Pardot Marketing Data Sharing Rules: Prevent Duplicates in Salesforce

You’re a responsible marketer and adhere to the Salesforce Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) Permission-Based Marketing Policy. You’ve enabled Marketing Data Sharing (MDS) rules to ensure that prospects who have not opted-in are not syncing to Pardot. Now you get a call from your Salesforce Admin about Pardot creating duplicates in Salesforce.

In this post, we’ll discuss how you can remain compliant AND prevent unintentional dupes in Salesforce.

Let’s start at the beginning

Most sales organizations use tools like Clearbit, Lusha, or ZoomInfo to research companies, find new contacts, review intent data, or enhance data.

These are perfectly valid use cases and can be very beneficial to organizations. However, the problems start when marketing begins emailing these records through Pardot.

What’s the problem? The email addresses are valid.

Salesforce has a Marketing Cloud Account Engagement Permission-Based Marketing Policy that strictly prohibits the sending of emails to customers or prospects who have not expressly opted-in to receive them.

Our customers certify that they will not use rented, traded, or purchased lists, email append lists, or any list that contains email addresses captured in any method other than express, customer-specific opt-in when using our system to send emails.

Sending emails to acquired records is a clear violation of the permission-based marketing policy and can result in the suspension or termination of your account. I’d hate to be the person responsible for that!

What’s a marketer to do?

Verify your connector preferences

The first thing is to understand your connector settings in Pardot. Most accounts will be configured to automatically create prospects in Pardot if they are created as a Lead or Contact in Salesforce. This means that ANY lead or contact created in Salesforce from ANY source is going to end up in Pardot and could unknowingly be emailed by your marketing team.

Limit record entry with Marketing Data Sharing Rules

MDS is the safest way to make sure that data does not enter Pardot (Here’s a great post on MDS if you have questions – Pardot Marketing Data Sharing: Tips, Gotchas, and Setup). You can restrict which leads, contacts, opportunities, or custom objects sync to Pardot. The intent of MDS is to control the data that can be seen by the Pardot connector. The issue is that MDS does this job a little too well and this can result in duplicate leads being created in Salesforce.

MDS and duplicate records records

Hold up a minute! Are you telling me that by doing the right thing, I could actually create duplicates in my Salesforce org? Yep.

Here’s the rub. Before creating a lead or contact in Salesforce, Pardot undergoes a series of checks to see if the prospect is in Salesforce already. The intent is to identify matching records and not create duplicates. Since MDS limits the visibility of the connector, Pardot is not able to find prospects who might be in SFDC from a source deemed “not marketable” if they visit your site and complete a Pardot form (for example).

For reference here are the checks performed by Pardot before creating a lead or contact in Salesforce.

  • Is there a lead or contact with a matching CRM ID?
  • Is there a contact with the same email address?
  • Is there a lead with the same email address?
  • Is the prospect assigned to a user in Pardot?

Here’s how we addressed this issue for one of my clients

Don’t activate MDS

It’s important that MDS is not activated in this solution. We want the prospects to sync from Salesforce to Pardot. We’re going to use custom fields and automation rules to make sure that we remain compliant and don’t create duplicates in Salesforce.

Create custom fields

The first step involves creating several custom fields in Salesforce and Pardot. We created first touch and last touch fields to capture the needed information on leads and contacts. In this case, we used Lead Source Detail and Lead Source Detail Most Recent.

  • Lead Source Detail – This is a FIRST TOUCH field that identifies the specifics of where the lead originated (ex. ZoomInfo).
  • Lead Source Detail Most Recent – This is a LAST TOUCH field that identifies the specifics of the most recent source that drove the prospect to your site (ex. LinkedIn).

Map data to your custom fields

We’re going to stick with the ZoomInfo example here since I see this product used in a lot of organizations. When setting up your CRM Integration in ZoomInfo, you have the ability to map fields to for your Account, Contact, and Lead Objects.

In this case, we mapped Lead Source (standard field) and the two custom fields that we created. We also set fixed values for each.

Based on this configuration, any new records added from ZoomInfo into Salesforce will have the fixed values specified. This is super important.

Automation Rules

Remember the Pardot prospect mailability upgrade that took place with the Winter ‘22 release? We’re going to take advantage of it to make sure that we comply with the Marketing Cloud Account Engagement Permission-Based Marketing Policy. Don’t remember the changes? No problem – check out this post “Are You Ready for the Pardot Prospect Mailability Upgrade?” from Erin Duncan.

Automation Rule #1 – Set Do Not Email to TRUE

This automation rule will look for prospects in Pardot where Lead Source Detail and Lead Source Detail Most Recent equal “zoominfo”. This lets us know that the prospect was added into Salesforce from ZoomInfo, synced to Pardot, and that the person did not opt-in. As a result, we’ll mark the record as “Do Not Email.”

Automation Rule #2 – Set Do Not Email to FALSE

This automation rule will look for prospects in Pardot where Lead Source Detail is “zoominfo” and Lead Source Detail Most Recent is NOT “zoominfo.” This will show us that the person interacted with our marketing and is eligible to be emailed. It goes without saying that we only want to “activate” prospects who have given permission for us to email them. The Lead Source Detail Most recent field can be updated using completion actions or UTM parameters from URLs (that’s another post).

The short and sweet summary

This solution allows records added into Salesforce (that have not opted-in) to sync to Pardot. Automation rules in Pardot update the “Do Not Email” field based on Pardot interactions and opt-in status. This ensures that prospects who did not previously opt-in are updated correctly when they do opt-in and that no duplicates are created in Salesforce.

Let’s play by the rules AND not create duplicate records

Based on how your organization uses tools like Clearbit, Lusha, or ZoomInfo and the volume of records added to your Salesforce org, MDS might be the best solution for you. However, if a high volume of records are being added into Salesforce, I would recommend that you give this solution some consideration. The chances of duplicates being created in your system grows exponentially based on the number of records being added from external sources.

If you have any questions about this solution, MDS, or anything related to Marketing Cloud Account Engagement or Marketing Cloud Engagement, contact us with your questions.

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By |2022-11-30T20:39:21+00:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: Data Management, Privacy & Compliance, Pro Tips, revive|

Why Salesforce and Marketing Admins Work Better Together

How often do your Salesforce and marketing platform admins talk to each other? 

  • Very little
  • Not at all
  • Only when things go wrong  

If you selected any of the above, you’re not alone. 

I’m here to tell you, no matter how awkward or challenging starting that conversation may be, it’s one that needs to happen (and continue) sooner rather than later. Having a solid bridge between Salesforce marketing and Sales Cloud admins will (I promise!) make both your lives so much easier. Here’s why…

Benefits of marketing and Salesforce admins working together 

#1 Keep your data clean in both places

Whether you’re using Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) or the OG Marketing Cloud, the way data flows between your marketing automation platform and Salesforce was probably one of the reasons you purchased the tool. So, let’s keep it flowing. 

By working together you can avoid the following pitfalls:

  • Duplicate fields
  • Data being overwritten 
  • Sync errors (Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot)): 
    • Fun fact – most common sync errors can be avoided by knowing the Salesforce set up. 
      • Field values = prevents invalid picklist errors
      • Expected data = Prevents validation  rule errors
      • Field types = Prevents invalid field format errors 

If both admins are communicating, you can ensure any updates that happen are accurately reflected in both systems.

