Content Meter Listening

Consider the use case where the content of your subscription website is free to paying subscribers, and you would like to give non-subscribers a taste of what is in there. To implement this you will have to keep track of the pages that visitors see, how many they have already seen, and in what timeframe.

Content Meter listening to the rescue! The BlueConic Content Meter listener is very flexible in metering visitors and can fire events that will trigger dialogues, for example to warn or block visitors when they reach configured limits.

Configuring the Content Meter listener

Meter settings

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Select a target segment if you only want profiles associated to that segment to be metered. This can come in handy for A/B testing or segmented metering. 

Segmented metering will only work when the segments are exposed. You can switch this on by going to Settings > Privacy and checking the Expose Segments checkbox.

Set the "Expire At" number to the number of metered views that should trigger the "views exceeded" dialogue. For example, setting it to 9 will allow the visitor 8 metered views and the 9th view will trigger a "views exceeded" dialogue. Activate "Meter unique pages only" to increase the view count only for each unique page viewed, viewing the same page twice will not increase the view count. Deactivate the option if you want to have the view count increased even when reloading a page already viewed.

"Reset after" provides two options: "Rolling window" of the number of days you specify, or "Calendar Month."

Activate the "Throw events once per meter reset" option to get events thrown only once until the next reset, as opposed to having them thrown every time they occur.

Include rules

Typically, not all content on a website should be metered. The include and exclude rules let you define which content should or shouldn't be increasing the metered view count.

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Include rules allow you to set the number to be added to the views (typically "1"), and the conditions under which this should occur. You can use the information from the URL, from the Referrer page, from the Content Area on the page, or from a JavaScript variable on the page to make your selection.

Exclude rules

Exclude rules define when counting views should be skipped - either for all the following views, or the first X views when the rule is matched. Exclude rules take precedence over include rules. 

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In the example above metered views aren't counted for visitors coming from Google or Facebook.

Profile Properties

Dialogues can display profile property values. The Content Meter can store view numbers in profile properties so they can be used in the text of a dialogue, for example in the sentence "You have X free articles left."

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Assign the profile properties you want to contain the view metering values.

Extra events

The Content Meter can throw specific events so your dialogues can trigger on them. Three extra events "Bottom Range," "Middle Range," and "Top Range" can also be thrown, based on the number of views you set.

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In the example above for the Bottom Range Event, if the number of views is 1, 2, or 3, the event will be thrown. 

Events on the dialogue When tab

With Content Meter listening active, dialogues will have lots of Content Meter options available on the "When" tab:

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For example, the event activated above will make sure the dialogue appears on the last allowed metered view, just before the "Views Exceeded" event kicks in on the next metered view. Below an overview of the events:

Content Meter View Count Events
First View This event will be thrown on the visitor's first view of a metered article, either for a first visit, or after a reset on a repeat visit.
View 2, ..., View 9 This event will be thrown on the second, third, etc. view of a metered article, taking into account whether or not only unique pages should be metered. Note that the last allowed view event will not be thrown as "View X", but as "Last View" described below.
Last View This event will be thrown on the last allowed view (i.e. view count is lower than the "Expire at" setting) of a metered article, taking into account whether or not only unique pages should be metered.
Views Exceeded This event will be thrown when the view count of metered articles is equal to or higher than the "Expire at" setting.
Content Meter Status Events
Already Viewed Article This event is thrown when an article has already been metered and viewed.
Excluded Article This event is thrown when an article is being excluded from metering.
Content Meter Extra Events
Bottom Range This event is thrown when the view count is in the Bottom Range Event numeric range. For example, "Between 1 and 3 views" encompasses view counts of 1, 2, and 3.
Middle Range This event is thrown when the view count is in the Middle Range Event numeric range. For example, "Between 4 and 6 views" encompasses view counts of 4, 5, and 6.
Top Range This event is thrown when the view count is in the Top Range Event numeric range. For example, "Between 7 and 9 views" encompasses view counts of 7, 8, and 9.

 

Events can be thrown simultaneously. For example, the events "View 2," "Already Viewed Article," and "Bottom Range" can all be thrown at the same time. For this reason, it's best to keep a consistent strategy across dialogues, either at the page level or using the range event settings, but probably not both.

Privacy management

Listeners can be added to Objectives, allowing for privacy management of the information that is being picked up. The listener will only update a profile if the visitor consented to at least one of the objectives that it is linked to.