6 “Best of Breed” Platforms To Draw Visitors To Your Pardot Marketing Funnel

For your marketing funnel, Pardot is a powerful B2B marketing automation machine that works 24-7-365 to increase the velocity of your funnel with incredible synergy with Salesforce. The software is attractive to organizations everywhere because of its ability to engage better than anything else, but there are ways for users to really ramp up their results using supplementary marketing programs.

If you combine Pardot with these six top of the funnel (Awareness Phase) tools, you can save time and see a substantial boost to your marketing efforts!

Marketing Funnel
The Network Is Your Customer,” by David Rogers (Yale University Press, 2011)

 Website Management/Blogging with WordPress

26% of websites are run on WordPress. WordPress is a free, simple, open format content management system (CMS) and is ranked as the top blogging platform. Pardot allows you to securely upload dynamic content and forms to your self-hosted WordPress website with a single log-in. You can easily attract visitors with a personalized blog experience relevant to their interests and convert them to prospects in a streamlined process.

Learn more about WordPress

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WordPress ranked #1 for blogging platform

 

SEO/Content Optimization with Yoast SEO

Yoast is rated the #1 SEO plug-in on WordPress with over 1 million installations. Yoast offers real-time page analysis to help you optimize your content, keywords, meta-descriptions and image titles. Combine this with the search marketing and keyword tracking features in Pardot and you have supercharged your SEO!

 

Social Media Management with Hootsuite

Hootsuite is the world’s most popular social media management tool. Hootsuite acts as a hub for your different accounts and has some amazing features like scheduling posts, social listening, analytics, and social monitoring. Use custom redirects, dynamic content, and landing page links from Pardot on your posts via Hootsuite to track clicks and prospects.

Event Management with Eventbrite

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Eventbrite is the ultimate place to create and promote an event online and sell tickets. It allows users to discover events that match their interests, social circle, and location. Pardot syncs with Eventbrite to provide reporting on event registrations and attendance inside Pardot. Event Registries automatically are scored and new prospects are created upon registration.

Learn how Eventbrite connects with Pardot here

Analytics with Wave Analytics for B2B Marketing 

Wave for B2B Marketing

Salesforce Wave Analytics allows users to maximize marketing and sales efforts through better understanding their audience’s behavior. The interface allows for users to easily get clear insights into past and current marketing performance. Wave pulls data in from Pardot to give a complete picture on how to optimize your marketing efforts and make marketing decisions based on actionable data.

Learn more about Wave B2B Analytics here!

Paid Advertising with Google Adwords

Adwords and Pardot

 

Google AdWords lets you target specific types of customers on the world’s largest search engine. In other words, using Google AdWords enables lead generation to a targeted audience. The Pardot Google AdWords Connector ties cost data from AdWords to opportunity data from Pardot to determine your true cost-per-qualified-lead and search engine marketing ROI.

Learn how Google Adwords connects with Pardot here!

 

Pardot New Feature Update – December

 

Check out what’s new in Pardot this month.

 

Two New Automation Criteria

New criteria available for Automation Rules, Segmentation Rules and Dynamic Lists

Pardot Automation Criteria Update

 

Engagement Studio Updates

Versioning is a new tool that is intended to help Engagement Studio users better understand how changes made to their programs impact their results. Any changes to program steps will be recorded as a new program ‘version’ and each version will have a unique name. A history of the versions, as well as the date and times of the starts and pauses, will be recorded in the new Activities tab (found next to the ‘Build,’ ‘Test,’ and ‘Report’ tabs), making it easy to understand when a program was edited.

Pardot Engagement Studio Versioning

Open a Report Card to compare historical results of different versions within each step.

