Eloqua Blog: Progressive Profiling and Cookie Opt-out
As more and more privacy laws creep in around the world you may be facing yourself with the dilemma of having to allow contacts to opt out of your Eloqua cookie getting dropped so you can track their website activity. I was asked an interesting question the other day… What happens with progressive profiling when you allow contacts to opt-out of having a cookie dropped on form submission. I did not have a ready answer so away I went to find out and here is what will happen.
What is Eloqua Progressive Profiling?
Eloqua progressive profiling is used to gather incremental data on a contact as they submit different forms.
- Shorter forms mean more conversions
- More conversions means more leads
- You can progressively profile as many fields as you want over time
Eloqua progressive profiling options
You have three main options when it comes to Eloqua progressive profiling:
The Eloqua form module allows you to build in progressive profiling which you can simply just add it straight into your Eloqua landing pages. You have the option for having some always on fields such as email address, first name, company, etc. You can then add in as many fields as you want, then set the number or group of fields that you want to have displayed when a user goes to an Eloqua landing page.
The technical skill required is none, you simply pick and choose your options and then drag the form on to your landing page.
With this you can only use default fonts, Eloqua form validation, font size, etc – Yes I know you can customize style sheets but you are still somewhat restricted.
As quick as drag and drop straight onto your page.
Dynamic content uses the stage method of displaying fields. You can group fields into say, stage 1, 2, 3 and 4. Stage 1 is more company details, stage 2 is more job description details, etc. When the contact hit the Eloqua landing page you set a dynamic content rule to display progressively, the correct stage of questions until you have data against each contact field in that stage. Next time they hit an Eloqua landing page they will get the next stage.
You need to know how to use the dynamic content module. Next you will build you form out in Eloqua form builder you will then use the field names to drop into the form fields in the code.
The cool thing about this is provided you always use the same form names for each form you build you only need to build the dynamic content block once because it can be reused over and over again.
Loads, it is raw HTML so you can do whatever you want with it, it is a bit harder though than the form module way of customization.
It is fast however testing time takes some more time because you need to test each dynamic content block.
A web data lookup is a call back to the Eloqua database when a known visitor hits a page – this can also be on your website, not just Eloqua landing pages. You will then get a script once you have set the fields from the form you wish to lookup. The script fires and pulls the known values back to the web page. From here another script would be created to decide what you wanted to do with it.
A fair bit, more than the average Eloqua user plus a web developer.
You can do anything you want with it – plus it is not just on Eloqua landing pages
Sloooow, you will probably have to also get this all scheduled in with your web team and it will be prioritized.
Setting up Eloqua progressive profiling
Step 1 – Go to the forms module in Eloqua
Step 2 – Add your mandatory fields to the form canvas
Step 3 – Click and drag Progressive Profile on the form canvas
Step 4 – Set you desired fields for progressive profiling onto the form canvas
Option 1: List
The list option will display the number of fields you have decided will show on the form
For the fields within the blue box, the user can choose:
- How many fields, in addition to the mandatory fields to display every time the form appears
- By default, Eloqua will show the fields in the order they appear on the form
- The system can randomize the order of the fields
- The fields that are already filled in Eloqua will not be shown
Once all the fields are filled in, the customer will only see the fields that are not part of the progressive profiling.
Option 2: Stages
Stage group form fields together provided data is held on each field in each set:
- The user can define which fields are shown with each stage.
- The customer will only see the fields in each stage if they are not filled in the system.
- Once all the fields of the first stage are filled, Eloqua will show the empty fields of the next stage.
- Once all the fields are filled in, the customer will only see the fields that are not part of the progressive profiling.
What about cookies?
What happens with Eloqua progressive profiling when a user doesn’t accept cookies?
If a user has disabled cookies then email is the only medium that progressive profiling will work on provided they are being sent to an Eloqua landing page.
- Banner ads
- Social posts
- 3rd Party email sends
- Website referrals
- Search Ads
Will only show your first set of questions.
You randomize the fields on the form, that way over time you eventually gather all the information you need on them.
Pros – Would work over time
Cons – Question repetition, illogical questions leading to poor user experience
Tier your content, ask more intimate questions on content based in propensity to purchase.
Pros – Good user experience, you get the data you need when they want to give it you
Cons – You may never get answers to everything if they only use certain tiers of content, forms may be longer
Ask enough details so that a sales lead can be sent to sales and they can contact them and add 2 progressive fields.
Pros – You will get full data for all those with cookies enabled
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