Nurture in the New Year with Engagement Studio

By now, you probably know about Engagement Studio – Pardot’s latest tool to engage clients with your brand. Customers journey down a path customized just for them, with personalized messages along the way. Once the program is created, you don’t need to lift a finger! Your prospects will receive scheduled emails without the effort of individual sends.

The beautiful thing about engagement programs is that they’re actually a breeze to create! At Cloud on Tap, we like to tell our clients the hardest part about the process is creating the content. Remember in Pardot you’ll need to make Email Templates for anything automated.

 

Here are five tips to help you nurture your prospects in the New Year:

1. Copy your templates
Save time and keep your design consistent by copying your email templates. First, create a beautiful email template, then copy and edit it for the rest of the emails in the program. This way, you’ll save a lot of time and effort. Plus, you’ll get consistent branding and style your customers recognize.

 

2. Consider your logic
Tackling this step early on will make the rest of the process easy as pie. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish: Are you creating a re-engagement program? Want to welcome new customers? Maybe you want to introduce them to a new product or service.

There are all sorts of paths you can take with triggers, actions and rules. Or you could keep things simple. One of our Cloud on Tap engagement programs sends an email every week, regardless of the prospect. We love this uncomplicated program because our prospects are nurtured automatically. All we had to do was create the content!

 

3. Make multiple programs
Jumping off the last point, you might decide that it’s easier or more impactful to make several programs. For instance, let’s say you’re creating an upsell program. You could use a trigger to check if the prospect clicks a link in your email. The follow-up action might be to add that prospect to a list.

In Pardot, lists are directly tied to email sends and engagement programs. So adding someone to a list could get them started on another engagement program! This is a handy way to hop a prospect from one program to another, or have them in multiple programs at once.

 

4. Target your lists
Lists of course depend on the type of engagement program you’re creating. You can use static lists or dynamic lists, and don’t forget to designate suppression lists if there are prospects you don’t want to include.

It’s also a good idea to make sure all these prospects are opted in and up-to-date, so cleaning your database is a good idea before you start your program.

 

5. Test!
Last but certainly not least, test your program! This is an important step to ensure your logic is entered correctly. Head to the Test tab in the Engagement Studio builder and follow the prompts.

 

Get Started

Hopefully these tips will help you get started on your next marketing push. Engagement Studio is a wonderful way to stay top of mind with your clients.

Your program won’t begin until you click the “Start” button in the upper right corner. So get into Pardot and create your next lead nurturing solution!

Pardot Wave for B2B Marketing Webinar Guide

Pardot Wave for B2B Marketing [Webinar and Guide]

We’re back with more goodness from presenting for Pardot’s Advocate Hours- Pardot Wave for B2B Marketing webinar and guide. This goes much deeper than any demo you’ve seen!

Here’s a link to the webinar recording in case you missed it:  Pardot Wave for B2B Marketing Webinar

Fill out the form below and we’ll send you the Pardot Wave for B2B Marketing Guide!

As with all of our training, we start by getting everyone on the same page with the basics (terminology, flow, functionality) and then we dive in with training in the application and real examples.

 

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The webinar received  4.8/5 stars from Pardot clients using Wave for B2B Marketing!

“Very detailed walk through of the tool, best practices, etc. “

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Don’t Forget: People Buy From People

People buy from people.

I was first introduced to this concept at this year’s Salesforce Connections conference and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Of course it seems obvious when you think about it. Every transaction takes place between two people – but it’s common to dehumanize customers and brands, especially when all your interactions are online.

Somewhere along the way, we forgot one of the most important aspects of marketing: personality.

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When Cliff Seal taught us at #CNX16 that nobody cares about our content, it was a HUGE wake-up call. And the perfect opportunity to focus on posts that offer utility for our clients, or anybody who uses Pardot.

At this point, our team was already underway with a huge project (actually inspired by Dreamforce!) and Cliff’s presentation motivated us to kick our gamification program into high gear! Now we’re the only Pardot partner to offer a self-guided training program like Ascent, and we’re so excited to fill the gap for a huge client need: training available 24/7.

We also took the advice literally and started injecting more personality into our emails and Tweets. Not only do we now have more unique content, but we also have more fun writing it.

As Cliff says, consider your online presence as a conversation. Remind potential prospects what makes your company special and don’t forget to have some fun! Break up the work-related monotony and share a funny story or quote – fun content now and then can make you more accessible and relatable.

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What is different about you or your brand that nobody else has?

Maybe it’s your customized offerings or exceptional customer service. Perhaps your company has an excellent developer or is on the forefront of the latest technology. Whatever is your best asset – use this to promote and personalize your brand. And don’t forget to have fun!


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Email Marketing Data

Email Marketing Data to Drive Your Next Campaign [Infographic]

Email Marketing Data? Data Driven Campaigns???

