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Welcome to the second part of what may or may not be a series on Pardot and Salesforce best practices. In an earlier blog post, Best Practices for Salesforce and Pardot Campaign Set up, we went over how to set up a connected campaign in Pardot and Salesforce and gave you some best practices on naming and measuring campaigns. In this post, we’ll go into detail on the various campaign reporting tools and templates available to you. We’ll also go over campaign attribution models and how to use them to gauge marketing’s true impact on your campaigns.

Campaign attribution models

Campaigns are an integral part of Pardot since most assets need to be assigned to a campaign. Pardot assets can be assigned to a single campaign, and prospects can be assigned to multiple campaigns in a one-to-many relationship, where one prospect can belong to many campaigns.

The Salesforce influence model is the default Salesforce model and attributes 100% revenue credit to the primary campaign and 0% to any other campaigns users assign to an opportunity. It shows the number of opportunities and amount of revenue each campaign has influenced. Use the Campaigns with Influenced Opportunities report to view opportunities that are influenced by each of your campaigns. Great for total dollar graphs segmented by the opportunity.

Campaigns with influenced opportunities

Customizable Campaign Influence is also available in Salesforce. Campaign Influence works by linking contacts to campaigns (via campaign member records) and contacts to opportunities (via contact roles).

The Customizable Campaign Influence models rely on the campaign object, the opportunity object, and a campaign influence junction object. When you enable Customizable Campaign Influence, the standard objects CampaignInfluence and CampaignInfluenceModel are added to your org.

When campaign influence is enabled a new report type is created, “Campaigns with Influenced Opportunities.”

Here are a few reports campaign influence reports to consider

Influenced Pipeline—Provides a snapshot of active opportunities and their campaigns.

Influenced Closed Opportunities—How marketing influenced converted revenue, so called ‘Holy Grail’ of marketing.

Campaigns with Influenced Opportunities—Great for total dollar graphs segmented by the opportunity.

Opportunities with Campaign Influence—Similar to Campaigns with Influenced Opportunities but segmented by campaign. Shows the number of opportunities and amount of revenue each campaign has influenced. Use the Opportunities with Campaign Influence report to view opportunities that are influenced by each of your campaigns. Great for total dollar graphs segmented by the campaign.

Influenced opportunities

Contacts with Campaign Influence—A great way for the sales team to review activities and a great way for the marketing team to find opportunities that don’t have contact roles.

Campaign ROI Analysis Report—The Campaign ROI Analysis Report calculates the ROI and average costs for your campaigns. The ROI is calculated as the net gain (total value opps minus actual cost) divided by the Actual Cost. The ROI result is expressed as a percentage.

Campaign ROI analysis

Accounts with Campaign Influence—Into account-based marketing? This is a visual roll-up of how your accounts are interacting with marketing campaigns.

Campaign Leads or Campaign Contacts—Use the Campaign Leads or Campaign Contacts reports to list the leads or the contacts associated with your campaigns.

Campaign Call Down or Campaigns with Campaign Members—Use the Campaign Call Down report (single campaign) or the Campaigns with Campaign Members report (multiple campaigns) to show information about leads and contacts.

Campaign Member—Use the Campaign Member report to view the members of campaigns.

Campaign Member Analysis—Run the Campaign Member Analysis report to summarize information about who has responded to campaigns.

Campaign Revenue Report—Use the Campaign Revenue Report to analyze which opportunities have resulted from your campaigns. You can also analyze products and revenue schedules in this report.

Pardot campaign influence attribution models

Pardot campaign influence attribution models bring multi-touch campaign attribution models to Salesforce dashboards. Pardot campaign influence attribution essentially shows campaign influence on the opportunity.

Attributing influence to one touchpoint isn’t always accurate, so enabling multiple attribution models makes it easier to track and measure campaign influence with greater accuracy. First touch, last touch and even distribution models are supported directly from the opportunity records in Salesforce. First touch is set as default primary model unless other settings are configured.

First touch, last touch and even distribution campaign attribution models are supported directly from the opportunity records in Salesforce.

Campaign attribution

First touch—Assigns 100% of influence and revenue earned to the first campaign a prospect touches. Even if a prospect interacts with other marketing assets or activities, this model attributes all of the influence to the first touch. This model relies on the campaign member’s created date and is for Pardot users only. First touch is set as default ‘Primary Model’ unless other settings are configured.

Even distribution—Assigns an equal percentage of influence and revenue earned to every campaign a prospect touches. This model is for Pardot users only.

Last touch—Assigns 100% of influence and revenue earned to the last campaign a prospect touches before a deal is closed. No matter what other campaigns the prospect has interacted with, this model attributes all influence to the final touchpoint. This model relies on the last modified date of the campaign member and is for Pardot users only.

Campaign reporting

There are several native Salesforce campaign reports available and already set up for you, which is a great starting point.

Standard reports include:

Campaign ROI Analysis Report: How are each of your campaigns performing?

Campaign Call Down Report: Shows all the members of a specific campaign.

