Salesforce is Getting (Even More) Personal

    1024 467 Alex Corzo

    Several of my colleagues and I recently returned from the 2018 Salesforce Connections conference in Chicago — an outstanding event focused on supporting connected customer journeys. There were dozens of sessions designed to help digital marketers better understand how to how to create personalized experiences at every touchpoint, specifically in light of constantly evolving technology and the new ways in which customers interact with devices (you can read some of our takeaways here). The conference was also an exciting opportunity to learn about many of the upcoming changes for the Salesforce 2018/19 roadmap, including a partnership with Google and the introduction of Interaction Studio.

    Salesforce Connections Conference

    Friendly Giants

    In his keynote address, Salesforce President and Chief Product Officer Bret Taylor announced data integration between two giants of the cloud — Google Analytics 360 and the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. New Google Analytics 360 integration will evolve the capabilities of marketers to ingest analytics information into their Marketing Cloud journeys, and consumer insights from both Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360 will be brought together into a single analytics dashboard (inside Marketing Cloud). Conversely, Marketing Cloud data will be viewable inside Google Analytics 360 for attribution analysis and also to empower Marketing Cloud information to deliver more customized web experiences.

    Salesforce President and Chief Product Officer Bret Taylor announced data integration between two giants of the cloud — Google Analytics 360 and the Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

    Also in the pipeline (a beta version will be available later this year) is the ability to create audience segments, such as loyalty members and abandoned browsers, in Google’s Analytics 360 before connecting with those audiences within Marketing Cloud. “For the first time ever, audiences created inside the Google Analytics 360 platform can be activated outside of Google, in the Marketing Cloud,” explained Taylor.

    Relevant Experiences in Real Time

    Taylor further announced the official launch of Interaction Studio, a new Marketing Cloud solution that enables companies to deliver contextually relevant experiences in real-time across their channels. The introduction of Interaction Studio will change how marketers evaluate cross-channel messages to see a holistic view of when and how customers are interacting with a brand to deliver unique messages based on key moments that matter most to customers. With Interaction Studio, marketers can now see, track, and manage consumer experiences in real time from multiple channels.

    This new solution continues to evolve personalization by integrating data and platforms that were once siloed and allowing marketers to better anticipate, predict and act on customer patterns. Interaction Studio will make it easier for marketers to translate those insights into timely and relevant communications.

    Bigger and better things are on the horizon with Salesforce that take customization and personalization to the next level. At Smart Panda Labs, we will be using these tools to help clients provide the personal touch and instant gratification their customers now expect.

    Key Takeaways

    • New Google Analytics 360 integration will evolve the capabilities of marketers to ingest analytics information into their Marketing Cloud journeys.
    • Consumer insights from both Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360 will be brought together into a single analytics dashboard (inside Marketing Cloud).
    • Marketing Cloud data will be viewable inside Google Analytics 360 for attribution analysis and also to empower Marketing Cloud information to deliver more customized web experiences.
    • Also in the pipeline is the ability to create audience segments in Google’s Analytics 360 before connecting with those audiences within Marketing Cloud.
    • The introduction of Interaction Studio will change how marketers evaluate cross-channel messages to see a holistic view of when and how customers are interacting with a brand to deliver unique messages based on key moments that matter most to customers.

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    AUTHOR

    Alex Corzo

    Alex heads up the firm’s CRM + database marketing division and is responsible for business development. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he has worked across numerous industries, including the federal government, luxury/hospitality and healthcare, working with organizations like Richemont Cartier, the Walt Disney Company, the Central Intelligence Agency and Orlando Health. Across his various roles, his passion for testing and optimization has allowed him to spearhead several successful initiatives, some of which have been featured in MarketingSherpa’s case studies and presented at MecLab’s Digital Marketing Summit. Alex has proficient expertise in numerous CRM and email deliverability and service providers including, but not limited to Salesforce CRM and Marketing Cloud, Marketo, ReturnPath and Microsoft Dynamics. He is a Certified Email Specialist in Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

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