#2 Prevent loss of access for users and systems 

When marketing and Salesforce admins stop working together, systems can stop working together. 

True story, I’ve worked with clients who have seen automations stop working and users unable to access the systems and data because of updates that the other admins were not aware of — permissions, profiles, field accessibility. When these changes are not communicated, frustrations can arise and time can be wasted looking into the cause. 

Additionally, If you’re using a sandbox environment, understanding the refresh schedule can help prevent loss of work when it’s unexpectedly refreshed. 

Include both admins in conversations around any updates in either system. The changes may not affect the opposing team but it’s good to know just in case.

#3 Experience Team and Business Benefits

The above are all technical reasons why marketing and Salesforce admins should be best friends. But, we haven’t even touched on the business and team building benefits, which are huge.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Improve productivity. Stop looking for the cause of a problem but rather plan for the update as a team.
  • You can help advocate for each other with other decision-makers. We are both on the same team and we should both want the same thing. But when one team of admins is working on something and leaves the other out, they can be left to play catch up and try and figure out what’s going on… increasing the frustration and silo.
  • Ultimately, it comes down to $$$ –  Two sets of admins working independently = Mo $ Mo time
  • Teach each other. The great thing about being an admin is that every day is a school day, we are always learning about the latest tools, security updates and new ways of doing things. Let’s share that knowledge. Get to know what the other team does and find out how you can help each other and make each other’s lives easier.

How to build relationships between Salesforce admins

So what can you do to improve or build a relationship between marketing and Salesforce admins?

  • Documentation, documentation and yes, more documentation. Having a record of changes that have been made and how that change relates to the other system will be a huge help in marketing and Salesforce admins working together. 
Tip: Using Pardot? Create a shared spreadsheet with all the Salesforce fields and note if they are synced with a Pardot field. What’s that field for? What’s the sync behavior? What are the values? Admins can then refer to this document when field changes need to be made and ensure the other admin knows if it’s going to affect them 
  • Schedule a regular sync up and use this time as a feedback loop, planning session. This can be monthly or quarterly, depending on how often changes are made. Here are some questions you can ask during these meetings:
    • What plans do each admin have for the month ahead?
    • How will this impact the other team?
    • Consideration you hadn’t thought about
    • What does each team need to do to prepare? How long will it take to get things in order? 
    • What’s not working at the moment and what can be done? 
  • Create a joint Slack, Teams, Google Hangouts channel. Whatever your choice of instant messaging channel, use it to inform admins on both sides of any upcoming changes. Use it to post reminders, questions, updates. This will become your go to place to find answers and work with your admins. 
  • Consider an overview training session of your respective platform. Does your Salesforce admin understand the impact on Marketing cloud when field visibility is changed in Salesforce? Probably not. Work with them to help them understand the implications of such changes. They simply may not know what affects the connection between Salesforce and Marketing Cloud.

Wouldn’t it just be easier to just give Marketing admins Salesforce admin access? 

Yes and no… If you’ve read our blog on Why Should Marketing Admins Have Salesforce Access?, you would have noticed a lot of very good reasons as to why marketing admins should have salesforce access. This is great if you can hand out this access but what happens when you can’t? Should each admin go their separate ways, never to speak again? Absolutely not! 

Even if you can get Salesforce access you should still be opening up communication between yourself and other Salesforce admins.

Strengthen those relationships between marketing and Salesforce admins

Creating a harmonious relationship between both marketing and Salesforce admins starts with the basics… communication and understanding for each other’s roles. When this is followed the benefits can be huge, both personally and technically. 

What tips do you have for improving the relationship between both admins? Let us know in the comments.

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By |2022-11-19T00:54:00+00:00November 19th, 2022|Categories: Analytics & Reporting, Data Management, Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

Rethink Your Lead Lifecycle for the Age of RevOps

New technology and shifting buyer expectations are pushing B2B companies to rethink their acquisition and retention strategies. Leaders across sales, marketing, and customer success are investing in centralizing their operation teams to drive efficiency and accelerate revenue. Revenue operations, or RevOps, is an emerging function in B2B companies that leverages cutting-edge technology to achieve better team alignment and meet changing buyer expectations. 

What are revenue operations?

Revenue Operations, or RevOps, is the alignment of sales, marketing, and customer success operations across the entire customer lifecycle to drive growth through operational efficiency and keep all teams accountable to revenue. Operational efficiency is especially important given the current economic climate and teams are doubling down on their RevOps investments to fuel growth.

But perhaps the most important reason that RevOps has become such a focal point for B2B companies is that it’s become necessary for meeting customer expectations. Put simply, your prospects have grown frustrated with traditional sales cycles.

Avoid leaky lead funnels for smoother customer experiences

Shifts in B2B buyer expectations have your prospects craving a frictionless, B2C-like experience with every SaaS evaluation. If it takes longer than five minutes for someone to reach out to them after their initial inquiry, they’re significantly less likely to convert. 

Five minutes. For many businesses, that sounds like a pipedream. But when studies show that 78% of customers buy from the company that responds to them first, it may be time to rethink how you currently manage your lead lifecycle processing pipeline. 

And there’s a lot to rethink. Just take a look at all the steps in the lead lifecycle today.

With so many processes occurring across different applications, it’s easy to see how leads can fall through the cracks. Leaky lead funnels account for a 30% loss of potential revenue, leading many B2B organizations to invest in RevOps and rethink how their leads are processed. But before fixing your funnel, you must first identify the gaps.

What’s causing your leaky funnel?

The most common issues affecting your lead funnel are outdated technology, scarce dev resources, and the limited integration capabilities of your current tools.

  1. Lead data is siloed across legacy and new platforms. Teams across sales and marketing must spend an inordinate amount of time on manual processes such as uploading, cleaning, and routing leads.

    Not only does siloed data lead to slower follow-up times, but it also results in a bunch of lead management headaches such as duplicate lead lists that incorrectly inflate lead counts, routing leads at the wrong stage to the wrong destination, or accidentally continuing to contact leads that have opted out.

  2. Point-to-point solutions require resources you don’t have. Cobbling together point-to-point solutions using custom code requires dev resources, which are usually not available or very limited. On top of that, as APIs inevitably change, your team remains on the hook for updating and maintaining the integrations. Put simply, it’s not a scalable solution.
  3. Out-of-the-box integrations don’t fit your business needs. Many sales and marketing platforms offer limited connectivity to a handful of tools. It’s likely that your most important apps aren’t seamlessly integrated to the customized use cases you need for your business.

    In other words, the most important lead data stays locked up within each application. Without robust integrations, none of your individual apps can deliver important insights on the full picture of where, how, and why your leads engaged with you, or the best way to follow up with them.

Rethink your lead lifecycle with a cloud-first low-code approach to automation

RevOps is a relatively new function in organizations today. As such, RevOps professionals must leverage the most modern tools available today to help them achieve their day-to-day business tasks. 

Using a low-code, cloud-first approach to automation with a platform like Tray.io, RevOps professionals can integrate their sales, marketing, and customer support applications and completely automate the entire lead lifecycle. 

