Every year, Salesforce brings out three important releases that set a definitive roadmap for its customers and their businesses.
The Summer ’22 Release preview is now live and the upcoming release notes lays out exciting new features and enhancements across the Customer 360 platform. The last two years have been eventful for Salesforce, with its acquisition of Slack and the exciting new features on its Customer 360 platform. Salesforce also announced the Marketing Cloud Intelligence Connector that you can use to aggregate data from your B2C Commerce site. You can use this feature to create logical datasets called dashboards.
Every Salesforce release is packed with numerous new features and updates that help companies elevate their user experience as well as drive sales. From a Salesforce admin perspective, it is better to have release strategies that can help you plan ahead and make the most of the new functionalities. There are also new product names for existing licenses, with My Trailhead, High-Velocity Sales, and Tableau CRM now being rebranded as Sales Enablement, Sales Engagement and CRM Analytics respectively.
Here are 5 noteworthy highlights from the Salesforce Summer 2022 Release Notes.
One of the exciting new features from Salesforce is a new workflow for Service Cloud and Slack. The Service Slack App is part of the Summer Release ’22 and this allows case teams to leverage a ‘swarming’ capability that brings teams across the enterprise together to brainstorm in a cross-disciplinary manner thanks to its collaborative service model. They can then ‘case swarm’ to solve customer-related problems, which has a significant impact on service metrics.In September 2021 during the Dreamforce user conference, Salesforce unveiled many more new Slack integrations, taking the total to 16. Most are available now but many more will be in the market by the end of 2022.
Salesforce is a member of the Consortium of Service Information and one of CSI’s most important practices is the swarming methodology. The idea is to remove traditional barriers when it comes to brainstorming and solving technical problems. Instead of an escalation-based model, you have a collaboration-based one. Swarming enables quicker, more efficient workflows and is perfect for agile teams who need to coordinate more seamlessly with different experts and departments. It is also great for complex customer problems. With case swarming, agents will provide real-time support in a quicker manner.
Very often, it takes external consultants to attack and solve the problem. With case swarming, agents can move a case to SME channels and cast a wider net for case resolutions. The process has three parts. You can create a Slack app. You can then set up Slack in SearchUnify and finally send case details to Slack. This Slack integration will be available in Winter 2022 and also uses third-party capabilities including PagerDuty for AIOps and real-time service status updates. This integration is created to help companies work on complex customer problems and service disruptions. The Slack integration is part of the Service Cloud Customer Service Incident Management feature.
You can also access and update Case, Account and Contact records within Slack. Using Salesforce, agents can create Slack channels to automatically create ‘swarms’ to discuss cases with other experts, and even recognize experts for their contribution and collaboration. Here are some of the features available to users.
Case swarming for service agents: Case swarming creates a slack channel for service agents who want to work on complex and important cases.
Slack-first service: With this feature, you can create specific channels for different cases. You can also bring members from outside your company into your channels and threads.
Expert finder: Service Cloud already has a robust omni-channel routing facility, which assigns work to agents based on technical skillsets, knowledge of specific cases, and availability. You can integrate this skills-based routing software with a new feature called Expert Finder, which can bring the right expert to your swarm channel. With the Expert Finder, Swarm channels are created automatically using an OOTB (out of the box) workflow.
Salesforce-Slack marketing tools and data: Salesforce now brings new integrations with Marketing Cloud, Service Cloud and Sales Cloud. This means that you can bring Salesforce data and tools to Slack to create data-backed marketing strategies and to drive impactful campaigns. You can also run use Salesforce-Slack marketing tools to run analytics on your marketing and ad campaigns.
Swarm pods: Swarm pods are knowledge pools of experts in and outside the organization, who can help customers with their problems. You use Service Cloud to route the case to a swarm pod lead and the lead brings in experts from across the enterprise.
If you are a B2B company that typically works with subscription-based billing models across multiple self-service channels, then Salesforce has developed new capabilities that will benefit you. According to the Summer ’22 Release notes, Salesforce will now offer new Subscription Management capabilities for Revenue Cloud. This news also impacts SaaS companies who manage subscription models. Subscription management can help companies manage subscriptions through Sales Cloud automation. In fact, you can automate your entire subscription cycle of self-service channels.
