Promote Creative Abrasion and Scale your Company with Salesforce Collaboration Tools

Whether your company is planning to deploy Salesforce or already has, there are a few collaborative tools you should consider: Chatter, Communities, and Quip. These tools connect with Salesforce Sales Cloud to help drive productivity, collaborate on all content and communication, all while having the ability to build your own account portal for your customers. We’ll take a look at what these products offer and how they can help your company today.

Share files and data across your company so everyone stays together with Chatter

Chatter allows your employees to do more anytime and anywhere as all files and information are shared real-time on projects, opportunities, leads and other objects. It is a collaboration tool that allows for posting and commenting by users and customers on Salesforce objects, topics, polls, and more.

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  • Take action anywhere – Provide updates on projects that are accessible from both mobile and desktop interfaces. Give your team the ability to update opportunity statuses while they’re out on the road traveling from meeting to meeting.
  • Exchange knowledge – Upload the latest presentations and other documents to quickly pull up while heading into a meeting. Collaborate and provide feedback on data and files that relate to a specific customer, region, or even department.
  • Structure and Strengthen Departments – Create private Chatter groups for teams, departments, events and more where you can share files and create discussions. You can create polls, host files and even build an FAQ section where your team can quickly navigate to.

Engage your audiences with captivating portals, forums, and websites through Salesforce Communities

Communities allow your company to connect with your customers better than ever before. Tracking everything back to the account and contact, it gives your team the ability to answer any questions that come up, and answer them sooner than later.

  • Portals – Provide your customers with a collaborative portal where they can create and manage cases and claims, access company articles, integrate data and more. Have an FAQ section? Upload your answers into the portal for customers to access them easily.
  • Forums – Host a forum for your customers and employees to share important updates, answer new questions, and really hear what your customers are saying while tracking it back to their account.
  • Websites – Launch your communities website in 4 easy steps. Select a template, customize it to your brand, add content and connect data to get it up and running quickly.

Make progress with fewer emails and meetings with Quip

Quip provides your team with the tools to instantly chat and collaborate on spreadsheets, docs, and presentations at the same time. Connect it with Salesforce to update Salesforce records from within Quip, and vice versa.

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  • Live Document Collaboration – Presentation slides, spreadsheets, and documents with the ability to connect and sync values from collateral to actual fields in Salesforce. No more updating meeting notes and then copying that info into the system manually.
  • Accessible From Anywhere – Access and update quip documents via quip.com itself or from the linked quip doc found on the Salesforce record. Give your field reps the ability to update information instantly, while allowing access for others to view it at the same time.
  • Up To Date Tracker – Viewing updates as members are typing them in real-time gives everyone the opportunity to be on the same page, without having to send an email update. In quip docs, you are able to add images, checklists, chatboxes, and even project management tools.

Let’s Collaborate

If you feel that your company isn’t as aligned as it can be, we suggest looking into these products and reaching out if you have any questions. As customers of these tools mentioned, we’ve taken them and expanded them company-wide, maximizing our Salesforce investment. If you’d like to learn more about how one of these tools can help your company, please contact us below.

Field Service Lightning Explained

Part of Salesforce Service Cloud, Field Service Lightning (FSL) is designed to improve the first-visit resolution and onsite job management using a mobile solution with access to job schedules, van inventory, and more – with or without the internet. Additional features of FSL include the ability to quickly create work orders from any case, intelligently assign and manage jobs, increase first-time fix rate and stop problems before they happen.

Diving into FSL license types, we’re going to show you three different service roles and the licenses that would optimize their everyday lives. Each section describes role responsibilities/what can be done with FSL, required Salesforce access, and the required permissions to make it happen.

Service Cloud

Have any questions on Field Service Lightning licenses or any other aspect of the product? Let us know, we’re happy to answer your questions.

Corrao Group Partners With Data Management Leader, RingLead

We’re excited to announce our Platinum partnership with RingLead, the leader in data management, with over 300 million protected records worldwide. RingLead is dedicated to creating the most productive, feature-rich, easy to use platform to consistently improve lead quality, allowing sales and marketing teams to operate more effectively. RingLead provides tools to help prospect new leads, standardize contact records, cleanse your database and more.

