QQ, even if you can enable the process you outlined above, how do you plan to track the performance of the different text?
Is there a reason you didn't just use an email A/B Test? You could do this by cloning the snippet, updating the clone and duplicating the email with the new snippet.
This process may yield better metrics to report on the success of text 1 compared to the other.
Just a thought... and interested in knowing how you plan to track performance in your proposed plan above.
Hi, just that these ads will be in multiple emails and I want results from all. I'm planning (maybe unwisely so) to put the html with links in each option with a specific term that I'll track in GA. We don't have revenue explorer so the reporting I get on email content is limited. I wish there were a way to test on the snippet level.
Makes sense when the snippets will be used all over the place. Maybe just clone an email that you know gets sent really frequently and A/B test the snippet with just that email?
Ability to A/B test snippets could be a cool idea to submit as well.
#set ( "The Most Loads<br />The Best Rates")
This will always be a syntax error.
The Velocity #set command requires a left-hand side and a right-hand side.
If all you're trying to do is output, you don't need any directives at all. Any plain text is printed as-is, that's the way VTL works.
The Most Loads<br />The Best Rates
#set ($random = $math.getRandom()) #if($random / 2 == 0)
The only result from getRandom() that, divided by 2, equals 0, is: 0.
This means your distribution is not 1:1, it's more like (1.7976931348623157 x 10308 + 4.9406564584124654 x 10324 -1) : 1*, or shall we say, as unevenly distributed as possible!
You want this:**
#set ($random = $math.random(0,2)) #if($random == 0) The Most Loads<br />The Best Rates #else 637,000 Loads<br />Posted Daily #end
* I think I have this ratio right, if not, the thrust is the same, there's only one double value that can be proven to match n / 2 == 0
** Because the random seed is not guaranteed to be the same, you're actually using different PRNGs over time, but it's perfectly fine for this task.
P.S. In case it isn't clear, Velocity's $math.random wrapper is akin to (in pure Velocity):
$math.floor( $math.mul( $math.getRandom(), 2 ) )
Needless to say, the wrapper method creates much less clutter!