Eliminating the manual processes involved in lead capturing, cleansing, recording, monitoring, and engagement results in highly-accurate lead data rapidly flowing through your funnel. Then, you see higher conversions and increasing revenue. 

To learn how low-code automation can repair your leaky funnel, check out this Mardreamin’ session on The Age of RevOps: Reinventing Lead Lifecycle Management.

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By |2022-10-26T20:26:11+00:00October 26th, 2022|Categories: Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

Don’t Let Good Leads Go Bad in Salesforce Queues

Many organizations assign Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) prospects who are not yet sales ready to a “Cold” leads queue in Salesforce so data syncs and is available for reporting. The problem is that Pardot can’t reassign these leads once they “score up” and many get stuck in the cold leads queue in perpetuity.

In this post, we’ll discuss how leads can be automatically reassigned from the cold leads queue with the help of Salesforce Flow and some Apex code. This solution allows marketing teams to have full-funnel lead reporting in Salesforce without burdening sales with unqualified leads.

To Sync or Not to Sync?

The question of when to sync prospects from Pardot to Salesforce is one that comes up quite often when speaking to my clients. The answers from marketing and sales often differ. And both sides are passionate about it with compelling arguments.

The Marketing Perspective 

I need to show the full impact of my marketing activities and the leads my team is generating. If leads are only synced to Salesforce when they are sales ready, my numbers are going to be understated. That means my budget is going to be questioned — and probably slashed.

The Sales Perspective 

My time is valuable and I’m working on a commission. I don’t want to be distracted by a bunch of junk leads. I need to focus my time and energy on leads who have an interest in what we have to offer. I have a quota to hit!

I’m often pulled into these conversations and asked for my recommendation. Without hesitation, my answer is always the same — it depends. Some organizations need all prospects in Salesforce for reporting purposes and some only want sales ready leads added into Salesforce. Both approaches have merit and are correct based on the needs of the organization.

However, you can have your cake and eat it too! Enter — the cold leads queue.

The Salesforce Cold Leads Queue

My favorite solution to satisfy the needs of my friends in marketing and sales is the introduction of a cold leads queue.

The cold leads queue is the best of both worlds solution. It allows all the Pardot prospects to sync immediately to Salesforce — which allows for accurate lead reporting for marketing while not burdening sales with leads that are not yet ready. The cold leads queue is also a great place for sales teams to find additional leads to call in the event they are running low on MQLs to call.


So What’s the Catch?

Like all good things, there is a catch to using a cold leads queue. By design (and for good reason), Pardot can only assign prospects if they are currently unassigned. Once the prospect is assigned and synced to Salesforce, Pardot can’t change the assignment.

I’m sure you see where I’m going with this. In our case, we would assign a lead that does not meet our MQL criteria to the colds leads queue (in Pardot), so it will sync to Salesforce. This is perfect as the lead is in Salesforce for reporting purposes and is not cluttering the lists views of our sales teams.

But what happens when that prospect interacts with our marketing campaign and “scores up” to meet our MQL criteria? Houston, we have a problem!


Reassigning MQLs from the Salesforce Cold Leads Queue

I’ve seen this many times. Leads get stuck in the cold leads queue and are not reassigned once they hit the MQL threshold.

Why does this happen? Well, there are a few reasons.

  1. People forget that Pardot can’t reassign previously assigned leads and assume that their automation rule is doing the trick!
  2. Since reassignment has to be done in Salesforce, the marketing team does not have the proper permissions to do the job.
  3. Manual reassignment of leads is not a fun or glamorous job that Salesforce Admins look forward to doing.
  4. People just plain forget about leads once they hit the cold leads queue.

So what’s the solution to this issue? I’m glad you asked.

The solution is to use a Salesforce flow and Apex combined to automate it.

Let’s Start With Some Definitions

Apex 

Apex is a strongly typed, object-oriented programming language that allows developers to execute flow and transaction control statements on Salesforce servers in conjunction with calls to the API. Using syntax that looks like Java and acts like database stored procedures, Apex enables developers to add business logic to most system events, including button clicks, related record updates, and Visualforce pages. Apex code can be initiated by Web service requests and from triggers on objects.

Flow 

A flow is an application that can execute logic, interact with the Salesforce database, call Apex classes, and collect data from users. You can build flows by using Flow Builder.

*Definitiations from the Salesforce Glossary

The Big Reveal

I know I talked about having your cake and eating too at the beginning of this post. Well, it’s time for cake! The trick to using cold lead queues effectively is automating the process of “promoting” leads from the queue and into the hands of your sales team — and here’s how you do it.

  • Step 1 – Determine the criteria that should trigger the reassignment of leads that are in the cold leads queue. This could be a Pardot score crossing a threshold or the change in a custom field value.
  • Step 2 – Review your Lead Assignment Rules (Salesforce) for accuracy and make and needed updates.
  • Step 3 – Create an Apex class to call your lead assignment rules from Salesforce — in sandbox. This is an invocable process and can be called by flow. Below is an example of how this code could look.

  • Step 4 – Create a test class to ensure code coverage. You’ll need to have 75% code coverage in sandbox before your code can be pushed to production.
  • Step 5 – Create a record triggered-flow based on your MQL criteria. As an example, your flow could be triggered when a lead us updated and their Pardot score exceeds 150 points.

When creating your flow, it’s important that you include an asynchronous path. This will ensure that the flow runs after the changes to the lead record (that triggered the flow) are complete.

The rest of the flow is pretty basic and will look something like this.

  • Step 6 – Test and validate. Test your flow first using Debug to make sure it’s being triggered when your lead score is changed to exceed the target score. Once verified, activate the flow in sandbox and test on some actual leads.
  • Step 7 – After validating your flow in sandbox, create your outbound changeset. In production, validate your inbound change set (since this change set does include Apex code,  be sure to run all local tests). Deploy once validated.
  • Step 8 – Activate your flow and relax — knowing that no good leads are going to go bad in your cold lead queue!

Get Those Lead to Sales!

This post provided a high-level overview of how to automate the reassignment of leads from your cold leads queue. This is a common problem and addressing it is a great way to get some great leads into the hands of your sales team immediately.

If you need a hand setting up the actual process, contact us with your questions.

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By |2022-11-01T17:49:38+00:00October 25th, 2022|Categories: Marketing Automations, Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

What To Do in Pardot When Contacts Change Jobs

People change jobs all the time. Maybe they’re part of The Great Resignation. Or navigating a new career path after years of military service. But have you ever thought about what to do in Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) when contacts change jobs?

It’s something you should consider for two reasons. 

  1. If the person leaving was the primary contact, then you’ll have to figure out how to address generating new sales opportunities with the company.
  2. The contact who changes jobs may be joining another company that can use your products or services.

You could:

  • Delete the contact record
  • Update the record
  • Tell sales they left
  • Sales can tell you they left

THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS!!!

What do you do???

The do nothing easy button when Pardot contacts change jobs…

The simple answer is to do nothing. Delete the prospect record, and move on.

