Dashboards that Boost ROI: 6 Examples and Characteristics

The Benefit of Dashboards

A Dashboard is a data visualization tool that displays real-time metrics and executive KPIs for a company. They’re implemented company-wide, displaying data from your Sales Cycle, Marketing Campaigns, CSAT scores, and much more. Dashboards are crucial for a company to grow and succeed as they give real-time insight into how your departments are performing, aligning some departments along the way (e.g. Sales and Marketing).

Great dashboards take time and patience to perfect as they require collaboration within your company. At the end of the day, you’ll want your entire company to love these dashboards so much that they keep them open all the time. This post contains dashboard characteristics that will guide you towards doing just that.

1) Departmental Dashboards

These types of dashboards consistently remind your departments of their performance, allowing for adjustments to be made wherever necessary. You may be thinking of Sales and Marketing at this moment, but don’t forget dashboards for your Administration, Accounting, Production and other departments too!

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Tracking invoices with Salesforce’s Einstein Analytics

For example, our Accounting Dashboard tracks and displays outstanding invoices by their age, amount, and expected payment date. We utilize a fully automated AR solution, EZ-AR™ to automatically follow up and collect expected payment dates and actual payments until they are received.

2) Aligned Dashboards

In addition to their individual dashboards, you should have one single dashboard for Sales and Marketing specifically for tracking revenue. It will keep them both aligned and should be reviewed on a weekly basis with everyone in those departments. Add key metrics to have insight into those opportunities that were driven by marketing campaigns to see which ones are working, and which ones need optimization. With everyone looking at the same dashboard, they are more prepared when entering a meeting.

In Account-Based Marketing (ABM), alignment is everything! So much that “70% of ABM users report that their sales and marketing organizations are mostly or completely aligned, compared to 51% for non-ABM users” – ABM adoption report, Sep. 2015. Whether your team utilizes ABM or not, dashboards are a stepping stone in completely aligning your teams.

3) Sales Cycle Dashboards

Take the stages in your Sales cycle and track them through a dashboard. There are multiple ways you can display this information; by each stage, you can populate it with the opportunity’s amount, the number of leads/contacts, and even the number of opportunities. Then display metrics for opportunities or leads/contacts that were closed-won, completed, closed-lost, etc.

Go even further with an advanced reporting analytics solution such as Salesforce’s Einstein Analytics to drill down into these metrics. Drilling down saves you time and provides you with additional insight into the progress throughout each step of your sales cycle. It allows you to be proactive instead of reactive.

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Sales Cycle tracking with Salesforce’s Einstein Analytics

4) Task Management Dashboard

These types of productivity dashboards give you insight into any open or closed tasks by project, project owner, etc. Rather than going through open projects one-by-one to view the tasks associated with it, have a dashboard that visually lays out all the projects assigned to a user, with the perspective tasks underneath each one. This dashboard keeps your project managers extremely prepared, and usually turns into their new best friend.

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Project Management with Salesforce’s Einstein Analytics

5) Dashboard Optimization

Your newly created dashboards won’t be perfect when you first roll them out, they never are. Work with your team to receive feedback and optimize their dashboards. This process will be ongoing as dashboards are a continuously growing platform, with new reports to add and adjust. More feedback from your team means they are consistently using them!

After deploying your dashboards, these updates are usually minor tweaks that take a few minutes. The Salesforce platform has easy to create dashboards where you can quickly drag and drop reports around to best fit the viewer. You’re also able to add visual components to each report, displaying them in tables, pie charts, funnel charts and much more.

6) Make it enjoyable

No one wants their new, exciting dashboards to look like replicas of what they were using in spreadsheets. If you really want your team to use these dashboards, you need to add some design to it. Aesthetically pleasing dashboards will see a higher use rate and get your team excited about reporting. Add some color, and we recommend using graphs, pie charts, and more when utilizing dashboards.

The bottom line is, the more your teams use dashboards, the greater your ROI will be.

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Stay Ahead in Account Based Marketing with Einstein Analytics

84% of Marketers are seeing higher ROI with Account Based Marketing (ABM) than other Marketing programs. Source: ITSMA

What is ABM?

Account Based Marketing applies time-tested B2B Sales and Marketing principles to the selling cycle by going after company accounts, or decision-makers instead of individual sales leads. This results in spending your time with more qualified prospects. If you would like to learn more about what ABM is, or how to take it a step further, view our past blog post – Go Beyond ABM with Account Based Management.

Why you should use Einstein Analytics with ABM

With the name, Einstein comes a few keywords: genius, brainiac, intelligent. Salesforce’s Einstien Analytics allows users to supercharge their ABM with artificial intelligence to create more personal interactions with every key account. Integrate it with the #1 CRM, Salesforce, and display ABM statistics on your dashboard, uniting your Sales, Marketing, and Service teams even more. Let’s take a look into some of the main highlights of using Einstein Analytics with ABM.

