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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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Cloud on Tap Tip Tuesday

It’s Tap Tip Tuesday!

If you follow us on Instagram then you probably know about #TapTipTuesday. If you’re not following us there, just go ahead and do it now!  And if you don’t know what Tap Tips are then you’re in luck because you’re about to learn!

We don’t want your experience with Cloud on Tap to end after your implementation. We want to be a resource for you to use as you continue navigating through the world of Salesforce and Pardot. With that in mind we created Tap Tips.

Tap Tips are quick videos that are posted to our Instagram every Tuesday.

Simple tricks and tips you may not have known that will help make your life a little easier.

Check out a few below and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram. And let us know if you have any tips that help you in Salesforce and/or Pardot.

 

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Pardot Recycle Bin

Using Your Pardot Recycle Bin in Unexpected Ways

Pardot’s Recycle Bin is unique – almost everything you delete will stay in the bin forever, just in case you need to restore items in the future.

The content in your Pardot Recycle Bin doesn’t count toward your usage limit, either!

With these facts in mind, we thought of three reasons the Pardot Recycle Bin is the BEST:

1.     Delete your landing pages

This really applies to any marketing elements in Pardot. Maybe you’ve created a beautiful form – one you spent hours on, making sure the fields were just right – a form with custom CSS in the layout template. Don’t run the risk of someone editing and possibly ruining your hard work!

Whenever we create custom elements for our clients, let’s say it’s a landing page, we copy the content (and the aforementioned layout template) and DELETE IT immediately. This way there is always a copy of your landing page in the Recycle Bin.

2.     Prospects will continue to be tracked in Recycle Bin

Running out of room for your prospects? Depending on your account type, you might not have enough storage space to keep every single potential customer in your database. Luckily, you can delete prospects without actually losing them! The Pardot Recycle Bin will still keep track of deleted prospects and their actions. Later on, if you undelete the prospect or if they complete a form, they’ll automatically be restored.

It’s still a best practice to clean your lists regularly and use Pardot’s automated tools to make sure you’re reaching out to the best audience. But if you’re running out of space, don’t worry about deleting prospects. They’re still in the Recycle Bin if you need them!

3.     Peace of Mind

Which brings us to our last point. The greatest feature of the Pardot Recycle Bin is the peace of mind it offers. You no longer need to worry about accidentally deleting an important email template – you can just restore it! There are only a few items that will delete forever: tags, advanced dynamic content, empty folders, and content files (including images). Otherwise, you can rest easy knowing your marketing material is still available, even in the depths of your Pardot Recycle Bin.

 


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Pardot Campaign Pardot List

Difference Between a Pardot Campaign and a Pardot List

The difference between a Pardot Campaign and a Pardot List is a common confusion new clients ask about when first setting up their Pardot account.

“We want to build a campaign…”

“What are lists?

“How do I put my prospects in a campaign?”

“How can I segment my recipients?”

Most people familiar with the business world are used to talking about “marketing campaigns” and “to-do lists,” but Pardot’s use of these terms can be different.

So, what is a Pardot Campaign and a Pardot List then?

Pardot Campaign

Marketing> Campaigns

A Pardot Campaign is, most importantly, a thematic touchpoint for your prospects (similar to a lead source) and an umbrella for your marketing materials.

Let’s break that down. When you create marketing content in Pardot, usually you will provide a Campaign. This helps you stay organized because all your related emails, templates, forms and landing pages will be in the same place!

Campaigns also tell you where your Prospects came from. When a new Prospect is added to your account, they’ll filter into a corresponding Campaign. Each prospect is associated with only one Pardot Campaign – this can technically be changed but will affect your Reports.

Pardot List

Marketing> Segmentation> Lists

Lists in Pardot are used for segmentation. They’re connected to Email sends, Drip Programs and Engagement Studio. You can create all sorts of Lists and choose which demographic to include on each. Also, any List can be a Suppression List – you’ll always have that option when sending communication through Pardot.

You can even automate your list-making process by using Dynamic Lists. Set rules and Prospects will automatically filter onto the Dynamic List if they match your chosen criteria. Alternately, you can create a simple Static List. It’s important to note Static Lists can be altered by Completion Actions and other Pardot automation tools but Dynamic Lists are totally dependent on the rules/criteria selected when creating it.

