What is this?
Real Time Interaction powers high-performing automated journeys fuelled by customer activities that enable you to send timely, contextually relevant and personalized messages.
It holds the promise of deeper, moment-by-moment customer understanding by using the most up-to-date data.
As a quick summary, here is the onboarding video for Real Time Interaction:
A few examples where Real Time Interaction shows its real strength:
Sending delivery status updates: You can send your customers various status updates depending on the payload, including “successful delivery”, “your order has been shipped” or “delivery has been postponed” messages through different channels. For example, you can send your clients:
- an SMS if the ordered product will be delivered on the current day.
- an email that provides them with the opportunity to rate the delivery service after they have received the purchased product.
- Preventing browse abandonment: You can target contacts who have visited your product pages more than once but have not added anything to their cart yet by showing them a free shipping Web Channel campaign while they are online.
- Encouraging premium users to subscribe to a service within your mobile app: You can send your contacts a premium discount In-app message after they visited the premium paywall page for several times within the last few weeks without subscribing to your service.
Why is this good for me?
The world has become a different place: groundbreaking customer experience demands fast and relevant response. Delivering a message once a day, even if it is personalized almost perfectly, is simply not appealing enough anymore. Let your customers know that you really care. With Real Time Interaction, you can follow every single web page visit or mobile app activity and decide what the best response to that is.
How does it work?
Real Time Interaction can process high volumes of events and make decisions with millisecond-level accuracy. You can expect nothing less than to be able to work with the most up-to-date data in the Emarsys Platform as Real Time Interaction can retrieve all the available data sources from your account.
The secret lies in the engine of Real Time Interaction that is driven by events (i.e. the activity of your customers). Each and every customer action can trigger your programs and you can orchestrate their journey by making various decisions based on the event payload, their historical activity or the treatment they previously received. Feel free to experiment with the Real Time Interaction and let your customers enjoy a truly one-to-one marketing experience.
When to choose Real Time Interaction?
Real Time Interaction is designed to build time-critical, rule-based, and activity-driven customer journeys on a single-customer level. Besides creating such automated journeys, you can respond immediately to your customers’ behavior. The Automation Center is still there for you - its power lies in truly personalized, lifecycle-based customer journeys, which enable large contact lists to travel through your program from one node to another.
We recommend migrating External event-based Automation Center programs to Real Time Interaction as it provides more reliable performance due to its engine that was designed for single-contact execution. Real Time Interaction can process a higher volume of events at the same time, the delay between starting a program and sending the treatment is insignificant (if no Wait node is included in the program). You can also send Push notifications and SMS messages in real time, add contacts to Web Channel or In-app campaigns immediately and add contacts to CRM Ads campaigns (there is a 1-hour delay in synchronizing the audience between Real Time Interaction and CRM Ads). Also, you can easily branch your program based on event attributes with the Real Time Interaction, whereas it is much more difficult in the Automation Center because it requires you to send very specific external events.
The table below lists the most important features of Real Time Interaction and shows you the differences between it and the Automation Center.
|Feature||Real Time Interaction||Automation Center|
|Time-critical, rule-based, automated communication at scale||✔︎
|Immediate reaction to customer behavior
|Building activity- and event-driven journeys||✔︎
|Building programs for the whole customer journey||✔︎
|Journeys on single-contact level||✔︎
|Lifecycle campaigns for large contact lists||X||✔︎
Supported trigger sources and channels
Real Time Interaction is directly connected to multiple trigger sources without any further implementation effort:
Real Time Interaction supports the following channels:
- Push notification
- In-App message
- CRM Ads
- Web Channel
To consider before you start
There are a few limitations that you should bear in mind before engaging with Real Time Interaction.
- To ensure real-time execution, only segments with contact field criteria are supported (you cannot use combined segments, relational or Mobile Engage segments, or segments that include email behavior, geolocation or Smart Insight criteria).
- As RTI uses Triggered Email that ignores opt-in by design; it is strongly recommended to:
- RTI programs don't have participation settings or exit conditions. Participation limitation is coming soon; until then you can limit how many times contacts can receive your messages by using the Messages not sent template of the Decision node.
- Personalization doesn't support content personalization from historical events, therefore customers can only personalize with details (event attributes) from the trigger events (External Event personalization capability). Default Web Extend events (view, category view, cart update, purchase) only send the product ID (and personalization doesn't support Product Catalog personalization), therefore we recommend customers to use Predict widgets in their content as they have minimal information about the product left in the cart.
- Event details are written into free text input fields - marketers need to know the structure of events.