Subscription Management uses the ‘headless’ API functionality and boasts of a setup experience that is intuitive and seamless. You can integrate Subscription Management into any app. Most businesses today operate with multiple revenue channels and a minimum of two revenue models. It is important to have a subscription management solution that makes the best use of data and resources.
Salesforce’s Subscription Management facilitates omnichannel selling and also gives you a 360-degree view of your customers.
This new feature applies to Professional, Enterprise, Unlimited and Developer editions of Lightning Experience. With the new Subscription Management API, you can automate your invoicing, selling and payment collection processes. You can create product catalogs and track what customers buy. No matter which sales channel you use, the Subscription Management API strengthens your subscription lifecycle.
If you are into retail or the business of e-Commerce, you can now use your Marketing Cloud Personalization with the outbound communication system of Journey Builder and Salesforce’s new Triggered Campaign Messages. Triggered Campaign Messages are great ways to communicate effectively with your customers after significant events like cart abandonment. Important events could mean anything from price and catalog changes and purchasing patterns to customer behavioral changes and items that are back in stock. These events will trigger tailored and personalized experiences and results for customers in real time. Salesforce’s new functionality is a great way to reengage with customers on their required channel, especially during important points in their customer journey.
For example, if your customer didn’t buy an item because of the price and if the price reduces, you can instantly communicate this to the customer and re-engage. Even with cart abandonment, you can keep a product price range as your benchmark, and depending on the number of times a customer revisits abandoned items, you can set the frequency of messages to the customer, with better discounts. With Triggered Campaign Messages, you can do many of the following:
Use real-time triggers to set up Marketing Cloud Journeys: You can manage the life cycle of your customer by adding real-time triggers to your Marketing Cloud Journey builder. This will help you listen to customers and also engage with them individually.
Deliver personalized messages and campaigns: Salesforce’s Summer ’22 release offers nine configurable triggers to start customer journeys in real-time, including triggers like product price reduction and browse abandonment. The information is also available in real-time, which means you can take quick action and also trigger mobile app messages, push notifications and in-store experiences based on customer behavior. You can also run A/B tests and use built-in reports and dashboards to understand campaign trajectories.
Create subscriber segments: With Trigger Campaign Messages, Salesforce also includes AI-based segmentation options for you to create specific subscriber segments. You can also trigger and deliver customised experiences to each segment and make the content actionable.
Use data from email reports: The Summer ’22 release allows you to access all bounced email addresses in a single report and you can now use four new fields to list email reports.
Salesforce has new features for eCommerce companies when using Marketing Intelligence Cloud Connectors to combine disparate orders and product data. This can bring marketing and eCommerce teams together and combine sales efforts. Companies can now also use pre-built data models to unlock actionable insight from data on products, revenue, and sales performance. You can use automation to mine data and see if there were any conversions during a product promotion or how your products perform in specific demographics.
With Marketing Cloud Intelligence Connectors, you also have access to AI-powered dashboards and insights.
The Salesforce Summer ’22 release notes also have many updates to Einstein, the AI-powered technology developed for the Salesforce Customer Success platform.
Einstein Readiness Assessor: Use this update to estimate the value of Einstein Lead Scoring to your business. You can use your present lead acquisition data and conversion numbers to determine high-level ROI for using Einstein Lead Scoring.
New Guided Setup for Einstein Prediction Builder: Salesforce has introduced a guided wizard in setting up Einstein Prediction Builder, and this feature is available to admins with Einstein Predictions, Einstein Builder Free and Platform Plus licenses.
Deflect Cases with Einstein’s Article Recommendation for Flow: Starting in Summer ’22, you can add article recommendations to your flow for a given case in the service console. You can also add recommendations for new automation use cases outside the service console.
Einstein Case Classification for Flows: Salesforce has also piloted its automated case triage, which enables you to combine the use of Einstein Case Classification and Flow. You can classify new cases and revert them to the correct team.
There are so many new features available in the Salesforce ’22 Summer Release notes. Many of these updates add a lot of value to your licenses.
Salesforce CPQ now runs on different web browsers: You can now run Salesforce CPQ even on incompatible browsers, a feature developed with Web Components V1 technology. Salesforce CPQ will run smoother and faster across platforms.
