Recommend Products on Specific Dates

This guide shows you how to use WooCommerce Product Recommendations to recommend seasonal products on specific dates.

Use this merchandizing strategy to increase your store’s average order value. For maximum impact, recommend low-cost items and/or pair your offers with coupons.

To help you understand this technique, we’ll show you how to add a Feel The Holiday Spirit block of product recommendations to your store’s Checkout page.

“Feel The Holiday Spirit” recommendations.

Plugins/Extensions Used ↑ Back to top

Configuration ↑ Back to top

Create a “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine ↑ Back to top

  1. Create an Engine
    • Go to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Engines and click Create new.
    • Under Title, enter “Feel The Holiday Spirit”.
    • Choose the Generic Engine Type.
  2. Add Filters
    • Locate the Filters section in the Engine Configuration panel.
    • Add a Category Filter.
    • Select in and then add one or more categories in the last field. Here, we added the Christmas category.
    • Add a Price filter.
    • Select < in the first dropdown.
    • In the last field, enter a price. In this example, we entered 30 to recommend products cheaper than 30$.
  3. Save the Engine

    Click the Create button to save the Engine you just created.

Creating the "Feel The Holiday Spirit" Engine
Creating the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine.

Deploy the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine ↑ Back to top

  1. Deploy the Engine

    Click Deploy now in the message that appears after saving the Engine. Altenatively:

    • Navigate to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Locations.
    • Search for and select the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine.
    • Click the Deploy button.
  2. Configure Display Settings
    • In the Title field, enter “Feel The Holiday Spirit”. This will be displayed above the recommended products.
    • Select a number of Product columns and Product rows for the product recommendations. Use the default settings to display a single row of 4 products.
  3. Choose Location

    Select the Location where you’d like the recommendations to appear. Here, we chose Checkout > After Checkout Form .

  4. Add Visibility Conditions

    To offer the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” recommendations on specific dates:

    • Go to the Visibility Conditions section.
    • Add a Date condition.
    • Select >=.
    • Choose a start date. Here, we selected December 15th, 2019.
    • Add another Date condition.
    • Select <.
    • Choose an end date. Here, we selected January 15th, 2020.

    Deploying the "Feel The Holiday Spirit" Engine
    Deploying the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine.
  5. Finalize the Deployment

    Click Deploy to deploy this Engine to the specified Location.

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Making Changes ↑ Back to top

To edit the configuration of the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine:

  1. Navigate to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Engines.
  2. Locate and Edit the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine.
  3. Update the Engine to save your changes.
Once you have saved an Engine, it is no longer possible to change its Engine Type.

To edit the Display Settings, Location, or Visibility Conditions of your recommendations:

  1. Navigate to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Locations.
  2. Go to the Checkout section.
  3. Click the After Checkout Form Location tab.
  4. Expand the Engine deployment and make changes as needed.
  5. Save your changes.

If you have only deployed a few Engines on your site, you may find it easier to locate and edit the Engine deployment by navigating to WooCommerce > Recommendations > Locations > Overview.

Editing the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine.
Editing the “Feel The Holiday Spirit” Engine Deployment.

Tips ↑ Back to top

Pair Your Offers with Coupons ↑ Back to top

For greater impact, pair your recommendations with a coupon. To communicate your offer effectively, enter all necessary details in the Display Settings > Description field. Don’t forget the coupon code!

Don’t Overdo It ↑ Back to top

Adding many recommendations to the same page or Location may reduce their impact and harm your store’s conversion rate.

For this reason, Product Recommendations allows you to limit the maximum number of recommendation blocks offered per Location. To control this, navigate to WooCommerce > Settings > Recommendations and adjust the Recommendation Blocks Limit option. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to keep this value low, between 1 and 3.

Remember that the extension prioritizes Engine deployments according to their relative position in the WooCommerce > Recommendations > Locations > [Page] > [Location] list.

Try to position your best-performing Engine deployments higher, especially if you have entered a low value in the Recommendation Blocks Limit option. The Reports built into the extension will help you identify and prioritize the Engine deployments that perform better than others in the same Location.

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