This topic describes how to:
Implement the Optimizely Web Experimentation snippet if you use Tealium iQ, synchronously and asynchronously.
When you set up Optimizely Web Experimentation for the first time, you'll need to implement the Optimizely Web Experimentation snippet: a single line of code that lets you start running A/B tests. There are two ways to implement Optimizely Web Experimentation within Tealium: synchronously and asynchronously. This article describes both approaches.
In general, we recommend loading the Optimizely Web Experimentation snippet outside of a tag manager.
If you must load Optimizely Web Experimentation through a tag manager, see pitfalls and implementation suggestions and contact your Customer Success Manager to discuss the implications.
To load Optimizely Web Experimentation synchronously, the Tealium snippet itself must also be loaded synchronously, and you'll need to edit your template in Tealium iQ.
- Click the drop-down menu at the top-right, near your name, and select Manage Templates.
- In the Edit Your Existing Template drop-down menu, select uTag Sync (Profile) UID:sync.
- Paste the following code in the Template Config code sandbox under the existing text:
Use your Optimizely Web Experimentation snippet code in this script: replace ‘12345678’ above with your actual project ID.
After you enter the Optimizely Web Experimentation code, you can save, publish, and integrate Optimizely Web Experimentation with your analytics platform. The only difference between using Tealium and adding tags directly to your page is that you place the analytics tracking calls in the appropriate tags or extensions within Tealium.
To enable tags for Google Universal Analytics:
- In the Tealium Tag Marketplace, search for Google Universal Analytics.
- Set Enable Optimizely Integration to On.
- Enter the Tracker Name, which is the same as the Custom Tracker that you set in each Optimizely Web Experimentation experiment that you integrate with Google Universal Analytics.
If you leave the Tracker Name field empty, you should also leave the Custom Tracker field empty in your Optimizely Web Experimentation experiment.
With the asynchronous method, you run Optimizely Web Experimentation asynchronously while blocking other tags and elements from loading until Optimizely Web Experimentation is finished loading. You need to block the other tags because if Optimizely Web Experimentation is still loading after items like analytics tags and page elements execute, your other analytics integrations could break.
You may also see a "flicker" or "flash" effect when the original page shows briefly before the variation loads.
To set up Optimizely Web Experimentation asynchronously and run it as a “blocking” tag in Tealium:
- Confirm that you already set up your analytics integrations in Optimizely Web Experimentation. The only difference from adding these tags directly to your page is that you will place the analytics tracking calls in the appropriate tags or extensions within Tealium.
- Confirm that you updated Tealium to the latest utag.js template (version 4.010 or later).
- Within Tealium, select the Tags tab and click Add Tag.
- Search for “Optimizely (Async)” and click Add.
- In the Tag Configuration menu, under Vendor Configuration, click Extract from Code.
- Paste in your Optimizely Web Experimentation snippet and click Extract.
- Click the Advanced Settings drop-down menu and set Wait Flag to No.
- In the Custom Script Source field, add your Optimizely Web Experimentation snippet, starting with the two slashes (for example, //cdn.optimizely.com/js/12345678.js).
- Add a note to indicate that you are using Optimizely Web Experimentation as a blocking tag.
- Confirm that Optimizely Web Experimentation is first in the list of tags in Tealium.