Split a List

Follow these steps to split a list manually. We also offer the automated option of A/B Split Testing Campaigns, which splits lists randomly for each send. That option is recommended for most use cases. However, there may be occasions where you need to test multiple custom segments manually, or test those same cohorts repeatedly over time. The directions below outline how to manually split a list.

You can only split a Natural List, not a Smart List. This is because a smart list cannot be used as the source in Audience Builder for another Smart List.

Manually Splitting Lists

The process below outlines how to split a list into four equal segments, each with 25% of users from original list(s).

Segment List A

  1. Select your Source List. This can either be a list filtered from All Primary Natural Lists or any single list that contains the full set of users you want to include in your test.
  2. Select your list filters, if you’re using them.
  3. From the Actions Bar, select Other Actions and then Generate Natural List. The Generate Natural List editor opens.
  4. From the Generate Natural List editor:
    1. Enter a List Name, for example, List A.
    2. Limit the list size to 25% of the Source list.
    3. Click Start Generate Job.

Segment List B

Repeat steps 1 – 2 under Segment List A, then:

  1. Add the Natural and Smart Lists filter.
    1. Set it to IS NOT on these lists.
    2. Select List A from the dropdown or enter it exactly. List names are case sensitive.
  2. From the Actions Bar, select Other Actions and then Generate Natural List. The Generate Natural List editor opens.
  3. From the Generate Natural List editor:
    1. Enter a List Name, for example, List B.
    2. Limit the list size to 25% of the Source list.
    3. Click Start Generate Job.

Segment List C

Repeat steps 1 – 2 under Segment List A and give the third list a new name, such as  “List C”. Then from the Generate Natural List editor:

  1. Add the Natural and Smart Lists filter.
    1. Set it to IS NOT on these lists.
    2. Select List A and List B from the dropdown or enter them exactly. List names are case sensitive.
  2. From the Actions Bar, select Other Actions and then Generate Natural List. The Generate Natural List editor opens.
  3. From the Generate Natural List editor:
    1. Enter a List Name, for example, List C.
    2. Limit the list size to 25% of the Source list.
    3. Click Start Generate Job.

Segment List D

Repeat steps 1 – 2 under Segment List A. Then:

  1. Add the Natural and Smart Lists filter.
    1. Set it to IS NOT on these lists.
    2. Select List A, List B, and List C from the dropdown or enter them exactly. List names are case sensitive.
  2. From the Actions Bar, select Other Actions and then Generate Natural List. The Generate Natural List editor opens.
  3. From the Generate Natural List editor:
    1. Enter a List Name, for example, List D.
    2. Click Start Generate Job.

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