|Thu Sept 8 2016 15:08:39|
Play the Marketplace Search Game
By: Ina Steiner
One issue that frequently comes up in the EcommerceBytes blogs is the consistency of search results on the major online marketplaces - eBay especially. This discussion has sparked an idea for a regular feature where we ask you, the contestant to:
REPORT YOUR SEARCH RESULTS
Here's how it works. Periodically, we will post five search terms in a survey that we will ask you to copy and paste into a marketplace's search box. For each search term, you provide us with the number of results that came back.
We'll report back the results so you can see if the same searches come back with consistent results, or if some people see wildly varying numbers.
The survey is located here
. Feel free to pass this link around. We'll report the results in the aggregate. We'll also be looking for your feedback on the survey design for future "games."
The results should elicit some interesting insight into search. We think this could make for a fun, and insightful recurring feature on EcommerceBytes.
Thanks for playing!
: You can find the results in this post
. Some of the comments below provide additional insight - such as, does the order of the words in a search query change the results eBay returns? Great observations.