For the majority of records in your database, letting them go peacefully is exactly what we ought to do. A great many records in your database are not going to buy from you anyhow.  If they are really interested in your offerings, then they will come back on their own with their new business email address.

Easy! Next Question!

If only business was so easy…

Is that really the user experience you want people to have with your brand? 

How does Pardot know when CRM contacts leave a company?

The simplest answer is that we see email hard bounces when we send contacts an email through Pardot.

Some email systems won’t hard bounce emails as an anti-spam measure. (This is why we should delete records after a period of time when they show no activity and may be silenced hard bounces.) In those cases, we would depend on other ways of knowing.

Use the CRM to notify Pardot when the contact record changes

Sales tried calling and was told they left. This is usually marked in the CRM in some fashion. We can configure Pardot to recognize this and take action accordingly. The solution likely looks like a dynamic list looking for these former employees and deleting them in Pardot periodically. 

Or, we may have a data augmentation vendor, which is telling us that the contact has left. We would again follow a similar process to the above to get these records out of our Pardot instance.

Use a hand-wavy custom field process to record when contacts change jobs

When there isn’t a formal process or custom fields to use for employment status, people will just figure things out. 

Too often, this involves editing a field, such as the last name, to add “Left the company” or “retired” or “died” —  yes, I have seen all of these. In fact, I have seen physical mailers go out with ‘died’ in the address because we couldn’t filter out records we shouldn’t take action on anymore. Talk about cringeworthy.

(read more on avoiding marketing horror stories in this post)

If we look at the data vendors as likely followers of best practice, we see many of them with two fields:

  • An ‘active/inactive’ field
  • And sometimes a ‘reason’ field

The reason field may be more important to our account-minded sales team. That’s because they have established relationships with these individuals versus the bulk data vendors who don’t have the same visibility as to why people are no longer at a company.

Determine personal versus business interest for the contact

A lot of people want to change an email address to the new company email address in Pardot, and then change a Contact record over to the new Account in the CRM.

This may not be the best idea.

While an individual doesn’t forget everything about you when they change jobs, their new company may be effectively starting from scratch.  Personal interest doesn’t automatically transfer to a person’s new company. That’s because the business interest may not be there… yet.

Using Net Promoter Score (NPS) and brand mavens

If you use Net Promoter Score surveys, people changing jobs may be a great way to action those scores. Your 9s and especially the 10s may very well ‘recommend to a friend or colleague’ at their new position. 

If somebody truly loves your brand, they may be the best sales person you can have. They will find all the hidden buyers at that new organization and close a sale before your sales team is even involved. 

Keep your brand mavens happy even if there isn’t an opportunity now. They will work on the new org at their own pace and the org may be ready in a few years without needing much time spent by sales.

Conversely, a NPS 1-4 moving to a new org with an active project can totally derail the opportunity. Sales may be blindsided as the negative new hire may not come to their attention. A project that was about to close just evaporates in front of their eyes, inexplicably. 

Create a process for your team for contact job changes

Notify the sales team.

If we get an email bounce for somebody who is connected to an open opportunity, we probably ought to notify sales that we’ve lost somebody in our buying center. This usually involves creating a task in Salesforce.  

Sales could use this information to try to find the new person taking over the project. The task shouldn’t demand action. But rather, it informs the team of the situation and suggests a few possible courses of action — as defined by the sales manager.

This could look like an automation rule looking at the high/low NPS scores, Pardot bounces, and the dynamic list of records marked in CRM as left.

Link an old Salesforce record to a new record.

If your business makes sense for doing so, you could link contacts together as a custom field(s) and connect a person from their prior job to the new contact record. This would be a forward looking pointer. We want to be able to follow that brand advocate to where they are now. We are less interested in where somebody was in this context.

If your business truly has a good user community and you want to keep track of people over the course of their career (let’s use the Salesforce MVPs as an example), then we can create a custom object to track brand mavens, VIPs, influencers, or  whatever you want to call it. 

A contact record would link to this custom object. As people move around, we have a consistent way to find the most current contact record for these rock stars. 
To make this actionable in Pardot, we would have a ‘current contact’ ID on this custom object and pull this into Pardot as a custom object.  We can now create dynamic lists, and provide a red carpet treatment in our Engagement Studio Programs (ESPs).

Wait, the contacts aren’t gone, just promoted!

Funny thing, preconceived notions. We just jump to conclusions! 

The title of this article said nothing about leaving the company….

Tracking internal job movement

Internal job movement is going to be harder to suss out and action at scale in Pardot. Is the Prospect in the same department and our products or services even still relevant to them?

Our Grading may change with the new role. We need to make sure that our Grading Rules are written in a way that they can re-evaluate correctly to the new criteria.

Speaking of new roles…. Oftentimes, our Pardot to CRM sync field settings are set that the CRM ‘wins’ if there is a difference. 

People filling out forms in a hurry tend to not always properly capitalize things, or may abbreviate. Conversely, our sales team tends to make sure these details are exactly right before a PO gets sent out. Thus our expensive, staff-curated data tends to have more ‘staying power’ than user-submitted data.
But if the Prospect just filled out a form telling us about their new promotion, and that new job title syncs to the CRM, the CRM refuses the change and we’ve lost the big news!

This is the pain of data management. We can’t have easy, simple processes that always work all the time. 

We may need to change the field sync behavior to last updated, and hope that we don’t get end users damaging our data too often.

How do promotions affect buyer personas?

The other thing to think about is how their information needs may change with the new role. Being promoted to a manager means they no longer use the product every day, so they are less interested in specific features and usability, but now more on team effectiveness and ROI for how they spend that fancy new budget they just got control over.

Our ESPs need to be designed such that we can fall out of the old role-relevant nurtures, and they can start getting the new content.

Like most things in marketing, the answer is “it depends”

There are a lot of options that we could do. Depending on your business and your audience, some things will be more impactful than others to the company’s bottom line.  

However, we don’t need to do all the things right now.  Pick one thing that seems like it will help the most, and try to work on that. 

It may take a couple of iterations before you get it right. It’s OK.

And if you’re still stuck after that, then tell us about it in the chat. Or send us a message.

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By |2022-10-21T20:52:26+00:00October 21st, 2022|Categories: Data Management, Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

Creating a Custom Pardot Campaign Influence Model: Lessons Learned

Sometimes the standard Campaign Influence models that come with Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) just don’t quite fit what you are looking to measure. We recently went through the exercise of creating a Custom Model, and it wasn’t quite as straightforward as we would have liked it to be. 

To save you some ramp-up time we’ve decided to share some of the things we learned. Here they are!

Lessons Learned the Hard Way while Creating a Custom Pardot Campaign Influence Model

We went ahead and created a custom Pardot Campaign Influence model and took excellent notes so you can reap all the benefits. 

Here’s what you should know before you start your own custom Pardot Campaign Influence Model project.

Simplify your Custom Model, then nail it down

There’s a lot of calculations needed in Campaign Influence, and the last thing you want to do is build this a few times as you discover exactly what you are looking for. 

Spend some time with the business and really think about which touches you really want to measure and if having them measured will drive meaningful business value. Can you explain it in 20 seconds or less? No? Your model might be too complex.