The More You Know! Hopefully now you’re more prepared to work on your Pardot Campaigns and Pardot Lists. If you need more assistance, send us an email anytime – we’d love to help! Also, you might like: Is this a Pardot Campaign or Program?


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Is this a Pardot Campaign or Program?

You may not be aware of this but Pardot is a house divided. There are 2 separate camps – Camp 1 feels their heart ache every time someone erroneously calls a Pardot Program a Pardot Campaign and Camp 2 has no idea what Camp 1 is talking about or that a separation ever occurred.

We’re here to set the record straight- There is a difference between a Pardot Campaign and a Pardot Program and that one word really does matter.

It’s like nails on a chalkboard when we see an “expert” use the wrong terminology. We feel a duty to keep these terms straight and hope this quick guide helps.

(yes, we’re being a little hyperbolic but we swear there is a difference you should know…)

Pardot Campaign:

  • marketing elements are associated to it
  • used for reporting
  • thematic touchpoints
  • the first piece of marketing collateral, which the prospect interacted with ( Google Ad, banner, webpage, etc…)
  • each prospect is associated with only one
  • not the same as lead source
  • not the same as a segmentation list
  • not the same as a Salesforce Campaign, although they can overlap

Pardot Program:

  • Drip Program or Engagement Studio Program
  • also commonly referred to as a lead nurturing program
  • send emails at specific intervals based on time or prospect activities
  • send targeted emails based on real-time buyer behavior and rules

In many ways they seem similar. A Campaign may include emails but it doesn’t always. A Program is actually built using Email Templates set under a Campaign and the name of the Campaign and Program could match, but often don’t.

If all of that sounds confusing and pointless to you, that’s okay. The important part is that your Pardot expert knows the difference and uses the correct terminology. If they can’t correctly identify a Pardot Campaign vs a Pardot Program, they are not a Pardot expert. We hope you keep that in mind when choosing who to partner with for your next onboarding or Pardot tune-up. 😉

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Gamification 101: What is it?

Hopefully by now you’ve heard of our new release – Ascent – the gamified e-learning solution for Pardot training. At Cloud on Tap, we think gamification is the future of learning and #CampCloud will teach you everything you need to know, starting with what Ascent actually is!

What is Gamification?

It’s the process of adding game elements and principles in a non-game context. It motivates users to participate by tapping into their basic desires for competition, status, and achievement.

A common technique is using a users’ desire for status. For instance, Ascent awards users with badges or points as they go through the levels. Competition can drive users to use a program so they can see their names on the leaderboard.

There are many benefits to gamified learning. People are less likely to remember something they read, and more likely to remember something they read and write, and even more likely to remember something that they actively DO. Now users can learn in a way that is entertaining and interesting to them, resulting in a better learning experience. Gamification also provides the user with instant feedback. A good model should challenge, involve, and teach.

Gamification aims to increase:

  • Engagement – Makes work seem like play.
  • Influence – Your content influences the audience and makes you the expert.
  • Loyalty – Provide convenience and your clients will come back time and again.
  • User generated content – Pictures, articles, videos or even just comments!
  • Time Spent – Users will spend more time on your site, using your valuable custom content.
  • Virality – Incentivize a user to share your product through social media and reach a wider audience.

Gamfication is a great way to align a business’ objectives with their customers’ motivations. It is changing the way people learn and we think it’s the wave of the future. Try it – playing games with work is a great way to build a better relationship with your clients.

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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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Welcome to Camp Cloud

Welcome To #CampCloud

#CampCloud!

It’s summertime and we’re feeling nostalgic. Summer camp, lake swimming, hiking, campfires… all fun things you can’t really do in Charleston, SC in the summer. It’s hot here!

So we’re spending our time in the great indoors building amazing content for our readers instead.

For the rest of this summer our awesome team will be publishing blog posts covering the basics and going in depth with some great tips and tricks for the following categories:

  • Pardot 101
  • Marketing Automation 101
  • Salesforce 101

We’ll continue to update our TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest and would love for you to join us if you haven’t already!

