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Step-by-step Process to Launch Your First Email Campaign with Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Step-by-step Process to Launch Your First Email Campaign with Salesforce Marketing Cloud

[This post was originally published on 26th Oct 2020. It has been updated on 12th April 2022.]

Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SFMC) campaign management includes a number of powerful tools that enable brands to create and manage winning email marketing campaigns. But even those who are new to SFMC can easily take advantage of the platform’s sophisticated features to discover and understand their customers, design memorable Salesforce email campaigns, and thus form and maintain one-to-one relationships at scale. Still, it can help understand the exact process of planning and implementing an email campaign in Salesforce Marketing Cloud. So if you are an email marketer looking to launch your first email campaign with SFMC, this article is for you!

We will provide a step-by-step process to help you make the most of the platform for your first Salesforce Marketing Cloud campaigns.

But first, let’s understand Salesforce Marketing Cloud “campaign management”.

Email Campaigns in Salesforce Marketing Cloud

SFMC provides a great app called “Campaigns” to plan, coordinate, manage, and measure email marketing communications in real-time. Salesforce Marketing Cloud campaigns are an effective way to “connect” marketing initiatives with leads and opportunities that resulted from the initiative. Multiple emails can be included in a campaign so you can track the progress of all the emails as a collection.

Common use cases for creating Salesforce email campaigns include:

…and more

A number of Salesforce email templates are available for each use case, simplifying the process even further.

How to Execute Salesforce Campaign Management

The process of creating a campaign in SFMC has two distinct phases:

  1. Define the campaign
  2. Select the associations (e.g., email) that belong to the campaign

Step 1: Select “Campaigns” on the toolbar. In the upper-right corner, select “Create Campaign”.

Here are the key things to include in your Salesforce campaign management:

Click “Create”.

Step 2: After defining the campaign, it’s time to add the associations. An association is an “object”, i.e., channel-specific message, content, or activity you want to include in the campaign. And these objects are associated with a campaign in order to:

Follow these steps to add associations to a campaign:

From SFMC Email Studio, you can add the following association types to your campaigns:

Now that you know how to create an email campaign in Salesforce Marketing Cloud, let’s take a look at the process to implement and send your first email in Salesforce campaign management:

Step-By-Step Process To Create Your First Email Campaign In Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Step 1: Prepare your campaign

This first step in Salesforce marketing campaign management consists of several sub-steps:

i) Select your target audience with segmentation

Before launching an email marketing campaign, it’s crucial to create your target list. You can choose several criteria to do your segmentation, such as:

Use Data Filters in SFMC to create data segments using any subscriber attributes (stored in SFMC).

SFMC also includes a feature called “measures” which is a unit of subscriber behavior, e. g. email opens, click-throughs, or unsubscribes, which you can include as criteria in a data filter.

ii) Specify campaign responses

In general, SFMC offers two member statuses – sent and responded. But for more clarity into campaign responses, you can also add custom member statuses, such as invited, registered, attended, no show, etc.

iii) Use campaign hierarchies

By assigning child-parent hierarchy levels to email campaigns, you can see the aggregated results of all child campaigns/initiatives in a parent campaign. Within this functionality, you can also create a custom “pick list” with detailed hierarchy levels, such as Tactic, Program, or Initiative.

iv) Add details about the email campaign

If you plan to run multiple email campaigns, you can store more information about them in order to create comprehensive campaign reports.

Step 2: Create and personalize your content

Research shows that personalized emails deliver 6 x higher transaction rates.

SFMC includes Email Studio, a robust yet easy-to-use email marketing platform to create memorable email campaigns – from basic marketing campaigns to sophisticated 1-to-1 messages. Email Studio comes with several user-friendly features and functionalities, including:

Two types of personalized content can be created in SFMC:

1. Personalization strings: These strings let you insert subscriber attributes, such as first name, last name, etc. into the email content

2. Dynamic content: It displays according to the rules you define based on specific attributes such as location or history or data extension column values.

In addition to content personalization, you should also pay attention to email design. Keep these points in mind:

Step 3: Launch your campaign

Depending on the type and complexity of your first campaign, you can use Salesforce for marketing campaigns in different ways to simplify the execution process:

But even before launching a campaign, you can create or map a customer “journey” with SFMC Journey Builder to help you glean valuable, actionable insights about every interaction a customer could potentially have with your brand. You can then use these insights to power your email campaigns in Salesforce Marketing Cloud. With Journey Builder, you can plan, personalize and optimize your email marketing programs for each customer based on who they are, what they like, lifecycle stage, or how they respond to your brand’s communications.

By using Salesforce for marketing campaigns, you can also create different types of journeys for different types of marketing campaigns, including:

Step 4: Track your campaign and measure effectiveness

SFMC Email Studio provides many key metrics, so Salesforce campaign managers can track how their campaigns perform. Use the tracking reports to dig deeper into the data, to identify the best- and worst-performing campaigns, and to improve segmentation so you can create email campaigns to re-target, upsell, cross-sell, and resell.

In addition to Email Studio’s tracking feature, here are some more useful analytics tools in SFMC:

Wrap Up

Salesforce Marketing Cloud has several features that enable Salesforce campaign managers to create memorable email campaigns – even if they’re new to the platform. Effective Salesforce marketing campaign management requires proper preparation, launch, tracking, and measurement. If you can get these steps right, SFMC will be right there with you to ensure that your first email campaign in Salesforce is a roaring success – along with every campaign that follows!If you need help with making the most of SFMC, our dedicated resources can help.

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