 

Wave for B2B Marketing

Dive deeper into your data, get insights into your marketing performance, and quickly take data-driven actions. Wave for B2B Marketing allows the data-driven marketer to:

  1. Combine Marketing and Sales data in one place
  2. Know your Marketing campaign ROI and impact on Sales revenue
  3. Easily share insights with your team from anywhere

Wave for B2B syncing

 

Assigned User Variable Tags

Assigned user variable tags

 

Prospects Not in Salesforce Filter Update

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Allow Multiple Prospects with the Same Email Address

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Salesforce Engage Product

 

Salesforce Engage Product & Service Notification

  1. Any Pardot admin can update points of contact.
  2. Any Pardot user type can be designated as a point of contact.
  3. A point of contact cannot be empty. Users listed as a point of contact cannot be deleted. Reassign before deleting the user.
  4. Notifications can only have one user listed as a point of contact. To send a notification to multiple recipients, create a Pardot user with a distribution list email address.

PARDOT’S ENGAGEMENT STUDIO – TRIGGERS OVERVIEW

Pardot’s Engagement Studio enables marketers to further customize their nurturing programs for their prospects, customers, and even partners. Engagement Studio has three main features that let you build your campaign around: Actions, Triggers, and Rules. Actions “do something”, Triggers “Listen for something”, and Rules “Check something.”

Drip Programs offer users 2 triggers: “has prospect opened email” and “has prospect clicked link”. (Note: Engagement Studio allows users to choose which link click to look for when using the “has prospect clicked link” trigger!). Let’s dive deeper into the new available triggers Engagement Studio provides us.


The following are new triggers that Engagement Studio can listen for from the prospect’s activity record.

  • Custom Redirect Click 
  • File Download
  • Form  – Engagement Studio can also trigger off of a form view
  • Form Handler
  • Landing Page – Engagement Studio can also trigger off of a page view

These triggers listen for either “any” of the following assets to be interacted with, or a specific one. For example, the new custom redirect trigger can listen for if the prospect has ever clicked on any custom redirect in your system or you can select a specific custom redirect. The end result of these triggers will leave you with a yes/no branch, just like in drip programs.

Triggers


In our next post we will be talking about all the new Rules of Engagement Studio.

Pardot’s Engagement Studio – Actions Overview

Pardot’s Engagement Studio enables marketers to further customize their nurturing programs for their prospects, customers, and even partners. Engagement Studio has three main features that let you build your campaign around: Actions, Triggers, and Rules. Actions “do something”, Triggers “Listen for something”, and Rules “Check something.”

Let’s dive deeper into the new available actions Engagement Studio provides us.


Adjust Score by “X” / Adjust Score to “X”

Now you can either gradually increase or decrease a prospect’s score by the route they take on your Engagement Studio. If a prospect is opening all your emails, clicking links, viewing landing pages; you can increase their score in addition to your standard scoring rules. Maybe the prospect has gone down the no-response part of your Engagement Studio, you are able to decrease their score as less interaction goes on.

There are many instances where the prospect reaches a certain point in the nurture campaign that qualifies them as a marketing qualified lead (MQL). They’ve interacted with all your provided content and have been warmed up for your sales team to reach out. Engagement Studio gives you the option to set the prospect’s score to a specific number, which can be your MQL score. (Tip: Create an Automation Rule to assign the prospect to a User/User Group when a prospect’s score reaches MQL status).

Change Prospect Field Value to “X” / Clear Prospect Field Value

This is big, really big. Now you can learn even more about a prospect by what specific content they interact from within your nurture campaigns! If they click a product specific link, update a products interested field to include that product value. When the sales team picks up the phone to reach out they will know what products the prospect has interacted with in addition to what products they haven’t shown much interest in.

Additionally, there may be some instances where you would like to clear a field’s value. Let’s say you have an Engagement Studio with a dynamic recipients list; the only way to be removed from the dynamic list would be to un-match the rule criteria. A prospect receives a form, fills it out, and continues down the Engagement Studio. You can run a “Rule” to “check something”, such as check the value of a field from that recently submitted form. If that new field’s value isn’t what it should be in order to continue along the Engagement Studio, clear the field that is placing them on the dynamic recipients list, taking them off the Engagement Studio.


