Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Testing a search rule in store preview

Use the store preview in Management Center to test the effects of search rules on search results. You can also view a search rule summary report that lists the search rules that are applied to a particular search keyword you use during testing. Use the test results to fine tune your search rules.

Before you begin

You must create the search rule that you want to test.

Procedure

  1. Open the Marketing tool.
  2. Make sure the search rule that you want to test is activated.
    To check:
    1. In the explorer view, click the Search Rules folder.
    2. In the Search Rules - List window, make sure the Status column for your search rule shows a green circle, which indicates that the search rule is activated.
  3. Select File > Store Preview.
  4. On the Store Preview Options window, enter any options.
  5. Click Launch Store Preview.
  6. In the search keyword box, type a keyword that triggers your search rule according to the criteria set in the Customer Submits Search trigger.

    Example:

    Feature Pack 3Feature Pack 5Feature Pack 2Feature Pack 4To test the following search rule, you would type the keyword coffee in the search keyword box on your store:
    An example search rule
    Feature Pack 6 or laterTo test the following search rule, you would type the keyword purse in the search keyword box on your store:
    An example search rule

    Note that if your search rule contains targets, you must also meet the criteria defined in the target.

  7. Observe the search results to understand the effects of the search rule. For the previous search rule example, the search results for coffee should list the AromaStar Deluxe coffee maker first.
  8. To view a search rule summary report for the search you just submitted:
    1. In store preview, show the search rule information:
      Feature Pack 3Feature Pack 5Feature Pack 2Feature Pack 4In the store preview header, click Show Marketing Spots. Then, in the top-right corner of the green marquee around the search results, click the information icon:
      store preview information icon

      Feature Pack 6 or laterAt the top of the store preview window, click Show Page Information. Then, in the top left corner of the search results, click Show Information.

      Note: In addition to showing search rule information, you can click links to create and edit products, Web activities, and other business objects directly from store preview.
    2. Review the search rule summary report. This report lists the search rules that were applied to the search you just submitted. Use the report to confirm whether the search rule you are testing was actually applied to the search results. You can also see whether other search rules were applied to the search results.
      Feature Pack 3Feature Pack 5Feature Pack 2Feature Pack 4The following example is the search rule summary report for the keyword coffee. The report indicates that the search rule named List AromaStar Coffee Maker First was applied to the search for the keyword coffee:
      Search rule summary report in store preview
      Feature Pack 6 or laterThe following example is the search rule summary report for the keyword purse. The report indicates that the search rule named List Versatil White Satchel Leather Bag First was applied to the search for the keyword purse:
      Search rule summary report in store preview
    3. Close the search rule summary report.
  9. If required, make adjustments to your search rules and repeat the test.