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About Erin Duncan

CRM and Marketing Automation Strategist. Erin Duncan is 3x Salesforce certified and has 9+ years of experience as a Salesforce and Pardot Admin. Erin is the leader of the Atlanta B2B Marketers User Group, a Salesforce Marketing Champion, and a former Dreamforce, SE Dreamin, and NE Dreamin speaker.

Preparing for Pardot Opt Out Field Sync Changes

The Salesforce Winter ’23 release is bringing some changes to the Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) “Opted Out” field. After this release, the sync options will change and “Use most recently updated” will no longer be an option for this field. 

Pardot Admins must choose between “Use Salesforce’s Value” or “Use Pardot’s Value” before February 26th, 2023 or this field will stop syncing with Salesforce. All Pardot Orgs created after August 26th, 2022 will default to use Pardot’s Value.

So, how do you keep Pardot and Salesforce Opt Outs in sync between the two systems after this change? Well, it all depends on where your emails are coming from. 

If you are only sending emails from Pardot

If you are only sending emails from Pardot, then Pardot being the system of record should not cause any issues. 

Before you change your Opt Out sync behavior in Pardot, check the permissions of your “Email Opt Out” field on the Lead and Contact Objects. You will want to ensure only the Pardot to Salesforce connector user’s profile can edit this field so Salesforce users don’t incorrectly think they can opt out Leads/Contacts from the Salesforce side. 

  1. In Salesforce navigate to Setup > Object Manager > Lead > Fields & Relationships
  2. Locate and open the Email Opt Out field
  3. Select Set Field-Level Security
  4. Ensure Read-Only is selected for any profiles who have visibility to this field except for the connector user’s profile (this will be the “B2BMA Integration User” profile if you are using the B2BMA integration user as your connector user)
  1. Select Save
  2. Repeat steps 1-5 for the Contact Object

Next, change your Pardot Opted Out field to use Pardot’s Value and voila! You are ready for this update. 

But Salesforce Users want to be able to Opt Out Leads/Contacts

If your Salesforce users need to maintain the ability to opt Leads/Contacts out of Pardot Email from the Salesforce side, they can use the “Do Not Email” field going forward. Make sure you go through the “If you are only sending emails from Pardot”  steps above, as well as:

#1 – Create a “Do Not Email” field for Leads/Contacts

  1. In Salesforce navigate to Setup > Object Manager > Lead > Fields & Relationships
  2. Select New
  3. Select the field type Checkbox, then Next
  4. Name the field “Pardot: Do Not Email”
  5. In the Help Text field, enter “Prevents this Lead/Contact from receive Marketing emails in Pardot”
  1. Select Next
  2. On the Establish field-level security screen, ensure all profiles that will need update this field have visibility to it especially the Connector user’s profile (this will be the “B2BMA Integration User” profile if you are using the B2BMA integration user as your connector user)
  3. Select Next
  4. Select the page layouts you’d like to add this field to, select Save
  5. Repeat steps 1-9 for the Contact Object 

# 2 – Map the “Pardot: Email Opt Out” field upon Conversion

  1. In Salesforce navigate to Setup > Object Manager > Lead > Fields & Relationships
  2. Select Map Lead Fields
  3. Select the Contact tab
  4. Locate the Pardot: Do Not Email field in the Lead Fields column and select the Pardot: Do Not Email  field under the Contact Fields Column
  1. Select Save

# 3 – Map the Pardot “Do Not Email” field to Salesforce

  1. In the Pardot Lightning app, navigate to Pardot Settings > Prospect Fields > Default Fields > Do Not Email
  2. Select Edit default Prospect field
  3. In the salesforce.com Field Name drop down, select Pardot: Do Not Email
  4. In the Sync Behavior field, select Use the most recently updated value
  1. Select Save default field

If you’re sending email out of multiple systems

If you’re sending emails out of Pardot and Salesforce, Marketing Cloud, or various other systems, my recommendation would be to create an Opt Out field for each system then use a Salesforce flow to keep these checkboxes in line. 

For instance, if a Lead/Contact opts out of Pardot emails, you likely want to also opt them out of Salesforce and Marketing Cloud emails coming from the same company or email domain,  otherwise you’re likely to get some SPAM complaints. 

Tell us how Pardot Opt Out Field Sync changes affect you

How are you handling the Pardot Opt Out field sync changes? Do you have any scenarios that are more complex than the examples above? Let us know in the comments!

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By |2022-10-05T14:06:00+00:00October 5th, 2022|Categories: Data Management, New Features, Release Notes|

Get Ready for Pardot Classic App Retirement

Queue Sarah McLachlan’s “I will remember you,” because the Pardot Classic App in Salesforce is officially retiring on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Remain calm! The retirement of the Pardot Classic App is unrelated to the recent Pardot rebrand to “Marketing Cloud Account Engagement.”

The retiring of the Classic app was announced almost a year ago, in October 2021. Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) will still be accessible at pi.pardot.com and through the Lightning App.

Check out this FAQ article for more information on what is changing with the retirement of the Pardot Classic App.

Pardot Classic App Retirement Implications

What does this mean? If you’re using the Pardot Classic App in Salesforce today, then you’re accessing the classic user interface (UI) via the “Pardot tab” in either your Salesforce Classic or Lightning experience.

