AUSTIN, Texas, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopgate, Inc., the leading cloud-based shopping app platform, announced today the addition of iOS Spotlight Search as part of the SaaS platform's offerings. Beginning immediately, Shopgate merchants will be able to index their apps and products in Apple's Spotlight search for iOS 9 or later, meaning that every search a consumer makes on their iOS device will yield relevant in-app results.
Apple's new search API for iOS 9 incentivizes an app-focused mobile ecosystem, leading a push against original web-based methodologies. With Shopgate's new feature, Apple users will be able to search for uninstalled apps in Spotlight search, as well as products and other content for installed apps. Shopgate continues to pursue an aggressive development strategy, adding the most up-to-date technologies to provide optimum searchability for client apps and mobile websites.
Indexed app pages will be surfaced through both a search in Spotlight or Siri. Spotlight Suggest will also show results in Safari as a user types in a query into the address bar before hitting enter, which means users may be directed to a deep link before getting a Google search result. Given that the majority of SEO strategies in the past have been Google-centric, this is important shift for mobile marketers.
"More search queries took place on mobile devices than desktop in 2015," says Casey Gannon, Shopgate's Vice President of Marketing. "Shopgate aims to provide our merchants with top ranking results, and Apple Search is a key part of our overall mobile SEO strategy for our clients. This is about bringing continued convenience to the end user resulting in higher conversions and revenue for our clients. "
Spotlight indexing will be available in Shopgate's enterprise package.
Shopgate is an award-winning mobile commerce platform that enables more than 12,000 merchant customers in five countries with over 150 million unique app visitors per year. Shopgate's leading SaaS platform enables online retailers to easily create, maintain and optimize native apps and mobile websites for the iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets. Shopgate uses cutting-edge features such as one-click payments, mobile coupons, push notifications, QR scanners and a revolutionary ad scanner for images. Shopgate was founded in Germany by Andrea Anderheggen, Ortwin Kartmann and Dieter Kartmann in 2009 and has a team of more than 200 employees in Europe and the U.S. It has recently been discussed in several media as one of the fastest growing mobile commerce platforms in the world.
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SOURCE Shopgate Inc.