Campaign Member Report: Shows all the members of your campaigns.

Campaign Member Analysis Report: Who has responded to your campaigns?

Campaign Leads: Which leads have been marketed to in the past?

Campaign Contacts: Which contacts have been marketed to in the past?

Campaign Revenue Report: Shows the revenue generated from your campaigns.

Campaigns with Influenced Opportunities (Customizable Campaign Influence): Shows the opportunities influenced by your campaigns (tracks pipeline and revenue for multiple Campaigns and ties all Campaign membership of a Lead/Contact associated with an Opportunity to that Opportunity).

NOTE: Prospects who are not syncing with a lead or contact cannot be seen by these Salesforce engagement metrics and reports. If you have a large number of prospects only in Pardot you cannot see the ‘real’ number of interactions until you sync those prospects to Salesforce. The reverse may also be true…the number of prospects may appear lower in Pardot’s Salesforce campaign view compared to the Salesforce campaign report if there are Salesforce leads/contacts in the campaign who have not yet been created as Pardot prospects (Pardot does not have records for those prospects yet so they are not included in Pardot’s Salesforce campaign view).

In April 2022, Salesforce announced the rebrand of Pardot to Marketing Cloud Account Engagement. While the rebrand unfolds and the world adapts to the new nomenclature, we'll keep the Pardot name in our blog posts.


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More about the Pardot rename

Salesforce has made what I believe is a branding mistake. Today (April 13, 2022) they officially renamed Pardot to “Marketing Cloud Account Engagement”.

Not to be unavoidably confused with Marketing Cloud or Engage, which are separate products, or Engagement Program which is a feature of Pardot. And those who know Pardot well know how well Pardot engages with in Pardot, and only if there's a prospect related to an account does an account even show up in Pardot.

Since most people agree that Pardot is a B2B marketing platform, Salesforce should have put B2B in the name somehow rather than Account.

Reminds me of the naming issue for Quip, formerly named Salesforce Anywhere, formerly named Quip (renamed by Salesforce when they acquired it, then renamed again by Salesforce back to the original name since everyone still referred to it as Quip, which was a better name to begin with).

Maybe if we're lucky 'Marketing Cloud Account Engagement' will follow suit and become 'Pardot, formerly named Marketing Cloud Account Engagement, formerly named Pardot'.

Good luck to us proud few formerly known as Pardot Consultants (5 syllables), now Marketing Cloud Account Engagement Consultants (12 syllables), or worse yet, we're a Marketing Cloud Account Engagement Consulting Agency. Try putting that on your business card or in your LinkedIn title. Even though I don't really know Marketing Cloud in its original sense (Marketing Cloud as the world knows it, a.k.a. ExactTarget), I'm now a Marketing Cloud Consultant.

Good luck to companies as Pardot users trying to remember the new name, and socializing it internally.

Good luck to Salesforce reps trying to sell this under the new name without it being confused with the other Marketing Cloud.

And good luck to recruiters trying to staff for Marketing Cloud Account Engagement specialists, hmmm, Pardot specialists.


Update 2022-04-27: In the real world there are many permutations of the new name going about and it's only been 2 weeks since the name change as of this writing. Already starting to see the inevitability of people calling it “Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot)”, “Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (powered by Pardot)”, "MCAE" (phonetically pronounced mckay), etc., and actually most people are resigned to still just call it Pardot. Period.

Sad. 😞

So far I haven’t heard anyone on the internet or elsewhere say it was a good move.

The remaining question is how long will it be before Salesforce realizes their branding mistake and renames Pardot once again, 3 months? 6 months? 9 months? A full year, or never? If never, is it because Salesforce at that point would still think they did the right thing with the rename, or would it be because Salesforce is too obstinate to realize and correct their mistake? (Most people think Salesforce will change the Pardot name once again within 6 months.)

Time will tell, but for a long time from now we expect we'll still be calling it Pardot.

Long live Pardot.


Author | Jeff Kemp

As Founder and Principal Consultant of Optimal Business Consulting, a U.S. based Pardot Marketing Automation Consulting Agency and Salesforce Partner, I lead our growing team by helping organizations to implement, optimize, and maintain their existing or new Pardot platform with Salesforce using Marketing Automation and Lead Management best practices and proven methodologies.

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As a seasoned technologist Jeff has 30 years experience in marketing & sales and 6 years as a certified Pardot Consultant. Jeff is a data-driven “Strategic doer” with a unique blend of effective STRATEGIC PLANNING combined with many years of successful hands-on TACTICAL EXECUTION in Marketing, Marketing Automation, Sales/BusDev, Web Technology, SEO, Analytics, Operations, and Business within several industries and formerly holding several high level positions in marketing and sales.

A major aspect of Jeff's experience is a strong understanding of gathering business process requirements (current state vs. future state) and creating a viable roadmap to future state implementation utilizing best practices and taking into consideration the client's current data structure and lead management processes.

Strategic. Tactical. Adaptive. Knowledgeable. Capable.

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