You can read the full press release here, in addition to a free implementation of their products.

With data management being crucial to success, it is even more imperative for an Account-Based Marketing strategy. We are offering a free analyzation of your records with RingLead’s product, DMS Cleanse, which will reveal areas in your system that are at risk of poor data. The end result of using DMS Cleanse to its full extent is letting the tool update your data to the most accurate information.

If you are interested in DMS Cleanse, or any of RingLead’s many products, please fill out the form below.

Pardot Introducing Engagement Studio Timers and SSL for Vanity Domains

Don’t look now but Pardot is back at it with even more advancements! They’ve recently added SSL for Vanity Domains and customizable business hours for Engagement Studios. Let’s dive into these new features Pardot has released for us.

SSL for Vanity Domain
Tired of having to use go.pardot.com for your secure HTTPS connection? Now you don’t have to, SSL is now made available for your vanity domain. Giving you the ability to host your Pardot marketing assets under the HTTPs of your vanity domain.

Set up is really simple. From Pardot, go into Admin > Domain Management > Tracker Domain.

After that, go into your tracker domain to set up the SSL status. After clicking on the action icon, click “Enable SSL”, and from there. Typically, it takes 10 to 15 minutes to get your SSL certificate from Lets Encrypt. Once your SSL Status has been flipped from “Processing” to “Enabled” – your marketing assets will be accessible through HTTPs.

SSL for Vanity Domains

Important Notes: Have your tracker domain validated first prior to requesting the SSL. Also, please double check your marketing assets to ensure they are not mixed content cases (where they load over HTTP and the page is HTTPS, this can cause your page not to render and visitors to get security warnings).

Customizable Business Hours to Engagement Studio
Have you ever wanted to adjust the business hours that Pardot allows for Engagement Studios? One of the more commonly asked questions about customizing Pardot engagement studio’s work hours is no longer a question. Your wish has been granted!

Now, you have the ability to customize the business hours that you want your nurture programs to run on, and you will be able to customize it to fit differently for every engagement studio. So, how does it work? You are able to pick the days of the week and how long your business hours window lasts (i.e from the minimum of 6 hours to the max of 23 hours.)

Customize Engagement Studio Business Hours

Additional features for Engagement Studio Reporting (NO WAY!): In the past, the .CSV Engagement Studio reports still be sparse, with basic email reporting. But now, in addition to the basic email metrics, you will get:

  • Engagement Studio Summary – Which prospects have started and completed everything?
  • More Advanced Email Metrics – Who had emails sent, skipped, unique clicks, CTR, total of hard/soft bounces, etc.
  • Form + Form handlers + Landing Pages – Who completed and submitted them.
  • Custom Redirects – Which redirect was clicked, by who, and when.
  • File Downloads – Who downloaded which file and how many times.

With including all those reports into one export, this will allow you to leverage that data more readily and easily. No more trying to look at 100 different reports in order to find all the exact stats of your engagement studio.

Once again, Pardot has been listening to it’s community through its Ideas Exchange. This is the first of many improvements to come in 2018!

Traditional Marketing within Account-Based Marketing

“Will ABM completely replace my Traditional Marketing strategy”?

One of the first questions asked when looking into Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is, “Will this completely replace our traditional marketing strategy”? While it may seem that way at first, traditional marketing isn’t left in the dust when adopting ABM, the time-tested marketing strategy that focuses on understanding the customer at the account level. In this post, we’re going to go over how traditional marketing is consolidated into an ABM strategy, as well as how they’re different.

Traditional Marketing and ABM Clarification

Let’s start with defining what’s involved in our traditional marketing method. It’s one of the most commonly used marketing strategies (for now) involving marketing methods such as digital, direct mail, telephone and more. The type of content involved in this strategy is more generalized than custom to the recipient and is sent to all different roles and titles, so you’re not sure of their potential, should you ever hear back from them. When utilizing an ABM strategy, you’re sending hyper-personalized content created for a specific decision maker at a company in which you are fully aware of the growth potential with them. This allows your content to resonate with the recipient and actually provide them value in their role, helping their company overall. Do this for the decision makers at a target account and you’ll have a great chance of closing the deal! Marketers aren’t on their own in ABM to find out this information, they’re meeting with Sales teams weekly to figure out who the top priority accounts are, and who to target there. In fact, 70% of ABM teams report that the Sales and Marketing departments are mostly, if not completely aligned (DemandBase).

