Intelligent Path optimizer

Beta Alert

Intelligent Path optimizer in flows is currently a Beta Feature, if you wish to try out this feature please reach out to support@moenage.com.

Intelligent Path optimizer allows you to A/B test up to 5 branches where Sherpa automatically keeps adjusting the user distribution towards to best performing path. You can focus on experimenting on which channel to use or what should be the messaging frequency in each branch and let sherpa optimize the user distribution. 

While deputizing Sherpa to optimize the user distribution, you must also configure the metric you are expecting to maximize in your flow. This can be one out of Engagement, Conversion, or both. 

Worthy Alternative

If you wish to handle the user distribution manually, you can opt for A/B Split. Read more about it here.

Setup

You can Add an Intelligent Path optimizer at any part of your flow, where you want to experiment with some worthy alternative options. You can find the option to add this in the Control section of Flow stages.  

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Make sure you name each branch distinctly to identify them on the canvas. At every stage, you can experiment with up to 5 flow paths and in each flow, you add up 5 such stages. 

Maximized metric selection

MoEngage Flows are used to solve a variety of use cases which can be generalized into two main categories. 

  • For increasing user engagement 
  • For increasing user conversions

So while optimizing a flow, we depend on your selection of metrics to be maximized in order to align the optimization to the Flow Goals.

How does this work? 

Initially, the users get uniformly distributed, and as we start getting more and more performance results, sherpa keeps adjusting the user distribution towards the best-performing branch. Based on which metric is configured to be maximized we track different performance stats of each branch involved in the experiment.

  1. Maximizing Conversions
    For each branch, we aim to maximize the ratio of converted branch trips/total trip of the branch. This can be loosely termed as the Branch CVR as well. 

    Things to notice

    We refrain from using total branch conversions as the maximized metric as that would give preference to users doing multiple conversions on a branch and would also favor a branch having more action campaigns. Both necessarily would not mean that the branch that eventually wins is the most optimized one.

    We believe that our approach relies on finding the optimized branch based on the most common user behavior leading to conversion.

  2. Maximizing Engagement 
    Similar to the conversion calculation, for each branch we aim to optimize the total engaged trips instead of total engagement. To do this we give an engagement score to each branch and try to maximize that score instead of total click or email opens of the branch. 
    Engagement score for the branch is the number of branch trips that have fetched a click from at least one of the action campaigns(BTC) + one-tenth the number of branch trips that have only fetched email opens(BTO).

    Engagement Score = (BTC+ 1/10(BTO))/Total Branch Trips

    Help us

    The engagement score allows us to optimize for the best-performing branch which might not necessarily be the branch with the most clicks or most email open. 
    If this approach does not suit your use case or expectation, please reach out to us at product@moengage.com  

  3. Maximizing the combination of Engagement and Conversion
    For each branch, we combine Branch CVR and Engagement score with emphasis on branch CVR as we believe fetching conversions is more important than generating engagement. So the Maximized metric, in this case, becomes Branch CVR + 1/10( Engagement Score)

Sherpa will distribute maximum users toward the best-performing branch at the time of user reaching the path optimizer stage. 

Keep Experimenting 

Sherpa will not stop distributing users towards low-performing branches even when a branch is identified to be performing better as the best-performing branch may keep changing from time to time as more and more users go through the flow.

 

Analyzing performance

Each flow branch's performance keeps updating on the flow canvas as more and more users go through it. 

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  • A branch can be identified by its branch name. Email is the branch name in the above example.
  • 4 done is the number of branch trips in the above example and these 4 trips constitute 66.67% of the total trips reaching the intelligent path optimizer stage. 
  • Convertrip trip count is the number of branch trips that lead to at least one conversion from one of the action campaigns in the branch. 
  • The engagement score of the branch is also shown for each branch irrespective of which metric is maximized for the branch. 

What is in a branch?

  1. All the action stages from an Intelligent Path optimizer stage to the flow exit stage are included in the tracking of the branch's performance. 
  2. If the branch splits into multiple branches then all the resulting branches are considered part of the parent branch. 
  3. If a branch merges into another branch at some point then the common flow path is considered a part of both the merging branches. 

To analyze and compare the performances of all the branches, you can check out the report for your Split node. You can either click on the report option that appears on hovering over the stage on canvas or go to the split node stats section in the flow's detailed stats page and filter on a particular split node from the dropdown. 

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