One year ago this month we launched our Varatys website and brand.
It has been a fabulous year filled with advancements to our virtual designer, our brand new “Use Your Own Photo” feature, the introduction of tile patterns, our attendance at Coverings, Surfaces, and the International Builders Show, and so much more!
Take a look at our year in review to see highlights of what we've accomplished:
We have a lot of exciting projects and virtual designer updates brewing for the next twelve months! Be sure to subscribe to our blog and emails to keep up to date on all of our happenings.
Check out all the great features that we offer in our Varatys Virtual Designer to assist you in closing the deal below! Click on an icon to learn more.
In May we launched the Varatys Virtual Designer 2.0, at that time we promised to keep you up to date on any additional features. We are excited to announce that we have made substantial updates to our virtual designer.
New Visualizer User Interface
Our new visualizer user interface allows the user to click on a surface (i.e. Floor) and the product tab changes to show the available options.
This change will allow the user to stay within one area instead of moving all over the screen just to add grout or apply a tile pattern, simplifying the process.
New Sub-Category Product Collection Menu
With just a click of that button you can see all the different products within the selected surface drop down from the surfaces menu.
In the new tab user interface there is a “More Options” button when more categories are available for a particular surface. You can also access the sub-category product collection menu by clicking on “show options” in the blue bar below the surfaces. From that point, a user can view products within that collection.
Introducing Brand New Tile Patterns
We’ve been listening very closely to our clients and one of the top requests this year has been to include tile patterns. We are ecstatic to finally announce that we have completed that task.
Once you choose your desired tile in the “Select a Product” tab, you can click on the “Product Options” tab to scroll through and choose your pattern and grout color. The tile sizes are listed in the tile pattern thumbnail. This is a huge advancement! Your users can create a myriad of different patterns with your products or our Varatys generic tiles.
New “One Click Away” Product Detail View
Users are now only “one click away” from accessing your product information. Product thumbnails now have a magnifying feature that will allow the user to get a quick view of the product details.
The user can print the product, access your purchase link (if applicable), view the product on a photo, share it on Facebook, and/or Pinterest.
New Product Detail e-commerce Purchase Link
We’ve been brainstorming how to incorporate more e-commerce tools into the Varatys Virtual Designer. You can now supply links on the Product Detail page. When clicked, a pop-up browser will appear to your website, allowing your users to purchase samples on your website. (This is an optional feature.)
In our example, the link supplied by Benjamin Moore & Co. leads the user to the Benjamin Moore website. Once on their website, the user can then buy samples using the Benjamin Moore purchase system.
With our new Product Detail view your users will always be “one click away” from purchasing your product samples.
New Room Scenes
We have added 24 new room scenes varying from bedrooms to commercial settings! Contact us for a full listing of our room scenes.
New Products: Siding, Masonry, and Roofing
The Varatys Virtual Designer is now offering siding, masonry, and roofing assets. This gives your users more flexibility and options for exterior photos.
To obtain a PDF with all of this information, please download our free ebook!
For more information on The Varatys Virtual Designer, please contact us and we'd be happy to assist you. Don't forget to try out our demo on our "Try Me" page! Let us know what you think.
My Move launched the new Varatys Virtual Designer 2.0 this week, as well as, a brand new logo and website! About 40 million people move each year in the U.S. My Move understands what an emotional roller-coaster moving can be and all the stress that goes along with it. They offer stress-busting checklists, reminders, tools, inside tips and deals. My Move has a resource for every aspect of the move process: planning, packing & moving, and settling in.
With the new Varatys Virtual Designer embedded on My Move’s website, you can settle in with ease. Personalizing your new apartment or house will make it feel like home in no time. The My Move Virtual Room Design Tool comes equipped with a wide selection of Benjamin Moore Paints, ceramic tile, hardwood floors, and carpets to choose from. You can virtually assemble your design dreams from your home computer or iPad/tablet. You can share ideas with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Pinterest. With all the fantastic resources that My Move offers, settling in will be fun and stress-free.
Check out My Move’s new website and Virtual Room Designer today! Tell us what you think.
We are very excited to announce that Boral Roofing has launched the new Varatys Virtual Designer 2.0. Boral's TileVision shows customers how they can enhance the beauty and value of their homes in a few simple clicks.
Embedding the Varatys Virtual Designer 2.0 allows Boral’s application to be viewed on an iPad/tablet. We’ve also added a sleek user-interface, detailed product catalog descriptions, and social media integration.
Check it out for yourself today!
HomeFurnishings.com is a decorating and home furnishings shopping adviser that offers free expert advice, tools, inspiration, and tips on where to buy furniture. They give you one-click access to your preferred retailer's information page, providing location information and hours, highlights from their store and information about current promotions and financing opportunities. HomeFurnishings.com is the perfect match for our Varatys Virtual Designer.
HomeFurnishings.com has recently adapted our newest version of our virtual designer that offers a new, modern interface with updated photo collections and featured products. With the Varatys Virtual Designer, consumers can design interior or exterior scenes to their unique specifications, try interesting combinations, and/or browse the Product Catalog for inspiration. They can then print, email, and/or save their designed photos for reference on their next decorating project. Try it for yourself!
