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Adobe Analytics as the reporting source for Adobe Target (A4T)

Adobe Analytics for Target (A4T) is a cross-solution integration that lets you create activities based on Analytics conversion metrics and audience segments. The A4T integration lets you use Analytics reports to examine your results. If you use Analytics as the reporting source for an activity, all reporting and segmentation for that activity is based on Analytics data collection.

A4T overview

The Analytics for Target integration between Analytics and Target provides powerful analysis and timesaving tools for your optimization program.
The three primary benefits of using Analytics data in Target are:
  • Marketers can dynamically apply Analytics success metrics or reporting segments to Target activity reports at any time. It is not required to specify everything before running the activity.
  • A single source of data eliminates the variance that occurs when collecting data in two separate systems.
  • Your existing Analytics implementation collects all required data. There is no need to implement mboxes on pages for the sole purpose of collecting data for reports. Although, it is still recommended that you implement an order confirmation mbox for Automated Personalization (AP) activities.
Before you can begin using A4T, you need to request that your account be provisioned for the integration. Use this form to request to be provisioned.
The integration that enables Analytics as the data source for Target (A4T) represents the next generation of the Test&Target to SiteCatalyst plug-in. This plug-in has been deprecated, but is still supported for customers who already use it.
If you use Analytics as the reporting source for an activity, all reporting and segmentation for that activity is based on Analytics.
All Analytics metrics, including calculated metrics, are available in Target and the Target Activities report in Analytics. Likewise, any segment available in Analytics can be applied to both solutions. You can apply the metric or audience to the report in Target after the activity has started, or even after the activity has completed.
Every metric is included, including any customer or calculated metrics that are built-in in Analytics.
After the classification period, data appears in these reports approximately an hour after it is collected from the website. All metrics, segments, and values in the reports come from the report suite you selected when you set up the activity.
Keep the following points in mind when considering using A4T:
  • To use Analytics as the reporting source for Target, both you and your company must have access to Analytics and to Target. Contact your account representative if you need either solution.
  • The reporting source is set for each activity. Target continues to collect data to use in reporting and Target data is still available if you prefer to base an activity on data collected by Target.
  • You must use one reporting source or the other. You cannot collect data for a single activity from both sources.
  • When using A4T, all success metrics available to your activities are Analytics metrics. However, your goal metric can be based on an mbox call. For example, you can use Target's out-of-the-box click-tracking capabilities with A4T instead of having to implement Analytics click-tracking code.
  • When viewing reporting of an A4T activity in the Target UI, you are viewing Analytics data. For example, if you use the Visitor metric in Target, you are using the Analytics Visitor metric, not the Target Visitors metric, which is now called Entrants. This difference is especially important for basic traffic metrics (Visitors, Visits, Page Views) and conversion metrics.
  • Any existing Target activities continue to use Target data collection and are not affected by enabling A4T.
  • Only one mbox-based metric is allowed when using Analytics as the reporting source.
  • A server-to-server call from Target to Analytics sends activity and experience information to Analytics. This integration does not result in additional server calls for either Target or Analytics.
    In some situations, the classification call from Target to Analytics might fail and activities do not show data in Analytics. If this happens, see Troubleshoot the Analytics and Target integration (A4T) . You can also contact Client Care for further assistance.

Supported activity types

The following table shows you which activity types support Analytics as the reporting source in Target (A4T):
Activity Types
A4T Compatible?
Notes, if applicable
A/B activity with manual traffic split
A/B activity with Auto-Allocate
A/B activity with Auto-Target
Experience Targeting (XT)
Multivariate test (MVT)
Requires mbox-based goal metric goal to get the Element Contribution report. The Element Contribution report does not currently support Analytics metrics.
Automated Personalization (AP) activity
Recommendations activity
Mobile App
Supported with the Mobile Services SDK, version 4.13.1 or later. For more information, see the Mobile Services documentation .
Server Side Delivery API
For more information, see Server Side: implement Target .
For more information, see Server Side: implement Target .
AEM 6.1 (or earlier) Cloud Service Integration
AEM 6.2 (or later) Cloud Service Integration
For more information, see Integrating with Adobe Target in the Adobe Experience Manager 6.2 documentation.
Any activity using a redirect offer
There are stricter minimum requirements for using redirect offers with A4T. For more information, see Redirect Offers - A4T FAQ .
Because all activity types do not yet support A4T, it is recommended that you keep or implement important conversion mboxes, such as the orderConfirmPage mbox.

Examples of A4T reports

To view A4T reports in Target, click Activities , click the desired activity from the list that uses Analytics as its reporting source, then click the Reports tab.
You can use the Reporting Source drop-down list at the top of the Activities page to display only activities that use Analytics as the reporting source.
You can toggle between the Table View and Graph View of the report by clicking the appropriate icon at the top right side of the report.
The following illustration shows the Graph View of an A4T report with the Report Metric drop-down list displaying the available Analytics goal metrics:
The following illustration shows the Graph View of an A4T report with the Audience drop-down list displaying the available Analytics audiences:
The following illustration shows the Table View of an A4T report:
To view the report in Analytics rather than in Target, click View in Analytics along the top of the report.

Analytics & Target: Best Practices for Analysis Tutorial

Open the Analytics & Target: Best Practices for Analysis tutorial, provided by Adobe Experience League.

Training videos:

The following videos contain more information about the concepts discussed in this topic.

Analytics for Target (A4T) (4:32)

This video explains how to use Analytics as a reporting source in Target to drive the analysis of your optimization program.
  • Explain what A4T is and why you would use it
  • Explain how A4T works
  • Understand the prerequisites needed before using A4T

Analytics / Target Integration (A4T) (40:33)

This video is a recording of " Office Hours ," an initiative led by the Adobe Customer Care team.
  • How to set up and validate that the integration is working
  • How the integration works
  • Learn about the ideal reports to use in Analytics
  • Answers to common questions about A4T