Due to business or legal reasons, it might be necessary to hide some products from particular customer groups, while you still want to sell them to others. Unfortunately, the default Magento platform doesn’t provide this functionality, so you have to rely on appropriate third-party modules. That’s why we’d like to introduce you to Amasty Customer Group Catalog. With the help of this module, you will be able to manage private sales effortlessly. The extension provides the ability to hide pricing from specified customer groups or show custom CMS blocks instead. Alternatively, the module lets you replace the ‘Add to cart’ button with the ‘Call for price’ block, as well as redirect users from hidden pages. Below, we explore Amasty Customer Group Catalog for Magento 2 and 1 in more detail.
The Amasty customer groups Magento 2 module enables merchants to manage access to particular products in the catalog based on the customer segment. After installing the tool, you will be able to differentiate your pricing strategy and make your product offers match different customers’ expectations. The Magento 2 Customer Group Catalog extension helps store owners improve customer service and build trust to their brand.
You can easily leverage the ‘Call for price’ block for increasing sales. The feature is especially useful if you work with products sold via direct contacting visitors and need to differentiate your selling strategy. Also, you can fully streamline it during presales. Besides, you can place a popup window with a Get a Quote form on your web store pages, letting visitors send requests for the product price. This way, you can provide clients with individual offers.
To make your custom CMS blocks more precise, Amasty Customer Group Catalog enables you to utilize variables. Note that you can insert any custom variable into a CMS static block. It can be a website URL, sales department contacts, or hyperlinks to specific pages.
As for CMS pages, you can use them as a final destination while redirecting visitors from a particular group. Alternatively, a 404 page can be utilized. Thus, unregistered customers can get a warning message informing them about the availability of the desired product information to registered visitors only. For instance, it can be a message like “Only registered users can see this product. Please sign in for further information”. It will motivate customers to register. Besides, you can engage them in filling in a retailer or a wholesaler profile, which is especially useful for merchants who work with B2B clients.
With Amasty Customer Group Catalog for Magento 2 and 1, you can perform the following actions on the basis of a customer group:
- Hide product price;
- Hide ‘Add to cart’, ‘Add to wish list’, or ‘Add to compare’ buttons;
- Disable links to product pages;
- Restrict access to product categories;
- Replace price with a custom CMS block or image;
- Provide customers with direct links to products hidden from category pages;
- Redirect users without access.
Also, note that the Amasty customer groups tool is mobile-friendly and compliant with the latest GDPR requirements.
Before we dive deep into the backend of the extension, take a look at the following reviews:
All customer group catalog rules are gathered in a grid that contains the following columns:
- Rule ID;
- Stores (a store view to which the rule is applied);
- Hide Price (Show, Hide, Replace, Replace to request form);
- Allow Direct Links (Allow, Deny);
- Status (Active, Inactive).
You can use filters and apply sorting to find a specific rule.
While editing an existing rule or creating a new one, you have to deal with six tabs of settings: Rule Information, Customer Conditions, Categories, Additional Filtering Options, Product Conditions, and Actions.
In its turn, the Rule Information tab is divided into three sections: General, Date Range, and Customer Groups. In the first section, you enable/disable rule processing (Status – Yes/No), specify the name of the rule, choose store views, and set the rule priority.
The Date Range section lets you activate a time interval when you’d like the rule to be applied.
Next, you choose customer groups to which to apply the rule.
The Customer Conditions tab allows choosing different customer attributes to create conditions for the rule. Note that these conditions can be applied only for logged in visitors.
On the Categories tab, you can see a category tree. Specify category access restriction here.
In Additional Filtering Options, you can select a stock status and configure price range settings. Choose By Price option type (base price, final price, starting from price, or starting to price) and specify minimum and maximum values for the price.
In Product Conditions, you specify filtering options to make the rule more precise. You can use various product attributes.
As for the last tab, it is split between two sections: Display Options and Restriction Action. The first section lets you show or hide categories, products, and prices. Hide Price setting has four options: No, Yes, Replace with text, and Replace to request form. If you decide not to hide the price, the module allows choosing whether to hide Add to Cart button.
Possibility to show/hide Add to Wishlist and Add to Compare buttons is available if you select any of the options for hiding price. If you’d like to replace the price with text, the two additional options appear: Replacement block for product page and Replacement block for categories page.
The Restriction Action tab lets you allow/deny direct links, choose the action on forbid (Redirect to CMS page or Show 404 page), and set redirection for a CMS page.
All CMS pages and blocks are gathered under Content -> Elements -> Pages/Blocks.
All pages are gathered in a grid that contains 17 columns in total:
- URL Key;
- Store View;
- Custom Design From;
- Custom Design To;
- Custom Theme;
- Custom Layout;
- Meta Title;
- Meta Keywords;
- Meta Description;
As for the Blocks grid, it contains the following columns:
- Store View;
You can edit each existing block or page. Besides, each grid interface lets you create a new one. Let’s have a look at the “Call for price” block. It contains the following options: Enable Block; Block Title; Identifier; Store View; Content.
As we have already mentioned, customers can send requests for a product price using a relevant popup. Incoming quote requests are managed from the separate grid called Get a Quote Requests. The grid shows a request ID, a customer’s name, email, and phone, a product ID, comment, store view, date and time when the request was created, and its status.
If you want to see the details of a request and send a reply via email, click on the one in the grid.
Configuration settings of the Amasty Customer Group Catalog module include six tabs: General Settings; Frontend Options; Admin ‘Get a Quote’ Email Notifications; Auto Reply ‘Get a Quote’ Email Options; Developer Options; GDPR Consent.
In General Settings, you enable/disable the extension and select email sender and template for the admin ‘Get a Quote’ reply emails.
Next, in Frontend Options, you can create a text that will be displayed instead of a hidden price, specify custom CSS styles for the link placed instead of price, upload an image that will replace the price, and enter a link URL for Get a Quote form in the appropriate field.
In the next tab related to admin notifications on the quote requests, you choose a recipient of the emails, email sender, and email template.
Then, you can enable/disable auto replies to the quotes sent by customers and select an email sender and email template for automatic responses.
The Developer Options tab allows setting the category item selector when you use a custom Magento theme.
In the last general configuration tab, you can enable GDPR consent requests on your web store, as well as specify the text for these requests.
This is how the mentioned above ‘Call for price’ block is displayed on the frontend:
Example of the restriction for specific color:
Magento 2 Customer Group Catalog 1.5.17
- The necessary functionality for making the module compliant with the latest GDPR EU requirements was added.
Magento 2 Customer Group Catalog 1.4.9
- A new feature added: ‘Get a Quote’ form can be placed on a web page instead of the price, and incoming requests are managed on a separate grid.
- Compatibility with the Amasty Full Page Cache Warmer extension was introduced.
Magento 2 Customer Group Catalog 1.3.2
- The customer index for the Group Catalog Rule was added.
- Compatibility with the Amasty Customer Attributes extension was implemented.
- Magento 2.2 compatibility was introduced.
- The Customer Conditions tab was added.
Magento 2 Customer Group Catalog 1.2.0
- A new feature was added that allows hiding the “Add to cart” button while showing a price.
- A new feature was added that allows setting the priority for the rules.
- Layered navigation filters now exclude restricted products, which results in correct count value.
- Multiple stores can be affected by a rule now.
Amasty offers one of the most reliable and easy-to-use tools for creating customer group catalogs. You can easily hide goods from particular customer groups or motivate visitors to register on your website and collect additional information about them. As for the price of the module, it is quite democratic – $229 for the Magento 2 tool and just $99 for its predecessor.