Check out HomeFurnishings.com’s website and newest blog that features the Varatys Virtual Designer. Having a virtual designer on your website helps your consumers take their ideas and turn them into a reality.
For more information on our virtual designer please visit our website, try out our demo, and/or contact our team!
We have been making tremendous updates to our Varatys Virtual Designer since its spring release. One of our biggest improvements isn’t seen in the actual application but instead in the analytics report.
We have integrated social media analytics! Your company can now see how many people pinned images to Pinterest, shared your virtual designer on Facebook, and Tweeted about their experience. Social media plays a huge role in product awareness, branding, business development, and lead gathering. Having a virtual designer embedded on your website will allow your customers to undergo a more interactive product awareness experience. It will also allow your customers to create a digital buzz for your company. By sharing their projects they will give their friends and followers a link to your website that has the potential to gain more leads and traffic.
As new updates are added to the virtual designer we will continue to update your analytic reports. Currently our analytics report outputs data on the following:
Average Session Length
Number of Projects Saved
Number of Tweets
Number of Facebook Posts
Number of Pinterest Pins
Number of Sessions
Contact our team today to find out how your company can add a virtual designer to your website!
We are very excited to share the newest update to the Varatys Virtual Designer. We are now offering a new search feature on our Product Catalog and our Visualizer pages. Adding search makes the Varatys Virtual Designer more user-friendly and consumer driven. Instead of browsing through each product you and your customers can now search by a specific property. For example, if I wanted to see all the Benjamin Moore purple paint options available I can just type in “purple” and search for it.
Our search feature browses the entire category and not just one collection. This is an added bonus because it exposes you and your customers to more options that they might not have looked for. Check it out for yourself today!
Contact our team to learn more about the Varatys Virtual Designer and how easy it is to implement it into your website.
We are very excited to announce that Nortex launched the newest version of our Varatys Virtual Designer last week. The application allows customers to access their iDesign Virtual Room Design Tool from iPads and Android tablets. The sleek new modern interface gives the tool a clean and polished look blending seamlessly into Nortex’s website aesthetic.
Nortex Industries is proud to be one of the leading machine-made carpet manufacturers in Georgia. They specialize in providing carpeting solutions for the hospitality, corporate, and residential market segments. Nortex’s product line consists of tufted and nylon printed carpets, as well as, Wilton and Axminster carpets. They produce carpets in nylon, polyester, blends, and imported wools. Time after time, Nortex has shown their ability to deliver a consistent product on time and is backed by their strengths in product development and manufacturing.
Nortex’s iDesign application displays their product catalog with amazing detail. Customers can now browse through Nortex’s product categories, display a detailed shot of each product image, and with ease design a custom space from the luxury of their living rooms.
Try Nortex’s application for yourself by visiting their website. You can choose to start off by designing a room or browsing Nortex’s product catalog. Let us know what you think!
Happy 4th of July from Varatys! We hope that your BBQs are bountiful, your fireworks are bright, and your summer home improvement projects are successful.
If you haven’t already done so, check out our Virtual Designer 2.0 on our Try Me page. Adding a virtual designer to your company website can assist your customers in better buying decisions. They can place your products on designer room scenes, save it, print it out, and/or share it on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.
Our Virtual Designer 2.0 is made to work on iPads and Android tablets! Your sales staff can go on the road without the bulk and hassle of a laptop. Implementing our Virtual Designer 2.0 takes just three easy steps:
Step 1: Choose your personalization options and send us your room scenes and product images. We have a wide range of our own room scenes and generic products that come included in the subscription, a great way to add value to the tool.
Step 2: Sit back while we personalize, brand, and build your Virtual Designer.
Step 3: Receive your line of URL code and embed it in your website.
Your users will love to view your product catalog in this modern, innovative, and interactive format. Check it out today and contact our team for a personal demo.
Yesterday we told you about the Kingschest's application of the Varatys Virtual Designer. Today we have even more exciting news to share. Kingschest and the Varatys Virtual Designer were featured in Asian Age in an article entitled: "Get shady with virtual designer".
Here is a clip from the article:
"Rajat Nagrath, CEO of kingschest.com, says, “The application is called virtual home designer and here you can select different kinds of rooms that you want to design. It is a virtual interior designer and you can choose from different types of floors, ceilings, walls and trims. It allows you to try out all the combinations of colours, fabrics and materials for the room that you are planning to renovate or design.”
In India, mostly people don’t go to an interior decorator for styling their homes and try to renovate or design it by themselves. This application gives them a clear idea of how different combinations of various colours and patterns in a room would look in real life. Rajat informs, “We are developing this application further so the user can connect to an expert and get tips on decorating the rooms. We are also planning to start an upholstery section and people can check how they can match it with their interiors.”" (N. Shrivastava, 6/24/12)
To find out more about Kingschest and their application of the Varatys Virtual Designer visit their Success Story on our website!