Improving the MTD parts lookup on your site

Improving the MTD parts lookup on your site
Effective with the November 2013 update, ARI and MTD have made it easier for you to access MTD
data by consolidating the White Outdoor catalog with MTD.
At the end of February 2014, we will globally disable access to White Outdoor as a separate catalog on
your site. If you currently subscribe to White Outdoor, you may need to modify your website. Our goal is
to provide you with enough time to make the necessary changes you need so that your site continues to
operate seamlessly.
Keep the following check list in mind to ensure that your website continues to operate seamlessly for
your customers.
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Redirect links to the correct brand
Modify pricing to accommodate the merged catalog
Map brand codes to your business management system
Remember that search engine results may not function correctly until your site is re-indexed
Redirect links to the correct brand
When you set up your website, you may have created brand specific links to the OEM parts finder. These
links allow users on your site to directly link to a pre-selected brand or model within the parts finder.
Your website already includes some basic brand specific links. For example, when a user clicks OEM
Parts in the top menu bar, then selects White Outdoor, the OEM parts finder automatically pre-selects
White Outdoor as the manufacturer.
You can create links like this in multiple areas of your site. When you do this, you minimize the number
of clicks users need to find the right information. If you have created your own brand-specific links to
White Outdoor, you will need to re-direct those links to the MTD brand.
Modify pricing to accommodate the merged catalog
When you disable White Outdoor as separate brands, pricing is another item you will want to check on
your website to ensure that any unique pricing rules you have set for White Outdoor now applies to the
MTD catalog. You can modify your pricing by accessing the OEM Parts, then Brand Settings section of
your administration tool by:
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using a price file upload template to upload multiple parts
using a matrix to set a dataset specific or global percentage-based price increase
editing a part’s individual price
Keep the following items in mind to manage your pricing.
If you’re …..
You’ll need to make sure that….
Uploading a price file
template
You use MTD in the BrandName column for White Outdoor parts to
correctly apply pricing to these parts. All other part information contained
within the template should still apply.
The pricing you apply to MTD also applies to White Outdoor.
Editing prices using the
matrix
Editing individual parts
You select MTD to search for White Outdoor parts
For more information on how to manage your pricing, refer to the Custom Parts Pricing manual
available within the Training Center section of your Administrative Home page.
Mapping brand codes to your business management system
WebsiteSmart has the capability to integrate to select Business Management Systems (BMS). If your
website integrates with your BMS, make sure you are using the correct MTD (MTD) brand codes. Our
Compass Partners were notified of this consolidation, so that they can also update their systems
accordingly. However, you may need to make minor changes on your end.
Search engine results may temporarily not function correctly
Since you’ve made changes to your site, search engines will need to re-index your site to display the
correct data. This means that when you disable White Outdoor as a separate catalog on your website,
the cached pages and links that display on the search engine results pages will temporarily not function.
This also applies to any analytic tools you are using on your site, since you will receive messages about
an increase in crawl errors as the search engine spiders attempt to load pages and parts diagrams that
are no longer present. These errors will go away as the search engines re-index your website.
Frequently Asked Questions
We just reviewed four key items that you’ll want to check to make sure that your website continues to
operate seamlessly. Below are some additional questions you may still have regarding these catalog
changes.
How will I access White Outdoor after November?
When we updated the November 2013 MTD data, White Outdoor was made available and updated
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within the MTD dataset. The separate White Outdoor was not updated. You can access White Outdoor
from the MTD brand. When you select MTD, users can then search by Model, Part or Product to find the
information you need.
We recommend that you disable White Outdoor as a separate catalog as soon as possible to minimize
any operational inefficiencies that may occur.
Will White Outdoor still display as a separate catalog on my website after November?
Yes, temporarily. At the end of February 2014, we will globally disable access to White Outdoor as
separate catalogs on your site. Our goal is to provide you with enough time to make the necessary
changes you need so that your site continues to operate seamlessly. We encourage you to disable White
Outdoor as a separate catalog before the end of February. To disable the catalog from displaying, follow
the instructions below.
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Log into your WebsiteSmart administration tool.
Click OEM Parts, then Manage Lines to access the Parts: Non-Exclusive Domains page.
Click the Edit icon under the Action column to access the Parts: Lines page.
Select White Outdoor from the Brand selection drop-down to display the available product
lines.
5. Click the checkboxes within the Disable column to remove the catalog and its associated product
lines from displaying on your site. Once selected, the changes automatically save.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to remove any additional brands from displaying.
Does my subscription pricing change?
Yes. At the time of renewal, your White Outdoor subscription will be included in your MTD subscription.
Will combining this data impact the integration to my Business Management System (BMS)?
The White Outdoor (WHT) brand code that you use to integrate with your BMS will no longer exist on
your website at the end of February when we disable White Outdoor as a separate catalog. You will
need to make sure that you are using MTD’s brand code (MTD) instead.
Who can I call if I have any more questions?
Please contact the ARI technical support team at 800-558-9044 if you need additional assistance.
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