Language and currency specifications for international customers: With Commerce Cloud, you can select a country where products will be shipped, adjusting for tax amounts and other specifications. You can also translate or shift to different languages on tables like My Account Password, My Profile, and My Account Header.
Lightning App Builder updates: Another much-anticipated update is the ability to customize and filter related lists in Lightning App Builder, leading to the support of common use cases. You can also customize these lists with the Dynamic Related List Single feature.
Intelligence Reports Advanced: You can now create your own dashboards to optimize email messaging with Salesforce Management Cloud’s Intelligence Reports Advanced. This is an analytical tool that helps you measure and analyze email marketing campaigns and optimize it for great results.
Field Service Scheduling and Optimization: Salesforce’s new field service scheduling and optimization engine makes it simple to book appointments, gather the right field agents to perform the job and optimize travel routes for service personnel.
Codeless Query Builder: You can connect your queries with up to 30 data extensions using a Codeless Query Builder. This helps you run queries to compare the engagement performance of different subscribers in your program and understand how you can Improve your email messaging.
New product names: The Salesforce Summer ’22 is full of new product name changes. MyTrailhead is now Sales Enablement, High-Velocity Sales is now Sales Engagement and Marketing Cloud has also renamed many of its modules.
Person Accounts: You can now enable Person Accounts by combining account and contact fields in one record. You can do this without contacting Salesforce Support or raising a ticket.
Third party integrations with Light DOM: Light DOM now makes it possible for third-party tools to integrate with the DOM. This means that you can apply custom style to all components, and enable CSS and QuerySelectors to traverse the shadow root.
Collaborative forecasting: With this feature, custom filters allow you to include more opportunity fields or even exclude them from your forecasts. You can filter based on currency, Picklist fields and standard numbers. You can also rename the forecast categories.
Salesforce for Slack: Salesforce for Slack is now available as Beta Slack, with a more seamless integration of Salesforce and Slack enabling sales teams to work faster and more efficiently. You can use Slack-First Customer 360, which is a common platform to connect customers, partners, and stakeholders with the apps and workflows needed to complete projects. You can also work on a Salesforce record from Slack and control notifications using many automation features.
Enable a custom address field: Admins can now create multiple fields to host information related to addresses. You can now create custom address fields that are identical to the fields seen on shipping addresses. Your Salesforce users can also add and retrieve address data using custom address compound fields on both standard and custom objects. Before this, admins were forced to create individual fields for every data points entered.
Access all CMS features: Experience Cloud customers can now reap the many benefits of Salesforce CMS at no extra costs. Salesforce CMS is a highly effective hybrid CMS that helps you create content collections and playlists, broadcast this content across channels, manage an extensive content publishing schedule, and even undo a content that has been published. The new release also enables you to create and manage content more easily with updated Salesforce CMS workspaces.
Picklist: If you are a Salesforce admin, you will enjoy many new Summer ’22 enhancements to picklists. Many of them are still in testing, including the features that allow you to clean up inactive picklist values and manage picklist values in bulk. The feature to clean up inactive picklist values helps you to keep your picklists clean and to optimize them for better performance. With Salesforce’s new picklist features, you can manage picklists in bulk with buttons to delete, deactivate, replace or activate selected picklists. Both these features are in the beta stage. There is a reason why Salesforce was named the best CRM provider by the International Data Corporation (IDC). It has new features and updates that help admins, end users, developers, designers, architects and analysts alike. Use these features to meet your business goals and use your data to generate actionable insight and to build incredible customer experiences.
The market for salesforce services is expected to surpass US$ 13 billion in 2022 and grow at an astounding CAGR of 14.4 percent to reach US$ 33.5 billion by 2029.
The global market for IT services now has a 2 percent share for Salesforce services. The BFSI industry’s growing use of salesforce services is the main factor fueling market expansion.
Salesforce services are widely employed in the financial services sector and have completely changed consumer involvement. Insurance agents and bankers benefit from BFSI services because they provide a 360-degree picture of customer data, including accounts and service inquiries, which enables businesses to provide better services and make informed decisions.
