You can take advantage of search and click analytics when using Appbase.io as a backend with ReactiveSearch. Search analytics work out of the box with analytics prop in ReactiveBase. This recipe explains how to implement click analytics and track impressions for your app.

Click Analytics

Click analytics have to be wired into the result components. Its supported in ReactiveList, however when using ReactiveList, the renderItem or render prop receives a method called triggerAnalytics to make click analytics work which you have to invoke with onClick.

<ReactiveList
    ...
    renderItem={(data, triggerAnalytics) => (
        <div onClick={triggerAnalytics}>...</div>
    )}
/>

When rendering your component using render you have to call the triggerAnalytics function by using the _click_id property of the result items as an argument. This method also supports the document id(optional) as the second param. If document id is not set then ReactiveSearch will calculate it based on the click position. Example:

<ReactiveList
    ...
    render={({
        data,
        triggerAnalytics
    }) =>
        results
            .map((item, index) => (
                <div
                    key={item._id}
                    onClick={() => triggerAnalytics(item._click_id)}
                >
                    ...
                </div>
            ))
    }
/>

Click Analytics in Map Component

When rendering results using renderAllData in ReactiveGoogleMap you may have to call the triggerAnalytics function by using the _click_id property of the result items as an argument. This method also supports the document id(optional) as the second param. If document id is not set then ReactiveSearch will calculate it based on the click position. Example:

<ReactiveGoogleMap
    ...
    renderAllData={(hits, streamHits, loadMore, renderMap, renderPagination, triggerAnalytics) => {
        return(
            <>
                {hits.map(hit => (
                    <div onClick={() => triggerAnalytics(hit._click_id)}>
                        {JSON.stringify(hit)}
                    </div>
                ))}
                {renderMap()}
            </>
        )
    }
/>

Similarily, in OpenStreetMap:

<ReactiveOpenStreetMap
    ...
    renderAllData={(hits, streamHits, loadMore, renderMap, renderPagination, triggerAnalytics) => {
        return(
            <>
                {hits.map(hit => (
                    <div onClick={() => triggerAnalytics(hit._click_id)}>
                        {JSON.stringify(hit)}
                    </div>
                ))}
                {renderMap()}
            </>
        )
    }
/>

Track Impressions for Search Results

Impressions tracking is tied to the result components. You may have to do some extra setup in the ReactiveList component to track the impressions. Please follow the following instructions for different kind of use-cases.

  1. If you're using the renderItem method to render the results then no extra setup is required.
  2. If you're using the render method for the results UI then you have to define the id property for each result element. The value of id property must be the _id value from the elasticsearch hit object.

For an example,

<ReactiveList
    render={({ data }) => {
        return (
            <ul>
                {data.map(hit => (
                    /* Set the id property on list element to track the impressions */
                    <li id={hit._id}>
                        {hit.title}
                        {/* Render UI */}
                    </li>
                ))}
            </ul>
        );
    }}
/>
  1. If you're using render method with ResultCard or ResultList components then you have to define the id prop for those components.

For an example,

<ReactiveList
    componentId="SearchResult"
>
    {({ data }) => (
        <ResultCardsWrapper>
            {
                data.map(item => (
                    /* Set the id property on ResultCard to track the impressions */
                    <ResultCard id={item._id} key={item._id}>
                        <ResultCard.Title
                            dangerouslySetInnerHTML={{
                                __html: item.original_title
                            }}
                        />
                        <ResultCard.Description>
                            <div>
                                <div>by {item.authors}</div>
                                <div>
                                    ({item.average_rating} avg)
                                </div>
                            </div>
                            <span>
                                Pub {item.original_publication_year}
                            </span>
                        </ResultCard.Description>
                    </ResultCard>
                ))
            }
        </ResultCardsWrapper>
    )}
</ReactiveList>

Configure the analytics experience

You can define the appbaseConfig prop in the ReactiveBase component to customize the analytics experience when appbase.io is used as a backend. It accepts an object which has the following properties:

  • recordAnalytics Boolean allows recording search analytics (and click analytics) when set to true and appbase.io is used as a backend. Defaults to false.
  • searchStateHeader Boolean If true, then appbase.io will record the search state with every search request made from ReactiveSearch. Defaults to false.
  • emptyQuery Boolean If false, then appbase.io will not record the analytics for the empty queries i.e match_all queries. Defaults to true.
  • enableQueryRules Boolean If false, then appbase.io will not apply the query rules on the search requests. Defaults to true.
  • suggestionAnalytics Boolean If false, then appbase.io will not record the click analytics for the suggestions. Defaults to true.
  • userId String It allows you to define the user id to be used to record the appbase.io analytics. Defaults to the client's IP address.
  • customEvents Object It allows you to set the custom events which can be used to build your own analytics on top of appbase.io analytics. Further, these events can be used to filter the analytics stats from the appbase.io dashboard.
    For example in the following code, we're setting up two custom events that will be recorded with each search request.

    <Reactivebase
        appbaseConfig={{
                customEvents: {
                    platform: "ios",
                    device: "iphoneX"
                }
        }}
    >
    </Reactivebase>