did it in two very important areas – catalogs and people. Do you have the time to sit back and enjoy our lovely new catalogs at your leisure? Great.  If you’re in a hurry though, why not use our new shiny quick view.

Click on a catalog once and you’ll get a compact nifty view of all the important stuff. The catalog’s cover, how many items are in it, their estimated value, creation date, relevant tags etc. You can enter the catalog and check out all the great stuff in it – or make an informed decision to follow it, look at its creator profile or add a tag.

Same goes for the user profile. See a user who seems interesting? Click on the dude, check out the quick view and learn a lot about him in no time at all. His catalogs, his pic against that sleek black background and a whole lot more.

What Was the Question?

Any questions so far? No? Good. And if we are on the subject: one of the cool things about ShopYourWay is the ability to ask questions and see other users’ questions and answers about products you’re interested in. So – we decided to speed things up here as well. From now on you’ll be able to see how many answers there are for a question about a product in one quick efficient glance. Again – it’s about getting the info you need, and fast.

Mobile and Friendly

Needless to say, when it comes to speed mobile is at the front, burning rubber. Did you Shopin lately? From now on there’ll be a clear indication of who shopped in with whom on the site’s newsfeed.

That’s not all: our mobile app now has hot deals – those time limited offers you just can’t miss – and a so much better product page. It’s got a variety of images and an indication of how many users liked it. Better be quick and decide. Speed is the name of the game.

Oh My, It Keeps Getting Awesomer

Monday, June 4th, 2012

By Avishay Lavie, Software Engineer at Sears Social

Oh hi there! It’s time for our weekly news update. Well, as you might expect, we’ve been hard at work improving the new experience, which is the formal corporate name for what we internally refer to as “Project Mega-Awesome”. This week brings a host of newly designed pages and components. Let’s take a quick tour around the exciting new stuff, shall we?

Tag, Store and Brand Pages Get Beefed Up

Brands, stores and tags got some serious treatment this week. For example, clicking the Questions tab will show you the questions and polls related to the topic at hand. You could help other users interested in the same things, or have some fun answering some polls about the stuff you care about, all without sacrificing the sparkly, fuzzy feeling of amazingness delivered by the new experience.

Hello!

Similarly, the newly-added Catalogs tab helps you find related catalogs, which in themselves are a great opportunity to get acquainted with some new users or skip that social nonsense entirely and dive directly into the hot new products. Plus, there’s that sudden surge of joy you feel when you see your own catalog featured on a tag page.

Lastly, if you’re a store, brand or tag administrator, you can now enjoy the new experience on the Settings tab. Defining newsfeed rules has never been so much fun.

Show a Newsfeed Story Where Credit is Due

We’re not resting on the newsfeed front either. Now you can get the credit you deserve when adding new products to ShopYourWay:

Are You Following This?

The Catalog also got a new tab. Click the Followers tab to see who’s following the catalog, with beautiful large images spread across the entire window. And they could have their own set of cool catalogs, each with its own followers… it’s a slippery slope, really. Except, well, this particular slope is actually a beautifully-designed, super-fun water slide. Yes.

The Fast and the Fabulous

So yeah, the new site has some real pretty pages. But why waste time waiting for pages to reload if you just want a quick impression of something? And while we’re at it, is there an excuse for that quick impression not to be as amazing as the rest of the site?

No. No there isn’t. That’s exactly what we told ourselves when we set out to design and build the new amazing quickviews.

The Catalog Quickview, for example, is a delicate balance of functionality and OMG PRETTY.

The image and video quickviews have less functionality to deal with, so they can focus on their sweet new looks.

Yes, our design team certainly knows what it’s doing out there in the small cubicle where we keep them. But don’t take my words and screenshots for it – go check everything out for yourself. We hope you’ll have as much fun using all these new features as we had building them. See you next time!