In this homework assignment, we are going to explore how geo targeting will work for on-device decisioning activities. There are a couple of ways we can support geo targeting for on-device decisioning.
#1 OOTB Geo Targeting
We recognize the fact that customers cannot integrate with a third party vendor to utilize geo targeting. For these customers, we would like to provide OOTB (out of the box) functionality where we can take care of resolving your end user's location when an IP address is provided.
When we initially retrieve the artifact from the Akamai CDN, we also retrieve the user's geo location in the headers. We then create a dedicated cookie called at_geo which contains this information. When a getOffers() call is made with the ipAddress, we check the at_geo cookie to make the decision on-device.
Try it out
Create a Target activity via the form-based composer with geo targeting using for example, city, country, state, latitude, or longitude. Make sure all other Target activity details are on-device decisioning capable.
Launch and activate the Target on-device decisioning AB activity with geo targeting.
Make sure that in your code, you are making the getOffers() call with context -> geo -> ipAddress like the example above. The ipAddress that is passed in for your test should be from the location of which you have created your test on-device decisioning AB activity.
Verify that there is no Target edge server call to retrieve the experience. You can also check that at_geo cookie is created on your browser.
2. Integration with 3rd Party Vendors
If you are using a 3rd party vendor like MaxMind that provides you user geo location information, you can pass the geo location data into the getOffers() call in the correct parameters so that the decision can be still made locally without a server call.
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Try it out
1. Create a Target activity via the form-based composer with geo targeting using for example, city, country, state, latitude, or longitude. Make sure all other Target activity details are on-device decisioning capable.
2. Launch and activate the Target on-device decisioning AB activity with geo targeting.
3. Make sure that in your code, you are retrieving the geo location from a 3rd party vendor like MaxMind and put the corresponding fields into the getOffers() call in context -> geo like the example above. See that there is no server call being made for the decision.