Look out for our next post which will be about Engagement Studio’s Triggers!

Corrao Group Named Winner of 2016 HOT in San Diego

Owler Hot in San DiegoWe’re happy to share with you that Corrao Group has been named a winner of their 2016 HOT in San Diego Award! We are honored to be mentioned alongside some amazing San Diego companies like GoFundMe, Events.com, Qualcomm Life, Suja, and Taphunter.  Owler is a business information platform used by over 15 million companies worldwide. We’re among the top 0.03% most popular, top trending companies on Owler. Pretty neat!

Each year, Owler recognizes the top trending companies in cities around the world. They sifted through over 15 million companies on our platform to find the most award-worthy businesses, and wound up with 4,500 winners across the 600 most popular cities on Owler. Recipients are chosen based on several different metrics, including number of followers on Owler, insights collected from our community, social media followers, and blog posts over the past year.

We are exceedingly proud to be one of the popular, top trending companies in San Diego.

How to Automate Everything With Pardot

Pardot is more than just Marketing Automation Machine. It’s an everything automation machine. We have proven that it can automate Marketing,  Sales, Sales Operations, Project Management, Accounts Receivable, and more. With this kind of potential, Pardot is not a purchase, it is similar to hiring a Virtual assistant. However, this virtual assistant only costs $0.34 an hour.

Heres you how Pardot accelerates these parts of your company:

Marketing

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How annoying is it when your voicemails go unreturned or your emails go in the spam folder? We found a solution that uses the unique connection between Salesforce and Pardot to to automatically send out print mail and follow up emails to contacts based on their business information as well as their point in the sales cycle. This resulted in a 35% increase in response rate and 16% increase in conversion rate. It also gets rid on the Spam Folder problem and helps build superior, more personal relationships with your prospects and customers.

Sales

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How much time does it take you to manage the connection with existing customers, monitor and manage customer experience, and stay up to with their new product/service updates? Well, we built an product that includes a preconfigured Sales Scoring model and automations. Your system is smarter than you think and will alert you at the best time to reach a prospect based on previous history. This resulted in an increase in Sales Efficiency with Salesforce Engage templates, real time alerts and reports with Salesforce Engage, and ability to handle a larger pipeline with more predictable outcomes.

Sales Operations

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How much time does it take you to make sure you have Sales ready emails templates for each stage in Sales? Automating your sales operations will save valuable time with consolidated Salesforce Engage templates per each stage in your Sales cycle. Above that it will allow you to know when to reach out with real time alerts from Salesforce Engage. The automation through Salesforce Engage resulted in a dramatic increase in Sales efficiency with Engage templates and real-time alerts and reporting dashboards. This gives you the ability to quickly process more opportunities .

Project Management

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Are your Project Managers dealing with one too many projects that are forcing PM’s to chase down customers’ deliverables, schedule and reschedule meetings, and drown in emails? A solution we found was to utilize a Milestone-based system to provide templates, communication, and escalation alerts. This will keep your customers and partners in sync with integrated updates with a click on a button. The results include automatic task creation, automated business processes and the capability to update everyone on a project status with the click on one button.

Accounts Receivable

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Is your accounting department constantly chasing down payments and stuck with the latent tasks having to make calls and follow up emails? Wouldn’t it be nice to automate this process to get cash into your company faster?  We have a powerful solution that auto-generates invoices directly from Salesforce, sends it to the customer, automatically checks in until payments are received, and combines Pardot’s tracking capabilities for reporting. This awesome solution has cut our Daily Sales Outstanding has been by 52%, a reduction for 10-12 hours per AR agent per month and accelerates your cashflow.   I know what you thinking, I NEED THIS IN MY COMPANY.

