In this screenshot, you can see three different Monetate IDs matched to one customer.
These Monetate IDs are joined because they share the same Person ID. In this example, all three Monetate IDs have the same Person ID,
1234, and are associated with Jane Doe.
How ID Synchronization Works
The ID synchronization process itself links the collected Person ID for each customer with the Monetate ID. Monetate identifies customers across devices and domains by synchronizing all the Monetate IDs—one per device/browser combination—with the same Person ID value seen across devices and domains. For more information about ID Collectors, see Client-Side ID Collectors.
You may have a different ID Collector for each of your domains, and you may have more than one collector for a single domain. The most important consideration is the Person ID value that's collected. All the Person ID values must map to the same customers across all the ID Collectors. For example, if Monetate detects a customer with a Person ID value of
1234 using a cookie-based ID Collector on a login page, that same customer should have a Person ID of
1234 using a query parameter-based ID Collector.
Consider Jane Doe, the customer whose ID was linked across devices in the screenshot. For this example, she accesses your main site and logs in on her iPhone. The ID Collector
onSiteID should collect the Person ID
1234. If Monetate doesn't already recognize Person ID
1234, then it assumes that this unrecognized ID is for a new customer. This screenshot shows how the resulting entry may look.
Later, Jane clicks through to your site from a Monetate email link on her Mac, which triggers the query parameter ID collector
emailClickThrough to collect a Person ID. Because the visitor is still Jane and because Person IDs are based on people, the platform collects the Person ID
1234. It then recognizes the ID and joins the two Person IDs that share the value
1234. It continues to join Person IDs as your customers access your site from different locations and devices.
Personally Identifiable Information
Monetate can collect the following pieces of personally identifiable information (PII):
- Full name
- Home address
- Email address
- National ID number (Social Security number)
- Passport number
- IP address (when linked)
- Vehicle registration plate number
- Driver's license number
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
Using an Existing ID Collector
You can use the ID Collector you have from your datasets for ID synchronization as long as it collects Person IDs based on people. Follow these steps to use an existing ID Collector.
- Click COMPONENTS in the top navigation bar, and then select Customer View.
- Click the name of the Customer View.
- Click COLLECTION.
- If the Customer View has multiple collection methods or multiple websites, find the tile for the entry to which you want to add the ID Collector. Click ADD OR CREATE ID COLLECTOR.
- Find the ID Collector you want to add in the Add an ID Collector modal, and then click ADD.
If you haven't used Customer Datasets or if you have but the ID Collector represents a session ID, a browser ID, or something other than a person, create a new ID Collector that’s based on a person for ID synchronization. See Upload a Customer Attributes Dataset for more information.
The Utility of Customer Views
Customer Views can offer a complete picture of a single customer, which then serves as the backbone for improving cross-screen behavioral segmentation, customer analytics, and more. Additionally, the Customer View setup is foundational for onboarding any omnichannel customer data into the Monetate platform so that you can use all customer data within the platform for cross-device testing and experience segmentation, Automated Personalization context (for Engine customers only), analytics, and more. Consider these two examples of how you can benefit from using Customer Views.
Use Case One
On his home computer, Mike views a specific brand that makes him eligible for one of your company's Web experiences, but then he clears his browser's cookies. If your company is not using Customer ID Manager, then Mike would no longer be eligible for the experience and all his behavioral data would be lost. He would be treated as a new customer the next time he visited your site.
However, if your company is using Customer ID Manager, then Monetate can recognize when a new visitor is actually associated with a known person according to his Person ID and then reference Mike's past behavioral data and his browsing experience remains consistent.
Use Case Two
On the way to work, Jane is shopping on her tablet and is placed in experiment group A for one of your company's Web experiences. She then switches to her desktop when she gets to work. Cross-device testing ensures that once Jane is identified on one device and placed in experiment group A, she is placed in the same experiment group when she arrives on your site on a second device. As a result, Jane is placed into experiment group A on her work computer as well and sees the same, consistent experience on both devices.