Identify Optimal Accounts and Reveal New Ones

Allow Einstein to do all the digging for you. Use predictive lead scoring to gain insight into which accounts are most likely to close. Go a step further and configure Einstein to develop and target lookalike accounts of your top customers, revealing new audiences to reach out to.

Personalized Customer Engagements

Develop personalized campaigns for your audiences to show the right ads with the right messaging, on channels your audience actually frequents. Combine that with account-based email journeys based on their role and interactions, and provide them with content they’ve shown interest in. Tie it all together with using dynamic content to provide personalized experiences based on the information you have on your accounts.

Aligning Sales, Marketing and More

Marketing is required to generate leads while Sales is required to turn those leads into clients; however, those two goals are not 100% aligned. Sales and Marketing need to share roles and goals to ensure that ROI becomes one of the organization’s top goals. With Einstein Analytics, it makes everyone at the company a marketer by utilizing marketing-approved email templates that are ready to send. Once the email is sent, keep Sales involved with real-time alerts when their clients open and interact with each email. Einstein Analytics goes the extra step and develops trends based off of your data to reveal new, qualified opportunities.

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Real-time alerts when your emails are opened, tracked links are clicked, pages are viewed, and more.
Report and Optimize Marketing Campaigns

In the Marketing world, almost everything is outdated. The article you posted a week ago is most likely outdated now. That’s why it is important to constantly track and optimize your campaigns. Einstein Analytics will visually show you how well your ABM campaigns are performing, highlighting the most successful ones. For your more qualified leads/contacts, track where your targeted accounts are moving throughout your Sales Funnel.

View Einstein ABM in action here.

New ’17 Pardot Summer Releases: Engagement Studio

Summer is here! That means Pardot recently announced their new ‘17 summer updates. Just in case you missed it, they are making improvements to Engagement Studio.

For you long time users who may be familiar with Drip Programs, Engagement Studios are a new way to nurture prospects, customers, employees and more. Pardot is continuing to add new-and-improved functionality to Engagement Studio to improve how you can nurture and market to your audience.

Let’s take a look how these new 2017 features can help effectively manage your nurturing programs:

Utilizing Scoring Categories in Engagement Studio

For a quick refresher, Scoring Categories allow you to break down your scoring module by certain company departments, services, or products. By allowing users to adjust Scoring Categories within Engagement Studios, it provides an amazing way to maximize your nurture programs. How so? By adjusting select scoring categories, you can have specialized engagement studios for certain services/products, and with different categories, you can make sure they get placed into the right nurturing program.

New Scoring Categories Features inside the Pardot Engagement Studio

Scoring Categories are one of the powerful tools that Pardot Pro-edition users enjoy. If you’re interested, take a look at what else you can get with Pardot Pro Edition.  

Scheduling Engagement Studios

Have you ever set up an engagement studio ready to go but then forgot to turn it on? Don’t worry, the highly-requested feature of scheduling Engagement Studios has arrived. Now, you have the ability to automate the start and end times for your nurturing programs. From seasonal promos to product launches, scheduling your Engagement Studios gives you complete control of when you want the program to start and stop.

Scheduling an Engagement Studio

Also, to ensure that Engagement Studios don’t get started or stopped on the wrong days, Pardot is going to send you a reminder that your studio is going to start and end. This way, it gives you time to make schedule adjustments if you want to continue the campaign or leave it running.

Reminder Engagement Studio Email

Bonus: Multiple custom reply-to addresses

Pardot is also making advanced updates to their email tools. Just like having multiple senders, you can have different custom reply-to addresses. From there, you can control where the replies are sent.

Multiple Reply-to Addresses

It works as the same as the send-to section, where you can specify whether it’s the assigned user, general user, or a particular user in Pardot. Just like the sender portion, now you have a backup plan for those hundreds of replies!

Quick Reminder: Be sure to update your tracker domain settings because, on August 10, Pardot is going to be doing a security update on the tracker domains to see if they were validated. If the validation code is not included when Pardot does the update, your domain will revert back to go.pardot.com.

You should receive an update via Pardot system email about that but if you need some help.

On the way! Salesforce has been working on the ability for prospects to match automation rules more than once, they are a couple weeks away from releasing it.

