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 Form Styling [Webinar and Guide]

This month we had the opportunity to present a Pardot Form Styling webinar for Pardot’s Advocate Hours.

In case you missed it: Pardot Form Styling Webinar and Pardot Form Styling Guide

The webinar and guide will walk you through how to use HTML, CSS, and Javascript to style a Pardot form from scratch. The best part is- you don’t have to know code to do this! Seriously!

The webinar and guide will enable a beginner-expert to copy/paste the code like you’re a pro. 🙂


The webinar received  4.6/5 stars from Pardot clients! Here are some comments from the live attendees:

“Definitely, information that I can use.  Thank you.”

“The presenter was awesome!”

“This was awesome.  Super helpful.  Having these CSS classes will really speed up development.”

Pardot Form Styling Guide


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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.

people buy from people

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.

people buy from people

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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#CampCloud Summer Playlist

#CampCloud Summer Playlist

Our Summer #CampCloud Campaign has come to an end and we feel like having a little fun on our way out so we created the #CampCloud Summer Playlist that you can listen to while you catch up on any posts you may have missed…

Turn up your #CampCloud Summer Playlist and make sure you didn’t miss any of the amazing content on the 3 main 101 topics we covered:

  1. Pardot

    1. Pardot 101: Pardot or Pardeux? A History of Pardot

    2. Is this a Pardot Campaign or Program?

    3. Difference Between a Pardot Campaign and a Pardot List

    4. Using Your Pardot Recycle Bin in Unexpected Ways

    5. Cloud on Tap Tip Tuesday

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

    7. Data Cleansing the Salesforce and Pardot Way – FREE Whitepaper

    8. 4 Pardot Integrated Apps We Love

    9. 5 Pardot Custom Redirect Use Cases

    10. 3 Reasons We LOVE Pardot Variable Tags

  2. Marketing Automation

    1. Marketing Automation 101

    2. How Marketing Automation Makes Your Company 24/7

  3. Gamification

    1. Gamification 101: What is it?

    2. Gamification 101: How Hands-On Learning Promotes Deeper Understanding

Don’t forget to get your #CampCloud Summer Playlist

An hour of new and old songs to end Summer on a high and fun note. 🙂

#CampCloud Summer Playlist

I’m incredibly proud of the Cloud on Tap marketing team for all they did this summer. Still keeping up with our regular cycle of Pardot Onboarding and Support clients, social media, and launching Ascent, I challenged the team with an almost 1 post per day blog schedule. In some ways it’s content overload, but I truly can say it’s GOOD content. We cycled the schedule so no one had 2 difficult posts to write back to back and we all worked together to get each out on time. It was a great exercise in teamwork, writing skills, and expanding our Pardot Knowledge even more.

As Summer winds down, we begin to take on more clients and this frequency of posting will go way down. But don’t go! – We have some really exciting new projects in the works for this blog and I hope you take a moment to sign up below and not miss out.

Thank you for joining us at #CampCloud!


Alison McConoughey is a Sr. Project Implementation Coordinator and Team Lead at Cloud on Tap. She has a special place in her heart for marketing automation, Charleston, and the oxford comma.

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Pardot Custom Redirect

5 Pardot Custom Redirect Use Cases

We tend to nerd-out a little when there’s a case to use a Pardot Custom Redirect.

You don’t want to go overboard creating them for every link, but occasionally creating a Pardot Custom Redirect comes in handy:

1. Banner Ads

Use a Pardot Custom Redirect to track your traffic from banner ads. Bonus: Custom Redirects can have completion actions run for Prospects who click on them- consider notifying their assigned user, sending a special email specific to the product/service they expressed interest in, or adding the Prospect to a Segmentation List.

2. Social Media

If you are like us and use other platforms beyond the Pardot social connectors (examples: Salesforce Success Community, Linkedin Groups, Instagram), you can gain better insight into the traffic from these platforms by creating a Pardot Custom Redirect for each link you share. Each Custom Redirect has its own bitly automatically created by Pardot.

3. Emails

I thought Pardot tracked link clicks in my emails?!?!?! No worries- they do! However, if you use the same URL multiple times in an email, the reporting is for how the URL performed as a whole, not on the individual link placements. Your emails should have a clear CTA (call to action) and often that CTA is to get a Prospect to click on one specific link (file, landing page, video, white paper, etc…). If you design the email with multiple link placements to the one CTA (buttons and hyperlinked text), then a Pardot Custom Redirect can help you report on which was clicked the most. These are very useful analytics for designing future emails.

4. Files

If you link to a file that is not hosted by you or to another 3rd party link, create a Pardot Custom Redirect for it. This allows you accurate reporting on the traffic to that link, as well as the ability to act on it (completion actions) within Pardot.

5. Offline Marketing

Business cards, direct mail, billboards, and flyers can seem far from our minds in the world of digital marketing, but they are still used by many businesses. Our Cloud on Tap business cards include a Pardot Custom Redirect to a form where you can sign up to see Pardot’s marketing automation in action. Bonus: If you setup your tracker domain in Pardot, custom redirects can be customized with a vanity url so it will include your company name and a simple description of the link.

Click here if you are interested in reading more about the benefits of using a Pardot Custom Redirect.

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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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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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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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