On October 17, 2022, you’ll have two options to access Pardot moving forward:

  1. Logging in at pi.pardot.com: This is Pardot’s legacy application with the same classic UI experience shared by the Pardot Classic App.
  2. Enabling the Pardot Lightning App: This is the recommended application to continue using Pardot in Salesforce Lightning. The Pardot Lightning App also grants you access to the latest and greatest features not available in the Classic App or at pi.pardot.com.

Getting Salesforce Access for Pardot Users

But my Pardot users don’t have access to Salesforce!

That’s OK!

With the Winter ’23 release, users who do not require full access to Salesforce can now access the Pardot Lightning app with a new permission set. Read more about the Winter’ ’23 new release updates here.

Start Using the Pardot Lightning App

What’s the Pardot Lightning App?

I’m so glad you asked!

This app gives you access to all your favorite Pardot marketing automation features in an updated UI built on the Salesforce Platform. Check out this blog post on the benefits of using the Pardot Lightning App and the additions that come with it.

It’s Time to Switch to Pardot Lightning

Are you ready to make the switch? Check out The Salesforce Pardot Lightning Implementation Guide. Or get in touch with us for help.

Let us know how you feel about making the switch to Pardot Lightning in the comments!

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By |2022-10-03T13:44:00+00:00October 3rd, 2022|Categories: New Features, Release Notes|

Salesforce Winter ‘23 Release: Pardot Highlights

The Salesforce Winter ’23 Release Notes are out, and they include important features for marketers who are on the Salesforce platform. 

We get three major releases from Salesforce each year — Spring, Summer and Winter. Each Salesforce release includes upgrades and enhancements that affect Salesforce orgs in different ways. 

So, if you’re using and managing marketing operations for your company or organization and want to know more about Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot), then you’re in the right place. We’re going to cover everything you need to know about the Salesforce Winter ‘23 Release for Pardot Admins.

Salesforce Winter ’23 Release: Pardot Highlights

Marketers who use the Salesforce platform are getting lots of attention from the Salesforce Winter ‘23 Release. 

Some updates are changing the way we work to meet evolving technology demands. Others are saving us time by connecting the dots in a logical way. All we know is, this release includes big updates for people in the marketing world!

Highlight #1: Send data to third-party systems with External Actions

New External Actions allow you to send data to third-party systems from within an Engagement Studio Program. For example, you may want to send a prospect a survey, send them a text message, or even log a case based off of an action they took with your marketing materials. 

External Actions, as well as External Activities, allow marketers to automate across platforms for a more unified experience. This feature is available to Plus, Advanced, and Premium editions of Pardot. 

Highlight #2: Perform full database syncs

Gone are the days of adding a new prospect field just to trigger a full sync! The Winter ‘23 release is adding a new option to the Salesforce Connector to allow for a full sync of Prospect records.

sync all prospects

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This feature is available to all Pardot editions, but it can only be performed in Pardot Business Units with fewer than 500k prospects. A full sync can be performed once every seven days. 

Highlight #3: Pardot’s “Opt Out” Field Syncing is Changing

Starting February 26th, 2023, the Pardot “Opt Out” field’s sync behavior can no longer be set to “use most recently updated.” 

This field will be limited to “Use Pardot’s Value” or “Use Salesforce” value. If your “Opt Out” field is currently set to “use most recently updated” you likely already seeing this banner in your org:

Select sync behavior

If Pardot is the only system you are sending emails out of, you should be okay to change the syncing behavior to “Use Pardot’s Value.” 

However, if you are sending emails out of Sales Cloud, Marketing Cloud, or any other system, you’ll likely need separate Opt Out fields for each platform and then automations to keep them in line.  

This update affects all Pardot Editions. New Pardot orgs created after August 26th, 2022, will default to “Use Pardot’s Value.”

Highlight #4: Pause activity tracking for individual prospects

Do you have an onslaught of bots or prospects who are performing a massive amount of activities in a short window? 

With the Winter ‘23 release you can now pause tracking for individual prospects to keep that overactivity from being tracked. 

When a prospect’s activity tracking is paused, the following will happen:

  • An icon will appear on the prospect’s list view
  • An error will appear on the prospect record
  • The prospect will still receive marketing emails

Highlight #5: New permission sets!

When Salesforce changed over to SSO, your marketers who needed access to Pardot but not Salesforce, likely became Identity Users. However, Identity User licenses do not grant marketers access to the Pardot Lightning app. That means they were missing out on cool new features, such as the Lightning Landing Page and Email Builders

The Winter ‘23 release aims to fix this with a new permission set and permission set license that grants users access to these features. 

These new permissions will be available to all Pardot Editions purchased or upgraded after February 12th, 2019. These new permissions do not grant users full access to Salesforce Campaigns though. That means users will still need full Salesforce licenses to create and manage Salesforce Campaigns. 

Highlight #6: Running Automation Rules in real time is being retired

Being able to execute your Automation Rules in real time is being retired. 

If you are not currently using this feature, this option will be removed from your org during the Winter ‘23 release. If you are using this feature, you’ll have until the Summer ‘23 release before this option is removed. 

Execute in real time retirement

Highlight #7: The Pardot Classic App is being retired

And finally, the Pardot Classic App is officially being retired on October 17th. This retirement only affects the Classic App within Salesforce, you will still be able to access Pardot at pi.pardot.com or via the Lightning App. 

If you haven’t made the switch to the Pardot Lightning App yet, check out Salesforce’s Pardot Lightning Implementation Guide or get in touch with us for help!

