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Measure Journey Campaign Performance

Learning Objectives

After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:

  • View specific journeys, versions, and contact history in the Journey Health dashboard.
  • Describe the aggregate performance information provided in the analytics panel in the Journey Analytics dashboard.
  • Review in-depth details about a journey’s performance.
  • Access standard Journey Builder reports.

Introduction

The analytics tools available in Journey Builder help you examine individual engagement and aggregate journey data for cross-channel campaigns. You can see which data sources, versions, channels, and content had the biggest impact. You can use this data to optimize customer journeys or as a guide for future campaign plans. In this module, we explore how to use analytics to measure against goals and refine journeys with versioning.

In Journey Builder Basics, you learned that when you launch Journey Builder, the Journeys dashboard provides an overview of all of the journeys you’ve saved, and it’s your first stop when you’re ready to create a new journey. In this unit, let’s take a closer look at the health and history of your journeys.

Access an Aggregate Journey Performance Overview

The Journeys dashboard gives you a high-level overview of journey performance for the most recent version of a journey, regardless of whether it’s running, finishing, stopped, or still in draft status. Here's a handy reference for the different types of journey statuses.

Version Status
Description
Draft
A fully editable version that has not been activated. There are no active customers running through or waiting in it.

Running
The most recently activated version. Once activated, it becomes the primary version.

Finishing
An active version that isn’t admitting new contacts but continues to run until all previously admitted contacts complete or exit the journey, or until the journey is stopped manually.

Stopped
A running journey version can be stopped at any time. Customers in that version of the journey are ejected and the journey becomes inactive.

The Journeys dashboard also includes the number of contacts in the journey’s audience and the percentage who completed the journey. High-performing journeys can serve as models for future campaigns of a similar type. On the other hand, when a journey isn’t performing well, there can be opportunities to revise and refine your journey plan. Is an engagement split showing that an email isn’t having the impact that you'd hoped? Do you need to adjust the wait period between messages? Does your message content need revision? 

From the Journeys dashboard, you can drill down to more in-depth information—such as where contacts stop progressing through the journey—and create and activate new versions or copies of the journey. 

Default view of the Journey Health screen lists journeys from oldest to newest. It includes the journey name, status, high-level performance metrics, and last date modified.

You can refine the list of journeys displayed here by using the search or filter tool, or by selecting a specific journey folder. This can be particularly helpful when you have numerous journeys in your account or folder and just want the highlights. We learn more about organizing journeys into folders in an upcoming unit.

Measure Your Goals

In the Journey Builder Campaigns module, you learned how to define a goal for a campaign. Each contact in a journey is regularly evaluated against the goal target during the journey. The schedule for when a contact is evaluated depends on whether a goal is set to remove them from the journey.

Journey Builder evaluates a contact against a journey’s goal target:

  • Each time a wait period expires
  • Every day at midnight US central standard time, if an exit criteria is set for the goal

Click chart iconin the dashboard’s toolbar to expand the Analytics panel to view the number of journeys that have met the goal, and the highest and lowest performing journeys.

The expanded Analytics panel shows the highest and lowest performing campaigns and the number of campaigns meeting a goal you set.

Check Your Journey’s Health

After you activate a journey, you may want to periodically check to see if it’s progressing as you expected. To do this, click a journey from the Journeys dashboard. From there, select a version to view in more detail by clicking the version name in the dashboard. Click health iconfor the Journey Health panel, which includes:

  • Goal Attainment: Shows the goal you set and the percentage or number of contacts in the journey that reached the goal.
  • Current Population: Shows the number of contacts currently in the journey and the exit criteria you set, if any.
  • Alerts: Shows that the system is processing slower than expected.

Review Journey History for Deeper Insights

Use Journey History to view information about a specific contact’s engagement with your campaign. By default, the Journey History page shows results for up to the last 30 days’ activity. You can also see the total number of contact records across all journeys in your account.

Note

Note

Draft journeys and deleted journeys aren’t included in results.

The Journey History view shows each contact’s activities in the journey or journeys you select to view.

To track a specific contact through the journey, first find the contact key that represents the contact. Use filters to refine the information so you can see:

  • Which journeys the contact entered
  • A status message to indicate the contact's history in the journey
  • The time of each transaction
  • Which journeys a contact has been in for the past 30 days or less
  • Where the contact is on a journey
  • If a contact exited a journey

Use filters to refine your journey history view based on journey name, activity type, status, or date range.

Journey Builder Reports

Marketing Cloud provides two standard reports for monitoring email engagement tracking over time for a particular journey. You can run these reports at any time or schedule them to run automatically. The reports can be emailed to one or more addresses, or exported via FTP. 

Journey Builder Email Send Summary
Tracking and engagement metrics for emails sent in journeys over a specified time frame. Choose specific journeys and versions to include in the report.

Journey Builder Email Sends by Day
Tracking and engagement metrics for emails sent in journeys, aggregated by day, for a specified time frame, along with specific journeys and versions to include in the report.

To access these reports, navigate to Analytics Builder and select Reports.

Gain More Insights with the Google Analytics 360 Integration

When the Google Analytics 360 integration is enabled on your Marketing Cloud account, Google tracking is enabled for each journey you create unless you deselect that option. With this integration, you can access unified cross-channel performance data in Journey Builder and easily track your marketing campaign’s effectiveness. 

Note

Note

The Goals component in Journey Analytics is not linked or related to Journey Builder goals or exit criteria. For more information on Goals, see Google Analytics 360 help.

To learn more about this product integration, check out the Google Analytics 360 Integration for Marketing Cloud Trailhead module or contact your account representative.

Case Study: Isabelle Reviews Her Journey Performance

Isabelle is the digital marketing manager for Northern Trail Outfitters

Isabelle allowed her welcome campaign for Northern Trail Outfitters to run for a couple of weeks while she worked on other projects. Now she’s ready to check and see how well it’s performing. When she logs into Marketing Cloud and goes to the Journey Builder tab, she finds her campaign listed in the Journey dashboard. The journey has a status of Finishing, and she can see the exact number of customers who were admitted into the journey (500) and the percentage who completed the journey (63%).

While Isabelle is pretty happy with how her welcome campaign has performed so far, she wonders if it can be beneficial to shorten the wait time between email messages 1 and 2. In the next unit, we learn how to create and manage versions that can help her test this theory and potentially improve her response rate.

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