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9 Content Marketing Blogs You Must Subscribe To

1.Content Marketing Institute

 

Content Marketing Institute

The Content Marketing Institute blog is the ultimate place to go if you want to jumpstart your content marketing strategy. The blog is run by Joe Pulizzi (@JoePulizzi), author of the must-read book Content Inc and one of the founding fathers of Content Marketing. CMI offers a huge variety of resources from detailed research reports and whitepapers to podcasts and webinars. You can easily sift through the different topics on their blog and find how-to guides for whatever your marketing campaign needs.

Twitter: (@CMIcontent)

2. Convince and Convert

 

Convince & Convert

 

Named the #1 Content Marketing Blog in the World by Content Marketing Institute, Convince and Convert focus on what brands can do in order to deliver remarkable customer experiences. This blog specializes in explaining the “why” behind content marketing best practices. Convince and Convert is run by Jay Baer (@JayBaer), a New York Times best-selling author of 5 books, and a social media icon.

Twitter:(@convince)

3. MarketingProfs

Marketing Profs

 

This blog is the bleeding edge for content marketing information and provides training in the form of certification courses and one-off workshops. MarketingProfs Chief Content officer, Ann Handley is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content and co-author of the best-selling book on content marketing, Content Rules.

Twitter: (@MarketingProfs)

4. Copyblogger

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Copyblogger is most popular among copywriters, but the blog posts about topics relevant to other marketing disciplines and shouldn’t be ignored by people who don’t consider themselves writers. Content on this site is to-the-point and very helpful for producing engaging content. Before rolling up your sleeves and getting to work on your next campaign, check Copyblogger for quick guides that can cut your work in half!

Twitter: (@copyblogger)

5. Social Media Examiner

Social Media Examiner

Have you ever heard the phrase “the proof is in the pudding”? Social Media Examiner is a blog who clearly can back-up their position as social media marketing gurus. They have huge followings on all of the social media pages and are happy to share info about how you can attract people to your page.

Twitter:(@SMexaminer)

6. The Content Strategist

The Content Strategist

Contently’s blog, The Content Strategist, is dedicated to helping marketers maximize their results. Consumer reports in the form of colorful infographics and in-depth articles on what to expect in the future make this a rock-solid resource. This is the place to go to better understand the current marketing landscape and best practices to boost your ROI.

Twitter: (@contently)

7. Top Rank Marketing BlogTopRank Marketing

Top Rank Marketing transcribes talks with industry leaders and condenses them into bulleted articles so you don’t have to spend an hour learning about current industry trends. This blog is great at helping people think outside-of-the-box and get a leg-up without hiring an agency to manage their brand.

Twitter: (@toprank)

8. Post-Advertising

Post Advertising

This blog provides you chronicles of brand storytelling and content marketing in the post-advertising age. The power of storytelling has become key in creating engaging content. If you want your brand to engage today’s consumer, Post-Advertising can steer you in the right direction.

Twitter: (@postadvertising)

9. { grow }

{grow} blog

This blog has been featured on many lists as a top business blog. This blog posts about a wide variety of marketing topics, but the main focus is content marketing. All content is from one author, so you won’t come across posts of varying quality like you might find on other blogs.

“You’re in marketing for one reason: to grow. Grow your company, reputation, customers, impact, profits. Grow yourself.” – Mark Schaefer, author of {grow}

Twitter: (@MarkwSchaefer)

What Is Disturbing Your Content Marketing Workflow?

You don’t collaborate


When all the pressure of content generation is put on one person, it is possible to publish topics unspecific to your customers’ needs. Eliminate these problems by collaborating on topics with every department, not just marketing. Regularly brainstorming new content allows all levels of the organization to be involved.

Don’t limit the creator or content within the workflow!

Your workflow isn’t  specific enough


Content workflow has many steps, be sure to specify all responsibilities to reduce the chance of content breaking up along the way. Having a well-documented marketing workflow with strict assignments not only helps with accountability but also reduces the creation of duplicate/irrelevant content.

