2016-10-26 (2016.7)

Release Date: October 26, 2016

This release focuses on major improvements to Informz's Landing Pages feature as well as several backend enhancements.

API BulkUpload

We’ve enhanced BulkUpload API call by adding Unsubscribe and Resubscribe options. An action request example is below.

Request

<ActionRequest xmlns="http://partner.informz.net/aapi/2009/08/">
  <Password></Password>
  <Brand id="xxxx">\</Brand>
  <User>\</User>
  <Actions>
    <BulkUpload>
      <UploadDetails>
        <InterestDetails>
          <InterestAction>ResubscribeSubscribers</InterestAction>
        </InterestDetails>
        <StatusEmailRecipients>
          <Email>yournamehere@informz.com</Email>
        </StatusEmailRecipients>
      </UploadDetails>
      <FieldDefinitions>
        <FieldDefinition>
          <Name>Email</Name>
          <DataType>string</DataType>
          <ColumnIndex>1</ColumnIndex>
          <FieldType>Email</FieldType>
        </FieldDefinition>
      </FieldDefinitions>
      <Data></Data>
    </BulkUpload>
  </Actions>
</ActionRequest>

Response

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ActionResponse xmlns="http://partner.informz.net/aapi/2009/08/">
  <Brand id="xxxx"></Brand>
  <User></User>
  <Responses>
    <BulkUpload>
      <UploadID></UploadID>
      <ActionStatus>
        <Status>success</Status>
        <Message>Data submitted.</Message>
      </ActionStatus>
    </BulkUpload>
  </Responses>
</ActionResponse>

Landing Pages – Activate Tab

We’ve streamlined the appearance of the Landing Page Activate Tab. It now appears like the graphic below:

The buttons have the following functions:

  • Test Landing Page: Opens a new tab with the Landing Page in test mode.
  • Test Mobile Landing Page: Opens a new tab with the Mobile Landing Page in test mode.
  • Get URL: Opens a pop-up window that contains the Landing Page URL.

  • Get iFrame Code: Opens a pop-up window that contains the Landing Page iFrame Code.

  • Activate Landing Page: Activates the Landing Page.

If there is a validation error on the Process tab (such as a missing URL), the Get URL, Get iFrame Code, and Activate Landing Page buttons are disabled. Additionally, the tab displays a message that identifies the error.

Below is a list of the messages that display with each corresponding validation error for the Process tab:

  • No URL in Redirect the User Section (Web Page Option): “Please correct the web page URL for where to redirect the user on the Process tab.”
  • No File Selected in Redirect the User Section (File Option): “Please upload a file for where to redirect the user on the Process tab.”
  • No Follow Up Mailing (Create a New Mailing Option Incomplete): “Please add content to your follow-up mailing on the Process tab.”
  • Webinar Error – General: “Please correct the selected webinar on the Process tab.”
  • Webinar Error – Missing Fields: "To register users for a webinar, the Landing Page must contain Personal Info fields for both First Name and Last Name. Once added in the Design Tab, each Personal Info field can be configured for the webinar using its gear icon."
  • Webinar Error – Multiple First Name Fields: "Only one Personal Info field may be designated as the 'First Name' for the purpose of webinar registration. Please adjust the configuration of the Personal Info fields in the Design tab."
  • Webinar Error – Multiple Last Name Fields: "Only one Personal Info field may be designated as the 'Last Name' for the purpose of webinar registration. Please adjust the configuration of the Personal Info fields in the Design tab.”

Landing Pages – Banners

Landing Pages now allow Images to function as banners and extend to the horizontal edges of the layout area.

To set an image as a banner, hover over an image and click the blue Gear icon to open the Image Properties pop-up.

Check the Is A Banner checkbox and click Save (the checkbox is unchecked by default).

The image now automatically resizes and extends to the horizontal edges of the layout area.

When you designate an image as a banner, there is no impact to the layout area size. However, if the layout area is resized, the banner image is resized proportionally (the image maintains its aspect ratio and resizes to the width of the layout area). Note that the image height may also resize, and this could push other elements further down the page.

Landing Pages – Collision Detection

We’ve improved our collision detection functionality for Landing Pages. This means that when elements are moved around the Landing Page layout area, they detect other elements. For example, when you click and drag an element over another element, the dragged element returns to the exact previous position to prevent overlapping. Similarly, when you click and drag groups of elements, they all return to their previous positions to prevent overlapping.