You have 2 options for integrating your Model

The simple example Salesforce provides as part of its documentation is to have a Trigger on the CampaignInfluence object, which allows you to create your records when Salesforce creates theirs.  This example is okay for demonstrative purposes, and it avoids a lot of the complexities. 

The example also works okay if the Model that you are “watching out for” creates and deletes CampaignInfluence records at the same time you need to. Though for us, often we discovered that we wanted our Model to recalculate, but it never did. This is because the default model didn’t need recalculating so no new records were created/edited. As a result, ours never had the chance to run. 

One way around this is to watch out for the b2bmaEvenDistributionModel as it has the most chance of adding/removing records, and firing off your trigger.

Another thing to consider (if you are relying on another model’s calculation to trigger your custom one) is that Salesforce doesn’t properly batch influence calculation. We learned this when turning off the Even Distribution Model and turning it back on hoping it would trigger calculation on all Opportunities. We ended up having our own Batch APEX class run to initially populate data for our new model.

If you need a little more control, you would need to introduce triggers on various objects (such as CampaignMember, OpportunityContactRole, Opportunity) looking for the events that would have an impact on your Model and cause it to recalculate. You might find luck here using Platform Events to separate the triggering event from all the processing that the Model might need, especially important as Opportunities often already have a lot of custom automations hanging around them.

Campaign Influence code runs as a special User

Salesforce’s CampaignInfluence records are created by a Special Salesforce User “Salesforce Administrator” which you can’t pick when setting up debug logs. You can find this User’s ID by looking at the CreatedById field of any of the CampaignInfluence records in your org.

Setting up a Debug log for this user is a bit more involved than normal, and needs you to manually create a TraceFlag entry referencing the special User as well as the Id of DebugLevel. We used https://workbench.developerforce.com ‘s REST explorer to create the record, and we used the SFDC_DevConsole DebugLevel allowing us to use the DeveloperConsole to check out the logs as we were testing.  A bit of setup for each debugging session, but worth it.

Break your code into debuggable chunks

We ran into a few different challenges as we were putting this together, and we found having our code broken up really sped up our debugging process. Each chunk of code had debug statements giving us an idea of the overall state / progress, which made it easy to quickly diagnose where things might be going awry.

While we aren’t yet ready to share a precise recipe, we can at least give you the ingredients we used!

  1. Build a list of Opportunity IDs of the Opportunities that need to be calculated
  2. Get all Opportunity details (including Opportunity Contact Roles)
  3. Get all needed CampaignMember records
  4. Calculate the “winning” CampaignMember records for each Opportunity
  5. Calculate the CampaignInfluence records needed from the “winning” CampaignMember records
  6. Insert final results

Plan for custom Campaign Influence Model success

Creating a Custom Campaign Influence Model is not for the faint of heart. It takes quite a bit of planning and work to put together even the simplest of Models (which might be why there’s so little out there when we tried googling for examples). 

If you are looking to take this on, hopefully these tips save you a bit of frustration and colorful language. If it still looks daunting and you need some help, we would love to have a chat!

Further Reading

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By |2022-10-19T18:44:00+00:00October 19th, 2022|Categories: Analytics & Reporting, Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

How to Choose a Salesforce Marketing Reporting Tool

Not sure which Salesforce marketing reporting tool is the best for showing the results of your campaigns? 

With so many to choose from between Salesforce CRM, Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot), and CRM Analytics, it can be difficult to nail down what reporting tool is the best fit for you. 

While all the tools described here (to some extent) can be used to meet each criteria, some do it better than others. 

Questions to determine which Salesforce marketing reporting tool is best for your team’s goals 

We’ll help you narrow it down with some simple questions and a review of what each tool excels at! Hint: They all contain the letter “A”!

Question 1: What are you “asking” of the data?

While there are many uses for data, breaking down what you want into categories can help you create specific and purpose driven reporting content. 

What that content is meant to inspire is the million dollar question. So… “What do you want your data to do for you?”

I Need Operational Data!

This type of reporting is really ideal for managing day to day metrics. The key here is that these are used to keep a pulse on the health and activities that keep your business running day to day. 

  • How many deals were open, closed, won or lost?
  • How many tasks were completed?
  • What is overdue? Or due today?
  • Who are my best performing Salespeople?

Best Fit: Salesforce

Why? Salesforce reports excel at showing data in a way that tells you what’s going on right now. Built-in report types give you easy access to history data and other commonly used data. 

Need a quick list or visual to get the point across that is specific to a specific business metric? It’s easy to do (assuming you have the data in place). Another cool feature is that your reports and dashboards can be tailored to run as the person opening them, making them a custom fit and focussed.

I Need Trending Data and Patterns, preferably in visuals!

  • How fast are we closing sales?
  • How is the pipeline looking for Q2 Compared to Q1? What had the most impact?
  • Which activities lead to sales?
  • How are my KPI’s Performing to goal
  • What are my leading or lagging indicators?

Best Fit: CRM Analytics

Why? Of all the tools this is the one that allows you to do “gymnastics” with your data and connect lots of things together. It also has much more robust visualization options, allowing you to connect and visualize data more easily. 

Built-in apps provide “purpose” driven dashboards and insights based on best practices. You can have many filters and even specify which dashboard items interact with which filter! 

While you can do some trend analysis in Salesforce, CRMA brings it to the next level. To top it off, if you have the right license, predictive analytics are within your reach.

I Need Marketing Asset Intelligence!

  • What is the health of my campaigns?
  • I need to create list reports to segment and manage prospects!
  • What marketing activities are leading to increased engagement?
  • What activities are occurring? Or have occurred?
  • How is my nurture program performing?

Best Fit: Pardot Reporting

Why?: Pardot is purpose built to surface marketing metrics and streamline prospect management. Reports on common metrics (click through, open-rate, bounce rate opt out etc.) are available. While more limited in the sense of customization, these are critical metrics for every marketing department and company and help you keep a pulse on the health of your assets.

Other considerations for selecting a Salesforce marketing reporting tool

Who is your audience?

This one is really all about functional role and (ahem) attention span. Think about the following questions to determine how audience affects which Salesforce marketing reporting tool to use:

  • How much time does the audience for the report have time to absorb the information? Does it come from multiple sources? 
  • Are they open to navigating many reports? 
  • How many filters are needed on the front end? 

If your audience does not use your reports, then all the platforms are equally terrible. Always consider useability and make sure you consider hidden costs when comparing value.

Leadership Team (C-Suite) 
  • These stakeholders tend to want a 5,000-foot strategic view that can be visually absorbed quickly and without too much explanation or time. For this group, CRM Analytics is a good fit since its strength lies in optimizing connected datasets in a visual way.
Operational Managers
  • This group often wants to look at the high-level metrics, but also be able to dig into the records and data when a pattern or interesting number stands out. For these stakeholders, Salesforce reporting can be the best choice. 
Marketing staff, Designers, Marketing Managers (admins, marketing staff etc)
  • As the lifeblood of marketing, these stakeholders need quick and easy access to see who is a best fit for nurture programs, check scoring and grading status and see what assets are performing best. Pardot reporting provides this view and the data that’s needed day to day.
Analytics Staff
  • When you need ALL the data and want to know all the things, a deeper tool is needed. CRM Analytics allows the high-level and low-level data and allows the ability to create unlimited customized datasets to use for reporting. Additionally with licensing upgrades, the power of Einstein predictions can be unleashed. Fun fact, this data can be written back to Salesforce with the Salesforce Data connector, adding even more potential uses (teaser for a future blog 😉).

