Posts Tagged ‘cliques’

More Pages for You!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

By Noam Reshef, Community Manager at ShopYourWay

It’s page frenzy over here: we keep rolling out new page types and connecting them all together.

What’s up this week? Well, we’ve got new special pages for places – that hotel you just stayed in for example, or your favorite Kmart store.

Park Hotel

We’ve also got topic pages, created automatically from stories in our site. Say we just published a story about redecorating houses. Want to learn more or discuss with fellow shoppers? Go to the newly created redecorating topic page. Great, isn’t it?

Not only that, but we’ll help you discover specific pages that we know you’ll like. You’ll get recommendations to follow pages according to your tastes and interests in the suggested activity box on the right rail. You’ll also see related pages in your favorite brand or clique page. It’s one smooth seamless experience

Games, Fun and Mobile

We didn’t mention sweepstakes for a while, but rest assured they’re still here and going strong. Check out the new ones we just uploaded – it’s fun!

Also, on mobile: you can now post stuff on your friends’ wall. You can also delete a status message you published with an elegant swipe of your finger. Almost makes you want to delete stuff for the heck of it. Enjoy!

 

 

The Rise of the Brand Pages

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

By Noam Reshef, Community Manager at ShopYourWay

Continuing last week’s momentum, we rolled out some more features enhancing the abilities of page admins across the site. We’re giving away super-powers here, people.

Handymen clique

This week is about inter-relations, and how things work together. Here we go: brand owners will now be able to post on other pages under the brand identity. Example: if you’re managing the Craftsman brand, and see a discussion on the Handymen clique page you can post a relevant status as the brand. Easy and practical.

Users get a say too: they can now tag catalogs, which will in turn appear under a special tab in the brand page. Say you created a catalog of your favorite EA video games and tagged it with the EA brand. Lo and behold: it will appear in the brand page, under the community catalogs tab.

That’s not all. You’ll start seeing recommendations for pages based on your actions on the site in the right rail. You’ll also start seeing links to related pages on your favorite brand page – all a part of our effort to make your life easier and more interesting.

Scan This

New on the mobile front: you can now use our app to scan QR codes – you know, those black and white rectangles that you scan with your smartphone to get all kind of nifty offers, videos etc directly to your phone. Start looking for those in Sears and Kmart stores.

Download our app!

 

Major Changes in Cliques and Christmas Too

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

By Noam Reshef, Community Manager at Sears Social

 

‘Tis the season, right now, and we’ve got several reasons to be jolly. As you can see by our decorated logo we’re deep into the holiday spirit, with 2 new cliques: Present Hunters and Christmas Decorators. All you Christmas enthusiasts are invited to share your wishlists, decoration tips, tree pics and so on.

Christmas is here

And speaking of cliques, we’ve made some major changes to all of them. Visit your favorite clique and check it out: on the left navigation you can see a products link. Clicking on it will give you a list of all items relevant to your clique’s topic. Nifty. Following the bookworms clique? You’ll see books, E-readers, armchairs for comfy reading and lots more.

But that’s only the beginning. Cliques are no longer a closed members only club. Let’s say you don’t want to follow the Joggers clique – not ready to commit to it just yet. Yet you do have sage advice for runners. Well just go ahead and speak your mind. As of now, non-members can express themselves on cliques freely too.

And last but definitely not least: follow a clique and you’ll notice your newsfeed just got way more interesting. How so? Say you’re a Fashionista at heart. Start following our fashion clique and notice how your newsfeed starts filling up with great clothes, shoes, jewels, accessories and what not. We’re just smart like that.

The Cavalry is Coming

Look closely at your newsfeed and you’ll notice help stories, designed to further explain features on Sears Social. Check them out and let us know what you think. Also in the works: a new and improved help page. Coming soon…

Help!

 

 

Unleash Your Inner Critic, Mobile Chat and More

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

By Noam Resehf, Community Manager at Sears Social

It’s the details that count. This week is about fine tuning and streamlining. Making things work a little smoother.

