How does personalization with profiling work in Sitecore DMS

The trend of today’s website CMS is to track user behaviour and display relevant content/merchandise/product to cater customer interests to increase sales. Sitecore Experience Platform DMS makes such tasks much easier.

Here are key terms we need to understand: Profile, Profile Keys, Profile Cards and Pattern Cards.

  • Profile: is a category used to define the criteria by which you want to track visitors’ behaviour. Profiles are typically defined under/sitecore/system/Marketing Control Panel/Profiles.
  • Profile Key: an attribute related to a specific profile. It has value typically be in a range of 0 to 5
  • Profile Cards: a preset collection of profile key values gathered in one card that can be applied to Sitecore item.
  • Profile Cards – Persona: a profile card associated with a persona with specific aspects of a potential website visitor.
  • Pattern Cards: cards with combination of keys that are used to match a visitor profile in real time with its closest pattern. They are not assigned to content.

Let’s use a real world scenario to illustrate how the personalization with profiling works. A vacation website wants to track traveller vacation type and display relevant vacation content to the visitor. Here are the steps:

  1. Design profiling taxonomy then create profile, profile cards and pattern cards.profileprofile card
  2. Assign points to items in different categories based on audience being targeted (or bulk-assign using Profile Cards)profiling persona
  3. Since content has been attached one or multiple profile cards, visitors accrue points based on the content they visit and build up a profile to match a predefined pattern card.
  4. Content can be personalized by changing rendering or data source based on browsing habits.personalization

Profile vs Pattern.

  • Profiles are related to site content (i.e. they are statically assigned to Sitecore items)
  • Patterns are related to site visitors (i.e. they are dynamically assigned to visitors).

Sitecore will assign a pattern card to the visitor according to the content he sees in the website. By default, Sitecore automatically assigns one to the visitor after a closest pattern matched more than 3 times.

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