Pardot is getting bigger and better all the time

B2B marketers who come to Salesforce are usually looking to scale their efforts and grow in a way that makes sense. These latest enhancements from the Salesforce Winter ‘23 Release get marketers closer to those goals by saving them time and resources. Contact the team at Sercante to get help implementing these enhancements in your Salesforce org. And leave us a comment below to let us know what you think about the Winter ‘23 Release.

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By |2022-09-23T13:50:00+00:00September 23rd, 2022|Categories: New Features, Release Notes|

4 Things to Clean in Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) for Faster Processing Times

Nothing is more frustrating than when you experience a slowdown in your Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) org. 

I just need this one Dynamic List to run, why is it taking so long!?! 

These slow downs are frustrating. But they’re typically a sign that you need to archive old, continuously running, processes and/or optimize how you are using the platform. 

The following best practices will help keep your Pardot org running efficiently. Many of these strategies are going to be more relevant to large orgs with 1 million+ prospects. But this information can be used to help increase processing times in Pardot orgs of any size.

1. Clean your Dynamic Lists

Dynamic lists are constantly running, matching and unmatching prospects as they fit or do not fit criteria. Old Dynamic Lists that are no longer matching prospects, or Dynamic Lists that are not actively being used can be a big strain on your system. 

Salesforce recommends a limit of 1,000 Dynamic Lists per Pardot org. Also, if you have millions of Prospects, consider reviewing Dynamic Lists matching over 5 million prospects to see if these lists can be broken into smaller pieces. 

I like to CSV export my Dynamic Lists so I can sort them by Updated Date and look at the oldest ones first. You can also sort by number of Prospects to tackle your biggest Dynamic Lists.

2. Check those Automation Rules

To keep things running smoothly, limit your automation rules to 5 million actions per day. This is a lot more than I see most Pardot orgs needing or using, but it doesn’t hurt to review your repeating automation rules and ensure the “Repeat Rule” settings are set appropriately to your needs. 

I also recommend reviewing which Automation Rules are set to run in real time. Although Pardot can handle this, it is still not recommended to use this for every rule. I find most of the time a Real Time Automation Rule can instead be replaced by a Completion Action. 

3. Only keep the best Prospects

The more Prospects you have in your Pardot Org, the more processing your org needs to do. Cleaning up unwanted or unneeded Prospects is a great way to cut down the number of processing requests quickly and our Junk Data in Your Pardot Org and 7 Ways to Clean Your Mailable List in Pardot blog posts have some great tips on how to do so. 

Dynamic Lists and Automation Rules are also going to look at every Prospect in your org to see if they match criteria. If you can’t cut down on the number of Prospects in your org, consider adding criteria that will exclude Prospects from recurring automations. 

For example, if I am creating a dynamic list for an email send, I don’t have to include the criteria “Prospect email status isn’t Opted Out” because any Prospects who have Opted Out won’t be sent the email anyway. However, including this in my Dynamic List criteria means Pardot can rule out that chunk of Prospects and process by request faster. 

If you exclude the same set of Prospects from most of your emails and/or automations, consider creating a “Master Suppression List” that can easily be referenced. 

4. Optimize your Engagement Studio Programs (ESPs)

Spread out your wait steps

ESPs can perform a ton of actions on a ton of prospects. Keep in mind that an ESP performs an action per node per prospect. For example, if my ESP starts with 

  1. Send Email
  2. Apply Tag
  3. Check if Grade is B- or above

And I’m sending 5,000 Prospects through this ESP, that is 15,000 processing requests right off the bat. Wait steps can be used to space out the amount of processing one ESP needs to do per day. 

For example, going from this:

To this:

There are still 7 days between the 1st and 2nd email sends, but the processing requests are spread out over the wait period rather than happening all at once. 

Use Complex Rules

Complex Rules are another great way to streamline your ESPs. Rather than have multiple Rule nodes

Combine your rules into one Complex Rule node to simplify your ESP.

Consolidate Branches

Consolidating ESP branches is another great way to cut down on the number of nodes an ESP has and therefore the number of requests it has to process. I find a lot of times users forget that ESPs can branch out, then back in, then back out again etc. When you don’t consolidate branches, your ESP will get very wide and updating them can be a big headache. 

For example, moving from this:

To this:

A little Pardot org cleanup goes a long way

These are just some of the strategies you can employ to keep your Pardot org running smoothly, especially if you have a large org that is tackling numerous processes everyday. 

Regularly auditing your org and Pardot processes is not only going to improve processing times, but it will make the system easier to use overall. 

What other tactics do you use to keep your org clean? Tell us in the comments!

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By |2022-05-10T14:54:08+00:00May 10th, 2022|Categories: Engagement Studio, Getting Started, Marketing Automations, revive, Setup & Admin|

Einstein Send Time Optimization: A How-To Guide

Balancing all the emails your teams want to send to Prospects versus how many emails the Prospects want to receive is difficult. 

Email your Prospects too often and they may opt out. Email them too little and they may miss the important updates they subscribed for. 

Also, determining when to email your Prospects is always a struggle. Should you split your sends by time zones? Is there a sweet spot that covers most time zones? Does anyone actually read emails on Mondays?! 

Up until now, the best way to tackle these decisions is Dynamic Frequency and Recency lists coupled with the numerous studies concerning which days and times are the best to send emails. However, with Pardot and Einstein, you can let machine learning do this analysis for you and have one less thing to think about.