Up until now you could have followed your favorite store page to see what’s new and interesting. Now you and your friends will also be able to see which stores you checked into in the past, and share useful info and shopping stories. Nice.

Another week, another quick view improvement: we’re really trying to help you go easy on your clicking finger. Now the quick view window includes a review button. Got an opinion on a product? Click it and share your thoughts with the rest of us.

If You Want To Chat, Chat – Don’t Talk

 

A long long time ago a phone was something you spoke into, and heard someone on the other side respond. But let’s not get nostalgic: this week we’re taking chat to the mobile’s front. Fire up our App and You’ll see a big nice chat button on your screen (don’t have our App? Download it! It’s cool). And that’s it. You can just start chatting away.

Another improvement on the mobile front: Shop Your Way Rewards members can now see their account info on their iPhones as well as on the web. Sweet.

Happy Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. If you’re into the Holidays, come and join one of our holiday cliques. We’ve got Holiday Cooks, for you kitchen dwellers, and Football Lovers, for those who can’t wait for the big game on TV. Join and share your recipes, favorite clips and more. Happy Thanksgiving!

My Brands, My Local Deals — and Everybody’s Holiday Cliques

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

My Brands, Your Brands

This week is about making it a little more personal. We told you about brands before, and how you can follow the ones you like. Now you can check out our new “My Brands” page and see all of your favorites in one place.

Better yet: go over to one of your friend’s profile page and check out what his favorite brands are. Maybe you’ll discover you missed some cool ones. Or maybe you’ll suddenly decide you need some new friends.

I Got Your Deals Right Here

On the mobile front we’ve added one of the hottest buzzwords around the web – local. Now you’ll be able to check out special deals near you, and even get a heads up if the product you’re browsing happens to be on sale.

Scary Cliques

Halloween is creeping just around the (haunted) corner, and we’re getting ready for it. We launched two new cliques – Ghostbusters, for you horror lovers out there, and Trick or Treaters, for you guys who actually intend to dress up and demand candies, or wait at home ready to supply the sweets and snacks.


The new cliques will be where holiday activities take place: you’re more than welcome to share your pictures, videos and holiday related experiences on the new Halloween cliques.

More Cliques, Better Recommendations, Cooler Mobile

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

By Noam Reshef, Community Manager at Sears Social

Cliques: for Audiophiles, Cinephiles and People Who Jump From Roofs

We can’t seem to stop throwing new cliques your way. This week we’ve got ten brand new cliques catering to your varied fields of interest. For you people who think reality is way overrated we’ve got the sci-fi troopers and comic book collectors cliques. on the other hand, if you like to know what’s happening out there, why not join the political pundits clique? We also have new cliques for people who like to watch movies at home, folks who take their music listening seriously, parkour enthusiats and even a clique for you crazy clubbers out there. Check out our cliques to find the right one for you.

Coming Soon to Your iPhone:

Our mobile app keeps playing catch up with our website, gaining all the time: next week you’ll see featured video from sears.com in our app, find personalized recommendations for products that suit your tastes and needs, and be able to participate and answer our topic polls.

Recommendations Just Got Way Better

Can’t tell you how we did it, but you should be seeing recommendations that suit your tastes and needs more accurately than ever. Try searching for a product and sears social will offer you similar items that hit the mark. Let us know what you think.

Tags, On-The-Go Promotions and a Place for All Your Cliques

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

By Avishay Lavie, Software Engineer at Sears Social

Feature 3102 – codename “Tags”

We’ve started working on a new concept we call “tags”. It’s all pretty early experimental stuff so we can’t talk about it too much right now, but you might notice something like this on a product page:

We’re not saying anything, but it is theoretically possible that clicking this will lead you to a new page. But dude – you did not hear this from us.

More Newsfeed Stories in Mobile App

We added four new story types to the mobile app: now you can enjoy “Currently Trending on the Web”, “New Arrivals”, “Top Sellers” and “Let Us Introduce” on the go. Sweet!

But What Will I Do With All These Cliques?