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Integrating salesforce with third-party applications will undoubtedly broaden CRM users’ horizons. The value of the demand-supply phenomenon is emphasized by a third-party application available on AppExchange. They are created to satisfy the specific needs of salesforce users and to assist them in improving the quality of their business. Salesforce integration with third-party applications, on the other hand, must be a meticulously controlled process with frequent quality checks.
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As Salesforce services defy the ‘one-size-fits-all’ concept, service providers are offering end-to-end assistance to help end-users get services that are best-suited to their requirements. With thousands of Salesforce implementations across multiple enterprises, the Salesforce service providers are extensively focusing on creating impactful experiences to generate substantial profits.
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Opportunities galore for manufacturers with the increasing focus of businesses on improved customer engagement and interaction – key imperative driving growth and profitability amid competitive spaces. Some of the highly-effective Salesforce offerings- marketing cloud, commerce cloud and community cloud to name a few- have gained immense popularity over the years, which is further nudging businesses to choose Salesforce services for long-term returns.
According to the FMI report, implementation continues to remain a highly-preferred service, which is broadly categorized into integrated services, application modernization & data migration, custom application development, and testing services.
Enterprises will continue to sustain high demand for Salesforce managed services, wherein these businesses get assistance from a whole team of experienced Salesforce administrators as well as consultants for effective management of their Salesforce functions.
Since there are so many companies actively providing salesforce services, the nature of the market has become quite competitive. SAP SE, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Salesforce.com Inc., Adobe Inc., DXC Technology, Accenture PLC, IBM Corporation, Pegasystems Inc., Verint Systems Inc., Tata Consultancy Services Limited, and AT&T Inc. are some of the leading salesforce service companies.
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With so many companies out there, it can be tough to nail down the best Salesforce alternative for your business. To find the right one for you, consider your goals, budget and must-have features. Additionally, consider user reviews and review articles to get a fuller picture of what the CRM software is actually like. We also suggest asking friends or colleagues from other companies to see what they use for their business and if they recommend it.
Aligning with your team is the first step you should take when looking for a Salesforce alternative. Understand what they need or don’t need in a CRM and ask if there are any pain points with Salesforce in particular.
Measure these against your business’s priorities. Review past reports to identify gaps or areas of improvement, and make sure that a CRM can help you reach your goals. For example, if you find that your CSAT numbers were lower than expected, a CRM can help you streamline your customer support management to provide better service.
Salesforce alternatives vary in price. Some companies offer free trials, but regardless, you’ll need to pay something per month or per year to get the features you’re looking for. Nail down your budget ahead of time to make your search easier.
You may have certain CRM features or integrations in mind that are absolutely necessary for your business to run smoothly. If so, be sure to write them out and reference them during your search. Consult your team and any other relevant stakeholders to review the list and add to it, if applicable.
At Helium.com, the company website for a much-talked-about Web3 startup, the section under the header "HELIUM IS USED BY" included 14 logos yesterday, but there are only 12 such logos today. The missing logos, for the cloud-based software company Salesforce, and the e-scooter rental giant Lime, were both mentioned in a report on Friday by Mashable's Matt Binder.
The status of Helium's partnership with Lime was seriously in doubt after Russell Murphy, Lime's senior director of communications, told Mashable, "Beyond an initial test of its product in 2019, Lime has not had, and does not currently have, a relationship with Helium." Lime indicated that as of Friday it was preparing a cease and desist letter addressed to Helium.
In a statement to Mashable, Nova Labs, Helium's parent company, acknowledged Friday that Lime and Helium had grown apart after that 2019 product test. "Lime has since restructured and the team members we worked with are no longer employed there," the statement read.
Lime's supposed status as a client was not trivial, but part of what appeared to be a core part of Helium's marketing pitch. Helium bills itself as a decentralized network of Internet of things (IoT) devices, capable of providing their own connectivity where existing internet service providers can't or won't. Helium's hardware is, in a sense, only as good as the network of users keeping it functioning — except there's a bonus value proposition: the devices also mine a cryptocurrency, $HNT, whenever the network is used. And as long as major tech companies are customers, there is, in theory, plenty of crypto to be mined.
In a New York Times story from February, the use of the Helium network by Lime is cited as evidence that Helium is "a real product used by real people and companies every day." In fairness, the Times story also mentions that Helium is used by the Victor mouse trap company as well — apparently for its line of IoT-enabled mouse traps — and the reality of that partnership does not appear to be in dispute at this time.