Note: The 2 Einstein Solutions below are only available to Advanced and Premium Editions of Pardot. 

Optimize your email send times

Einstein Send Time Optimization analyzes the timestamp of sends, opens, clicks, unsubscribes, and spam complaints to determine the optimal time to send a Prospect an email. 

Keep in mind, Einstein Send Time Optimization includes List emails, Engagement Studio Program emails, and Salesforce Engage sends in its analysis. It does not include Operational emails or Autoresponders. 

How Send Time Optimization works in the abstract is a little confusing, but this example from Salesforce’s help doc is great: 

example

Send Time Optimization is only available in emails sent from the new MCAE (Pardot) Lightning Email Builder

When sending a list email from the Lightning Builder, three Send Time options appear:

  1. Einstein Optimized (choose this option)
  2. Send Now
  3. Send Later
Einstein Optimized
  • For “Start Date” enter the earliest day you want the emails to go out. 
  • For “Time,” it takes about an hour for Einstein to analyze the prospects, so set this one hour before the earliest time your email should go out (i.e. If I want the emails to start sending at 9AM, I’ll select 8AM). 
  • Then set your “Send Emails Within” value (up to 168 hours which is 7 days). The gray box at the bottom of the Send Time section will show the latest time your email can go out and will update as you change your “Send Emails Within” value. 

Once your email starts sending, you can monitor how many emails have gone out anytime during the Send Time window by going to Pardot Email > Scheduled > All Scheduled Emails.

What data do you need?

Each Prospect needs to have engaged with an email in the last 90 days. If a Prospect is new or has not engaged within this window, Einstein will recommend an aggregate of your email engagement data. 

Enabling Einstein Send Time Optimization

You’ll enable Einstein Send Time Optimization by going to Setup > Einstein Pardot > Send Time Optimization

Once enabled, it will take up to 72 hours to analyze your data and create your custom model.  

Use Einstein Send Time Optimization to customize email frequency 

Einstein Engagement Frequency (EEF) analyzes Prospect’s email engagement over the last 90 days plus their overall engagement data in the past 28 days to determine if the Prospect is Undersaturated, On Target, or Saturated. 

Similar to Einstein Send Time Optimization, EEF analyses List emails, Engagement Studio Program emails, and Salesforce Engage sends. It does not include Operational emails or Autoresponders. 

So, say for example you have a list of 100 Prospects who all received an email two days ago. You need to send all 100 another email, but you are worried about over emailing them. With EEF, you can run a dynamic list looking at your Recipient list from your first email and see which Prospects are Undersaturated or On Target and could be emailed again. 

Dynamic list rules

Or, even better, you could set up an Engagement Studio Program for the second email, and any future communications, to wait for the Prospect’s EEF status to change from Saturated. 

Engagement studio program

What data do you need?

Each Prospect needs to have engaged in at least the last 28 days, but 90 days is recommended. EEF also requires 5+ variations of emails be sent to at least 10 Prospects within the last 28 days.

Enabling EEF

You’ll enable Einstein Send Time Optimization by going to Setup > Einstein Pardot > Einstein Engagement Frequency

Once enabled, it will take up to 72 hours to analyze your data and create your custom model, a new Prospect default field, Einstein Engagement Frequency, will also be created. 

dynamic list rules

Lean on the machines with Einstein Send Time Optimization

With Einstein Send Time Optimization and Einstein Email Frequency, we can begin leaning on machine learning to make some of the email sending decisions for us.

 If you’ve already started using these two Einstein tools with Pardot, please share your tips, tricks, and findings in the comments!

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By |2022-05-06T16:00:00+00:00May 6th, 2022|Categories: Analytics & Reporting, Emails & Forms, Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

Campaign Reporting with Einstein for Marketing Cloud Account Engagement

I have a rather embarrassing story from my pre-Einstein campaign reporting days. 

When I started out as a Salesforce admin (i.e. I got told I was the new admin and that I’d “figure it out.” It was a very small company.) I was also in charge of doing the end-of-quarter reporting on sales and campaigns. 

For attribution, I would manually review every single Closed Won campaign, try to determine the Contacts from the Opportunity notes, tasks, etc., and manually make associations. Primary Campaign Source and Contact Roles were in Salesforce at the time, but no one filled them out. 

So, I just had to go on a fact finding mission. Then I exported all the data into excel and did multi-touch attribution manually. 

In Excel. Ugh.

Sure grandma

Use Einstein to report on Marketing Cloud Account Engagement campaigns

Without the team actively and frequently using Contact Roles, reporting on Campaign Performance was no better. 

I could view who responded to a call to action (CTA) or registered for an event, but reporting on Account Engagement (Pardot) assets + Salesforce campaigns wasn’t really a capability. So, it was also a lot of manual work. 

As much as thinking about these old processes makes me cringe, I’ve heard similar stories from a lot of MCAE admins and marketers. 

Campaign reporting and attribution has come a long way since then — especially since Connected Campaigns and Campaign Influence were first introduced. Now we can easily extend these capabilities with the power of Einstein Machine Learning. 

Note: The two Einstein solutions below are only available to Advanced and Premium editions of Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (a.k.a. MCAE/Pardot). 

Campaign reporting with Einstein Campaign Insights

Einstein Campaign Insights analyzes Prospects’ engagement with your Campaign assets to spot trends and outliers. 

