Catalog Entry Recommendation widget

Use this widget to display a list of catalog entries (products, SKUs, bundles, and kits) on a store page. For example, you might want to display a list of featured products on a landing page, or a list of recently viewed products on a category page.

This widget displays catalog entries in a single horizontal or vertical row. The thumbnail image, name, and price are pulled from your catalog data. You can either specify a list of catalog entries directly in the widget, or create a web activity to display the catalog entries.

Page dependency

You can use this widget in a layout for any page type.

Examples of widget content

Figure 1: Widget displaying products in horizontal orientation with display title set to On Sale Now

Example of a Catalog Entry Recommendation widget - horizontal orientation
Figure 2: Widget displaying products in vertical orientation with display title set to Recommended

Example of a Catalog Entry Recommendation widget - vertical orientation

Web activity actions supported in this widget

If you run a web activity in this widget, you must choose an action that displays catalog entries, such as:

For the full list of supported actions, see Web activity actions supported in Commerce Composer widgets.

The web activity can also include targets for personalization, and branches to create different paths.

Prerequisites for using this widget

Ensure that the catalog entries that you want to display exist in the catalog.

Widget properties and content

After you add this widget to a layout, you can set the following properties:

Properties of a Catalog Entry Recommendation widget

Property Description
Widget name Type a name to identify this widget in this layout, for example, FeaturedProductList. This name is not displayed on the storefront.
Widget orientation Specify how to arrange the catalog entry recommendations inside the widget:
Horizontal
Arrange the catalog entries side by side across the page (see Widget displaying products in horizontal orientation with display title set to “On Sale Now”).
Vertical
Stack the catalog entries on top of one another down the page (see Widget displaying products in vertical orientation with display title set to “Recommended”).
Number of catalog entries to display in vertical row If you chose vertical orientation, specify how many catalog entries this widget can display at the same time. If more than this number are returned to the widget, scrolling controls are included on the widget so that customers can view more catalog entries.
Widget display style Select a style for the widget background and border.
Show a Subscribe link Select this check box to add a Subscribe link and icon to the widget. Customers can subscribe to a feed of the recommendations that are displayed in the widget. When the recommendations change, customers receive updates in their feed reader.
Select a method for populating this widget Choose one of the following options:
Specify a list of catalog entries
Select this option to display a static list of catalog entries that you choose from your catalog. In the Catalog entries table, find and add the catalog entries.
Tip: You can change the sequence in which the catalog entries are displayed in the widget. In the Catalog entries table, click a row that contains a catalog entry. Then, click the up or down arrow above the table to change the sequence.
Use web activities to recommend catalog entries
Select this option to take advantage of web activity capabilities to display the catalog entries. These capabilities include personalization, scheduling, and prioritization. The web activity must use an action that displays catalog entries.
Important: Do not forget to activate the web activity. In the Web activities table, right-click the web activity, and then click Activate.
Tip: When you run a web activity in this widget, an e-Marketing Spot is automatically created in the widget. The e-Marketing Spot name follows this format:

Widget_widgettype_generatednumber

Example: Widget_ContentRecommendation_1234

The e-Marketing Spot name is viewable in the web activity properties view after you save the widget. The e-Marketing Spot is read-only so that it remains associated to the widget until you delete the widget.

Display title Optionally, you can specify a title to display at the top of the widget on the store page, for example, New This Week. See Widget displaying products in horizontal orientation with display title set to “On Sale Now” and Widget displaying products in vertical orientation with display title set to “Recommended”.

If you are running a web activity in the widget, this field is not available. Instead, use the E-Marketing Spot Title action in the web activity to add a title to the widget.