Population is the name used for a collection of contacts selected to take part in a campaign, usually as recipients of email or SMS messages.
Populations used in Splio include lists (and blacklists), filters, groups, and temporary files.
Lists are subscribed populations: contacts added to a list belong to it until they are removed from that list.
Use lists to represent and identify opt-in contacts (those who have given their explicit consent to receive email). You can create a list for each opt-in type you have – such as newsletters, websites, products etc. – to organize contacts and provide high level targeting.
To know more about list's limitations read our article "Storage value for lists subscriptions".
To access lists go to Data > Lists..
Blacklists are email and cellphone contacts who are excluded from all campaigns sent from your Splio universe. The role of blacklists is to reduce the risk and increase the efficiency of sending campaigns: you can avoid sending email or SMS to non-existent mailboxes or phone numbers, to contacts who have complained of receiving spam, or to contacts who have unsubscribed from your base.
Filters are dynamic populations calculated according to predefined criteria. Filter definitions can be based on field values (eg, address, contact source), contact activity (eg, purchases, use in campaigns).
A contact must be a member of at least one list to be included in any filters. Filters will automatically exclude contacts who are not opted in.
Groups are static, frozen population extracted from a campaign that has already been sent or saved as a snapshot of an existing filter. It is possible to apply additional criteria (eg, delivery state or contact behavior) at the creation of a group. Groups are often use to schedule a specific relaunch of a campaign, eg, to target contacts who have clicked on a specific image or link.
Extract a Campaign's recipients to a Group
You can extract a Campaign action's recipients only as long as its statistics are not archived.
To extract recipients of an action, go to Scenario > Campaigns, find your Campaign, and click on the desired Action to open it. Once there, open the "Download" menu from the top bar.
Now, select the Save as a group option and click the "Download" button at the bottom right. You can also extract a subset of the recipients of the campaign by applying criteria.
Importing Eulerian Segments as Groups
If you are using Eulerian for your website tracking, you can use a feature allowing you to create segments in Eulerian and import them as Groups.
To enable it, first call your Eulerian representative who can activate it for you. Then contact us to activate the connection on the side of your universe.
Once the connection is properly setup and your Eulerian segments are imported, you can start using them in your campaigns.
Only known contacts in database will be kept in the groups.
Temporary files allow you to upload contacts without adding them to the database of your universe, eg, external targets you normally only use once.
Populations are calculated when they are included in a campaign as well as before the campaign is sent.
The calculation consists of two stages. First, Splio removes all duplicated entries from the populations (using the email for contacts in your universe) to make sure, that each contact is only targeted once. Then, Splio applies all blacklists to the population to improve deliverability and reputation.
Automatic and trigger campaigns
In the case of automatic and trigger campaigns (both recurrent and real-time trigger campaigns), only the contacts that enter the filter after its creation will be used to send the campaign. This is very important because the contacts matching the filter conditions when the filter is created will never be used, only those which fall into the filter later.