You’ll see two types of insights:

  1. Global Insights: These insights compare the performance of the campaign and assets to other campaigns/assets of the same type (i.e. comparing a single form’s performance to the performance of your other forms)
  2. Segment Insights: These insights shed light on which audiences engage with your campaigns and assets (i.e. Directors opened this email less than other segments).

Einstein Campaign Insights looks for engagement levels that are either higher and lower than usual. 

example

You can also select the dropdown arrow to provide feedback on the Insights and help Einstein improve. 

Einstein insights

What data do you need?

Nearly all data used in the Einstein Campaign Insights model originates from Pardot, so Connected Campaigns must be enabled. Salesforce also recommends having at least 50 Connected Campaigns.

How to enable Einstein Campaign Insights

You’ll enable Einstein Campaign Insights by going to Setup > Einstein Pardot > Einstein Campaign Insights

Once enabled, it will take about 24 hours for your initial insights to appear. Make sure you add the Einstein Insights component to your Lightning record page. 

Analyze campaign performance with Einstein Attribution

Einstein Attribution is Campaign Influence with the power of machine learning. This tool analyzes your campaigns to spot trends and then allocates campaign influence credit to multiple campaigns. 

Einstein Attribution has a few requirements before it can run:

  1. Connected Campaign and Campaign Influence must be set up.
  2. Your org has to be using the standard Opportunity object as well as the default “Close Date” and “Amount” fields.
  3. This tool only looks at Campaign Members with a “Responded” status. Note: This means the “Responded” checkbox needs to be selected for the individual Campaign Member Statuses.
Campaign member statuses

What data do you need?

Salesforce recommends you have at least 100 Opportunities with Contact Roles so Einstein Attribution can analyze which Campaign engagements influence Opportunities. 

Enabling Einstein Attribution

You’ll enable Einstein Attribution Insights by going to Setup > Einstein Pardot > Einstein Attribution

Once enabled, a new Campaign Influence Model called “Data-Driven Model” will be created. To set this as the default over what is specified within Campaign Influence, select the “Use this model as the Campaign Influence default” checkbox.

Enable Einstein Attribution

Set your Campaign Influence Time Frame

Next, set your Campaign Influence Time Frame (3 months to 2 years). This limits which campaigns are considered influential. 

For instance, you probably wouldn’t want a webinar from 5 years ago to get credit for an opportunity created today. I recommend this time frame be 2-3 times your typical sales cycle. 

If you plan on comparing the Data Driven model to the out-of-the-box Campaign Influence models (First Touch, Last Touch, and Even Distribution), make sure the “Set Campaign Influence Time Frame” setting here matches your Auto-Association “Campaign Influence Time Frame.” You can find this by going to Setup > Campaign Influence > Auto-Association Settings. If these two time frames are different, you will see a difference in the Total Attribution in your reports and dashboards. 

campaign influence and multitouch attribution

Select your Success Milestone

Finally, select your Success Milestone. This should be the Opportunity Stage that indicates an Opportunity is legitimate. 

Out-of-the-box Campaign Influence uses the Opportunity creation date as the Success Milestone, but in reality, a Salesperson may open an Opportunity before ever getting the Lead/Account involved. 

Note: Your Data Driven model and the out-of-the-box Campaign Influence models may also show a different Total Attribution number if your Milestone is an Opportunity Stage after campaign creation. 

In the example below, I’ve used my Proposal/Quote stage as the Success Milestone because this stage indicates the Lead/Account is involved and is considering making a purchase. 

data driven model

Salesforce admins have it so good these days

If I had these Einstein campaign reporting tools back when I started my journey as an admin, I would have saved so much time! 

These tools still save me time today and I love not having to worry about if my reports and attribution have the most complete information. 

Are you using Einstein Campaign Insights and Attribution in your org? Or do you have an embarrassing admin story to share? Tell us in the comments!

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By |2022-05-03T14:20:00+00:00May 3rd, 2022|Categories: Analytics & Reporting, Data Management, Pro Tips, revive|

Identify Better Leads with Einstein + Marketing Cloud Account Engagement

I’ll admit, I’ve been neglecting looking into Einstein for Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (us admins have enough to do!). And I was somehow under the impression Einstein for MCAE came with an additional cost per tool (spoiler: they don’t). 

However, recently I dug into all the Einstein tools that work with Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (a.k.a. Pardot/MCAE) and was blown away by how far they’ve come. These tools enable marketers to do really cool things and access even cooler insights! 

This blog goes in depth into the Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) Einstein solutions that affect Lead identification and scoring, as well as how to use them in your everyday marketing.

Note: The three Einstein solutions below are only available to Advanced and Premium Editions of MCAE. 

Predict purchase intent with Einstein Behavior Scoring

Einstein Behavior Scoring uses machine learning to predict which Prospects are ready to purchase by analyzing how they engage with your marketing efforts. 

Unlike standard MCAE Scoring, the Einstein Behavior Scoring model changes over time as it learns to more accurately score Prospects. 

If you’re using Einstein Behavior Scoring, I wouldn’t scrap your MCAE Scoring model. It’s still a great indicator of how engaged a Prospect is with your marketing efforts overall, and it also has the added benefit of Scoring Categories. 

Einstein Behavior Scoring zeros in Prospects who are specifically ready to buy, and it takes into consideration how much they’ve engaged recently. However, I recommend reviewing your MCAE Lead qualification automations to see how Einstein Behavior Score can be incorporated to send better Leads to Sales. 

