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From The Ground Up: A Comprehensive Guide To Salesforce Marketing Advertising Studio

Salesforce Marketing Advertising Studio

Advertising Studio is a product that integrates advertising campaigns into Salesforce’s CRM, allowing marketers to leverage customer data from interactions on social channels. 

Salesforce Advertising Studio is not an isolated apparatus. Data can be imported into the Studio from Salesforce Marketing Cloud, Sales Cloud, and Service Cloud. The Studio gathers customer data from interactions on mobile devices, email campaigns, and website conversions in order to target both existing and potential customers on social platforms.

Benefits Of Advertising Studio

Like any product from Salesforce’s product suite, Marketing Cloud Advertising Studio allows seamless cross-platform data access and ensures fail-safe data security. But more specifically, it helps you to:

We don’t want you to miss the wood for the trees. So before we get into the nitty-gritty of Advertising Studio, let us take a bird’s-eye view of how it works. 

How Does Advertising Studio Work?

Marketing Cloud Advertising Studio enables you to set up a secure API connection to the ad accounts you intend to feed customer intel into, with a view to build advertising audiences. 

You then upload customer data (hashed), such as email addresses, phone numbers, etc. in order to match users on the ad network. When the audience has been processed, it will be featured on the ad network in the form of channel-specific assets, which you can then target with your advertising campaign. 

Now, how do you pair Marketing Cloud and an ad network? For that, a Marketing Cloud user who is also an admin on one of the ad accounts must authorize the relevant ad accounts inside Marketing Cloud.

If, however, the admin is not an Ad Studio (Marketing Cloud) user, try one of the following solutions:

Let us now consider the steps for setting up Ad Studio (Marketing Cloud) in some detail. 

Setting Up Salesforce Advertising Studio

1. Account Configuration

You need to define the users of the Studio, followed by defining the level of access for each user. You then document the changes in Marketing Cloud. 

For instance, if you decide to have four users on-board the Studio, e.g., Admin, Advertiser, Agency Partner, and Graphic Designer. You need to define the level of access for each user in the interest of security, then update the changes in Marketing Cloud. 

2. Assign/Edit User Roles

Go to Setup and Administration, create the users, and then edit their roles and permissions on the basis of your Marketing Cloud documentation in the first step. You can, if you want, enable the API setting for the users as well. 

Having assigned the roles to each user, you should now be able to view Advertising Audiences, Journey Builder Advertising, and Lead Capture — the three components of Advertising Studio. 

3. Add Social Accounts

The setup is complete. Now you can add Ad accounts for your chosen social media platforms, and connect them.

Navigate to the Advertising Audience Administration tab in order to add accounts. For instance, if you want to add your Twitter account, click the Twitter icon in the Administration panel, log in using your username and password, and authorize the Marketing Cloud app, as shown in the screenshot below. 

Repeat the process to add or configure more social accounts to the platform. That done, you can navigate to the Overview tab (just alongside Administration) and begin managing the performance of your existing audiences or create new audiences. 

It may seem a bit complex at first. However, you can successfully navigate Advertising Studio and all its attendant functionalities with a little help from veteran Salesforce experts.

Now let’s look at the principal components of Ad Studio (Salesforce), namely Journey Builder, Advertising Audiences, Journey Builder Advertising, and Lead Capture.

Advertising Audiences

Advertising Audiences allows you to build audiences on a number of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, etc. You can integrate customer data from any digital channel into the Studio and also ensure that the data is updated.

With the help of Advertising Audiences, you can:

Take a look at the following screenshot that shows how Advertising Audiences works. 

Journey Builder Advertising

With the help of Journey Builder Advertising, you can create Facebook advertising campaigns within the Studio. (Note that the Studio does not allow you to build other social media campaigns.) 

Journey Builder Advertising enables you to build cross-channel journeys and synchronize email, mobile, and Facebook advertising. Follow these simple steps.

Lead Capture

Lead capture enables you to automate lead transfers from Facebook into Salesforce and Marketing Cloud. You can connect the leads to marketing, sales, and service on Journey Builder, then refresh Audiences on the Studio using data from the converted leads. (Again, this functionality is only available for Facebook Lead Ads.) 

More specifically, by integrating Facebook Lead Ads to Marketing and Sales Cloud, you can:

Here is a simple workflow of Facebook Lead Ads with Sales Cloud. 

Notably, you can also integrate Pardot into Ad Studio (Salesforce). So first, a Pardot lead is added to a Salesforce campaign, thereby updating a Salesforce report, which is used to create a Marketing Cloud data extension, which then becomes a source for an Advertising Audience.

If you are a Salesforce rookie and are finding it difficult to manage complex workflows, our dedicated Salesforce experts can help you. Engage us today! 

Wrapping Up!

Salesforce Marketing Cloud’s Advertising Studio is an all-in-one specialized solution for marketers who understand the need for cross-channel advertising and data management.

Against the backdrop of social media marketing and its dynamic pool of customer intel, along with its staggering revenue generation capabilities, Advertising Studio is a veritable gold mine for businesses eager to expand their reach across social channels and transform their brand into a force for change. 

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