Set up Custom Properties for Wisepops

Lisa Fockens Updated by Lisa Fockens

Note

  • This feature is available in Pro, Expert and Enterprise plans (and during the trial)
  • Custom properties must be configured by someone with developing skills
  • If you're using Google Tag Manager and GTM variables, you can read this article instead

Introduction

Custom properties allow you to target your visitors using properties that you set up yourself.

Let's say that we want to target visitors who:

  • are older than 25
  • are in the "travel" segment or in the "sport" segment
  • and purchased something at least three days ago

On your website, you can attach such properties to your visitors and Wisepops will be able to target these properties.

Data attached to your visitors are called Custom properties.

Rules based on custom properties are called Custom conditions.

You can also use the custom properties to personalize the content of your popups on the fly.

Defining custom properties

You can use JavaScript to attach custom properties to a visitor. A function wisepops() is available as soon as our code is executed.

wisepops("properties", customProperties, [reset]);

  • "properties" : String that indicates that you want to define custom properties. Leave it as it is.
  • customProperties : This is the dictionary of properties you know about the user, like email, name, age, etc.
  • reset (deprecated, optional) : Clear all previously stored properties. We now suggest to remove the previous properties by setting their value to null. This way, you control exactly which properties should be persistent, and which ones should be ephemeral.

Typically, when someone logs in, we will add the following code, right after the Wisepops setup code:

wisepops("properties", {
    firstName: "Boris",
    country: "FR",
    age: 30,
    segments: "cinema,food,travel",
    lastPurchaseDate: "2017-05-02T15:52:01+02:00"
});

Defining custom conditions

To define your custom conditions, open your popup in the builder tool and click Display. Then, select Custom properties (or Ecommerce).

To create the property in Wisepops, click on Add rule:

Type the name of your property and click on Add X property.

Then you can set up the conditions to be matched during the display scenario resolution, as shown below.

Formats of custom properties

Each property must be one of the following types:

  • String
  • Number
  • Date
  • Boolean

The custom properties dictionary is flattened into a one dimensional object. If you set the following properties:

wisepops("properties", {
user: {
id: 42,
name: "Boris"
}
});

You will then be able to write conditions on the keys user.id and user.name

About the date type and format

You can set up a property to the current date of the browser by entering the following:

wisepops("properties", {lastPurchaseDate: new Date()});

But you are also free to write dates as strings.

While various formats are handled, we suggest you follow the W3C standard:

2017-05-02T15:52:01+02:00

This is equivalent to 2017-05-02 15:52:01 CEST .

If no time zone is specified, dates will be handled as UTC.

Negative conditions do not match non-existing properties

It is important to note that the following conditions:

  • Is not equal to
  • Does not contain

will be matched only for an existing property different than the tested value. If the property is not set, the condition won't pass.

Let's take an example: product.categories does not contain shoes.

Here we assume that you want your campaign to be displayed for the products that do not have the category shoes. And that you don't want the campaign to be displayed on pages that are not about products.

If instead, we want the campaign to be displayed either if the property is different than the tested value or if the property is not set at all, we can refine the condition like this:

Debugging and troubleshooting

We suggest you define your custom properties just after the Wisepops setup code. The definition of the custom properties must occur within 100 ms after the execution of our setup code. Otherwise, the resolution of the scenarios will occur without the update on your properties.

If the wisepops() function is not defined, please make sure that the Wisepops setup code is executed first, and is up to date.

It should start with (function(W,i,s,e,P,o,p) .

You can also test your configuration.

The custom property isn't present in the conditions' dropdown

You need to manually type the property name the first time you want to use it. After having clicked in the dropdown, type the property name:

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How To Test Your Custom Properties

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