How to Use Personalized Category Pages to Pamper Your Most Loyal Customers While Maximizing Profitability

In this article, we explore how to create relevant experiences on category pages for existing customers who return to your online store.

In digital retail, the first purchase is the perfect moment to start building a relationship that goes beyond a computer screen, crystalizing the digital journey and blending it with real-life emotion. From unboxing experiences that incorporate free samples to leveraging social media accounts, relevant brand hashtags, personalized notes, and rewards for customers who choose eco-friendly packaging, a wide range of strategies exist to start building loyalty.

Ultimately, if shoppers happen to be satisfied with their first purchase, the next challenge is to trigger another purchase, whether they would hunt for replenishment products or complementary items.

Similar to the memorable product unboxing experience every first-time shopper would appreciate, let’s explore how that same level of attention can be delivered via your category pages when a shopper connects a second time with your brand.

Use Past Purchase Information to Automatically Recommend the Most Relevant Products

Using a combination of Artificial Intelligence and valuable customer insights to understand the relationships between all products of your catalog – both from a behavioral (“Shoppers Who Viewed This Also Viewed”) and transactional (“Customers Who Bought This Also Bought”) perspective – Nosto offers a wide range of algorithms that can be actioned through different products. With this in mind, we’ll look into using Nosto’s Category Merchandising & set up a personalized sorting rule for category pages while maximizing profit for existing customers.

When creating a new sorting rule, select ‘Browsing History Related’ under ‘Personalization’, which will ultimately use unique shoppers preferences and information about their last transaction to recommend the most relevant products.

Sort by Margin to Increase Profitability

Along with establishing a layer of personalization, we will choose ‘Margin Percentage’ as a product attribute and give it a weight of 100%. This will promote products based on their relative margin percentage by sorting by high-margin, or low-margin products relative to other items in the category.

Once this rule is saved, it’s ready to be applied to all segments of existing customers.

Then, select a specific category and create a new Sequence, choosing the relevant sorting rule and segment.

Optimize Your Setup for the Strongest Performance

Unsure if implementing this strategy is relevant for your business? You can use Nosto’s A/B Testing & Optimization to test multiple sequences against one another.

Using Nosto’s A/B Testing & Optimization, you can optimize for best performance and action even more performing variations of your category pages. All sorting rules, highlight rules & segments are supported to run A/B Tests.


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