High Monkey and Funnelback Launch CVTC Search

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 4/21/2017



Last month, High Monkey wrapped up a project for Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) that implemented Funnelback—an innovative search technology—with their existing Kentico 9 software. This project was the first of its kind for High Monkey and Funnelback in the US. This project integrates Funnelback’s robust search technology with High Monkey’s findability practices to provide CVTC with an easy-to-use, flexible search implementation. Both High Monkey and Funnelback are excited about this project rollout and opportunities to provide the same level of service to other current and future clients.

The project included two critical components to creating a successful solution:

Funnelback Implementation:

Earlier this year, High Monkey proposed CVTC implement Funnelback’s search and analytics tool. The toolset provides a robust search experience and for many organizations like CVTC, it provides deep analytics to assist in better customer understanding and maintain mandated content compliance for their web properties. High Monkey was able to seamlessly integrate the Funnelback search engine into CVTC’s extensive search practices, having already implemented a new strategy to greatly improve their overall search experience and implement a more solid digital content strategy. The inclusion of the Funnelback search engine, allowed both CVTC and High Monkey to further enhance this strategy and provide additional flexibility for future changes and needs.

Kentico Integration

To integrate Funnelback with Kentico’s Content Management System, High Monkey’s team developed custom web parts to crawl the necessary content and display search results on the CVTC website, www.cvtc.edu.

Custom Response

The custom response web part allows data stored in the Kentico database as pages to be output as XML or JSON REST API Feeds. Unlike the out-of-the-box Kentico REST API, these custom feeds integrate with additional metadata schemes setup in the CMS which when delivered can provide search visitors with a much richer contextual navigation process. Each deployed webpart can be configured to provide a specific set of data based on the types of content used in the creation of the CVTC website pages.

Search Display

The search display web part pulls in the search results from the Funnelback system based on visitor searches. This integration allows for full utilization of the comprehensive results display templating from Funnelback while seamlessly displaying in the Kentico website.

 

Learn more about High Monkey's partnership with Funnelback.

Click here for a PDF version of the case study

Below is a screenshot of CVTC's Funnelback search, showing search results for "how to apply": 



 


 

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Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

Posted: 4/21/2017 12:00:00 AM by Brian Haukos | with 0 comments


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