That sounds kind of daunting. Can’t we just keep on coming up with whatever fun subject lines we feel like that day and send when it’s best for us and rejoice that we got a few clicks?

Sure, but you really shouldn’t. Aligning your hard work with proven email marketing data will help you boost email open rates, click through rates, and ROI. We give you the data and advice to make it happen in our “Data to Drive Your Email Marketing Strategy” download.

“In God we trust; all others must bring data.”
– William Edwards Deming

Click here to download “Data to Drive Your Email Marketing Strategy” and begin aligning your efforts with proven expert advice!

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If you are a Pardot user, the Email Reporting table will show you how your emails match up with these statistics very easily. Keep in mind that the size and familiarity of your list will affect your open and click rates.

Once you have a handle on how close your marketing efforts are to what is expected, you can begin implementing small changes to test and find the mix that works best for your company and prospects/leads.

We recommend using A/B testing for the majority of your emails (Pro and Ultimate Pardot) or split your lists into your own A/B lists (Standard Pardot). A/B Testing is a a great way to test out different subject lines, sending times, and senders. We like to have fun with our subject lines and make it a competition to see whose email wins!

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”
– Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO

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Social Posting — How to Use Pardot’s New Social Media Tools

Pardot has made some exciting updates to its social posting functionality! Read on to check out the new updates and make sure you know how to use them.

Before we get into the details of how to use Pardot’s social posting functionality, make sure you have added the corresponding social media connectors. Here are links to the instructions:

How to Create a Post

  1. Navigate to Marketing –> Social.
  2. Click the blue + New Social Post button.
  3. Type in your message — use the Insert Link and Attach Image buttons to insert images or Pardot marketing assets.

Don’t forget: Posts must be at least 3 words in length and only links beginning with http:// or https:// will be rewritten as tracked links. Also, only the following image file types are supported: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif. Attached images render natively in Twitter and Facebook, and are rendered as previews on LinkedIn.

  1. From the Select accounts dropdown, choose the accounts you’d like to post the message to.
  2. Optional: Select a campaign and/or add tags.
  3. If you want to post immediately, click Post Now — or, if you want to schedule a time for it to automatically post later, mark Schedule.

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How to Repost Social Messages

What if you want to repost a message (maybe you made a typo and already deleted the original message) or post it to an additional social media network? To repost a social message (either as-is or with edits), click the the gear icon (⚙) next to the post and then click Repost.

Don’t forget: The social network you are reposting to may have recency rules around duplicate posts, causing a repost to be rejected. If it is rejected, the message will appear in the Failed Social Posts table along with the reason for failure. You are able to attempt to repost the message later.

How to Review Social Messages

To review/edit a scheduled social message:

  1. Navigate to Marketing –> Social.
  2. Click the name of the post that you would like to review or edit in the Scheduled Social Messages table.
  3. View Social Message Details to see Scheduled for and Sent with. Note: Other rows like Replies/Comments appear, but data will not populate until the message has been posted.
  4. To edit your message, click Edit and make any necessary changes.

Analyzing the Social Posting Report

To see the number of Clicks, Likes, Replies, Comments, and the Sent At date/time, click Reports –> Connected Apps –> Social. Clicking on the name of a message will take you its specific details page. The reports are grouped by social platform.

Here’s what to look for:

Twitter

  • Clicks: The total number of clicks for all links included in the social posts.
  • Unique clicks: The number of unique prospects that clicked on links included in social posts
  • Retweets: The number of Twitter retweets

LinkedIn

  • Clicks: The total number of clicks for all links included in the social posts.
  • Unique clicks: The number of unique prospects that clicked on links included in social posts
  • Comments: LinkedIn comments (company pages only)
  • Likes:  LinkedIn like (company pages only)

Facebook

  • Clicks: The total number of clicks for all links included in social posts
  • Unique clicks: The number of unique prospects that clicked on links included in social posts
  • Comments: Facebook comments
  • Likes: Facebook likes

How clicks are tracked

Every link click in a social post is included the total click number. Unique clicks are based on the visitor’s cookie – if they are using the same cookied browser while clicking the link multiple times, subsequent clicks on the post are not considered to be unique.

Pardot’s Social Posting Knowledge Base article gives a great example:

 

  • Visitor A visits Twitter and clicks on a social post link for the first time. We record 1 click and 1 unique click.
  • Visitor A clicks on the same social post link again 20 minutes later. We record 1 click and no unique click.
  • Visitor A clicks on the same social post link again after another 20 minutes. We record 1 click and no unique click.

For the example above, the social post would show 3 total clicks and 1 unique click.

 

Keep in mind: Pardot is continually refining what is a valid in and invalid click on a link. While the reporting stats may not line up 100% with bitly stats or other link tracking services, we are confident in the stats you see in the Pardot reporting product for social tracking.

