Improve Campaign

Streamline Campaign

1:1 Relationship in
Salesforce & Account Engagement (Pardot) Campaigns


While using Connected Campaigns in Account Engagement (Pardot) will be essential to your future success, you will need to put in some legwork with your team before enabling this feature.
Special Note: If your Account Engagement (Pardot) account was provisioned after February 2019, you won’t need the following steps and can start right away building campaigns in Salesforce.
For everyone who has an account older than February 2019, it’s time to do the tactical work to cross the Connected Campaigns finish line. On your mark, get set, go!

1. Agree on a start date with your team and write it down

Choose a Date to Implement Pardot Connected Campaigns

2. Get the Right Salesforce Access:

Get Access to Pardot Salesforce
You will need:

3. Create Campaign Record Types

Campaign record types are a way to segment your campaigns in Salesforce, like for different business units or teams. Chat with your team and decide if you need to create campaign record types and what they should be.
When you enable Connected Campaigns, it will take all campaigns associated with that record type and bring them into Account Engagement (Pardot) on a list. If you don’t want every single campaign coming over to Account Engagement (Pardot), you’ll want campaign record types to help you tell Salesforce what should stay and what should go.

4. Build Out Your Campaign Hierarchy in Salesforce

In Salesforce, reference your master template to help you build your campaigns with the proper child and grandchild campaigns using your naming convention and appropriate nesting. Make sure that any campaigns you currently have in Account Engagement (Pardot) that you want to continue to use or need to report on are in Salesforce. When you enable Connected Campaigns, you’ll always need a 1-1 relationship with Salesforce and Account Engagement (Pardot) campaigns.
Create Salesforce Campaign Hierarchy
TIP: Let’s say you were using a stand alone campaign in Salesforce and now want to add a parent campaign to it. The data you currently have on that campaign will not automatically roll up to that parent you just created. Moving forward, any new data for that campaign will roll up to the parent, but it’s not retroactive to the time when it was an orphan campaign.

5. Reorganize Your Account Engagement (Pardot) Assets Into the Proper Folders

Now go back into Account Engagement (Pardot). Be sure you build out your folder structure in Account Engagement (Pardot) to mimic your campaign hierarchy. It also is helpful to add in some admin folders to organize master lists, automation rules and templates as well as a media library folder for icons, logos, etc. These folders won’t be part of your campaign hierarchy, but will allow your team to easily find assets they’ll use often when working on projects.

6. Update Your Account Engagement (Pardot) Assets

Pardot Organization SalesLabX
Now it’s time to go back to the start date you chose with your team and update all assets in Account Engagement (Pardot) so they are in the proper folder, assigned to the corresponding campaign and are updated with the correct naming convention. Be sure to include lists, dynamic content, custom redirects, and anything else in Account Engagement (Pardot) that you are using for a campaign/project.
TIP: Create a legacy folder to put any Account Engagement (Pardot) items that didn’t make your cut-off date. This is especially helpful if you don’t currently have the time to organize and delete old files and assets. In doing this, when navigating to Account Engagement (Pardot) Folders, you have a home screen that’s clean and simple with a list of your Parent Campaigns and Admin folders.

Enabling Connected Campaigns

1. In your Account Engagement (Pardot) account, navigate to Settings by hovering over the grey cog.

2. Click Edit, then scroll down until you see Connect Campaigns and click the plus sign.

3. Now you’ll see a bunch of checkboxes. Here’s what to do with them:

Pardot Settings
Salesforce Pardot Connect Campaigns
Checking this off will bring the campaign members from a Account Engagement (Pardot) Campaign you choose to a Salesforce Campaign. So if you have, for example, 100 prospects in a Account Engagement (Pardot) campaign and you’re mapping it to a Salesforce campaign with 25 of those prospects, when you make the connection those remaining 75 prospects will get brought over to Salesforce with a status connected.
Important note: In order for a Account Engagement (Pardot) campaign member to be revealed in Salesforce, it must be assigned to a user and that person must be a user in both Account Engagement (Pardot) and Salesforce.
If you have Account Engagement (Pardot) Lightning enabled, you might see this one. Inside of Pardot Lightning you’ll have some extra tabs that show campaigns that you didn’t map. My suggestion is click this one, it often becomes useful, and at the very least doesn’t hurt.
All of your campaign record types will be listed here and I talked about this earlier in the post. Click on all the record types you want to come into Account Engagement (Pardot). Do not check the ones that you don’t want in Account Engagement (Pardot).

4. Next, stay in Account Engagement (Pardot) and navigate to Marketing > Campaigns. You’ll be given 3 options:

I suggest choosing the first option as it’s the easiest way to do the mapping. If you’re curious to try Connected Campaigns with one campaign to see how it all works as a test, you can choose number 3, and then go back to number 1 later when you’re ready to map all your campaigns.
Follow the instructions and you’ll map your campaigns together, which will now be easy for you since you’ve already done the heavy lifting of organizing Account Engagement (Pardot) and your Salesforce campaigns and using naming conventions that line up.
Once your mapping is complete, go back to Settings, click edit and scroll down to Connect Campaigns to open up that list of checkboxes. Now you can check that final checkbox “Use Salesforce to manage all campaigns.”

5. Congratulations, you’ve done it!

Great Job, You Did it!

Now, put it to good use!

You’re now officially on your way to maximizing your technology, streamlining your processes and making forward progress within marketing and sales.

You are now only creating campaigns inside of Salesforce and they will magically appear for you in Account Engagement (Pardot). Be sure you set your Salesforce campaign to “active” in order for it to show up in Account Engagement (Pardot).
Also use the date fields to choose start and end dates for each campaign. This allows you to filter by date in your reporting.
Once you create a campaign in Salesforce, go into Account Engagement (Pardot) and navigate to Marketing>Campaigns. Toggle to Connected Campaigns in the drop down menu to find your newly created campaign and use the cog to edit and add it to the proper folder in Account Engagement (Pardot). You can then start adding assets for your project to that folder, which will all be tied to the same campaign.
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