Note: Einstein Behavior Scoring does not currently work with Person Accounts or Cross Business Unit implementations (where a Lead/Contact is synced to multiple Prospects in multiple MCAE Business Units. 

What data do you need to use Einstein Behavior Scoring?

Salesforce recommends at least 6 months of Prospect engagement data and at least 20 Prospects linked to Opportunities (via Contact Roles). 

This gives Einstein Behavior Scoring enough data to start analyzing which behaviors indicate a Prospect is ready to buy. An individual Prospect needs to have engagement activity within the past year in order to be scored. 

Enabling Einstein Behavior Scoring

Enable Einstein Behavior Scoring by going to Setup > Einstein MCAE > Einstein Behavior Scoring

Once enabled, add “Einstein Scoring” to your Lead and Contact Lightning Pages. 

To use this feature in MCAE, ensure your Salesforce Connector user is assigned either the CRM User, Sales User, or Service User permission set. 

Within MCAE, you can view the Behavior Score on the Prospect page:

You can also use this information in Automations and within Engagement Studio Programs

Pinpoint ideal prospects with Einstein Lead Scoring

Einstein Lead Scoring uses machine learning to analyze patterns in your Lead conversion process and prioritize Leads. So, if Einstein Behavior Score determines how much a Prospect likes you, then Einstein Lead Scoring determines how much you like the Prospect (similar to MCAE Grading). 

Every 10 days, Einstein Lead Scoring reanalyzes your Lead data to identify new trends and determine which Leads have the most in common with those that have previously converted. 

My only drawback with Einstein Lead Scoring is that it doesn’t connect with MCAE. It only gives Leads a score once they sync with Salesforce. 

However, you can use Lead Scoring as a way to prioritize all the amazing Leads you just sent over with Einstein Behavior Scoring. Talk to your sales team about what Einstein Behavior Scoring and Einstein Lead Scoring mean, where to view these measures, and how this information will help them convert better Leads faster. 

What data do you need for Einstein Lead Scoring?

To use Einstein Lead Scoring, you need at least 1,000 Leads created in the last 200 days and at least 120 of the Leads need to have been converted. 

If you don’t have enough data, Einstein Lead Scoring will use a global model until you accumulate enough converted Leads for a customized model. 

How to enable Einstein Lead Scoring

You’ll enable Einstein Behavior Scoring by going to Setup > Einstein MCAE > Einstein Lead Scoring

Here you can enable Lead Scoring as well as customize your settings. You may want to customize your settings if there are specific Lead types or Lead fields that you want to exclude from the model.

Once enabled, a Prospect’s Lead Score can be viewed in the same “Einstein Scoring” section mentioned above. 

Note: Lead Score is only available on Leads, but Behavior Score is on both Leads and Contacts. 

Support account-based marketing with Einstein Key Accounts Identification

Einstein Key Account Identification supports your account-based marketing efforts by analyzing which Accounts are most likely purchase ready. Einstein Key Account Identification analyzes your accounts and the opportunities associated with them to identify trends and key factors. 

Einstein Key Account Identification has two parts:

  1. Account Tier: Account tiers range from A to D (A being the most likely to convert) and are based on your Account data and the custom model Einstein builds for you. 
  2. Uplift Value: An uplift value is assigned per Account Tier and indicates the likelihood to have an opportunity opened in the next 6 months for Accounts in this tier.

Note: Einstein Key Account Identification does not currently work with Person Accounts

The Account Tier can be connected with MCAE (more details below) and be used to support your account-based marketing efforts. 

For example, say you’re holding a swanky event and your sales team needs to know which Accounts would be most advantageous to invite and which Contacts at those Accounts they should send the invites to. 

What data do you need?

Salesforce recommends having 200 Accounts with won opportunities and 200 Accounts with lost opportunities within the last 2 years. 

Enabling Einstein Key Account Identification

Enable Einstein Key Account Identification by going to Setup > Einstein MCAE (Pardot) > Einstein Key Account Identification. Once enabled, it can take up to 72 hours to analyze your data and create your initial custom model. You’ll also want to add the Einstein Key Accounts component to your Lightning record page. 

Account Tier can be pulled into MCAE (Pardot) to be used in Engagement Studio Programs, Automation Rules, and Dynamic Lists. To pull in this field, add a new custom Account field in MCAE (Pardot) and sync it with the Salesforce field “Tier.”

Einstein + Marketing Cloud = ultimate pipeline power

When used by both your sales and marketing teams, Einstein Lead Scoring, Einstein Behavior Scoring, and Einstein Key Account Identification can easily increase the quality and number of Leads to supercharge your pipeline. 

What other use cases can you think of for these three tools? Let us know in the comments!

Original article: Identify Better Leads with Einstein + Marketing Cloud Account Engagement

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By |2022-04-29T19:07:35+00:00April 29th, 2022|Categories: Getting Started, revive, Scoring & Grading, Setup & Admin|

Use “Clone with Related” to Templatize Pardot Campaigns

As a Pardot admin, I try to stay up to date on all the new features and functionality coming to the Pardot platform. Some new features are announced way in advance (looking at you Conditional Completion Actions) and other features seem to squeak by unnoticed. 

In Spring ‘21, Salesforce expanded the “Clone with Related” functionality on campaigns to include Pardot marketing assets and no one really talked about it. 

Yes, I know we have always been able to clone Pardot assets within Pardot, so the feature at face value doesn’t seem super fancy. However, when used correctly, it can allow you to streamline and templatize campaigns for your users. 

