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Admin: RPI Realtime


RPI Realtime consists of the following web services:

  • RPI Realtime: facilitates the making of content applicability decisions, and the recording of events undertaken by e.g. a site visitor.

  • RPI Realtime Agent: provides access for the RPI Realtime service to the RPI operational and data databases.

RPI’s relationship with a tenant’s website is discussed in the Redpoint Interaction Realtime section of the RPI Reference Guide. To summarize briefly, an integration between RPI and a public website can take place in the following contexts:

  • Landing pages can be created in RPI and published to a website.

  • Web forms can be included in landing pages, which, when completed and submitted by a site visitor, can serve as a useful data capture tool.

  • An outbound RPI communication (e.g. an email offer) can contain a link to a landing or other web page, and results can be collated in respect of visitors’ behavior at the same and presented in the context of the outbound offer activity within an interaction.

  • In the same context, a target web page can contain dynamic content, served by smart assets, which can be varied in accordance with the known visitor’s characteristics.

  • Realtime decisions can be used to personalize content in a dynamic asset hosted in a landing or other web page. Such personalization can be effected on several bases – e.g. the visitor’s browser, location, time of day, current weather conditions or, if a known visitor, her or his attribute values.

  • Goals, such as the clicking of a link or the submission of a web form, can be defined within a landing page, and visitor’s attainment of the same can be monitored as conversion rates.

  • Goal driven assets can be used to effect A/B/n testing within a website, with the results of the initial presentation to visitors of random pieces of content being analyzed statistically to determine the most efficacious piece of content in encouraging goal attainment. The winning content can then be served to subsequent visitors.

Deploying RPI Realtime

The following steps must be undertaken to deploy RPI Realtime:

  1. Deploy the RPI Realtime and RPI Realtime Agent web services. These can be deployed as two separate container images, or, more typically, as a single image.

  2. Having deployed the RPI Realtime containers, their application settings must be configured using either appsettings.json files or environment variables. The minimum configuration to be undertaken is dependent on the range of use cases to be realized using RPI Realtime:

    1. If configuring RPI Realtime to make realtime decisions, configure a cache in the Cache Settings section (please see Realtime Cache Setup below).

    2. If configuring RPI Realtime to capture web event details, see Web Events Setup below.

    3. If configuring RPI Realtime to process web form submissions, see Web Forms Setup below.

RPI Realtime application settings

The RPI Configuration Service exposes an option that can assist in the configuration of RPI Realtime application settings:

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Clicking the RPI Realtime App Settings button displays the following interface, which can be used to access each setting.

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RPI Realtime JavaScript web client

The RPI Web Client JavaScript library is used to:

  • Register page visitors with RPI Realtime

  • Send additional Realtime Parameters to the RPI Realtime visitor cache

  • Raise custom RPI Realtime web events

  • Get and render RPI published decisions

RPI Web Client documentation is available; please see the link at the RPI Realtime Home Page.

Note that when server-side cookies are enabled, RPI will set a server-side cookie that contains visitor and device IDs for a request. For every incoming request, if the visitor and/or device IDs specified in the request do not match the server side values, the service will override the values sent in with the request with the values from the server-side cookie. The response will include the updated visitor and device IDs and the consuming application will need to handle that appropriately. The Realtime Web Client (JavaScript SDK) will automatically pick up this change and set the client side visitor cookie appropriately.

Web events setup

Web events are a mechanism used by RPI to effect communication between the RPI Realtime application and a website. They are used to:

  • Facilitate communication between RPI landing and other web pages and RPI.

  • Capture states and metrics generated through visitors’ website behaviors.

  • Monitor goals and visitors’ attainment of the same.

Web events adapters, which provide web events capabilities, are configured within a dedicated RPI configuration interface, details of which can be found in the RPI Reference guide.

To configure web events for RPI, please follow these steps:

  1. Create a new ‘rpiwebevents’ queue, using your queue provider of choice.

  2. Ensure the EventsQueuePath app setting references the aforementioned queue.

  3. In the RPI System Configuration configuration interface, ensure WebEventQueuePath is set to the path of the queue.

  4. In the RPI Web Adapters configuration interface, create and configure a Web Events adapter. Optionally describe any metrics and/or states to be tracked (see the RPI Reference Guide for more information).

  5. In the Operations.System Tasks interface, ensure that the Web events importer system task is enabled.

Please refer to the following RPI Reference Guide sections for detailed information about the operational usage of web events.

  • Configuration Workbench: covers the setup of web events adapters, and attachment to channels to obtain state information at outbound activity execution.

  • Rule Designer: documents Web realtime decisions, which can leverage the states and metrics defined at a web events adapter.

  • Landing Page Designer: covers use of web events in landing pages.

  • Interaction Designer: describes the collation of metric and state information, using a web events adapter, at outbound channel execution.

Web forms setup

Web forms can be hosted in RPI landing or other web pages and allow you to identify and elicit responses from site visitors. Form field data values are persisted in the data warehouse and can be used in due course as the basis for further targeting.

To set up web forms, please follow these steps:

  1. Create a new ‘rpiwebformsubmission’ queue, using your queue provider of choice.

  2. Ensure the FormQueuePath app setting references the aforementioned queue.

  3. In the RPI System Configuration configuration interface, ensure that FormSubmissionQueuePath is set to the path of the queue.

  4. In the Operations.System Tasks interface, ensure that the Web form processor task is enabled.

Web form functionality is available in a standalone capacity, without the need for a full RPI Realtime installation. The following application setting facilitates this scenario:


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