Before you begin
In order to successfully create a Marketing Automation flow, you will need to have created a Consent list in Audience. Moreover, a Section must also have been set up in Sections; this, however, is an admin user task to perform.
Continue reading this article for in-depth instructions on how to successfully create your first Marketing Automation flow.
If you leave the wizard at any point, your flow will appear in the Drafts tab.
All changes will be saved automatically.
If you're after a guide on how to use the Flow Editor,
take a look at the About the Flow Editor section.
Create a New Marketing Automation Flow
1. Head over to the Marketing Automation tool. You can do so from the shortcut on the calendar page or from your Tools page.
2. Click Create a New Flow.
3. The conversation wizard will open.
Continue scrolling through this article to follow through every step.
Click on a step on the left side navigation to fast-forward.
You'll see all of APSIS One's pre-defined Marketing Automation flows, Ecom flows, as well as your own flow templates. To make a completely custom flow, click Blank Canvas. Otherwise, choose whichever template you prefer.
We have articles on how to create pre-defined flows, in case you'd like detailed instructions.
This is the very first step of the Conversation Wizard. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory. Let's get started!
1. Enter a working name for your flow. It's only for internal purposes.
2. Choose a Section to create your flow in. After you choose a Section for this activity, it cannot be changed. Accounts with only one Section will have their Section selected by default.
3. Ready? Click Next.
The Flow Editor
Welcome to the Flow Editor. Here you will add nodes and establish the paths for your marketing automation. If you would like an in-depth guide for every aspect of the Flow Editor, take a look at our About the Flow Editor section.
Start by setting up the Listen Node.
The listen node is the most important node in your marketing automation flow.
It will listen for the Profiles in order to bring them into the flow. As Profiles join your Audience, perform any actions, enter a Segment, etc., they may come into your flow depending on your settings. Read more about the listen node...
1. Click Select.
2. The Listen node will expand. Choose between Attributes, Tags, Events and Segments. You may only choose one per flow.
3. Fill in the node settings. For more detailed information about the listen node, jump here.
If a Profile enters your flow based on the Listen node settings, and the entry limit is more than 1, the same Profile can enter the flow again before it's able to leave the flow from their first journey. Read more about Flow Settings...
If you'd like to avoid sending too many emails or having duplicate Profiles in your flow, you may use a Check Profile node to see if they've entered your Marketing Automation flow in a period of time. Read more about the Check Profile node...
4. Once you've set up the Listen node, click Save.
Adding a Node
1. Click on the plus sign (+) to connect another node to the listen node.
3. Click Edit to fill in the node settings.
4. Repeat the same process above to add more nodes. If you would like more information about all the nodes and how to set them up, jump to About the Nodes.
5. To connect the nodes, click on the plus sign (+) and drag a line towards the next node to connect. Nodes must always be connected to another node, unless they signal the end of the flow and require no future action.
To open, click Flow Settings in the Bottom bar.
In Flow settings you can adjust your preferences as to how many times Profiles enter your flow, excluding tags and set a specific time zone. Here's some information about Flow Settings. They're divided between General, Ecommerce, Consent and SMS settings.
Click Goals in the Bottom bar to add information about your Marketing Automation flow, and then click Save to keep your notes.
This feature can be useful for a lot of different cases:
- Remind all users in the account of what each Marketing Automation flow is meant to achieve.
- Write notes about any other existing Marketing Automation flows that this flow is connected to via a Change Flow node.
- Add information for other users about other APSIS One activities outside of the Marketing Automation tool that a flow is connected to, or depends on, like a Sign-up bar.
- Keep any details about the flow, like what use case or scenario it is meant to address, for easier troubleshooting by our APSIS Support agents.
Congratulations on creating your new Marketing Automation flow!
Now, let's have an overview. Check that all the nodes are correct; if you would like to change anything, this is a good time.
Does everything look good? Click Activate.