What resources do you have available for reporting and analytics?

Ok, so this one is kind of a trick question. No one ever has enough time or money… But it does matter. Having the right resources to develop your brilliant report or having the time to consume report content is critical. 

How can you get the most out of each platform if you are strapped for resources? Any of the choices requires expertise and time to master customization or modification. But many “no effort” solutions also exist out there. 

Also, while tools like CRM Analytics are pricier, consider the time to create 10 reports in Salesforce to get the same information and the limitations around connecting objects. Additionally, consider the pitfalls around manual reporting (Excel gathering) and the potential data and time issues that can occur. Consider all the costs of NOT having a single version of the truth. 

How can I stretch my time and budget around Salesforce analytics? 

Here are resources that might help.

Salesforce: Check out the app exchange for many free useful examples and fully functioning Dashboards. Everything from adoption metrics to quality check dashboards can be had at the click of a button … and many are free. 

CRM Analytics: This one is license specific, but you don’t need a data scientist to install apps such as B2BMA analytics (included for many Pardot  versions – more information here).

Pardot: Sometimes less is more! This documentation around all reports Pardot will get you pointed in the right direction!

Which Salesforce marketing reporting tool is best? It depends…

So in conclusion, while each reporting platform has its strengths and weaknesses, the strongest is the one that presents the right content, to the right audience at the right time. 

We hope the information in this post helps you to nail down which tool is right for your unique situation. 

Still not sure? Drop us a line and we’ll see how we can help you.

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By |2022-10-10T18:27:00+00:00October 10th, 2022|Categories: Analytics & Reporting, Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

Pardot Scoring & Grading Lab

As inbound marketing efforts continue to grow across industries, marketers are having to come up with new ways to qualify the best of these new leads. Once they’ve been qualified by marketing, the next challenge is making sure the sales team gets the lead at the right time in their journey to capitalize on their interest. 

With Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot) you can use prospect scoring and grading together to surface the most relevant leads. Combined with the automation tools built into the platform, you can save time by automatically qualifying leads and routing them to the appropriate sales person or team. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss how these two systems work together and the best ways to automate your approach.

Pardot Prospect Grading

Prospect grading takes place once you have set up your company’s ideal customer profile (ICP) and have a set of factors to evaluate a new prospect on. The best ICP’s are made up of quantifiable data, like number of employees, industry, job title and location. 

Once you have determined your criteria, you can provide the information to Pardot, and the system will automatically apply a letter grade (A-F) to prospects as new data is collected. 

To learn more about setting this up, check out Pardot Grading 101

For now, let’s take a look at some of the common criteria that marketers use to grade their prospects:

 

  • Location – If your organization uses geography to prioritize leads, you can adjust a prospect grade based on what location they provide.
  • Industry – Market and sell only to the industries that your business is targeting.
  • Job Title – Be sure you’re reaching the influencers and decision makers at an organization.
  • Company Size – Be Goldilocks and only reach out to the companies that are just right for you.

     

Try it out for yourself!

Not sure how prospect grading works in the real world? Here’s a chance for you to see how this functionality might work in your own organization.

Tell Us About Your Ideal Lead:

What sized companies do you target?



What industry do you typically target?



What department do you sell to?



Who are you typically targeting?





Joe is new inbound lead

D+

Pardot Prospect Scoring

You can use the Pardot prospect score in conjunction with the prospect grade to make sure only the best leads are being passed on to the sales team as qualified. Lead scores are a numerical value that can help you determine how interested a prospect is in working with your company. 

With prospect scoring, you assign points to the actions you decide are the most important. These points are totaled up and displayed as the prospect score and helps you determine how engaged a prospect has been with your marketing materials.

Let’s take a look at some of the actions you could use to influence a prospect score:

  • Page Views – Increase a prospect score with every page visit on your website.
  • Form Submission/Landing Page Success – Add points if a prospect fills out an important form on your website or landing page.
  • File Access – Adjust a score based on a prospect downloading an important file. 
  • Email Clicks – Good interaction with your email content may be an important indicator of how interested a prospect is in your offerings.

Let’s see it in action

I mentioned earlier that using prospect scoring and grading together can help to only qualify the best leads and send them to the sales team. Using these two tools can give you a better understanding of the prospects you’re working with and how to market to them appropriately. 

Check out each of the leads below to learn more about how their score and grade impact marketing efforts.

Roy

Roy is a great fit for your product or service, but either hasn’t had time to do any research, or doesn’t know that your product exists yet. This lack of activity is why he has a high grade, but a low score.

Recommended Action: Call him or place him on a nurturing campaign.

Ryan

Ryan is a student interested in an internship with your company. All of his activity on your site (like browsing your careers page) has given him a great score, but since he is not going to purchase, he receives a low grade.

Recommended Action: Do not assign Ryan to a sales rep.

Katie

Katie is enthusiastic about your company, but may not be the best fit for your product. This gives her a decent score, but moderate grade.

Recommended Action: Nurture Katie with a drip campaign to conserve resources.

Renee

Renee is a great lead who has been working with your sales team for a while. She has done her research, has a lot of interest in your product, and fits your ideal profile. This gives her a great grade and terrific score.

Recommended Action: Send Renee pricing and bottom-of-funnel resources.

Better Together: Pardot Prospect Scoring and Grading

Prospect scoring and grading can work fine separately, but I think they work best when used together as seen in the example above. 

With automation rules, you’re able to tell Pardot to send prospects to the appropriate sales representative and add them to lists or engagement studio programs when they reach the right combination of score and grade. This helps to ensure only the best leads are being sent to the sales team, and that you’re sending the right information to the right prospects at their stage of the buying cycle.

Don’t be afraid to subtract points or letter grades for bad matches, either! You can use page actions to subtract points from a prospects score if they (for example) visit your careers page. You’re also able to set up grading to lower a prospects letter grade if they’re the exact opposite of your ideal customer profile. 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve got more questions about these two tools, or reach out to us for help with your own prospect scoring and grading strategy.

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By |2022-09-29T14:30:58+00:00September 29th, 2022|Categories: Marketing Automations, Pro Tips, revive, Strategy|

Connected Salesforce + Pardot Campaigns: How They Rock Our World

Salesforce and Pardot connected campaigns bridge two distinct campaign reporting functions into one powerful feature. 

Prior to 2019, Salesforce and Pardot campaigns were independent of each other. But with the introduction of connected campaigns the two entities joined forces. And with that, the humble marketer’s life is made easier. 

The Difference Between Salesforce and Pardot Campaigns

Before we jump in, let’s do a quick 101 refresh on the difference between Salesforce campaigns and Pardot campaigns.

The Skinny on Pardot Campaigns

Pardot campaigns refer to the first touch interaction that could be tracked. It answers the question: “What brought this person to us?”