Your workflow doesn’t adapt to all channels


Promote standalone content by posting straight onto social media channels. This changes most aspects of the content workflow by allowing you to surround prospects with content to view at their own pace. You can also use additional channels to talk more about your services and/or products you provide, without overbearing your main website.

You wait until the end to look at the analytics


Each stage of your workflow has different analytics and at each stage you should be studying them, don’t wait until the very end. Consulting your analytical data at every step can help you avoid putting your time and energy into content that will work ineffectively. It could help you find a channel that works best and what key words to use to help reach a certain audience. When writing your workflow make room for an analytics review at each step.

You Haven’t Automated Yet


Everyone knows what he or she is supposed to be doing within the workflow, but human error is inevitable. Automate the handoffs between processes to ensure that content moves quickly and harmoniously. These automations are not limited to automating processes, they can be simple email alerts as well.

Wave Analytics for B2B Marketers: Surf Forecast

B2B Marketers are soon going to be able to ride the wave. Wave for B2B Marketing will help you visualize all the data in your Pardot, CRM, and even third party sources.You can view this data on your computer, tablet, and smartphone. This data will help you maximize ROI and effectiveness of your marketing campaigns. Not to mention, the dashboards are all interactive and gives you the ability to make data-driven decisions quickly.  Here are a sneak peak to exciting features:

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1. Marketing Manager Dashboard

marketing manager dash

If you are a Marketing Manager, you are going to LOVE this dashboard. At first, it shows you a high level of relevant data regarding the health of your company and the ability to filter by time period. The two main views are Marketing Pipeline Health and Engagement Health. Marketing Pipeline health shows Pipeline Deals and Revenue by Campaign. The Engagement health shows email engagement, top forms and landing page completions.

2. Pipeline Dashboard

pipeline dash

This dashboard will provide you a full, end-to-end view of your marketing pipeline. The five main things you will see in this dashboard is the Marketing Lifecycle funnel, Pipeline Breakdown, top Marketing Campaigns, Marketing source pipeline, and Lead sources. The amazing aspect of this dashboard is the ability to view prospect-specific data.

3. Engagement Dashboards

Engagement dashboard

Time to see how your prospects are interacting and engaging with your content, all in one place. This dashboard allows you to explore marketing engagement data. The top three marketing assets you will see is email engagement, form engagement,  and landing page engagement. The exciting thing about this dashboard is it allows users to view responses and engagement with individual assets so you can tie this to sales results

4. Creating Datasets

creating datasets

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The datasets that already include source data from Pardot like campaigns, emails, forms & form handlers, landing pages, tags, and Pardot opportunities. You have the capability to pull data from Salesforce, CSV files, Informatica Rev and other third party sources.

5. Visualization

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This is a cool feature in the Wave platform that allows you to view your data in 16 different displays. How you like your data displayed? Bars, Columns, Donut (Glazed or Sprinkled), Heat Map, Scatter, Timeline, Tables, etc.

6. Customizing “Lenses”

A lens is an individual report you want to see. Each individual report on a dashboard you can view as a lens. This is my favorite part of wave to ride. It gives you the ability to see data from every angle. An aggregation is action required in starting to build your customized lens. It allows you summarize quantitative data based on groupings (Count, Sum, Min, Max,Avg). Next, you can group by dates or dimension (qualitative data) like campaigns and stages. You can also add additional groupings which adds colors to the chart. Lastly, you have the option to filter by opportunity stages,fiscal year, fiscal quarter, or Pardot tags. 

Side Note: Groups and filters are optional 

The example below shows the monetary value (aggregation) grouped by how campaigns are doing by lead source (colored), and filtered by SQL’s, opportunities won and opportunities lost.

