When building AI Search via Answers Headless or Answers Headless React you can use Visual Autocomplete to surface rich entity results as a user types in your search bar, before they’ve even run their search.
For example, madlibs-style prompts can direct users to a specific vertical that may be most relevant to their search query, such as directing users searching for “iphone 12” towards the “Cell Phones” or “Sales” verticals.
Additionally, you can surface individual entities that may be of interest in autocomplete, like including FAQs or previews of products in the drop down.
Plus, included in the component is the ability to surface recent searches so users can re-run queries they have searched for in the past. And of course, the standard text Query Suggestions will also continue to be available.
Visual Autocomplete is currently available as a sample component in the React Site Search Starter using Answers Headless React. Support for Visual Autocomplete in the Answers Hitchhikers Theme is planned for future releases, so stay tuned.