Smart Filtering with Smart Filters

April 27, 2016 Uberflip Customer Success

Here's what you need to know to use Smart Filters to sort, manage and tag your content.

Before, you could filter your content only based on one specific term. The filter could be applied to your entire Hub or a specific Stream. Once applied, you could do one of three things with the filtered content: hide, feature or add the Item to a Marketing Stream.

Once created you could apply the filter to the content that was already in your Hub, but up to a maximum of 200 Items.

Then We Changed Smart Filters

Smart Filters can now be configured to apply to as many Streams and terms as you'd like. You can filter content based on status, and we added the ability to exclude certain Streams, text in Titles and Descriptions, and / or Tags.

Best of all, there's no limit! The new version of Smart Filters will check all the Items in your Hub.

Creating Filters

To create your filters click the 'Smart Filters' option in the Hub menu.

Then click the blue '+ Add New Filter' button on the management screen.

Step 1 - The 'Search' Step.

The first tab that opens when creating a new smart filter is the 'Search' tab. This is where you'll define all of the parameters you want to use to filter content:

From this screen, you can choose:

  • Located In: specific Streams you'd like the filter to apply to.
  • Title or description match: Text in the title or description of any Item.
  • Item status: Choose from Featured, Unfeatured, Visible and Hidden.

Got tags on your content? You can use them with Smart Filters!

This drop down menu includes a 'Tags match' option. Any Tags that you've already used in your Hub will automatically display so you can click them to add.


But wait a minute... You didn't know you could tag your content?

You could also choose Items that do not have certain attributes, such as:

  • Not located in,
  • Title or description doesn't match, or
  • Tags do not match.

These options could be useful if you want to exclude Items in a group of Streams. If you've chosen 'Not located in', for example, you can choose to exclude a type of Stream, like 'Any Twitter Stream' or 'Any Flipbook Stream'.

The screengrab below shows how we would create a Filter that has a 'Visible' status and is not located in the stream 'Account Basics'.

Step 2 - Time for some 'Action'.

Once you've selected where the filter should look, and what it will be searching for, click the blue 'Next' button at the bottom of the Create New Filter modal.

Your options:

  1. Add to Streams: choose the Marketing or Sales Stream you'd like Items found by the filter to be placed in.
  2. Remove from Streams: If the filter finds an Item in a Stream, this option removes the Item from a Marketing or Sales Stream.
  3. Feature in Streams: This option will allow you to Feature the Item, either in the native Stream it was created in, a Marketing Stream, or any Stream that has the Item.
  4. Unfeature in Streams: This option will allow you to Unfeature the Item in the native Stream, a Marketing Stream, or in any Stream that has the Item.
  5. Add Tags: YES! If the filter finds the Item based on what you've specified, you can automatically add a Tag to the Item.
  6. Remove Tags: ... and of course, if the filter finds the Item, you can remove any specified Tags.
  7. Change Status: indicate if the filter should Show, or Hide Items found.
  8. Delete: delete, delete, delete!

Once you've chosen the actions you'd like the Filter to take, click anywhere in the modal to add that action to the Filter. 

Don't forget to click 'Next'.

Step 3 - Set It & Go.

Here's where you give the Smart Filter a name and tell the app when it should run.

There are four types of events under 'Filter Runs' that will control when the Filter goes through your Hub to find the Items found. 'When an Item is Created or Imported', 'When an Item is Edited', and 'When an Item is Created, Edited or Imported' are options related to changes made to Items or Streams specifically. 

The 'On Demand' option will trigger only when the 'Run' icon is clicked from the Smart Filters management screen.

Last, if you want the filter to run on the Items that are in your Hub now, check the box beside 'Run on existing items immediately'.

And that's it! Your new filter should be added to the Filters section of your Hub.

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