With Permutive all the data you're collecting can be used to build highly custom segments.  Here we look at how segments work, with examples.

How Segments Work

In the Permutive dashboard you create segments based on events you're collecting. From that point onwards every user who browses your site will instantly be added to the segment as soon as they meet the criteria. This process occurs before the page loads, so the user can instantly be delivered targeted advertising based on that segment. And the segments constantly update to be accurate as the user is browsing around your site.

Example: Football 'In Session' Segment

Create the Segment

We've created a 'Football' segment of users who have read 2+ football articles in their current session, as shown below:

How the Segment Works

A user hits the site and browses their first football article, 5 minutes later, they click on a second football article. As the page is loading Permutive processes the data and adds the user to the 'Football' segment. This segment can immediately be passed into other platforms (for example into DFP for a football-related advertising campaign). So the user can be targeted with football related advertising on that page (where they meet the segment criteria) and all future pages. 

When they return for their next session, however, they no longer meet the segment criteria so they are removed from the segment - again, before the first page load.

Building Segments

You can build a segment based on any of the events you're collecting in Permutive. For each event you can select

  • The time range it happened over (time)
  • How often the event happened (frequency)
  • The properties of the event (its data)

Combine these with AND/OR statements for a highly flexible approach, meaning you can build complex segments easily. 

Reviewing Your Segments

You can see all your segments in the Permutive dashboard, how long ago they were created, their unique segment ID and their estimated audience size. Using Permutive Analytics you can analyse the behaviour, growth and overlap of your segments.


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