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Dirty data is data that, over time, becomes outdated, incomplete, or just flat out wrong.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to pull from because you might have duplicate contacts, and format of fields are different from one another or even outdated.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?

How to Drive Cash Flow thru Accounts Receivables

Does this sound familiar? Your company never seems to have enough cash on hand, but the problem may not be a lack of sales, it’s delayed collections. Did you know 39% of invoices are paid late in the United States and 6% of accounts receivables are paid in under 30 days (AnyTimeCollect). When accounts receivables sits in your customer’s’ bank accounts instead of yours, it negatively affects your finances in a few ways. The most obvious effect is a loss of revenue.

How you keep track of that is through Days Sales Outstanding (DSO). This measures the average age of accounts receivable — if your average is trending higher, then your business is more likely to struggle with cash flow. Knowing your DSO can also help determine whether or not to outsource collections or to simply improve your current processes and policies.

When overdue accounts go past 120 days, 26% of invoices 3 months old are uncollectable (SutherlandGlobal), and you will lose equally that amount on your pretax income. In addition to lost revenue, you might lose out on an opportunity to expand or otherwise enhance your business because you don’t have the cash flow to invest.

How Using Automation Affects Your Cash Flow

Taking in the loss of revenue, operational costs, administrative costs, and all that time you spend running around, you can understand how unpaid accounts receivables can start eating away at your company’s cash flow. With EZ-AR™, you can see how you can start cutting out those unnecessary costs of chasing down payments.This Accounts Receivable Solution accelerates the process of collecting your money and frees up time in your accounting department. It cuts DSO from 30-35 days to 15 days. Using EZ-AR™, it is designed to use automation to allow you to become more efficient and scalable as a business in all aspects because less time is being spent on A/R and more time on the business activities that help with company growth.

EZ-AR Video

Whether they’re being genuinely late with a payment or purposely stalling, it amounts to cash that is not in your bank account. As you notice through the power of automation, you can see how seamless EZ-AR™ allows you to chase down those payments in an effortless manner. We at the Corrao Group like to call it “Hands-Free AR” because, at the click of a button, a whole process of collecting money is in place with little to no manual interaction.

Now that you understand how shortening your DSO can add to the financial health of your business, it’s time to put a plan in action!

Boost ROI by 1,281% with a Business Process-Driven CRM

Yes, that number is actually 1,281%, and what’s even more shocking might be how this leading B2B telemarketing agency accomplished this ROI boost in just three months¹.

Studies predict that 70% of successful digital business models will be structured on unstable processes that should be shifting with the needs of their customers². The goal is to be in the 30% of businesses that are predicted to have stable processes and in order to do that, we must adapt to our customers’ needs.

CRM software can help fill in any holes within a business process, upgrade existing ones, and open doors to superior processes. Manual business processes can lead to abandoned process steps, which can ultimately lead to lost deals and a decrease in prospect and customer loyalty. Process analysis and unprecedented ideas are suppressed due to the lack of tools within a manual process. Enter CRM software, which includes business process management as a key attribute.

Why should you make the change and utilize a business process-driven CRM? They can be expensive, you need an expert to successfully implement, etc. and, again, yes, they can be expensive, but take the average ROI growth of 53% with Salesforce CRM, and in two years the system pays for itself. Yes, you should leverage an expert CRM implementer as they open up new doors and processes for you. You wouldn’t buy a gym membership and decline training sessions, would you? If so, a few months later you might be saying to yourself, “Wow, I really wish I knew of this sooner.”

The bottom line is, as businesses, we can’t stop growing. New goals, technology, and adjustments in our business environment force us to adapt in order to be successful. As the digital world is shifting from manual processes to automated ones, using a business process-driven CRM is the first step.

If you would like to learn more about choosing the right CRM, or anything Salesforce related, please fill out the form below.

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¹Finding Lost Sales Revenue: It’s all about the process

²Gartner: Rethinking how to respond to change

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!

Best Practices: Inbound Marketing Strategies for B2B

Inbound marketing strategies for B2B business’s best practices include:

Recreate Existing Content and Try New Mediums

According to the Huffington Post, B2B companies who blog attract 67% more leads than those who don’t. This can give your company quite the competitive edge so if you haven’t already started blogging, try and recreate your previous posts into new formats to get more results for your time. Also try various mediums when releasing content, like videos. You never know which content medium match speaks most to your audience without testing them so find a way to place your content in new formats to generate more web traffic & leads!


Create Content from FAQs

People are bound to ask questions when visiting your site, so why not start building out your content from there? Unless your goal is to have customers reach out to you with questions, chances are you don’t want to be sitting at your computer all day answering them repeatedly.  Creating content that focuses on addressing these common questions will not only save you time but they will also improve the quality of your leads and can even speed up the sales process.


 Create a Content Calendar

This may seem like a lot of work at first, but once you see the true value behind your content marketing you will understand the power behind social media marketing.  Social media isn’t just for B2C, it can also play major roles in effective B2B marketing on platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Creating a content calendar will help you keep track of your social media presence eliminating any doubt about the strategic process halfway through the month. It will also keep you organized so you will always have content ready for posting. (How do I make one of these?)


Take Advantage of Marketing Automation Systems

Marketing Automation Systems exist to serve! Our personal favorite over at Corrao Group is Pardot because it offers a multitude of features that can save your team time, minimize manual mistakes, and align your sales and marketing teams. List segmentation, drip programs, email templates, A/B testing, content calendars, and auto responders are all at features at your fingertips with minimal to no effort.  Need proof? Check out our case study that made our client thousands.


Engage with Industry Influencers

Make yourself a valuable resource known to the leaders of influence within your industry. A great way of doing this is interacting on social media posts on LinkedIn or quoting tweets from influencers on Twitter. Other businesses follow and trust these people and therefore would be more likely to value an interaction or observation of yours involving them. Connecting with them via social media is a quick and easy way to make yourself known.


Focus on Your Titles

When searching for information on Google, title tags are what lets the search algorithm know that your content exists as a results option. This is a minor fix with your coding on both your website and your blog, but has the ability to make a huge (free) difference when it comes to driving traffic to your site. Make sure your text titles correspond with what readers expect to find on your page or you will face the wrath of Google penalties.


Make Your Web Pages Fast-Loading

B2B audiences consist of other professionals that are working and don’t have time to wait around, often times from their mobile phones. Don’t let a slow website be the reason they close the site and continue searching for the answers someone else.  There are a variety of tricks to make your website open faster including arrangement of your code, location of your code, the type of code, the size of your images, and many more factors that may give your company the competitive edge it deserves.

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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.  

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

pardot and eventbrite

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

Salesforce feature

 

Allow Multiple Prospects with the Same Email Address

Allow Multiple Prospects with the Same Email Addre

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!