Profile Properties

In various parts of BlueConic, you work with profile properties - the building blocks of visitor profiles. In More > Profile Properties you can manage these profile properties.

Organizing and managing profile properties

All existing profile properties are shown in a navigation list. You can restrict the listed profile properties by searching and filtering. You can even modify the columns displayed. See "Object Navigation" for an in-depth discussion of the navigation list and its options.

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Creating a profile property

To create a new profile property, click on the [Add profile property] button on the top right of the page.

Define the following settings for a profile property:

Setting Description
ID The internal identifier for the profile property. The identifier must be unique for each profile property. A valid ID may consist of letters, numbers, hyphens (-), and underscores (_) and must be at least one character long. Once saved, the ID can not be modified.
Name This is the human readable text that appears for the profile property wherever it appears in the BlueConic user interface.
Description A short description of the profile property.
Labels Assign any number of text labels to the profile property for grouping or easy retrieval.
Segmentation Specify whether the profile property will show up in the Segments tab for segmentation or not. If you do not show the profile property in the Segments tab, you cannot use it in a segment definition.
Type Specifies the data type of the profile property. The options are:
  • Text — The value stored in the profile property is in text format. Valid entries include any type of text. Examples: ブルークルー, Blue Crew 
  • Email address — The value contains a valid email address.
    Example: anyuser@domain.com
  • Number — The value stored in the profile property is in numerical format: 0 to 9 and -. If you select this format, select the units for the number below. The maximum number that can be held by BlueConic is 2,147,483,647. Examples: 1234 and -9876
  • Decimal — The value contains numbers from 0 to 9, - and . with a maximum of 4 decimal places. Examples: 12.3456 and -98
  • Currency — The value contains numbers from 0 to 9, - and .. If you select this format, you can select from over 150 currencies, with the corresponding units. Examples: 12.34 and -98.76.
  • Date time — The value stored in the profile property is in Unix millisecond timestamp format: the number of milliseconds since 1-1-1970 UTC. Example: 1538073598692 represents September 27th, 2018 6:39:58 PM UTC

Note: If you set these data types, BlueConic will enforce them. Once there is at least one profile with a value for the profile property, you can no longer change the data type (except for "Text" profile properties, which can be changed to the type "Email address" at all times). Learn more about validating and enforcing data types in profile properties.

Default values Enter default values for the profile property. These values will be available for building segments — even when no values have been added by listeners to visitor profiles yet.

 

  • Click [Save] to permanently save the profile property

Expert Settings

The expert settings for a profile property control the privacy level of the property and what happens to the value of a profile property during a merge when two or more profiles are merged. You can also assign a unique identifier to a profile property that aids in the retrieving of property values using the BlueConic API.
If you aren't sure about how to configure these settings, it's best to leave them at the default value or ask your consultant.

Setting Description
Permission Level Specifies what visitor permission level is minimally needed to use the profile property. The visitor permission  level is used by the Opt in - Opt out interaction to determine whether a visitor's browsing experience is personal or anonymous. There are two options:

  • Level 1 — The profile property can only store anonymous data.
  • Level 2 — The profile property can store personal data such as an email address or telephone number.
Merge Strategy Specifies what to do with the value of the profile property if the visitor's profile is merged with another profile. See Profile merging for complete information on profile merging. You have the following options:

  • Value of current profile — The value of the property in the current visitor profile is kept. The current profile is the one the visitor was actively using at the time of the merge.
  • Keep both — The values from both profile properties are kept.
  • Most recently updated value — Keeps the value that was last set.
  • Sum — (number, decimal, and currency only) The values from the two matching profile properties are added together.
  • Highest — (number, decimal, and currency only) Keep the highest number from the visitor profiles as the value.
  • Lowest — (number, decimal, and currency only) Keep the lowest number from the visitor profiles as the value.
  • Most recent date — (date time only) Compare both date values and keep the most recent one.
  • Oldest date — (date time only) Compare both date values and keep the most recent one.
Unique Identifier A unique identifier that can be used to retrieve profiles with a specific value for a property, for example, an email address. The unique identifier is also used for profile properties that can be used to create a "When to Merge" rule. See Profile merging for complete information.
Visitor Access Determines what access the visitor has to this profile property from the browser. Enable "Read" to allow the browser to retrieve the value for this profile property. Enable "Write" to allow the browser to write a value into this property.
Hide from UI Enable "Don’t show on Segments tab" if you do not want this profile property to show up on the user interface of the Segments tab. This is useful if you only want to be able to hand off the profile property in a connection.

 

Validating and enforcing data types

When you set a data type for a profile property, BlueConic enforces data validation for the number, currency, date time, decimal, and currency data types.

You can see the data type and validation status when you view profile properties in a navigation list. 

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See validating and enforcing data types to learn more. 


Modifying a profile property

You can change any setting for a profile property except the ID of the profile property. When you change any of the settings of a profile property, the [Save] button is enabled. By clicking the [Save] button, the profile property settings are permanently modified. Note: Profile properties that are defined in plugins by a developer are read only and cannot be modified. This is indicated in the user interface by the grayed-out settings and the disabled [Save] button.

 


Deleting a profile property

To delete a profile property, click on the dropdown arrow of the [Save] button and select [delete]. Note: Profile properties that are defined in plugins by a developer are read only and cannot be deleted. This is indicated in the user interface by the grayed-out settings and the disabled [Delete] option.

 


Copying a profile property

To copy a profile property, click on the dropdown arrow of the [Save] button and select [Save as...].
A new profile property is created with the same settings as the original profile property, but with an adapted ID. You can set a new ID or change any other setting. By clicking the [Save] button, you finalize the creation of the copied profile property.

 


Statistics

In the right-hand sidebar, the "statistics" widget is displayed. It shows the amount of profiles in your profile database that contain a value for the profile property that you are managing.
It also shows that last date and time a value was set in any of the profiles for this particular profile property.

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Related items

In the right-hand sidebar, the "related items" widget is displayed. It shows the other objects in BlueConic that are directly related to the profile property that you are managing.
Profile properties can have the following types of related items:

    • Segments: segments that use this profile property as a filter.
    • Listeners: listeners that are configured to set a value for this profile property.
    • Interactions: interactions that are configured to set a value for this profile property or interactions that use this profile property as a filter on the "who" tab.