This is where we see one of the differences between ABM and traditional marketing’s strategies, in the content type; this is also where traditional marketing is absorbed into ABM. In ABM, it’s irrational to think that a company will have the bandwidth to create hyper-personalized content for each of their decision-making leads at each account. Due to this, we recommend a tiered strategy where only those tier A accounts will receive the hyper-personalized content made for them. Tier B accounts should receive personalized content as well, custom to their industry so you’re not recreating the content each time as you would for the tier A accounts. Tier C accounts are where traditional marketing comes into the ABM strategy as this is where the majority of your leads will be. You can continue to use automated nurture programs to warm these leads up, combined with some scoring to automatically notify the Sales team after they’ve shown some interest in your product or service.

Why should I tier my accounts?

There’s a reason behind the different personalization levels between all of these tiered accounts, and it’s from a few things including bandwidth and growth potential. The tier A accounts are your “cash cows” that have the maximum possibility of growing with your solution. Tier B accounts would be the nice-to-haves, while tier C accounts are the remaining and where the majority of leads fall into. There’s no magic number of target accounts to place into each tier as it comes down to bandwidth at the company. If a company has 21-50 employees, they’re probably not going to have 30 target accounts but they may have 5-10. Since tier A accounts are the big deals you really want to land, the work and effort that is done to try and close these deals are well worth the ROI. This hard work involves weekly, sometimes daily meetings between the Sales and Marketing teams.

So, not all traditional marketing methods are lost when adopting an Account-Based Marketing strategy. Even beyond traditional marketing’s methods, some metrics are still applicable when tied to target accounts. For example, you’d want to measure how engaged your target accounts are with your company, so you would use a traditional marketing metric, such as how long they’ve been on your site, to check if it’s increasing, which would show a growing interest in your solution.

Fill out our form below to see if Account-Based Marketing is right for you.

Building a Successful CRM with Salesforce Consultants

Imagine self-implementing a system as vast as Salesforce to find out 6-8 months later that you cannot prove its ROI. Meanwhile, you’ve already spent quite the investment already so that your budget is locked up for the rest of the year. For the past 10 years we’ve seen this all the time, and it is all caused by self-implementation.

Whether you have decided to pick Salesforce as your customer success platform or are strongly considering to do so, what usually follows is, “Can I self-implement? Why do I need to hire a consultant?” Yes, you can do implement Salesforce yourself, but it’s not recommended unless you have a Salesforce admin with over five years of hands-on experience. Although, we highly suggest against self-implementations as it usually does not lead to the proper transfer of business processes onto the platform. This comes from the Salesforce client not having the knowledge of what Salesforce can do as a platform when implemented company-wide.

In the big picture, having a successful implementation with the help from a Salesforce consultant will set you up with a solid foundation and get the most from your investment. Here are a couple of the top reasons why you should hire one:

Time:

Learning and building the Salesforce platform will take time. This means you will be up against a steep learning curve, while trying to implement your business strategy. Not to mention, you have your normal tasks to take care of – so adding more responsibilities may cause your internal staff more stress and potentially be distracted as they try to self-implement the platform.

This can take your team days, weeks, or even months to get up to speed and have your implementation up and “running.” Whereas Salesforce consultants do this for living – day in and day out, they know what they are doing without any distractions and will be able to get you up and running in no time.

Assistance

Instead of troubleshooting for hours and maybe days to fix an issue, Salesforce consultants will be able to provide solutions right away and get your up to speed about your Salesforce platform. They are there to help you be aware of key metrics and notify you about any important updates about your system.

Having help from a Salesforce consultant will allow you to increase your user adoption because users will have a professional to turn to when needed. Your Salesforce will be built from your users’ preferences rather than the other way around.