For example, let’s say someone visits your How to Be Good At Stuff webinar page. They didn’t sign up, came back 30 days later, and converted to a lead by downloading your I’m Awesome at Stuff whitepaper. Their campaign would be set to the How to Be Good At Stuff webinar, since that was the first initiative that brought them to you.

Pardot campaigns are one-to-one. That means each person has ONE source campaign. And every asset created in Pardot has to be tied to one campaign as well.

This gives you useful reporting data on the number of leads sourced by your campaigns and how these convert into closed-won opportunities downstream in the pipeline.

How Salesforce Campaigns are Different

Salesforce campaigns are more… how normal people think about campaigns. Campaigns are marketing initiatives, and each contact or lead can belong to multiple campaigns.

Tracking this in Salesforce is hugely impactful. If you leverage Salesforce campaigns to record who you touch with your marketing efforts, then you’re laying the foundation to be able to show all of the marketing touchpoints that led to a sale on each of your opportunities:

Opportunity Dashboard

And at the campaign level, you can see the total volume of opportunities that were influenced by your marketing activities.

Salesforce Campaign dashboard

Marketers have been talking about revenue attribution for the last decade. But for most organizations, this stops with “talk.” We all like the idea of being able to link marketing campaigns to hard revenue numbers, but our disparate systems and measurements make that incredibly hard to deliver.

Campaign influence reporting finally makes revenue attribution doable for a typical marketing team — all with tools native to the platform. This comes together in first touch, last touch, or any other custom attribution models your team needs to analyze the impact of its marketing spend.

Campaign performance dashboard

How to Set Up Connected Campaigns in your Pardot Org 

The good news is that connected campaigns are automatically activated for Pardot orgs setup after 2019. But, there are a few settings we’ll want to take a look at to make sure everything is functioning.

 The magic is in the Pardot connector!

Connected campaign settings are managed by the connector that bridges Salesforce and Pardot. 

In Pardot Lightning…

  1. Click on Pardot Settings
  2. Connectors (on left menu)
  3. Click the settings cog under Actions on the right for the Salesforce connector
  4. Select Edit Settings

On this screen, you’ll notice the campaign that is being used to connect contacts that come from Salesforce into Pardot. They will be marked with this “first touch” campaign when they sync from Salesforce. If you do NOT have a campaign here, you should create a campaign in Salesforce, something generic like “Salesforce Contacts,” and select it here. 

Question: I created the campaign in Salesforce and it doesn’t appear in this picklist?

This is pretty common. There are three reasons why the campaign would not appear, here are some troubleshooting steps…

  1. When setting up the campaign in Salesforce you must check the box to make the campaign “Active.”
  2. Be patient! It can sometimes take 5-10 minutes for the campaign to appear in Pardot. You may need to refresh the connector settings page to see it appear.
  3. As a last resort, delete the campaign you created in Salesforce and create a new campaign. You might be shocked at how often this solves the problem.
Connector Settings

Let’s Look at Campaign Settings

Once you have the connector settings worked out, click on the Campaigns tab at the top.

Pardot Settings, campaign tab

Let’s take a closer look at the setting options.

  • First, ensure the check box for “Enable Connected Campaigns and Engagement History” is checked. This should already be checked by default, which turns on all the wonderful connected campaign magic. 
  • Enable Campaign Member Sync should also be checked to ensure that when you add people to your campaign in Salesforce or Pardot they stay in sync. Note: If you add people to a campaign in Pardot but they do not exist as Contact or Lead records in Salesforce, you will not see them in Salesforce under that particular campaign. 
  • Use Salesforce to manage all campaigns should be checked allowing you to create and manage campaigns in one place — Salesforce! No more duplicating efforts in Pardot.
  • Limit Campaign Creation by Date – this handy feature gives you the ability to limit what campaigns sync to Pardot. If your Salesforce org has been around for a while, it undoubtedly has campaigns that were created and you may not wish to clutter Pardot with old campaigns. You can select a cut-off date here!
  • Show unconnected campaigns in Pardot Campaigns tab is good to check if you wish to see what campaigns in Pardot are not connected to Salesforce. As the subtext under the box states: Unconnected campaigns are always shown unless Manage Campaigns in Salesforce is enabled.
  • Finally, Campaign record types enabled for connection. This will say “Master Record Type” by default if you only have one Salesforce campaign record type. But some orgs are fancy and have multiple record types for different parts of the business. If this is the case, you can select which record types should sync to Pardot.

Once Connected Campaigns are flowing here’s what you’ll notice

  • All new campaigns will be created in Salesforce — you can not create campaigns in Pardot.
  • Every time you add a new active campaign to Salesforce, it’s automatically available in Pardot.
  • You can add campaign members in Pardot through automation rules or completion actions. As long as they are assigned to a user, they will sync to Salesforce and show up as members of that campaign in Salesforce. 

PRO TIP: If you have a campaign set up for a weekly or monthly newsletter, add a completion action to your signup form. This ensures that when a prospect fills out the form, they are automatically added to that campaign.

These campaign fields will also be updated by Salesforce and pushed to Pardot:

  • Name
  • Cost
  • Created By
  • Updated By
  • Updated At

Now for the Really Exciting Stuff: Show Engagement History on the Campaign in Salesforce & Report On It

To add another layer of awesomeness to this, Connected Campaigns allows you to also enable Engagement History on Salesforce campaigns.

What this means is that on Salesforce campaigns that are connected to Pardot campaigns, you can pass engagement metrics from:

  • List emails
  • Forms
  • Form handlers
  • Links & custom redirects

When you turn on Engagement History, new custom objects called ListEmail, MarketingForm, and MarketingLink are created and populated with data from corresponding Pardot records. These records DO count against your org’s data storage limits. 

Important: these custom objects do need to be added to your Campaign page layout! Here are detailed instructions to do this.

Benefits of Enabling Engagement History

Enabling Engagement History lets you add KPIs for these assets to the Campaign Page Layout:

Engagement History

And even better, it lets you get at this data in Salesforce reports & dashboards:

campaign report

My heart literally flutters with anticipation of the power this is going to bring to marketers on the platform.

 A few general FYIs on what you need to make Engagement History work:

  • Connected campaigns set up (duh)
  • Prospects syncing with a Salesforce lead or contact, and added to the connected campaign
  • The prospect must be assigned to a user, group, or queue in Salesforce (a requirement for it to sync to Salesforce in the first place)
  • To access Engagement History data, users need the Sales User or CRM User standard permission set and field-level security access to the engagement history fields.

Ready to Roll with Salesforce and Pardot Connected Campaigns?

Once you experience connected campaigns, there’s no going back. (Literally and figuratively. Once it’s on, it can’t be turned off.)

To make this magic happen, you will need your Salesforce admin on board, since a lot of the configuration changes take place inside Sales Cloud. 

Do you utilize the power of connected campaigns? What’s your experience been? We’re dying to know — please share with fellow readers in the comments!

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By |2022-09-19T14:37:00+00:00September 19th, 2022|Categories: Analytics & Reporting, Data Management, Pro Tips, revive|

Salesforce Native Reporting: Get More From Your Data

Salesforce has robust native reporting capabilities that come out of the box. But what happens when you need more? What CAN you do? 