But, before we get into that, let’s talk about how this feature works. 

What can be cloned?

When cloning a Salesforce campaign, you can also clone:

  • Campaign Member Statuses
  • Landing Pages (Pardot Classic experience only)
  • Marketing Forms (Both Pardot Forms and Form Handlers)
  • Marketing Links (Custom Redirects & Files)
  • Snippet Assignments

These are the options within a Salesforce campaign:

This view will change depending on the assets that are associated with the campaign when cloned. For example, if your campaign only has a Form associated, “Clone with Related” will display:

When selected, all assets of a specific type will be cloned. If your campaign has 2 Pardot Forms and 1 Pardot Form Handler associated with it, all three assets will be cloned if “Marketing Form” is selected. You cannot pick and choose which of the 3 Forms/Form Handlers will be cloned. 

When cloned, the new asset will have the Date (YYYYMMDD) _ Time (HHMMSS) appended to the asset name. 

“Clone with Related” also has a maximum number it can clone for each asset type. The limitations for each type are outlined here

The limitations I ran into most are concerning the form fields, Pardot Forms are limited to 50 fields and Form Handlers are limited to 25. If a campaign has multiple Forms/Form Handlers and one is over the fields limit, none of them can be cloned. 

What isn’t cloned?

When an asset is cloned, all fields and customizations are copied except: 

  • Archive Date (available on Landing Pages)
  • Vanity URL (available on Landing Pages, Custom Redirects, and Files)
  • Bitly URL (aka Short URL, available on Landing Pages, Custom Redirects, and Files)

For Tracker Domains, the Salesforce documentation states that the cloned asset will use the Pardot account’s primary domain.

However, when testing in an org with multiple verified tracker domains I found that the cloned asset maintained the same tracker domain as the original asset, even if the original asset was using a domain that is not set as the primary.

Finally, Snippets themselves are not cloned, just their assignment. Since Snippets can be attached to multiple Campaigns the “Clone with related” action just associates the new Campaign to the existing Snippet.  

So, does this help with Multiple Pardot Business Units

[long sigh]….no. When you have multiple Pardot Business Units (PBUs) you need to employ Campaign Record Types and specify which Record Type syncs to which PBU. Campaign Record Types and PBUs have a one to one relationship. 

The “Clone with Related” functionality will create a campaign of the same record type, it does not allow you to change the clone’s Campaign Record Type before creating the clone. But, maybe this is laying the groundwork for this functionality in the future (Please!)?

Well, then why is this a big deal?

This functionality can be used to templatize your campaigns. 

For instance, if for every webinar users need to: 

  1. Set up a Salesforce Campaign
  2. Create a registration Form
  3. Create a registration Landing Page
  4. Put the form on said Landing Page
  5. Create a Custom Redirect

How the feature templatizes your campaigns

Users could create a new Salesforce campaign, find the form template (or an up-to-date form if there is no template), copy it, find the landing page template, copy it, edit the Landing Page to include the correct form…so on and so forth. 

However, each user is going to tackle the process differently and the more steps a user has to take, the more steps that have the potential to be skipped or done incorrectly. With the “Clone with Related” functionality you could instead create a Campaign called something like “Template_Marketing_Webinar” and make templates of all those standard assets you need for each webinar. 

You can configure the assets just as you like, with custom fields, specific completion actions, fancy design aspects, and the works. Then when a marketer needs to set up a new webinar all they really need to do is click “Clone with Related,” name their new campaign, configure their vanity domains, bitlys, and archive dates and viola, DONE!

Not groundbreaking, but helpful nonetheless 

This feature likely snuck by many Pardot admin’s noses because, at face value, it’s not entirely groundbreaking. However, used the right way this is one of those great additions that can make your life as a Pardot admin or marketer so much easier. 

What other uses do you have for “Clone with Related”? Let us know in the comments!

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By |2022-03-25T20:06:00+00:00March 25th, 2022|Categories: Data Management, Marketing Automations, Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

New Pardot Feature: Custom Components for Email Content

The Pardot Winter’ 22 release includes a new way to add content to emails you create using the email content builder in Pardot Lightning. Custom components allow marketers to easily build a library of standardized components users can drag-and-drop into email content builder emails without needing to edit HTML or CSS. 

With this new feature, you can create components for standard areas of emails, such as footers or headers. Or, use it for more complex items, such as displaying upcoming events or gathering prospect feedback. 

You can create your own custom components, or search for components built by third parties in the Salesforce AppExchange. 

Pardot email custom components available now

pardot email content builder

Salesforce Labs already has three custom components available:

  1. Embedded Feedback within Pardot Emails

Add a feedback form component to emails and gather instant feedback from prospects.

  1. Video for Email

Easily embed video thumbnails.

  1. Newsletter Lightning Email Template with Google API 

Create newsletter emails with components for Youtube Webinar and Google Calendar.

Once installed, the component will appear in the email content builder in Pardot Lightning under Custom

Note: You must be a Salesforce administrator or your Salesforce user must have the Download AppExchange Packages permission to install a custom component from the Salesforce AppExchange. 

Configure the custom component

Once you drag and drop a custom component into a Pardot email, you can use the right-hand side to configure the component. 

pardot custom component example

This new feature is available in the Lightning Email Builder for Email Content and Email Templates (Custom Components for Email Templates is part of the Spring ‘22 release). This feature is available for Growth, Plus, Advanced, and Premium Pardot editions.