Quality

Another lovely perk that you get from leveraging a Salesforce consultant — you get the best and current business practices. They will be able to steer you away from potential pitfalls and expensive mistakes that aren’t clear to first-time users during self-implementing.

Having a consultant will provide years of knowledge to ensure that your platform is optimized and performing to its full potential rather than spending even more money to fix potential bugs and issues as they come up.

ROI

At the end of the day, ROI is what matters most. Companies that choose to self implement often are focused on getting their Salesforce platform up and running. How hard can it be? Not only does this lead to potential issues but also leads companies to forget about the additional features Salesforce has that can bolster your system. They want to be able to use it as soon as they can rather than being focus on getting the most out of it in the long-run. Why pick one over the other — a Salesforce consultant will be able to do both of those things for you.

In addition, they will be able to measure your ongoing ROI to see how your growth is. They’re there to ensure you are getting the most out of your investment as well as what areas need help or need to expand.


If you had all the tools and guides to build a house for the first time, would you do it yourself or hire someone? If you do it yourself you’ll be paying in the long-term for minor fixes that a professional would have saw and fixed from the start.

The same ideology applies here, hire a Salesforce consultant to make sure you maximize your Salesforce investment.

The Differences Between Buyer Personas and Ideal Client Profiles (ICPs)

When discussing Account-Based Marketing, the strategy that almost 85% of marketers measuring ROI say outperforms other marketing investments (ITSMA), there is usually some confusion between Buyer Personas and Ideal Customer Profiles (ICPs). Since they both represent characteristics of your company’s ideal target, they do have some similarities but are focused on two different objects: companies versus people.

Ideal Customer Profiles (ICPs)

ICPs describe the best types of companies for your organization to market and sell to. The criteria and qualities help your company determine if an account is worth going after. Such criteria can involve the company’s industry, company size, department, responsibilities and more. To obtain this information, you can evaluate your current customer base along with additional info revealed through research or client conversations.

Buyer Personas

Buyer persona

Buyer Personas are detailed analyses of people, usually with decision making influence at a company. They include information such as the person’s background, objectives, pain points, who they report to and more. This type of information allows companies to adjust their messaging, which in turns proves to the potential buyer how an offering can help their company and more specifically, them in their everyday role. Do this for the decision makers within a company and when they have an internal meeting to review an offering, they will be more likely to go forward with the solution as they know exactly how it will help them as a company and individuals.

Where to start

Knowing the difference between the two, the next question is, which one to start with? Which came first, the ICP or the persona? It’s a lot easier to start with the ICP as that insight will give companies an idea of what goes on in the daily roles of each persona. For example, if we’re trying to create a Buyer Persona first, we wouldn’t know the specifics of what they do every day. Sure, if they’re the head of accounts receivable we can associate some typical, general solutions but it’s not going to grab their attention. If we know information about their company such as they have trouble tracking invoices, we can message to them that our solution will help cut their DSO up to 50%! (Check it out here, EZ-AR™).

If you need any assistance on creating a Buyer Persona or ICP, fill out the form below and let us know! If you’d like to learn more about Account-Based Marketing, download our ABM guide for B2B marketers here.

Know Thy Customer: Buyer Personas

Only .75% of B2B leads generated become revenue through a traditional marketing strategy (Forrester). Why? One of the many possible explanations is due to a batch and blast email campaign approach where marketers don’t take the time to identify who their audience really is, leading to a quick unsubscribe. Your clients expect personalized marketing these days, and if you don’t know who your customers really are, you won’t be able to personalize the content to what they’re actually interested in, and keep them engaged in nurture programs. While you may still be sending generalized content, your competitors are doing their research and using personalized content. That personalized content is seeing 6x higher of a transaction rate than content that is not personalized to the prospect (Marketing Land).

To beat out your competitors and consistently nurture your prospects, you need to start personalizing your content based on who your prospects are and what they’re interested in.

Do you really know your customers?