We’ve been adding new cliques like madmen for the past few weeks. Most users would only join a handful of relevant cliques and remember which ones they joined, but for those of you who are Jacks-of-all-trades, we’ve added a handy “Cliques” page where you can review all the cliques you’re in. Now that we think of it, we should probably add a “Jack of all trades” clique. Hmm.

Oh, and there’s also a list of all the cliques, so you can easily review it whenever we add new ones. Like today, when we added 10 new cliques to the list. Go on, go find them. We’ll wait here, enjoying the fact we don’t need to make one of those clique-icon-collages again.

Faster Recommendations, Retrieving Hidden Stories, Cliques for (almost) Everyone

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

By Yvonne French, Product Manager at Sears Social

Improving Our Speed…

We try to be good listeners here at Sears Social – when you tell us about the things you own, want or are generally interested in, we take note and then seek out more stuff you’ll enjoy (and we’ve got a lot of stuff!).
Recently, we challenged ourselves to do this even faster, so we now proudly unveil our lightning-quick (almost) recommendations. Try it out – tell us about a product you own, like or want and immediately see recommended products in your newsfeed.

…and Memory

Although we listen well, we’ve been forgetful at times… like that time we recommended a product you already told us you liked or owned? Well, no more! Starting this week, you’ll no longer see recommendations in your newsfeed for products you’ve previously interacted with. Whew, what a relief!

That’s Sooo Yesterday

Love those newsfeed stories about top-selling products? Under-whelmed when you see the same top-selling product 2 days in a row? Yup, we fixed that too!

Now, Where Did I Put That…?

You know that anxious feeling you get when something is missing and you just cannot remember where you’ve put it? Rest assured that this will never again happen in your Sears Social newsfeed because we’ve added an “undo” option for stories you’ve just hidden. Not only do we help you find hidden stories, we even tell you when stories are missing from your feed because of “hide” filters you previously selected. You can see and manage your hide filters on the Recent Activity Filters tab on your Settings page.

We wish we could offer you a similar solution for missing socks, keys and homework!

Knitter, Baker, Sleeper, Sailor…

If your passion is creating works of art from wood, yarn or even food, you’re in luck! We’ve got 6 new cliques where creative types can hang out and share ideas.

And, adding to our eclectic mix, this week we also launched cliques for lovers of animals, water, the news and all things sleep-related.

We’re not done yet… watch out for more cliques coming your way soon!

Guiding you through your path to glory; Helping you stay up-to-date with the crowd.

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

By Gil Ninveh, Product Manager at Sears Social

Notice: Staying with the crowd will not necessarily bring you glory. But hey, everybody likes to know what’s happening…

Your Path to Glory (AKA: Badges Finally Explained…)

So you probably already know that we like surprises. However, we just couldn’t keep the badges as a secret any more. Although we saw that teasing you about it is indeed fun, this week we decided to finally share with you the detailed map of how to get ALL the (current) Sears Social Badges. Simply click the “Badges” link on the left navigation pane of your profile to get the full list of badges, as well as what you can do in order to unlock them (Please make sure you are sitting down with a glass of water nearby just in case…).

Note: I blurred the holy map on purpose, couldn’t help not to tease you one last time…

Suggested Routes on Your Glorious Path

To make it easier for you to find out what you can do on our site (there are so many things you can do here!), we launched a new helpful box which is now located on the right column of your home page (after logging in of course). This box will suggest activities for you based on your previous activities on Sears Social.

I feel comfortable knowing that you now have a map and a set of tips for you to start your journey 🙂

The Crowd is Trending the Web

Isn’t it nice to always know what the rest of the world is talking about? Since our community is still growing, we figured it would be nice for you to know what the crowd is doing outside the walls of our cozy community. So please welcome the new Story Type in your feed: “Now trending on the web”. These stories will keep you informed about what users are engaging with on the world wide web.

Even More Cliques

Yeah, yeah… more cliques arrived. Here is a short summary:

Go ahead; you can start joining.

P.S. Stay tuned for more cliques coming soon…