Additional Notes*:

  • There is no limit to the number of Social Posting connectors you create.
  • Social Posting is included in all editions (Standard, Pro, and Ultimate).
  • You may want to disable auto-posting between accounts before using Pardot Social Posting. If you post with Social Posting to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and are using auto-posting to connect any of the same accounts, the same message will post twice to the same account.
  • If your Facebook account is configured to automatically post to Twitter, you will need to disconnect your Facebook account from Twitter in order to use Pardot Social Posting to manage these accounts. From there, you can set up separate Social Posting connectors for Facebook and Twitter.
  • Posting to Google + accounts is not available due to Google API limitations.
  • Clicks on tracked links from auto-posts will be associated with the account that is directly connected to Pardot.
  • When Pardot rewrites a link to bit.ly, these links will be uniquely rewritten depending on the social connector that the URL will be posted to (like Facebook and Twitter).
    • Since the bit.ly links may be different, we rewrite the links upon posting.
    • You will not see the bit.ly link populated before then but the character count will be adjusted.
    • Pardot will use your custom bit.ly  account URL if you already have the bit.ly Connector set up. If not, Pardot will create a standard bit.ly URL.
  • Social Posting is available to Administrator and Marketing roles only.
  • When making a post, Pardot will count the number of characters in the post backward from 140.
    • This 140 character limit only applies to Twitter. The limit for Facebook is 4000, and the limit for LinkedIn is 700.
    •  If you exceed 140 characters, Pardot will show your character number as a negative number for every character over 140. For LinkedIn posts, the number can be as low as -560, which meets the 700-character limit. Facebook-only posts do not display a counter.

That’s a wrap! You should be all set to start using Pardot’s new social posting functionality.

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How Marketing Automation Makes Your Company 24/7

Wouldn’t it be great to have an employee that works well after their regular hours in a day and even on holidays?

It seems impossible, but with marketing automation we can make it a reality. Marketing automation allows your company to be 24/7.

When a potential customer completes a Pardot form, located on your website, landing page, or social post, Pardot creates a Prospect with all of the information gathered. At that point, there are a number of different actions Pardot can take.

Our favorite examples of marketing automation in Pardot:

  • Add prospects into segmented lists categorized by their geographical location, job title or any criteria you want
  • Send an autoresponder email (or series of emails) to the prospect
  • Notify a user that there’s a new prospect in the database or create a Salesforce.com task for a user

Have fun on your weekend adventures and never miss a new lead. Automation will keep the communication going while you are out and easy-to-read reports will help you catch up quickly.

And Pardot’s new Engagement Studio is able to understand and react to over 100 triggers as a result of actions that prospects have taken to guide them through the buying process. It allows you to automatically send the right content your prospect needs at the right time.

While you’re taking that mid-Sunday nap, laying out by the pool, or getting in a round of golf, Pardot is hard at work collecting information and nurturing new leads. Why waste your time manually creating email lists, sending emails, and entering prospect information when Pardot can do it for you?

It’s the perfect example of working smarter, not harder.

You might also like: A History of Pardot


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Pardot 101: Pardot or Pardeux? A History of Pardot

If you are a Pardot user, you’re probably privy to the Par-DOT/Par-deux joke. We can pick up on whether a client is from the North very quickly, based upon how they pronounce the marketing automation service’s name (they tend to say Pardeux).

Fun fact: Pardot’s name isn’t random. According to Pardot’s co-founder, David Cummings:

Pardot is the Latvian (not Latin!) verb meaning “to market” or “to sell.” I liked that it was easy to pronounce and spell, so I headed over to BustAName to see if it was unregistered, and, much to my surprise, it was available. I registered it immediately for $8 and the rest is history.

(source: davidcummings.org)

Here are some other key events in Pardot history:

  • December 2006: Bought the domain name Pardot.com for $8
  • March 2007 : Co-founders started working full-time on the business with the original model being a pay per click bid arbitrage platform to generate leads from potential technology buyers and then sell them to technology vendors (like LendingTree for technology leads)
  • May 2007: Pivoted into marketing automation software using most of the code already written for the original product (they were already 60% of the way to a minimum respectable product) and built the product focused on serving the needs of a 25 person software company
  • December 2007: Signed the first customer, via a partner introduction
  • April 2008: Raised prices from $65/user/month to $325/account/month to encourage more user adoption in the organization and to capture value based on other usage params (number and types of modules)
  • October 2008: Signed 100th customer and knew the business was going to be successful (roughly 1.5 years after starting)
  • January 2009: Added email marketing to the native product functionality after religiously staying away from it (previously would connect with third-party email marketing tools to do email but were too limited in functionality)
  • July 2009: Passed $1M in annual recurring revenue and decided it was time to raise venture capital to significantly accelerate growth (took 2.3 years to get to a $1M run rate)
  • March 2010: Raised prices to $1,000/account/month
  • April 2010: Atlanta Business Chronicle named Pardot the #1 fastest growing technology company in Metro Atlanta with a 42,000% growth rate
  • December 2010: Launched London office through a joint venture
  • December 2010: Passed $5M in annual recurring revenue
  • January 2012: Passed $10M in annual recurring revenue
  • August 2012: Inc. magazine named Pardot to the Inc. 500 as the 172nd fastest growing company in the United States
  • October 2012: ExactTarget acquired Pardot