Knowing your customers’ industry, # of employees, annual revenue, geography, and similar characteristics isn’t exactly knowing your customers, it’s knowing who their company is. To get to know your actual customers, buyer personas are the way to go. Buyer personas are representations of your ideal customer built through market research and real client data. What personas do is reveal what your prospects are doing and thinking as they make a decision on your product or service. Buyer personas are not descriptions of your clients, they go beyond that and include pieces such as actual decision-making criteria that your client went through when reviewing your solution. Utilize Buyer Personas to help build personalized emails that drive 18x more revenue than broadcast emails (Market Research), and maintain consistent nurturing. Expand that into your website and more to see even more of an impact.

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Section from a Buyer Persona

What are your customers actually interested in?

Using a marketing automation tool such as Pardot can give you insight into which product/service web pages of yours they’ve visited, for how long they stayed on the page, which whitepapers they downloaded, and much more. You can use this data to then create dynamic content based on who your prospect/client is and what they’re interested in. This way, when you send out email campaigns, you’re not sending the same product/service value props to a sales rep that you are to a CMO. Instead, you’re sending content about your product/service that would specifically benefit the CMO with their everyday tasks and sending different content to sales reps on how it would benefit them with their tasks.

Buyer Personas + Client Interests

Buyer Personas and personalized content based on the client’s interest fall under the umbrella of Account-Based Marketing (ABM); a strategy for B2B companies that is reported to have a higher ROI than other marketing activities, according to 97% of marketers in a survey (Alterra Group). Buyer personas are one of the pillars of ABM as your entire strategy is centered around these personas. ABM is a strategy combining Sales and Marketing principles to target key accounts and deliver hyper-personalized messaging to the decision makers through the channels they communicate on.

If you’d like to learn more about ABM or buyer personas, please submit our form below to receive our Account-Based Marketing Guide for B2B Marketers where we dive into what it is, how it’s different from traditional marketing, how to start, and more.

Salesforce Campaigns versus Pardot Campaigns: Which one to use?

If you’ve used Salesforce’s Sales Cloud prior to using Pardot, you’re most likely familiar with how Salesforce campaigns function. They are objects used to manage and track outbound marketing campaigns, ranging from a simple email campaign to large, in-person conventions. Contacts and leads can be associated with multiple Salesforce campaigns as part of a multi-touch outreach. Pardot campaigns are similar but think of them more as the first outbound marketing campaign that the prospect (contacts and leads are called prospects in Pardot) interacted with from your company. Prospects can only be associated with one Pardot campaign; acting in more of a ‘source’ field type of way here.

So when should you use a Salesforce campaign? When should you use a Pardot campaign? The truth is you should use both, but the takeaways should be different.

Let’s take a look at an example where ACME Corporation is planning their annual convention expecting thousands of attendees, inviting both existing clients as well as new prospects. We’ll see how they could incorporate both Pardot and Salesforce campaigns. On the initial event registration form, there are completion actions to add all event registrants to a Salesforce campaign, “ACME 2017”, whether they are new prospects or existing clients. The form also assigns new prospects to a Pardot campaign, “ACME 2017”, but does not overwrite any current client’s Pardot campaign. The reason why you do not want it to overwrite anyone currently associated with a Pardot campaign is that the existing Pardot campaign is the true first touch they had with your marketing efforts. And since leads/contacts can be associated with multiple Salesforce campaigns, there is no overwriting of Salesforce campaigns, just addition of new ones.

The Pardot campaign. This object will allow you to keep track and manage where your clients are coming from marketing-wise while allowing you to take either manual or automated action with them. Since those associated with this ACME 2017 Pardot campaign are new prospects, ACME automatically has a list for new prospects compared to existing clients. Additionally, any opportunities that become associated with these new prospects at any time will be automatically tied back to this campaign for immediate ROI reporting.

The Salesforce campaign. This object contains most of your campaign information including information such as costs, ROI, leads/contacts and more. This campaign will contain everyone who registered for the ACME convention, both existing clients and new prospects, which can be grouped by attending status. All Salesforce campaigns associated with each lead/contact can be made viewable from the lead/contact record, allowing instant insight into any marketing-assisted opportunities that are created.

