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New Visual Search Feature Launches On Etsy

A new search feature on Etsy now allows shoppers to look for products without typing in any words at all! Learn about it here.
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Brian Wisniach Content Writer
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Seeing is believing. If you’re shopping on Etsy, seeing is also searching.

The e-commerce search game is beginning to evolve again. Etsy, the handmade destination for niche products online, has recently announced a new image search feature for iOS users (with ambitions to release on Android soon.)

Etsy shoppers can now tap a camera icon located in their search bar to take or upload a photo, prompting Etsy to search for related products on a purely visual basis. Whether you’re looking for a color of a product that’s too hard to put into words or a unique accessory that you’re particularly picky about, Etsy’s image search is allowing shoppers to find the product they are looking for without ever typing in a single keyword.

Courtesy of Etsy

We always talk about the importance of keyword research because, traditionally, the words in the search bar are the deciding factors for your product ranking and resulting sales. If nothing else, this is an excellent reminder that listing optimization is just as important as your backend keyword research. Your product images must be high quality, attention-grabbing, and clearly display your product’s features at first glance. 

Your main product image may soon be the primary way shoppers are making purchase decisions!

Etsy by the numbers

100 million+ products

90 million shoppers

70% of Etsy sellers say their income has held steady, if not grown, since the start of the pandemic

This employee-led initiative was built from the ground up to change the way online shoppers search for products. This is a massive leap forward, not only as a tease of future e-comm search technology but also for a marketplace innovating on its strength: hosting unique or hand-crafted products that can be difficult to describe in a few words. 

“One of the things we love most about this feature is that it was developed as part of CodeMosaic, an annual Etsy Hackathon that gives engineers opportunities to flex new skills while building creative solutions to benefit our marketplace and community.”

Will this new search technology catch on in other, larger marketplaces? Time will tell. Regardless, we’ve just witnessed one of the first major players offer visual search capabilities to the e-commerce world, making Etsy truly a sight to behold.

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Brian Wisniach Brian was born to tell stories. With a background in screenwriting and riveting daydreams, Brian brought his love of creative storytelling to the world of e-commerce to bring seller stories to life. Brian is as easygoing as it gets but has an appetite for adventure. If there is a new way of looking at the world, you will find him first in line at the telescope. Don't let his lanky frame fool you, he is awful at basketball.

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