Pardot Webinar: How Corrao Group Boosted Sales by 40.3% for Avalon Shutters

Corrao Group invites you to join us for our free webinar hosted by our CEO Jack Corrao on May 22nd 11am PST. For this webinar, we have put together an in-depth case study examining one of our manufacturing clients, Avalon Shutters, and the process behind how we helped them optimize Pardot to achieve the following results:

  • increased email CTR’s to 30.7%
  • aligned internal Sales, Marketing, and Operational teams
  • uncovered and implemented a new revenue source
  • set up email automation for long-term success

This 1 hour presentation will reveal how we generate success for our clients every day while maintaining the professionalism of being a Salesforce Silver Certified Partner. Enroll Today!

Corrao Group Family Tree – New Website Launch 2017

 

The Corrao Group Legacy

What is the definition of a family? To the Corrao Group, this means more than just blood relation. “We run our company like a family and our customers like our extended family” says CEO Jack Corrao.

Jack has spent collectively 35 years in both the public and private sectors, and 15 years running his own business allowing him to fully understand what universal truths that impact businesses the most, ultimately giving him the competitive edge over most Certified Salesforce Consulting Partners.

Realistically, not many businesses have the roots required to withstand the harsh, fast-paced, ever-changing environment quite like the Corrao Group does. With their headquarters located in historic Sorrento Valley, this national consulting firm has persevered through 15 years of the elements serving 720+ clients and completing 1300+ projects and counting. They have adjusted to the turn of the century with the emergence of Web 2.0, thrived through the economic recession of 2008, and continue to lead by example, delivering business management best-practices for their clients each and every day.

While Corrao Group has undergone a series of transformations, some underlying themes remain deeply rooted throughout the years, such as their dedication to giving back to the community.  

In addition to donating to local schools in the community, the Corrao Group also hosts office space to ENF, who help children with cancer get the products and services needed when finances fall short.  They understand with great success comes great responsibility so they adopt the practice of goodwill into their daily lives, serving the community in which they live.

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What’s their secret to longevity?

We take the time to listen to our customers,” says Jack Corrao II, “It’s this 15-year dedication to our client relationships that sets us apart from most (business) partners.

The Corrao Group has demonstrated time and time again their dedication to their main goal – solving the issues that keep business owners awake at night.

From conducting Quarterly Business Reviews (QBRs) to defining company-wide KPI’s, from addressing business strengths and weaknesses, to teaching successful operations practices, Corrao Group has proven their passion for internal growth since they were founded in 2002.  They even ventured so far as to create their own SaaS – EZ-AR – to solve their client’s common issues surrounding Accounts Receivable and invoicing.

Unlike most consulting firms, “We don’t sell anything we don’t use”  explains Jack Corrao II. No product or service will be recommended to clients if the Corrao Group hasn’t implemented and scaled it successfully on their own.  Because of this, the Corrao Group has gained a reputation in the industry for taking products and applying them in new and innovative ways, essentially breathing new life into businesses and their products.  

This is also what makes them such great marketers for their clients. On top of building a deeply-rooted yet flexible company foundation, the Corrao Group has a secret weapon – attention to detail.  Seeing as how most clients tend to overlook and prioritize assets as they see fit, Corrao Group has managed to make large scale differences with minor yet critical optimizations.

Lastly, what truly separates Corrao Group from the competition is their faith in the nurturing -or pruning- phase of the business lifecycle.  No matter where your business may lie along its journey, the Corrao Group understands the sometimes tedious yet necessary steps required to advance to the next stage. They are able to provide a purely objective outsider assessment without putting your business’s security at risk. With 15 years of business consultation experience under their belts, they function as the best business partner you never had.

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Why now?

As the Corrao group celebrates 15 years of serving its clients, they are also celebrating their new and improved website with a timely refresh of branding and service updates. Corrao Group is extending an olive branch to large scale companies that are now abandoning outdated business procedures and sluggish development processes for the adoption of newer technologies and internal operations software.  Corrao Group has produced and reproduced success by implementing a number of strategies and applying products with their current clients at a growth rate worth sharing.  The Corrao Group is now promoting their abilities to scale and meet the heightened demands of the industry- all starting with yours.

The Corrao Group promise: To nurture and grow your business no matter what state in the business lifecycle process so that you are positioned for sustainable success and long term growth.

*UPDATED* Services / Products Available:

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    • Marketing Cloud (NEW)
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Keep Dirty Data from Hurting your Data Analytics

Dirty data is data that, over time, becomes outdated, incomplete, or just flat out wrong. Over 600B dollars are spent annually trying to clean up dirty data (TechTarget), and for good reason.  As your big data piles up, it not only gets more difficult to clean, but it also becomes more unreliable, hurting your Salesforce CRM system’s capabilities in numerous ways. Here’s a couple potential issues:

  • Bounce emails. Your sales can no longer reach these people. How can you be certain those emails you are sending are going through to the right email.
  • Messed up reports and Dashboards. Some features you utilize will be limited based on bad data even for your day-to-day operations will be affected.
  • Trusting your variable tags. Which contact to pull from because you might have duplicate contacts, and format of fields are different from one another or even outdated. 
  • Going into the right workflows. How do you know the appropriate prospects are getting put into the right workflows and nurture programs.