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7. Ability to share data

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Once you create a dashboard or lens, you can share this data with whom you want to share it with. You have the ability to give access to certain people and/or groups, post it to chatter, get a URL of the data, or download a screenshot of it. Whether your boss wants to see certain data, you need data for a presentation, you want to share it with a different team, or you want to share with an individual you the capability to do this.

Wave for B2B Marketing  is available to the public on October 17th. 

The Ultimate Guide to Pardot Events at Dreamforce

Pardot’s B2B Marketer’s Cafe

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The ultimate place to have a personalized experience from networking to exclusively designed sessions just for B2B marketers. Check out the amazing session going at the Cafe here. This is a must attend place for any B2B Marketer. Not to mention, there will be free food all day and a happy hour.

TIME & LOCATION

The Grove — Yerba Buena at 690 Mission Street

Pardot’s B2B Marketers Cafe

Headed to Dreamforce? Hang With Pardot at The B2B Marketers Cafe!

The Pardot Roadmap: What’s Next for the Age of Intelligent B2B Engagement?

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Pardot has big plans on the future and they want to tell you about it. Get ahead of the game and go hear about Pardot’s new innovative and exciting updates coming soon. If you are a B2B marketer, do not miss this!

TIME & LOCATION

Tuesday, October 4, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, Yerba Buena Salon 7

Event Link

Pardot, the Everything Automation System

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Pardot should no longer be known as only a marketing automation system. It should be known as the everything automation system. See how Pardot partner Corrao Group uses Pardot and Salesforce Engage to help accelerate Sales, Marketing, Accounts Receivable, Project Management, Sales Ops, and more!

TIME & LOCATION

Thursday, October 6, 1:30 PM – 2:10 PM

Galvanize SF, The Pardot Client Hub

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Meet Pardot: Next-Generation B2B Marketing Automation for Marketing & Sales

Did you know that 65% of B2B buyers have already made a purchase decision by the time they engage with a vendor sales rep professional (IDC)? Well, this session will take a look under the hood on how Pardot enables you to engage with your buyers early and often. Having just a CRM system isn’t enough anymore, learn how a marketing automation system will help you fill the gaps in your pipeline and bring together sales and marketing team.

TIME & LOCATION

Wednesday, October 5, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Palace Hotel, Gold Ballroom

Event Link

Beyond the E-Blast: Next-Generation Engagement Tactics for B2B Marketers

According to Forrester Research, companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at a 33% lower cost. Learn how companies are using Pardot’s new Engagement Studio to help you deliver the right message to the right customer at the right time. It is time to automate your lead nurturing system to be able to have personalized communication with your customers throughout the sales cycle.

TIME & LOCATION

Tuesday, October 4, 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Palace Hotel, Sunset Court: Campfire Story Theater

Event Link

Salesforce for Marketing Keynote: The Smartest CRM for 1-to-1 Customer Journeys

Join Bryan Wade, CPO & SVP of Marketing Cloud, Shannon Duffy, VP of Marketing of Pardot and other special guests . This is your chance to hear how some of the most innovative and exciting companies like Change.org, MasterCard, and Dunkin’ Brands are transforming and optimizing their 1-on-1 journey with customers. Select attendees will win thousands in prizes — including Dunkin’ coffee for a year, MasterCard gift cards, and an all-access pass to Pardot’s B2B Marketers Bash with Flo Rida. See Details here

TIME & LOCATION

Thursday, October 6, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Moscone North, Moscone North Hall D

Event Link

Pardot B2B Marketing Bash ft. Flo Rida

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The Must-Attend Party to network and party with B2B Marketers.  Private concert featuring the artist, open bar, special guest dj’s and many more surprises throughout the night.

TIME & LOCATION

Thursday, October 6, 2016 | Doors open at 8:00, Concert begins at 9:30

The Warfield – 982 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Register here

Other cool links to check out:

Dreamforce for B2B Marketers

How to Be a B2B Marketing Trailblazer at Dreamforce 2016

Dreamforce Party Guide

Dreamforce Survival Guide