The web tracking script is used to track a contact’s web page views in which the sequence of pages are pre-defined. This pre-defined sequence is known as a “web funnel.”
A web funnel in this context is different than the usual web funnels defined by web analytic reporting tools. Here, web funnels are very short, comprising typically of two page views: the page at the entrance of the funnel and the page at the exit of the funnel. An example of this type of web funnel is where the funnel entrance is the shopping cart order review page where the products are all in the basket, the shipping and billing information has already been entered and all the visitor has to do is click the [Submit] button to place the order. The exit of the web funnel is the “Thank You” page that immediately follows.
Shopping carts are only one type of web funnel. Another example of a web funnel would be a contact filling out a multi-page profile form for a financial investment company, or a membership form for an online social site.
The Funnels tab lets you define a web funnel directly in this form. You can track additional funnels simply by clicking the [Add Funnel] and entering the additional details.Click to view larger image
- Name – Enter the name for your web funnel. The name of the funnel will be referenced when you create a segment based on Funnel activity. It will also be referenced in the Web Page Event workflow trigger.
- Timeout – Enter an integer between 10 and 90 minutes. The timeout period is used to determine an “abandoned” funnel.
- Start Page URL – Enter the URL of the web page that signifies the beginning of the web funnel. When a contact views this web page, the web tracking script will record the contact’s funnel session as having “started.”
- End Page URL – Enter the URL of the web page that signifies the completion of the web funnel. When a contact views this web page after starting a funnel session, the web tracking script will automatically update the contact’s funnel session as having been “completed.” If a contact’s web funnel session has started, but the contact has not viewed the End Page URL and no further site activity is detected after the Timeout period, then the contact’s web funnel session will be automatically changed to “Abandoned.”
- Funnel Tag – The value you enter here will be used to reference items passed as funnel line items when displaying personalization within an email Content.
- Funnel Line Items – Pass items here as an array to the web tracking script that will be later on used for personalization within an email Content. In the example above, the shopping cart has stored the description, the URL to the product page, the URL to the product image, and a more descriptive definition to the product as separate arrays. Each array previously stored by the shopping cart is accessed and then passed as its own array to the web tracking script where it will be retrieved by personalization tags specific to the items in the funnel.
- description – a short description of the product
- page_url – the URL to the product page. If using funnel tracking for a membership form, provide the URL of the page where the contact last left off.
- image_url – the URL of the product image
- html – any additional HTML coding that will appear in the personalization.
Web Funnel Status
When a contact enters a web funnel then a new record is created for that contact’s session in the web funnel. A contact’s funnel session will have one of the following statuses at any point in time:
- Started – when a contact views the web page that has been defined as the start of a web funnel, then contact’s funnel status is set to “started”.
- Completed – when a contact starts a web funnel and then views the web page that has been defined as the end of the web funnel, then the contact’s funnel session is updated to “completed”.
- Abandoned – when a contact starts a web funnel but never finishes it AND there are no further page views beyond the timeout setting, then the contact’s funnel session updated to “abandoned”.
When a contact’s web funnel status is “abandoned”, then no further funnel session records are created for that contact. Only after the contact returns to the abandoned funnel and finishes it will a new funnel session record be created. This business rule is in place to protect you from “serial abandoners” — people who purposely abandon carts in order to receive more and more enticing offers to complete their purchases.
- Recovered – when a contact abandons a web funnel and subsequently returns to the same funnel to complete it, then the contact’s funnel sstatus is updated to “recovered”.