This Salesforce native reporting overview will make you a custom operational reporting superstar. That’s because it highlights the ways you can leverage custom objects and use joins in your reporting. 

The good news is, once you know what’s possible, the world of Salesforce reporting is much easier to navigate.

Where to Start: Create a Lookup Relationship on a Custom Object

We’re going to start by going through the process of creating a lookup relationship on a Salesforce custom object.

Why start here? In short, all Salesforce reporting is based on relationships between objects. 

Let’s say you have a custom object where you store all of your team’s required compliance paperwork. You want to report on which opportunities need which paperwork within that custom object. 

While you can create a custom report type for your custom object, there is no link between Opportunities and your custom object. 

The good news is that you can create one! 

Example: Creating a relationship between custom object and Opportunity

Here’s an example that we can use as we move through our reporting exploration. Specifically, these are the steps to create a relationship between a custom object and an Opportunity in Salesforce:

  1. Open the custom object. In this case, I have created a custom object called “Compliance Documents.”
  2. Select Fields & Relationships.
  3. Select “New” to create a new field.
  4. Select “Lookup Relationship.”
  1. Select “Opportunity” as the Related to. This will create the relationship between Opportunity and the custom object, making them “linked” for reporting and other related purposes.
  2. If you want the relationship to be consistent and there should be a value selected, make sure to select “Always require a value in order to save the record.” Also make sure that “Add this field to existing custom report types that contain this entity” is checked.
  3. Click through the next few screens to verify permissions, Related list label and select what layouts to the new field to.

With these steps, you can now add the custom object in a report type AND the related list will appear for the Opportunity. So easy, right?

Exploring Salesforce Custom Report Types

So, now that we have linked our custom object with a lookup relationship, let’s get ready to report!

Use the following example to inspire your use of native Salesforce reporting capabilities.

Use Case Example: Set up a custom report type 

You want to be able to see what type of compliance reports have been completed (and what opportunities do NOT have documents) for your Opportunities. To accomplish this, we will set up a custom report type. 

  1. Go to Setup and select “Report Types.”
  2. Click “New Custom Report Type.”
  3. Select the Primary object (see tip below for more information).
  4. In our case, we will use Opportunities as our base object. We are interested in both Opportunities that have documents AND those that don’t. So, we’re calling it “Opportunities with or without Compliance Documents.”
  1. Now we can select the related objects. In this case, we want to see Compliance Documents. 

Because our custom objects were created to support Activity creation, and Activity creation links to the Assignment object, we can add all these to maximize our report.

NOTE: We are selecting “A” Records may or may not have “B” records so we can see how many of our total Opportunities have records. If we selected Each “A” record must have at least one “B” Record, we would ONLY see these records and not be able to compare (which will be handy in our report).

  1. Save your changes.

Tip: What is the Primary Object?

The primary object is the “base” Object for your report. You can select a custom or standard object. To decide which to select, consider what fields you want and whether they are connected as you select these. 

Remember that all reporting starts with relationships between objects. One tool that can help you “see” the relationships in Salesforce is the Schema Builder in setup, which is where you can select your objects and get a visualization of how they are connected. 

Good news for us, Salesforce report types makes this easy by only allowing you to select objects that are related and have lookup relationships. If you don’t see a child object, it’s because there isn’t a defined relationship. 

Add Lookup Fields in Salesforce Custom Report

So, great news! You have connected your custom object to a standard object and created a new report type. But what other data can we add from here? 

Let’s see what we can add using the “edit layout” section of the Report Type.

  1. Click on “Edit Layout”
  2. On the left, you can dropdown the list under “view” to see the objects in your report type.
  1. Use the “Add fields related via lookup” to see what you can add to your report from other related objects.
  1. You can see all the objects that have a relevant relationship to “opportunity” in this window. Clicking on the object name allows you to select fields to add to your report.

    In the example above, I am adding Account Name and Account Number. You can change the view to show any of the objects in the custom report type to select related fields. You can see which fields were added by lookup easily since they have a magnifying glass next to them in the layout window.

NOTE: Watch out for duplicate fields. For example, if I select the ID for Account using the related lookup, I will end up with two almost identically named fields when creating reports, which could be confusing. Not all lookup fields contain data. If a field is not required in a related object field, you may not get any additional data (just empty fields)

  1. You can add sections, add and remove fields and do many other fun things in this window, but we’ll move on to creating our report with our shiny new report type! (more information on working layouts here.) For our use case, we are ready to move on.

Creating a Report Using Your Custom Report Type

Finally all your work will come together in an amazing report! Let’s jump in!

  1. Go to Reports
  2. Click on “New Report”
  3. Be sure to select “all” to search for our New Custom Report type
  1. On the right, you can quickly see what reports have been created with this report type and what objects are included. Click on “Start Report”. You can add whatever fields you need.

Using Cross Filters to Filter Records Based on Related Objects

Now that I have a report in progress, what else can I do to use other objects with it? One example of this is a cross filter. 

A cross filter allows you to filter your report type based on a related object. For example, If I have a report type based on opportunities, I can use a cross join to limit the results to opportunities that have related campaign influence records (without actually having to include the Campaign Influence object in the custom report type).

  1. Click on “Filters”
  2. Select the drop down next to filters and select New Cross Filter
  3. Select Opportunities as the “show me” and Campaign Influence as the limiter

    NOTE: You can use “With” or Without” as the criteria to return records.

TIP: Check out the Sercante Campaign Influence Starter Pack for more information.

Using Joined Reports in Salesforce to Enrich Your Data

Joined Reports in Salesforce are a little tricky to understand but can be VERY practical. Here’s how the feature works.

Consider the following use case. You want to be able to show Products on Opportunities related to those with compliance documents. Your custom report type does not have Product information. 

No worries at all! If there are related fields between the two report types, you can join them together in blocks.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Click on “Report” at the top left of your report window.
  2. Click on “Joined Report,” and click apply.
  1. Click on Add Block.
  2. Select the Opportunities with Products block.
  1. Use the lookup window under “Group Across Blocks” to pick the field you want to group on. This will create a connection on a common field. 

In this case OpportunityID is most appropriate since I want to see detail for each opportunity. You can now see the fields I selected from my Custom Report type and fields I selected from the Opportunities with Products report.

NOTE: Once you create a Joined Report, you also need to manage filters for each one separately under the filter area. 

Now you can see how the Joined Report enriches your data! We can see if any Opportunities with or without documents have products linked.

So what happens now?

In our little summary we have reviewed the ways in which you can show data in Salesforce reports through Lookup relationships on objects for the following:

  • Custom reports types
  • Lookups on Custom report Types
  • Joined Report
  • Cross filters

The wonderful world of Salesforce Reporting is constantly changing and improving with every release. Knowing what you can do to bring your data together is the key to creating meaningful, actionable reports. 

I hope this summary helps in your understanding of what’s available and related use cases.

Looking for information about Salesforce native reporting?

Salesforce has a wonderful help section with videos and how tos that can help you on your journey. And remember, you can always reach out to the team at Sercante if you have any questions. 

Tell us what you’re going to build using Salesforce native reporting capabilities in the comments section.

Original article: Salesforce Native Reporting: Get More From Your Data

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