Interests and user profiling

  Written by The Jahia Team
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Being able to draw a meaningful portrait of visitors based on what they have done or seen and then refining the progressive profiling with each visit until you are able to engage via a personalized conversation, without bothering the visitor with direct questions, is one of the main dreams for marketers. That is what Marketing Factory allows marketers to do with the interests feature.

With Marketing Factory, you can assign interest tags on your content pages and assign them a value (or scoring weight) to each interest tag you are applying. These interests are collected and stored in the visitor profiles as they navigate through your pages, silently creating a comprehensive profile.

This chapter describes how the interests mechanism work and contains step-by-step instructions to assign interests tags. Finally, it provides some examples of usage and best practices recommendations.

1 Interest definition

In Marketing Factory, an interest is defined by a string (one or several words) and a numerical value (the weight).

2 What is the interest or interests?

The “interests” mechanism allows you to perform an implicit classification of your audience and define certain characteristics based on what the visitors have seen. For instance, defining whether a user is more interested in technical or marketing content, if he is interested in a certain type of products versus another, a certain look and feel, etc.

3 How interests are collected?

Whenever a visitor hits a page that contains one or several interests, Marketing Factory stores this information into the visitor profile.

If the interest does not exist yet in the visitor profile, Marketing Factory will add this entry and the scoring weight value defined in the visited page. (By default, the value is 1)

If the interest already exists in the visitor profile, Marketing Factory will simply add the weight value of the current page to the existing total already stored in the profile.

4 On what content can interests tags be applied?

Interests can be applied on pages and on any content items that can be rendered in full page (news, articles, press release, product sheet, etc.). Those content types depend on your particular website and how they have been implemented. If you do not know this list already, simply ask your webmaster to share this list with you.

In Digital Factory, a page with all its content is not a single object but a collection of multiple items. When a visitor views a page, Marketing Factory will collect the interests’ values that are assigned to that page (the item identified in the URL and displayed as a page) but not all the values for all the items that compose the page.

5 Is the list of interests imposed or limited?

Marketing Factory provides a feature you can use the way you want, depending on your needs and particular strategy.

  • The software does not impose its own schema of analysis nor its own pre-defined list of interests and does not limit the number of interests you can use on your site.
  • Marketing Factory does not need you to prepare in advance a list of interests or pre-declare them to be able to flag your site pages. In fact, the interests feature is the most agile you can find on the market today.

6 Assigning an interest

As interests must be applied on pages, this operation is done directly in Digital Factory Edit Mode.

Select a page in the site tree and right-click > Edit.

Or select an item inside a page that does not appear directly into your site map but can be rendered as full page like, for instance, a news item.

In the form dialog that appears, activate the interest section by checking the box.

The section expands:

Click the “Add” button. A line appears. Simply type the name of the interest that Marketing Factory will collect if a visitor comes to that page.

If you do not specify a value, Marketing Factory will assume that the value is 1.

To give a higher weight to the interest, simply add a colon followed by the numeric value you want; for example, Tennis:5.

You can add as many interests on a given page as necessary by repeating the procedure.

Save the edit dialog at the end.

You must publish your page(s) to start collecting interests you have declared. Marketing Factory does not need any other setting or configuration; it starts to collect the interests as soon as they are available in pages that are accessible to visitors.

7 Viewing interests in the visitor profile

In any visitor profile page, you can see a section named “User Interests”.

That section shows a graphic with the eight most important interests of this visitor. Thanks to this graph, you can see the visitor profile portrait at a glance.

By hovering your mouse over the different interests, you can see the number of points collected for each of those interests.

8 Interests collection consistency

For consistency reasons, interests are collected only once per page and per visit (session). This rule applies to avoid distorting profiles with non-relevant behaviors, such as automatic page refresh or users coming back during this navigation session not because they have a particular interest but for a simple navigation purpose. By eliminating this “data noise”, the results are much more relevant because if a visitor comes back later to re-visit your site and goes on pages he has already seen during his previous visits, chances are that there is a particular interested in them.

9 How to use interests?

  1. Interests can be used as conditions for personalization.
  2. Interests can be used as conditions for segmentation.
  3. Interests can be used as conditions for user extraction.
  4. Interests can be used for automation. If interest A is higher than X (where X is a figure you choose), then send an email to a sales representative. If interest B is higher than X, then assign it to a list. If interest C is higher than X, then copy this data into Salesforce, etc.