Landing Pages – Form Auto-Fill

There is a new checkbox on the Process tab that allows the form to auto-fill information (the checkbox is unchecked by default). This feature is designed for profile management, and if subscribers access the form via a mailing (when this option is checked), their information auto-fills.

Please note that if subscribers forward the mailing, the original subscriber’s information carries forward. This means that if forwarded recipients open the mailing and access the subscription form via the links, they could potentially overwrite subscription and profile information for the original subscriber.

Landing Pages – Initial Design Pop-Up

When you create a new Landing Page, Informz presents an initial design pop-up with several template options. This has been enhanced to improve usability.

The is now divided into three different tabs (Form, Unsubscribe, and Content-Only) that display previews of the starting template designs. You’ll now be able to see four different templates across the preview pane, and can scroll to view additional templates.

Landing Pages – Layout Area

Landing page elements can no longer be larger than the layout area (which would cause the layout area to expand). This prevents unwanted changes to the layout area size – it can only be affected by being resized itself. Additionally, this helps to ensure that everything stays within the layout area.

Landing Pages – Line Height

Informz now automatically updates the line height of a text element to be equal to or greater than the font size when the font size increases to a size greater than the original height (the line height is always greater than the font size – it cannot be set any lower than the font size). This applies individually to H1, H2, and Paragraphs – affecting one style does not affect the others.

Landing Pages – Style Consistency

We’ve improved the performance of Landing Pages to allow for greater consistency with all elements including:

  • Placement
  • Movement
  • Styling
  • Consistency between Design and Live modes.

Regardless of how they are positioned in the Design tab, when you add new elements in this tab, they appear at the bottom of the Mobile tab. From this starting point, users can then reposition these elements to design a corresponding mobile-friendly Landing Page.

Additionally, we’ve improved the performance of our lasso select function, which allows you to select multiple Landing Page elements by clicking and dragging your cursor over them (to move these elements in a group, simply click the green Arrow icon for any selected element).

Landing Pages – Text Alignment

We’ve added a Text Alignment dropdown list to the Text Properties pop-up (accessed with the blue Gear icon on any text element) with the following options:

  • Left (Default)
  • Center
  • Right

LinkedIn Social Posting

You can now add a LinkedIn account to your social accounts in Informz. Navigate to Admin > Setup > Social Accounts to add a LinkedIn account.

Once you’ve added a LinkedIn account, you post when you send a mailing.

Target Groups – Splitting and Random Segmenting

The target group splitting and random segmenting features have been moved to the Target Group page and have been enhanced. Note that the enhanced actions may take some time depending on the size of the original target group.

Splitting

Splitting takes an existing target group and divides it into two to five equal segments. For example, if you have a target group with 10,000 subscribers, and decide to split it into four segments, you’ll create four new target groups with 2,500 subscribers in each. The names of the new target groups include the original target group name appended with the text “- Segment X” (X is the segment number).

Please note that if the target group name already exists, it is overwritten unless it is in use (part of a compound, part of a mailing/campaign, etc.).

To split a target group, hover over the Menu icon for a target group and select Split.

A new window opens that lets you select the number of segments to create. Click Split Target Group to divide the existing target group.

When splitting, Informz ensures that there are no duplicate email addresses. While the numbers might not sync exactly with the “parent” target group, this provides an extra guarantee that an email address exists exclusively in one segment.

If the original target group changes, the segments are unaffected – they are new, independent target groups.

Random Segmenting

Random Segmenting takes an existing target group and creates a new target group that contains between 5% and 95% of the “parent” target group’s subscribers. The name of the new target group includes the original target group name appended with the text “Random X% segment” (X is the percentage).

Please note that if the target group name already exists, it is overwritten unless it is in use (part of a compound, part of a mailing/campaign, etc.). If it is in use, an error displays.

To create a random segment of a target group, hover over the Menu icon for a target group and select Random Segment.

A new window opens that lets you select the percentage to create. Click Create Random Segment to create the new target group.

Like splitting, when creating a random segment, Informz ensures that there are no duplicate email addresses. While the numbers might not sync exactly with the “parent” target group, this provides an extra guarantee that an email address exists exclusively in one segment.

If the original target group changes, the random segment is unaffected – it is a new, independent target group.