5 Best Smart Search Apps for eCommerce in 2020

Many entrepreneurs tend to underestimate a search in their online stores. But its importance is immense. A search field on the eCommerce website can be a powerful marketing tool that does drive sales.

Now on the market, there are a number of companies that offer smart search apps for eCommerce stores. A proper smart search enhances the shopping experience, offers precise search results, product suggestions, and whatnot. These search features can greatly boost your sales and increase the average bill via cross-selling and upselling.

In this article, we’d like to introduce the most powerful (in our opinion) intelligent search applications for eCommerce stores.

1. Searchanise

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Searchanise is a smart and instant search service that integrates with all the popular eCommerce platforms such as Shopify, CS-Cart, Magento, WooCommerce, and BigCommerce. It powers over 12,000 e-shops worldwide, handles over 100 search queries per minute, and can raise conversion up to 20% on average according to the developers.

Searchanise offers tons of cool features to improve customer shopping experience:

  • Full-text search (you can even search by product description)
  • Auto-suggestions
  • Autocomplete
  • Typo correction
  • Sophisticated built-in dictionaries
  • Customizable search results drop-down
  • The ability to promote products in search
  • A full-featured search results page
  • Powerful analytics
  • Product filters
  • Cross-selling and Upselling
  • Shopify Kit integration (virtual employee by Shopify)
  • And more

Searchanise knows that “zero results” search queries can be disastrous to store conversions. Their latest developments are aimed at employing AI to provide the best search experience for shoppers and help owners make timely decisions when managing the store.

Sennheiser, Philips, Durex, Boeing, National Geographic, HBO, and MediaMarkt are among Searchanise’s customers.

Searchanise is available for free for stores with up to 25 products. The paid plans start from 9$/month.

2. Instant Search+

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Instant Search+ is an intelligent search engine for Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento, WooCommerce, and Wix. You can also order custom development for your eCommerce platform. The search powers over 20,000 eCommerce stores worldwide, handles over 100 million daily user sessions, and over 70 million products.

The feature set is similar to Searchanise and covers all the customer search demands:

  • Autocomplete, auto-correction, typo correction
  • Suggestions
  • Related products
  • Upselling and cross-selling
  • Product filters
  • Advanced search analytics
  • Synonyms and antonyms

Instant Search+ offers a unique feature—visual search. If a customer doesn’t know what term to type and how exactly describe the product, he or she can take a picture on their smartphone and upload it to Instant Search+.

he app’s AI will find the item a customer’s looking for. Handy!
The service offers a free plan for 50 products and 50 monthly searches. The cheapest plan starts from $14,99/month.

3. Algolia

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Algolia is a smart search engine for Shopify, Magento, and WordPress. It is also available as integration for some other frameworks such as Symphony 2, Laravel, Heroku, and others. Algolia powers over 8,500 websites and serves 70 million queries per month.

The feature set includes:

  • Query suggestions
  • Federated search
  • Content showcase like “Popular”, “New”, etc.
  • Search analytics
  • Powerful API for custom integrations

The company also offers voice search and geo search. Their solutions are intended for various websites including eCommerce and corporate. For example, Algolia powers Stripe, Twitch, Lacoste, Dior, and others.
Algolia is free for personal and non-commercial use. Paid plans start from $29/month.

4. Klevu

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Klevu is an AI-powered smart search for Shopify, Magento, and BigCommerce. They also offer custom development for other eCommerce platforms. Klevu currently powers over 3,000 websites worldwide and have served over 251 million searches.

The feature set is quite rich and similar to Searchanise and Instant Search+:

  • Personalized search
  • Autocomplete, auto-correction
  • Suggestions
  • Self-learning search
  • Trending search
  • Search results page in the native theme
  • Dynamic product filters
  • Analytics
  • Merchandising

What makes Klevu stand out from the rest of the solutions is its B2B functionality. Klevu allows you to show the assigned customer group prices in search and hide some search results from specific customer groups. It also supports search by SKU.

The pricing starts from $499/month for Shopify and BigCommerce, and from €499 for Magento.

5. Omega Instant Search

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Omega Instant Search is an intelligent search engine for Shopify, Magento, and WooCommerce. This search application guides your customers through search to instantly deliver precise search results with minimum effort.

The feature set is not as rich as other search apps offer but it still has all the basic functions of intelligent search:

  • Autocomplete
  • Spell correction
  • Fallback search results
  • Custom product filters
  • Store-wide search

The company offers free installation and setup. You won’t need a developer to integrate Omega Instant Search to your eCommerce site. Plus, their team will guide you through the configuration process.

Omega Instant Search is free for stores with up to 500 products. The paid plans start from $9/month.