Levis Germany – Site Search

Good or Bad: ☆

On a product site Search has to be the most important piece of functionality (or at least in the top 3). Therefore it’s worth expending quite a bit of energy getting it right. If people can’t find things then they can’t buy them. You can knock Google as much as you like but they do provide a good search. Used by practically everyone, people increasingly expect all searches to work as well.

On the weekend I was given the details of a pair of jeans in the Levis store in London. Very helpful. Typed ‘Vintage Tide’ into the search and got this:


This is not good. No suggestions of other products, no repetition of the original search term, an ‘off-brand’ typeface and odd choice of language. But perhaps it was just my search terms.

Just to check, I ran a few other searches (click-path below in gallery).

The first was for their Superskinny jeans. Search term was “skinny”. No results.

A search for “superskinny” returned results.

Question: How many users are going to type exactly the right name? Why gamble when the fix is so easy?

The second was a search for “vintage”. The use case here is that we have someone looking for vintage jeans (a lucrative market) but isn’t sure if Levis do any. So it’s simply go to the site and type in ‘vintage’. There’s no mention on the home page.

No results.

But a look in the Collections area of the site reveals that one of the four main sections is Levis Vintage Clothing.

None of these are hard to fix.

I wonder why they insist on pushing vistitors to a domain called when everyone I’ve ever met ever refers to them as Levis. With an ‘s’. They own the domain.


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Category: Bad, Digital, Service


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