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Create an A/B Test

Use the Visual Experience Composer in Target to create your test directly on a Target-enabled page and to modify portions of the page within Target.
  1. From the Activities list, click Create Activity > A/B Test .
    The available activity types depend on your Target account. Some activity types might not appear in your list. For example, Recommendations is a Target Premium feature .
    For information about the various activity types, see Activities and the Target activities guide .
  2. Select Visual (Default) , if necessary.
    If you prefer to use the Form-Based Experience Composer, select Form. See Form-Based Experience Composer for more information.
    In addition to the VEC and Form-Based Experience Composer, Target offers the Single Page Application VEC and the VEC for Mobile Apps. For more information about the various composers, see Experiences and Offers .
    For troubleshooting information about the VEC, should you have problems, see Troubleshooting the Visual Experience Composer .
    The [ Choose Workplace option in the preceding illustration is a Target Premium feature. Your organization has a Target Standard license if you do not see this option.]
  3. (Conditional) If you are a Target Premium customer , choose a workspace .
  4. Specify your activity URL , then click Next .
    If your account is configured with a default URL, that URL appears by default. You can change from the default to another URL.
    The Visual Experience Composer opens, showing the page specified in the URL.
  5. Type a name for the activity in the space provided.
    The following characters are not allowed in an activity name:
    Character
    Description
    /
    Forward slash
    ?
    Question mark
    #
    Number sign
    :
    Colon
    =
    Equals to
    +
    Plus
    -
    Minus
    @
    At sign
  6. Create any new experiences by changing the elements on the page.
    The Visual Experience Composer displays two tabs on the left side after you create a new activity: Experience A and Experience B. Experience A is the control experience. Your focus will be on the Experience B tab, which you can modify as desired. Experience B is the alternate experience you can add to your test. You can add multiple experiences to the test. You can also delete Experience A from the activity if you don't want to include a default site experience as an option.
    For more information about adding and modifying experiences in the Visual Experience Composer, see Add Experience . To modify Experience B, start with Step 3.
  7. Click Targeting at the top of the Visual Experience Composer to move to the next step in the three-step guided workflow.
    The flow diagram opens.
    The flow diagram leads you through the steps of choosing the audience for the activity and setting up experiences.
  8. In the Audience box, click the edit icon, then select the audience for your activity.
    By default, the audience is set to All Visitors.
  9. Choose the percentage of qualifying visitors that you want to enter the activity.
    For example, you might limit entries to 50% of all visitors or 45% of your "Californians" audience.
  10. Set up your traffic allocation.
    You can show multiple experiences to the same audience. A diagram displays showing your selected audience and the experiences you've added to the activity.
    Choose your desired traffic allocation method:
    • Manual (Default) : Specify the percentage of entrants you want to see each experience. You can split the percentages evenly between all experiences, or specify higher or lower percentages for each experience. The total for all experiences must equal 100%.
    • Auto-allocate to best experience : Most activity entrants are automatically directed to higher-performing experiences. Some visitors are allocated to all experiences, to maintain exploration of experiences and to recognize changes in performance trends. See Automated Traffic Allocation .
    • Auto-target for personalized experiences : Target uses advanced machine learning algorithms to automatically target visitors with the best experience to maximize your goals. For more information, see Auto-Target to Optimize .
    You can also click Add Experience to add another experience to the activity.
  11. When you are satisfied with your audience and experience choices, click Next to move to the third step of the three-step guided workflow.
  12. Specify the goals and settings for the activity.
  13. Click Save .
After you create the activity, the Overview tab shows information about the activity, including a diagram of your activity.

Training video: Creating A/B Tests (8:36)

This video demonstrates how to create an A/B test using the Target three-step guided workflow.
  • Create an A/B activity in Adobe Target
  • Allocate traffic using a manual split or automatic traffic allocation