When setting up promotions with SmartTarget 2014 SP1 I can get everything to work just fine if my content selection is based on a folder, but if I try to select components individually, the dropdown for selecting a Component Template is empty, both for a common Component Template, and also if I check the Select per Item checkbox. I have the same issue whether I create promotions on a master publication level (valid for all child publications) or on a local publication level.

Can anyone explain why this is happening, or how to get this working properly?

UPDATE: My Component Templates are 'dynamic' - Set to Published as a Dynamic Component with the Allow on Page Using Dynamic Assembly checkbox unchecked (these are standalone banners for SmartTarget only). I notice that when I check the checkbox, the CT appears in the list. Is this as intended? I would expect that it shouldn't matter if this box is checked.

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It uses the same logic as when you select a Component Presentation to put on a Page: it will look at the Schemas the Components are based on and find any Component Templates that are linked to those Schemas.

  • See my update above - it works when the Allow on Page... checkbox is checked - which doesnt really make sense to me
    – Will Price
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 9:25
  • My neither. I guess the API method SmartTarget uses only returns items that can be placed on a page. I would consider that a defect. Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 8:38
  • OK - thanks - I will report it to customer support
    – Will Price
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 10:46

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