Custom component availability

It is not yet available in the email template builder, but that should be coming in future releases. This feature is available for Growth, Plus, Advanced, and Premium Pardot editions.

Updating Pardot email content custom components

If a custom component is applied to email content and then that component is updated, the email content will not automatically reflect the changes. To update the email content, you must click Edit in Builder and re-apply the custom component. 

Considerations for multiple Pardot Business Units

If you have multiple Pardot Business Units, be mindful of creating custom components that reference fields, content, or assets that only exist in one business unit. Custom components are a platform asset and are not tied or restricted to a specific business unit. 

Share your experiences

How are you planning on using this new feature in your org? Tell us in the comments!

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By |2021-12-10T17:53:35+00:00December 10th, 2021|Categories: Emails & Forms, New Features, Release Notes, revive|

How to be Successful with the Pardot Drag-and-Drop Landing Page Builder

In the Salesforce Winter ’22 release, Pardot launched the new drag-and-drop Landing Page builder, which allows users to create nativey responsive landing pages and control when pages are published and/or removed. This builder uses the same integration as the drag-and-drop email content builder, so if you are already using that feature there is nothing new to set up!

This post will cover a few things you can do to ensure your users are successful with this new builder. For a great demo of this new feature, check out the Pardot Release Readiness Winter ’22 Webinar (The landing page builder demo starts around the 14-minute mark).

Requirements and System Usage

Before you get started with the landing page builder, you’ll need to ensure:

You’ll also want to take a look at your landing page usage and limit. Landing pages published with the new drag-and-drop experience plus landing pages published with the classic experience will both count toward your account’s limit. 

To check your usage and limit, navigate to Pardot Settings > Usage and Limits

pardot landing page builder

Ensure consistent use of naming conventions

Good naming conventions are going to be especially helpful when using this new builder. Naming conventions will allow users to quickly and easily locate the correct campaign, images, and form while building a new landing page. 

If you are using multiple Pardot Business Units (PBU) it will be even more important to have good naming conventions. When you create a new landing page, you will need to associate it with a connected campaign. The campaign you select determines which PBU the landing page belongs to as well as which forms can be used on this landing page (the landing page can only use Pardot forms that exist in the same PBU as the page). To make sure your users can determine which PBU a campaign or asset belongs to at a glance, I highly recommend adding your PBU name to the naming convention. 

To ensure naming conventions are used correctly on Salesforce Campaigns, check out our previous blog post on how to automate Salesforce Campaign Naming Conventions.

Vanity URLs

You’ll also want to make sure you have a good policy around using vanity URLs and ensure your users know how to check if a vanity URL is already in use before attempting to publish their new landing page. Vanity URLs are not validated until the landing page is published, meaning a team may center their marketing materials around the URL being www.sercante.com/really-cool-awesome-stuff only to find out upon publishing that this URL is already in use for another marketing initiative. More considerations for vanity URLs can be found here

Salesforce Navigation and Page Layout Edits

Make sure your users know where to find this new feature by adding the Landing Page tab to the Pardot Lightning App navigation.

  1. Navigate to Setup >  App Manager
  2. Locate the Pardot app (ensure the App Type says “Lightning”)
lightning experience app manager
  1. Select the dropdown arrow and click Edit
  2. Select Navigation Items
  3. Move Landing Pages over to the Selected Items pane, click Save
navigation items - landing pages

Also edit your Landing Page layouts to include the new Publication Details section:

example landing page

You can edit this page layout by navigating to Setup > Object Manager > Landing Page > Page Layouts

Create New Landing Page List Views

With more granular control over when Pardot Landing Pages are published and unpublished, as well as additional tracking of changes, creating a few list views will help you easily audit your pages. 

You can create new landing page list views by navigating to Landing Pages, clicking the Action wheel, and then New.

all landing pages

Configure a “Published Landing Page” view to keep an eye on metrics

  • This view is filtered to only show “Status equals Published”
published landing pages

Configure a “In Progress Landing Pages” view to monitor which pages are unpublished but in progress:

in progress landing pages
  • The “Content Last Saved” fields are updated anytime the landing page name, campaign, content, search engine indexing, and/or vanity URL are changed. Publishing and unpublishing a landing page does not update these fields.
  • This view is filtered to only show “Status equals Draft”

Finally, configure a list view of landing pages that have a status of “Published (Changes Pending).” Unlike the classic landing page builder, new and updated pages will need to be pushed to “published” when they are complete. Landing pages will not auto-publish upon saving. This new change in functionality may cause some users to leave their page in the “Published (Changes Pending)” state and a list view can help you keep on eye out for these. 

For this list view, clone your “In Progress Landing Pages” view but change the filter to only show “Status equals Published (Changes Pending)”

published pending landing pages

Automate Reminders to Publish

Since users will need to publish landing pages when changes are made, you can set up a flow to remind landing page owners that their pages are not published. I set this up with a flow. My flow looks for landing pages with a status of “Published (Changes Pending)” and a Content Last Saved date of three days ago or less. My Flow will send an email reminder to the user who last updated the landing page for up to three days after their edits were made (unless the page is published). 

automate reminders to publish landing pages

What excites you about the new Pardot Landing Page builder? Tell us in the comments!

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By |2021-10-22T11:01:21+00:00October 22nd, 2021|Categories: Content Marketing, Design, Release Notes, Salesforce|