Additionally, a couple of the upcoming blog posts will also go more into what gamification is and why it’s the key to our new 24/7, on demand Pardot e-learning modules… You’ve probably seen all the tweets and posts about Ascent: Pardot Gamified E-Learning. Excited is not a big enough word for how we feel about it. After years of training businesses of all sizes how to use Pardot, we finally took all the tips, tricks, best practices, and regular training that were in our heads and put it “on paper” so to speak.  As Project Coordinators we try hard to pass on all of our knowledge and be there around the clock to answer every question, but it’s not always realistic. Ascent has made that possible for us and we’re very proud of the e-learning modules that our clients can now use as stand alone or in addition to a standard onboarding!

Mountains are calling

Well, that’s it for this little bit of housekeeping. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for #CampCloud and hope you subscribe to stay up to date!

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Ascent Pardot Gamified ELearning

Announcing Ascent: Pardot Gamified E-Learning

Ascent: Pardot Gamified E-Learning is LIVE and available to all new and existing Cloud on Tap clients.

Learning marketing automation can be like climbing a mountain: overwhelming, discouraging and exhausting. Sometimes new users feel like they’ll never reach the summit. That’s why we created Ascent. It is a self-paced, E-Learning journey through Pardot.

It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-

Learn Pardot at your convenience.

79% of employees said that they would be more productive if their work was more game-like (Talent LMS)

During your ascent you will learn about:

  • Importing fields, Users, and Prospects
  • Technical Setup- DNS, Tracker Domain, and Website Tracking
  • Forms
  • Landing Pages
  • Email Templates
  • List Emails
  • Segmentation
  • Automation Rules
  • Drip Programs
  • Marketing Best Practices
  • Pardot Pro Tips

Gamified e-learning is the future and we are excited to be the first and only Pardot Partner to offer this to our clients. It’s a fun, effective way to learn all the different areas of Pardot. You will earn badges as you level up from anchor to the summit and your scores will compete with other onboarding teams to get onto our leader board.

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5 Exciting Tools in Pardot’s New Engagement Studio That You Don’t Want To Miss

It’s finally here! Pardot has officially released the highly anticipated Engagement Studio.

They should have named it “B2B Marketer’s Dream Studio” … Engagement Studio is a sleek and all-encompassing way to build, visualize, test, and measure 1-to-1 buyer journeys.

Packed with new tools and features, it can be a lot to take in — however, we were a part of both the pilot and beta programs for Engagement Studio and have already helped multiple clients in the pilot stage, so we are ready to go and know our way around! Keep reading for a list of a few of our favorite new tools:

Specific Email Link Click

Pardot’s Drip Program builder allows you to specify whether a prospect clicked on a link in an email, but that’s where the functionality stopped — Engagement Studio is changing the game, allowing you to specify exactly which link the prospect has to have clicked in the email!

Engagement Studio

 

Rules

Pardot has brought together the powers of drip programs and automation rules! You can now set rules within Engagement Studio — the rules available are Assigned Salesforce Queue, Assigned User, Assignment Status, Grade, List, Pardot Campaign, Pardot Custom Field, Prospect Default Field, Prospect Email Status, Prospect Tag, Salesforce Campaign, Salesforce Campaign Status, Salesforce Status, and Score.

Engagement Studio

 

Email Preview

Ever been setting up a drip program and felt frustrated due to having many emails with similar names? Now you don’t have to remember exactly which email is which — you can simply click the photo icon next to the email template drop-down to get a full-screen preview of the email!

Engagement Studio

 

Salesforce Status

What if you only want prospects that are a specific type of record in Salesforce to continue through your lead nurturing track? No fear — you can now specify whether you want a prospect to be a lead, contact, or deleted in Salesforce!

salesforcestatusfinalES

 

Salesforce Campaign Status

Were prospects part of a Salesforce campaign? Did they respond to it? You can now target prospects based on Salesforce campaign activity!

Engagement Studio

 

That’s a wrap for now — however, subscribe to our blog for ongoing tips and tricks!

Engagement Studio training will be included in our Lite, Standard, and Ultimate Pardot Onboardings for new users. Current Pardot users can get help via our Pardot Tune-Ups (hourly rate) — sign up below if you want to get up and running with Engagement Studio (and/or Pardot) as soon as possible!

(Trying to figure out which Pardot Partner to go with? Check out: 9 Reasons Why You Should Choose Cloud on Tap for your Pardot Onboarding/Support)

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