Modern e-commerce businesses have to integrate with a wide spectrum of tools from marketing and personalization to analytics and business intelligence. Integrations to these tools quickly become hard to maintain and new integrations become overly complex to implement putting a stretch on an e-commerce organization's resources.
The CDP (Customer Data Platform) Segment solves this problem by allowing users to instantly integrate with +100 tools through a single unified API.
Medusa has an official plugin
medusa-plugin-segment that instantly gives you access to all Segment integrations and comes preconfigured with powerful server-side tracking
Segment is a powerful Customer Data Platform that allows users to collect, transform, send and archive their customer data.
Segment allows users to manage different tracking and marketing tools using one API and interface, making it very simple to try out and integrate with different services in your e-commerce stack.
Common integration use cases that can be implemented with Segment include:
- Google Analytics Enhanced E-commerce tracking
- Data warehousing for advanced data analytics and segmentation through services like Snowflake
Adding Segment to your Medusa store
You should create a Node.js source in Segment in order to obtain the write key that will be provided in the plugin options.
Plugins in Medusa's ecosystem come as separate npm packages, that can be installed from the npm registry.
npm install medusa-plugin-segment
yarn add medusa-plugin-segment
After installation open
medusa-config.js to configure the Segment plugin, by adding it to your project's plugin array and providing the options required by the plugin, namely the write key obtained from the Segment dashboard.
After the plugin has been configured you will get instant access to +100 services through the Segment dashboard. This allows you to try out new services for your e-commerce stack without having to make heavy integration investments.
medusa-plugin-segment comes with prebuilt tracking for common flows for Orders, Returns, Swaps, and Claims. Where applicable the events follow the Segment Ecommerce Spec.
Below is a list of some of the events that are tracked by default:
- Order Completed
- Order Shipped
- Order Refunded ← Without returned products
- Order Cancelled
- Order Refunded ← With returned products
- Swap Created
- Swap Confirmed
- Swap Shipped
- Item Claimed
The default events serve as a good foundation for e-commerce tracking, allowing you to answer questions regarding product performance, return ratios, claim statistics, and more.
In many cases you will want to track other events that are specific to your store - this is also possible through the Segment plugin, as the plugin registers the
segmentService in your Medusa project.
Tracking custom events
Building from the custom functionality that can be guided by the tutorial in Medusa docs, imagine that you want to track all welcome opt-ins.
segmentService exposes a
track method that wraps Segment's Track Spec, allowing you to send events to the Segment from anywhere in your Medusa project.
For example, to add tracking of the opt-ins in the
POST /welcome/:cart_id endpoint, you could add the following code:
const segmentService = req.scope.resolve("segmentService")
event: "Welcome Opt-In Registered",
The above snippet would send an event to Segment for further processing. The event data could be used for:
- Segmentation of a mailing list in MailChimp or Klaviyo based on whether the customer opted in for welcomes
- Storage in the data warehouse for later analysis to answer questions like "Are customers who opt-in for welcomes more likely to become recurring customers?"
- Integration to Google Analytics's events
This article covers the introduction to one of many Medusa plugins and an explanation of how you can enhance your e-commerce stack, which will help you to build a successful e-commerce project.
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