Where is Your Dirty Data Hiding?

Dirty data doesn’t only lead to poor analytics but can wreak havoc on different features within your Salesforce (CRM). Let’s see what some of the potential issues that cause dirty data.

Sometimes, the problem is staring right in front of us, user error. Forms are a great way for businesses to increase your database’s accuracy. Forms provide a great way to segment and develop relationships with your customers.

From users to the systems, when we tend to merge data across multiple sets, this can also cause dirty data. Use a unique identifier to prevent duplicate entries or updating the wrong records. This is usually the suspect when you businesses are trying to merge multiple databases at once, or when old technology can’t keep up with the current database demands.

How to Dispose of the Bad and Keep the Good?

Yes, cleaning your data sounds tedious but it is well worth the time. Of course, going one-by-one would take forever, so by using system algorithms will set up a more automated process of cleansing your data. Although it may not catch everything, it will drastically increase the reliability and availability in the type of analytics you can use within your CRM system.

Once your data is clean, the trick is keeping it that way. Here are a couple of helpful tips to maintain that clean database:

  1. Data Scrubbing. This allows you a way to filter out and automate that bad data from ever reaching your CRM system by scrubbing it out.
  2. Building Relationships. Remember you are talking to real people, when you maintain and form a real relationship with your customers, they are less likely to provide false or blank information into your Salesforce.
  3. Data champion. This allows you to not only ensure your data is clean but also to allow your company the ability to know have one point of contact into your Salesforce(CRM) to enable clean and smooth implementations/ health checks.

Identifying and preventing the dirty data from your Salesforce (CRM) can go a long way for your business to see big rewards from big data analytics. Who would have guessed some misfilled forms, a day where you forgot to update a contact, or a simple import of a list could be so costly?

Migration Guide: Making the Transition from HubSpot to Pardot

Marketing Automation Software has seen explosive growth in the past few years; showing a 451% increase in qualified leads, 14.5% increase in Sales productivity, and a 12.2% decrease in Marketing overhead (MarketingProfs). For Salesforce users, the best Marketing Automation Software is Pardot. Investing time and money in solutions that do not allow for seamless integration, smooth usability, and more holistic reporting of a customer’s experience will hinder your ability to outperform your competition, and for many, that means transitioning from Hubspot to Pardot.  Pardot has the premier integration with Salesforce, the CRM leader (G2 Crowd), which allows for optimal performance, scalability, and reporting.

Pardot’s focus on essential Marketing features allows Salesforce to focus on what it does best, without overlapping features which would make the user pay more for two systems that carry out similar functionality. The best Marketing Automation Softwares should focus on what it does best, automating customized engagement with prospects and customers while providing detailed reports rich with data to optimize your Marketing efforts. They integrate with the best of breed software (CRMs, blog sites, web conferencing, etc.) to avoid competing with these premier services by providing a watered down version of them.

Making the migration from HubSpot to Pardot can be complicated, or it can be extremely simple. We’ve created a guide to help you define what’s involved in the migration process, includes tips and tricks along the way. Please fill out the form to request your migration guide today!

Pardot’s New Versioning and Program Locking Features

New Features Added to Pardot’s Engagement Studio

Just before Halloween, Pardot announced two new features for Engagement Studio. Engagement Studio is an interactive and aesthetically pleasing way to nurture prospects, partners, legacy customers and more. According to Pardot, these two new features “come highly requested by Pardot users.” Let’s dive deeper into these exciting new features.

Versioning

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.

Versioning

This enables users to easily tweak the steps in their program (change an existing Rule to a different Rule, Action to Action, and Trigger to Trigger) within existing program flow.

Engagement Studio’s reporting has also been updated to display version-specific stats on the Report Cards. Only steps that were edited will be shown in these statistics.

Program Locking

Before Program Locking, multiple users could edit Engagement Studio programs at the same time, making it possible for edits to be overwritten or lost in the process. This new feature prevents multiple users from editing a program at the same time.

Now when a user goes to edit an Engagement Studio program, it will be locked. All other users will see a lock icon in the main Engagement Studio table next to the program name. If they click into the program, they will see [LOCKED] in the program name and will be unable to edit any of the steps within the program. Users will still be able to look at the program’s steps in a read-only mode.

Locking

Locking makes it easy to identify which Engagement Studio programs are currently being edited. Administrators have the option to override a locked program if needed, just like a locked email template in Pardot.