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Examples for Personalization and Targeting

The following pages show a few examples to better understand how things can be achieved with the Pimcore targeting engine.

All mentioned rules here are configured and set up in our demo and can be tested there.

Visitor Profiling

The result of the ongoing profiling process is a set of target groups, that are assigned with a certain assignment relevance to the current visitor. So visitor profiling rules are always some conditions that result in assignment of an target group.

Learning about customer interests based on behaviour

Assign Target Groups to Documents

If there is a document, directly associate this document with a target group.

Tenant Switches Settings

Every time a visitor visits that page, it gets the technical-guy target group assigned. Since one visit might be a coincidence, multiple visits might hint for a technical interest of that visitor. To filter out the coincidence visitors, a threshold can be defined at the target group. So not before the third visit, the target group is actually assigned to the visitors profile.

Technical Guy Settings

For a real-life example please have a look at our public demo instance.

Global Targeting Rules with simple Conditions & Actions

Regular visits in a certain shopping category (e.g. football) indicate an interest in football. To track that information, add a global targeting rule with a URL condition and an action to assign the corresponding target group.

To eliminate coincidence visits, e.g. an additional time on site condition can be added, like at the profiling_football targeting rule at the demo.

Technical Guy Settings

The action should be executed on every request that matches the criteria - so use the scope Hit here. By doing so, the assignment count of the target group gets increased every time and so a certain relevance for the target groups can be identified - e.g. visitor is more interested in football that in basketball.

Guessing customer characteristics based on behaviour

Global Targeting Rule with more complex Conditions

Similar to the category interest tracking, customer characteristics like favorite color or even gender can be guessed. To do so, add for example a targeting rule that tracks product filtering for blue products and assigns corresponding target groups like the profiling_blue-lover rule does in the demo.

Profiling Blue Lover

Classify customers based on behaviour

Identify regular customers

In addition to collecting customer characteristics, you also could classify customers based on number of orders they made. For example once a new customer creates an additional order, it becomes a regular customer. See the profiling_regular-customer rule in the demo for details.

Classify Regular Customer

In this case, it is important that the action is executed only once. Therefore choose Visitor as scope.

Scope to Visitor

These are only a few simple examples for visitor profiling with Pimcores targeting engine.

Personalize Content

Personalize content using global targeting rules

Redirect visitor to a certain landing page

One example for content personalization is to redirect a visitor to a special landing page that is answering this questions. In our demo the example personalize_redirect-to-landingpage redirects visitors with language german that visited 5 pages on our website to a landing page.

Redirect to Landingpage

Of course this should happen not after every hit but only once per session, so scope is set to session.

Inject special content to mobile visitors

Another use case could be, that special users (e.g. mobile users from a certain country) should see a slightly different layout. See the personalize_device-mobile rule of our demo how this can be archived by injecting additional CSS code to the page.

Inject CSS

Personalized content documents

The most common and most flexible way to customize content is to create customized variants of documents for certain target groups. See Create Personalized Content and Deliver Personalized Content for details.

In our demo several different variants of the portal page are set up - e.g. for target groups football, basketball, handball and others. Just try archive the corresponding target groups and see what happens.

Personalized Variant for Basketball