How I passed the Pardot certification exam the first time — and how you can, too

In September of 2015, I was tasked with earning a Pardot certification.

I had been working in Pardot for a few months, but still felt anxious about the Pardot certification exam itself — after all, I had heard that the exam is very challenging. With a $200 price tag for the first attempt and another $100 for each retake, a mistake can be costly.

Keep in mind that Pardot doesn’t tell you a whole lot if you fail — you don’t get to know what percentage you got correct and you don’t get to see which specific questions you answered incorrectly. You have to get 67% or more correct on the specialist exam and 70% or more correct on the consultant exam to pass. Both exams include 60 multiple-choice questions and allow you 90 minutes to complete the exam.

If you are taking the Pardot certification exam online, make sure you register to do so beforehand and read the test-taking requirements — you must have an external webcam, for example. I would also make sure you take time to set yourself up early, so you don’t feel rushed. The test-taking software made my default camera reset to my internal laptop camera — if this happens, make sure you just set it back to your webcam. There is a live support chat in the test software itself if you run into any other issues.

I took my studying very seriously, combing through any resources that the internet had to offer. Yes, the study guides that Pardot offers (specialist study guide here, consultant here) are useful, but not quite enough to cover everything, in my opinion.

As DJ Khaled, a viral inspirational speaker, would say, MAJOR 🔑 (key) — make sure that you go to this page (specialist/consultant) and review every section. Click on the Knowledge Base links and ensure that you are familiar with every detail, from top to bottom.  Very in-depth questions from the Knowledge Base articles WILL appear on the exam. Don’t let them surprise you — don’t play yourself!

In summary, here are my major keys:

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Study the designated Pardot exam study guide, but don’t limit yourself to it. 
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Make sure you read and study the Knowledge Base articles referenced in the study guide from TOP to BOTTOM.
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Familiarize yourself with what you can see on each type of Report.
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Make sure you have an external webcam if you are planning on taking the exam online. 
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There are many sets of flashcards that others have made — take advantage of any credible resources you can find on Google!

Lastly, don’t forget:

DJ Khaled, You Smart, Pardot certification

You can do this! Feel free to tweet us when you pass the exam using @cloudontap and we will be happy to celebrate your success with you! 😀

 

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Sara McNamara is a Salesforce Pardot Project Implementation Coordinator at Cloud on Tap. She has a special place in her heart for marketing automation, cats, and people who don’t call her about something that could have been a text.

Trying to decide between Pardot and Marketo? 2 Great Comparison Guides

Pardot vs. Marketo — which marketing automation platform is right for you?

Is your business looking into buying a marketing automation platform? Pardot and Marketo are two leaders in the marketing automation field, both possessing their own strengths and weaknesses. Are you looking into pricing, integrations, mobile support, and reviews? Below are two comparisons where Pardot and Marketo duke it out — check out the battle below to help you decide!


Round 1: G2 Crowd Pardot vs. Marketo Comparison

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G2 Crowd offers a great comparison of the two marketing automation platforms, including over 500 user ratings each, and user written reviews. Click here to check out their comparison chart.

Winner: Pardot!  

 


Round 2: GetApp Pardot vs. Marketo Comparison

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GetApp has a great comparative chart on Pardot and Marketo, including comparisons in the areas of Mobile Support, Typical Customers, Pricing, and Integrations. Click here to check out their presentation.

Winner: Pardot!  

 


Made your decision? If your choice is Pardot, our Salesforce Certified Pardot Consultants can help you learn the platform from top to bottom!

Get more leads with Twitter’s lead cards for Pardot!

Thanks to Twitter’s new lead cards, gathering leads for Pardot from Twitter is easier than ever for both prospects and marketers.

Considering Twitter outperforms LinkedIn and Facebook by creating 82% of social media leads*, this is great news!

Once a prospect clicks to expand your lead card, their email and name are automatically populated by Twitter — then, they just have to click the button, and the prospect is automatically created in your Pardot instance!

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Need help setting up your Twitter lead cards in Pardot? Let us know!

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*Forbes

Picture credits: Pardot

Need Help With Pardot? Check out Cloud on Tap’s List of Pardot Help Resources

Trying to learn how to best utilize Pardot for your business? Feeling a bit lost? Check out our list of Pardot help resources:

 

Drip Programs

Email Templates

Forms

Landing Pages

List Segmentation

Scoring and Grading

Search Marketing

Tagging

 

Need more assistance from Pardot experts? Reach out to us HERE!

 

5 of Cloud on Tap’s Favorite Email Optimization Infographics

Looking to optimize your emails? Check out these super helpful and beautiful email optimization infographics that we found around the web!


#1. 6 Email Marketing Traps Resulting in Game Over

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Source: Mailify

 


#2. Anatomy of an Email: A Quick Look Inside Content that Drives Opens and Clicks

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#3. Email Marketing Best Practices

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#4. Thank You For Subscribing: How to Optimize Your Welcome Emails

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#5. Email Irritation: What Annoys People About Emails

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Page Actions (Automation Settings, Part 1)

Hi all! We’re doing a series of 3 posts about a lesser talked about area in Pardot- Automation Settings. These settings are amazingly helpful and everyone should use it, but they aren’t necessarily the first thing your company will get to during implementation.

First up are Page Actions!

Admin> Automation Settings> Page Actions
+ Add Page Action, Name it, Enter the full URL that you want the action on, Save.

Use Options:

1. Page Actions give you real-time control of your website. Website tracking is great, but sometimes we need to take action on a prospect asap. Page actions allow you to set completion actions (ex. Add to list, notify user, send autoresponder, etc.) to a Prospect when he/she visits specific pages on your site. Consider this- Which is better?

Page Actions Scenario 1

 

2. Page Actions can identify specific pages as being worth more or less points than others. If you had Page Actions set to decrease the score for your Careers Page and/or increase the score for the Pricing Page, you would have a better picture of which Prospect is worth sales’ time.
Page Actions Scenario 2

 

3. Page Actions can be used to call a page out as priority. Even if you have no need to take action on a page or score someone differently for visiting it, you still may want a Pricing or Product/Service page to stand out in the Prospect Activity section. Checking the “Priority Page?” box allows the page to stand out from the typical “1 visit 4 pages” on the activity.

Page Actions are awesome and you should definitely try them out!
Questions about how Page Actions behave in Pardot? Check out Pardot’s KB article here.

Coming up next: Visitor Filters

 

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