Implementing Algolia made Balinea's search solution 100X faster. Their initial search solution provided results in about 10s. With Algolia, over 90% of their results are returned in under 10ms. “Our Product Manager actually told me that the search was too fast!,” laughs Jeremy. In fact, Jeremy and team wanted to see if they could make their results even faster and switched to instantsearch.js in January this year.”
For a small team like Balinea, having the bandwidth to grow their business and explore new avenues is very important. Jeremy attributes a significant part of their growth to the instant-searchability they acquired after implementing Algolia. “Before January 2016. We saw a steady customer conversion rate of 20-25% year on year but after Algolia, we see an average of 45%. This can definitely be attributed in part, to our fast searchability and relevance. Of course this figure varies month on month depending on the season, but it's amazing!,” says Jeremy.
He further goes on to say “For our customers, it's a perfect solution. They're able to find relevant results at their fingertips. Initially the team did take some time to adjust to switching from an open-source solution to Algolia, but it's been worth it.”