Salesforce Campaign
Salesforce Campaign

Take it further. ACME could then utilize Salesforce’s Einstein Analytics to view one dashboard to show which leads and contacts are associated to which Salesforce campaign(s) in addition to showing their Pardot campaign, or marketing source. If ACME were to add Opportunity information onto this dashboard, they could use the created date field to see which recent Salesforce campaign was run that may have greatly influenced this opportunity to be created. This can greatly assist anyone using, or wanting to use, a multi-touch attribution model. Einstein Analytics makes it easy for users to add/remove insight onto the dashboards between objects that previously were not able to cross and display this type of information.

At the end of the day, the question isn’t “which campaign should I use”, it’s “what do I want to know”? Salesforce continues to add to the answer of this question with new products and feature updates. That’s why it is critical to fully understand what the Salesforce platform can do for your entire company, not just one department. Understanding this will not only help your company internally and externally but also help maximize your Salesforce investment.

Overnight ROI and Sales Alignment with SalesHood

Imagine an environment where sales managers don’t have insight into how each individual on their sales team makes the company pitch. Managers don’t have the time to attend every sales call, leaving them to only hope that the company’s onboarding program paid off. This causes problems such as disconnected sales, overall company value not being communicated effectively, and many others.

Enter SalesHood, a sales enablement tool that reinforces your sales team’s knowledge by allowing them to share and collaborate on content, including their sales pitches. SalesHood allows you to train, test, and certify your team to ensure everyone is on the same page. It even has a large library of videos to view ranging from Sales 101 to advanced selling techniques. In addition to the video library, SalesHood allows your team to create their own videos to enable feedback from your entire team.

Take a look below to see what our team has to say about SalesHood!

Management

“One of the biggest challenges most high-growth firms encounter is managing onboarding new Sales and Support staff. Ensuring your branding and value proposition is consistently delivered can be challenging and costly when staff is deployed in remote locations. SalesHood has delivered a mobile solution that delivered ROI overnight! Their templates for Sales best practices allowed my complete sales staff to either learn or refresh their knowledge immediately. Our Sales and Sales Operations staff has been adding collaborative content hourly as collaboration and feedback have been in real-time. I would highly recommend this solution for companies who struggle with consistent solution selling while decreasing your cost to train new staff“. Jack Corrao – Managing Partner

Sales Department

“This is an awesome tool because after 30 years of sales experience, you can always learn new techniques and SalesHood provides those. You can also mentor others on your team that may need help or guidance. Every sales team should be using this tool“. Tom Bersch – North East Sales Manager

“The collaboration and team building are huge for me. Being able to increase our unified story across our sales team has lead to better pitches, and a better closure rate. The mobile app lets me listen to my peers’ sales pitches and general training while on the road from client to client”. Adam Grandle – Eastern Reginal Sales Manager

“Being able to record myself, gain feedback from my peers, and be able to watch myself give my pitch is eye-opening. It’s one of those tools where you ask yourself, “Why didn’t I have this before?” Nick Samouris – Marketing Cloud Sales Manager

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         Rating Nick’s sales pitch and providing feedback

“As a sales manager, finding time to onboard new sales reps was extremely time-consuming. With SalesHood, we have a training, testing, and certification program that each new member of my sales team goes through, saving me time every week”. Ellis Murrow – Sales Operations

“Having a collaborative platform to practice our pitches and stories have helped make them more natural and holds the team accountable. The team building aspect SalesHood provides is second to none, not only across the sales team but including other departments as well”. Vincent Velasquez – Western Sales Manager

“It’s those tiny cracks in the sales pitch that I’ve seen people struggle with and it can ruin the overall pitch. SalesHood’s training videos focus on each stage in the sales cycle patches those cracks right up. Visiting a prospect on the verge of signing? There’s a training video for that. Visiting a lost prospect? There’s a training video for that too!” Tyler Keil – Sales Operations

But it doesn’t stop at Sales…

Marketing

“SalesHood allows me to ensure that our company shares the same mindset as I did when creating product sales sheets. I love being able to record my in-depth sales pitch for each sales sheet only once and hear our sales team build on it with their expertise. SalesHood not only helps align sales and marketing but it also helps reps become more knowledgeable on our services“. Jack Corrao III – VP of Marketing

If you would like to learn more about SalesHood, or go further with how Corrao Group uses the tool, please fill out the form below.