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Defining group eligibility, applicability and suitability policies

Updated on July 30, 2020
Task IDTask-050201
Primary roleSenior Decision Architect
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Note: Before you can configure eligibility policies for your actions, you must first define the business hierarchy that groups actions together. For more information, see Configuring the business structure with Next-Best-Action Designer.

Understanding engagement policies

Engagement policies are a set of business rules and practices used by the organization to determine which customers are eligible customers for which next best actions. These sets of rules are distinct from arbitration and targeting rules, which dictate why a customer is a good fit for this action or recommendation. Engagement policies allow you to specify the conditions under which an action or group of actions is eligible for a customer. It is important to not (ab)use the various engagement policies as individual product targeting rules, but instead keep these rules non-restrictive and let the analytics drive the NBA.

You can define the following condition types as part of your engagement policies:

Condition typeDescriptionExamplesRatingComments
EligibilityThe conditions that the customer must fulfill in order to qualify for the action.

To qualify for this action, you must be at least 18 years old.

GoodThis is a good example of a hard business rule that the bank must follow due to regulations.
To qualify for any of these actions, the customer must not be flagged as deceased.GoodIn these examples, the bank has internal policies that define their marketable universe. This is an example of using eligibility criteria for the purposes of qualifying out non-marketable individuals.
To qualify for any of these actions, the customer must not be flagged as inactive.Good
To qualify for this repayment plan, your account must be at least 90 days past due.AcceptableIn this example, the bank has an internal rule which dictates that no customers are eligible for specific repayment plans unless they have been late for a specific number of days, so the criterion is acceptable. However, be careful not to use these types of criteria to target customers based on assumptions.
To qualify for this Gold Card upgrade action, you must be an active credit card customer.GoodOnly current customers are eligible for upsell offers.
To qualify for this auto loan action, you must have less than three outstanding loans with the bank.Not recommendedAlthough this rule could be a bank policy, it is more likely that the author is trying to target auto loans to customers who are more likely to accept new loans from this bank. A better solution is to manage all targeting criteria in the Arbitration tab of Next-Best-Action Designer.
ApplicabilityThe conditions for the action to be relevant at this point in time.

Gold Card upgrade offer is only applicable if the customer does not already have a Gold Card.

GoodThis is a good example of using the customers current data to suppress offers that would not be applicable, such as products that the customer already has.
The Premier Checking account upgrade offer is only applicable if the customer checking account has a daily average balance greater than $500 over the last four months.Not recommendedAlthough this could be a bank policy, where the bank would prevent a customer from opening the account unless the customer meets these criteria, it is more likely the author is intending to use this rule as a targeting criterion. A better solution is to manage all targeting criteria in the Arbitration tab of Next-Best-Action Designer.
The auto loan offer is only applicable if the customer has not have been late on more than two consecutive payments on any loan with the bank over the last two years.Acceptable

This rule can be a bank policy where customers who have been late in consecutive payments should not be presented with new credit offers. However, be careful not to introduce targeting criteria if the intent behind this rule is finding the right customers who may accept auto loan offers.

The auto-pay reminder message is only applicable if the customer account is not currently enrolled in auto-pay.GoodThis engagement message is not applicable if the call to action has already been completed by the customer.
The savings product offers are only applicable if the customer has not explicitly opted out of any direct marketing for this product line.GoodThis rule is a good example of including customer-specific information to filter specific actions. Unlike eligibility criteria, the customer is in control of changing their marketing preferences, and thus this business rule should be categorized as applicability.
SuitabilityThe conditions for an action to be appropriate for a customer. An action is considered suitable if it is in the customer's best interest.

Although a customer may be eligible for a loan, it may be inappropriate to market it to them if they are likely to default on it.

Contact policyPolicies which determine when and for how long an action or a group of actions should be suppressed, basaed on customer behavior.

Suppress an action for a customer after the customer has received messages related to the action more than five times over a seven-day period.



Some pointers on setting up Issue and Group-level policies

  • When creating a new action, you always check the group level eligibility, suitability and applicability policies first to see if any can be inherited, before creating new rules at the Action level
  • If you have multiple business units and want to isolate actions, then ensure that you set up these engagement policies specific to a business unit at the group level, and ensure that users strictly use those when creating new actions


Configuring engagement policies

To configure the group eligibility policies, follow below steps: 

  1. In the Pega Marketing portal, click Next-Best-Action > Designer > Engagement policy.
  2. Click the name of a business group.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Expand the Eligibility section.
  5. In the first column, select a field, a strategy, or a When condition from the list.
  6. In the second column, select a comparator from the list. For strategies, the comparator is always has results for.
  7. In the third column, select as needed:
    • For field conditions, enter a value in the field or select a field by clicking Select values. The system compares the value of this field to the value of the corresponding field or condition in the first column. For example, Status work is equal to Done.
    • For strategies, select the required component. The system determines whether there exist strategy results for that component.
    • When conditions do not have a third column, because their comparator can only be true or false.
  8. To specify additional conditions and define the relationships between them, do the following steps:
    1. Click Add a row and add as many conditions as required.
    2. Use the drop-down lists between each pair of conditions to specify how these conditions relate to each other. You can group conditions with AND or OR operators.
    3. Use the drop-down list in the upper right corner to specify how condition groupings should be evaluated.
      • Group ANDs - Select this option if you want conditions linked with the AND operator to be evaluated as a group, and conditions linked with the OR operator to be evaluated individually. With this grouping, the grouping of condition 1 AND condition 2 OR condition 3 OR condition 4 is evaluated as (1 AND 2) OR 3 OR 4. That is, either conditions 1 and 2 must both be true, or either one of conditions 3 and 4 must be true.
      • Group ORs - Select this option if you want conditions linked with the OR operator to be evaluated as a group, and conditions linked with the AND operator to be evaluated individually. With this grouping, the grouping of condition 1 AND condition 2 OR condition 3 OR condition 4 is evaluated as 1 AND (2 OR 3 OR 4). That is, both condition 1 and one of conditions 2, 3, and 4 must be true.
      • Use advanced logic - Select this option if you want to define a mix of grouping by the AND and OR operator. Use the Logic string field to specify the condition grouping.
        If you change a condition that uses advanced logic back to Group ANDs or Group ORs, all the groupings that you previously defined are reset.
  9. To save the condition for future reuse, click Actions > Save to library.
    The Save to library option is not available if the conditions include either Strategy rules or When conditions with parameters. The option is also disabled for eligibility conditions which include default criteria created with the Use advanced logic option.
  10. Click Save.
  11. To test the behavior of each component of the engagement policy, click Actions > Start simulation testing, and select whether you want to view the results for a specific group or for the whole business structure. For more information, see Creating simulation tests in Customer Decision Hub.


For the Applicability rules, expand the Applicability section under step 4, and follow the same steps.

For the Suitability rules, expand the Suitability section under step 4, and follow the same steps.


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