(source: davidcummings.org)

After ExactTarget acquired Pardot in 2012, Salesforce was quick to scoop up ExactTarget in June of 2013 for $2.5 billion, with Marc Benioff tweeting:

Since acquisition, Salesforce has continued to improve upon Pardot’s features and offerings, including making the Pardot/Salesforce sync the fastest sync available and launching Pardot’s new Engagement Studio.

You can check out a feed of the latest (and previously added) features here.

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Marketing Automation 101

One of our classes at #CampCloud is focusing on marketing automation and you’re about to get a crash course in what marketing automation is all about. First off what is it?

I could throw a lot of big words at you to describe what it is, but in basic terms marketing automation is software that makes your marketing and sales efforts automatic.

Common marketing automation features include:

  • Email Marketing
  • Landing Pages & Forms
  • Lists and List Segmentation
  • Scoring & Grading
  • Lead Nurturing

Using marketing automation will streamline your sales and marketing teams and help you work more efficiently. The ultimate goal is to generate traffic to your website, create new leads, nurture those leads and move them along the funnel to a sale.

The possibilities with marketing automation are endless. You can create email campaigns and run A/B testing on them. The best part is that sending the emails is AUTOMATED, so when a prospect signs up for your ebook that action will trigger an email to be sent to them thanking them for downloading it and they will be added to your database. Based on what actions prospects take they will be given scores and you can better understand who has interest in you and who is a dead end. You can start personalizing your emails easier, you can create lists based on any criteria you want and can send emails that are specific to that list segmentation.

Marketing automation will save you time and resources. You aren’t going to be wasting your time mass emailing your leads the same message. You now have the ability to target your leads and send them the content they want. It takes the manual work out of your hands and allows you to focus on other tasks.

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Digital Marketing Favs of the Week- 6/3-6/9

This week, we remember Muhammad Ali, take a look at the benefits of personalization, and delve into behavioral marketing.

Muhammad Ali Was a Marketing Genius Who Also Happened to Be a Boxer

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4 Facts for Marketers About Personalization

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How to Use Behavioral Marketing for Awesome Email Campaigns

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Marketing Love for the Glove

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Salesforce Connections 2016

Salesforce Connections 2016 Recap!

 

On May 10 we arrived in The Big Peach – three fresh-faced #PardotQueens ready for Salesforce Connections 2016 (#CNX16). From the moment we stepped through the big glass doors at the Georgia World Congress Center, I knew we were in for an electrifying experience.

After the sticker shock of a $150 badge replacement fee (did anybody misplace theirs?), the conference opened with a keynote from Marketing Cloud CEO Scott McCorkle that focused on the theme “Year of the Customer” and all that entails. This idea was woven through every session: your potential clients are already online and have a world of options at their fingertips. Our businesses can differentiate by utilizing data and other tools from Salesforce and Pardot.

Georgia Representative John Lewis roused the crowd with tales of his civil rights activism side-by-side with Martin Luther King Jr. that had the entire room on their feet. Shock-and-awe was just getting started, though. Tuesday was a jam-packed day that didn’t wind down until Stevie Wonder closed his final bars at nearly midnight.

That’s how these fast few days went at CNX16 – crammed with information and overflowing with fun. We learned how to ‘Hug Your Haters’ with Jay Baer during one of the funniest and most applicable sessions. Cliff Seal taught us that ‘Nobody Cares About Your Content…Yet’ while delivering on-the-nose statistics related to content and relationship marketing. And we even saw a former onboarding client lead a session about their best B2B marketing campaign!

We learned not only how to make the customer experience better, but also how to make our jobs as marketers easier. Another one of my favorite sessions was a discussion panel with email marketing experts who answered our questions and taught us how to avoid the spam filter.

In between the delicious buffets and Lyft rides, we also caught the enlivening Pardot Keynote that drove home the customer message. At night we unwound at delightful restaurants with burgers, sushi, fried chicken and way too much champagne.

And finally, tired and packed with new information, we made the trip back to Charleston in our painted car. But first we got a peek at the Atlanta Pardot office on our way out of A-Town. It was wonderful to see where our partners work in a behind-the-scenes tour.

We perspired, got inspired and learned a lot about Pardot and marketing. We even made a few connections as well! Can’t wait ‘til next time.

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Megan Mitchell is a Project Implementation Coordinator at Cloud on Tap who loves water sports, Netflix and baking.

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