However, as of yesterday, Salesforce, the other company associated with a logo now missing from Helium.com (and from the site's "Enterprise" page as well) had not commented publicly on its relationship with Helium.
UPDATE: August 2, 2022, 10:25 a.m. ET. A Spokesperson for Helium gave the following statement: "Since the Network launched in 2019, we’ve worked with a variety of companies on various applications and pilots. In the case of the brands mentioned in accurate articles, we had approvals to talk about the use cases but we’re going to be much more rigorous now about the logo approval process going forward to avoid any confusion. Both Nova and our partner the Helium Foundation have removed the reference."
August 2, 2022, 10:25 a.m. ET. Eddie McGraw, a spokesperson for Salesforce, gave the following statement: "Helium is not and has never been a Salesforce partner."
Regular TechCrunch readers might recall that, roughly two years ago (in June 2020), Salesforce made waves with the announcement of Code Builder, a web-based integrated development environment (IDE) modeled after GitHub Codespaces. Mum had been the word since then, but today, Salesforce unceremoniously dropped the beta for Code Builder, which the company describes in a blog post as having evolved into “a development environment optimized for Salesforce.”
As promised several summers ago, Code Builder — powered by Amazon Web Services — allows developers to launch an IDE in their browser from within their Salesforce organization. In addition to features like code completion, search and refactoring, Code Builder ships with support for Salesforce frameworks and comes preinstalled with tooling, including Salesforce Extensions.
As one might expect, Code Builder also has built-in integration with version control systems like GitHub.
“Code Builder comes with the same set of extensions as in the Salesforce Extensions pack for Visual Studio Code, and the look and feel is similar to the Visual Studio Code User Interface,” Mohith Shrivastava, lead developer advocate at Salesforce, said in the aforementioned blog post. “So if you are a Visual Studio Code user and have used our tools like the Salesforce Extensions pack, you should feel at home.”
A few words of warning before you deliver Code Builder a spin: Salesforce is capping usage at 20 hours for a maximum of 30 days for the duration of the beta. To be saved, changes must be deployed to an org or committed to source control. Salesforce also makes no promise that Code Builder environments won’t be deleted without warning, and it says it’ll remove all beta environments sometime before Code Builder reaches general availability.
Lest the launch of Code Builder be interpreted as Salesforce transitioning away from desktop IDEs, the company strongly assures that this isn’t the case. “Our strategy is to have one set of IDE extensions that customers can access from either [Microsoft Visual Studio Code] or Code Builder,” Shrivastava continued. “Hence, we will continue to build and maintain the Salesforce Extensions pack to support both VS Code on desktop and Code Builder in the browser.”
Among the best email marketing services, Salesforce Marketing Cloud is our top pick for larger businesses looking for an email solution that personalizes and automates email, mobile and web journeys for their customers. We love the Salesforce product because of how powerful its features are and the strength of the vendor's customer service. The system also integrates with Salesforce Sales Cloud, allowing collaboration and data sharing between sales and marketing teams.
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When looking at email marketing services, we chose Salesforce Marketing Cloud as the best option for larger businesses seeking enterprise marketing solutions, because of its rich feature set, intuitive user interface, guided training and helpful tips, and many software integrations. The price might be too high for smaller businesses, but bigger companies will likely find the software a worthy investment.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud is designed for enterprises but is intuitive with a simple interface that is accessible for most users. In addition to its ease of use, Salesforce Marketing Cloud has a library of features that make campaign management simple. Its tools are so customizable that companies can make even the largest of campaigns feel personalized, then generate reports to see customer satisfaction and where they can Improve next.
FYI:If your organization manages the brands of other enterprise accounts, you'll need to go with Salesforce's Enterprise plan as opposed to the Basic, Pro, or Corporate plan.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud has a user-friendly interface that we found easy to navigate. The dashboard makes it simple to switch between the software's features and create email campaigns. Users new to Salesforce may experience a learning curve while getting acquainted with the system, but there are plenty of internal resources to help you figure out its different settings and features.
Some users say they wish Salesforce's template-based emails were more customizable. However, the average business wants a clean, well-designed email campaign, and we found plenty of desirable options for templated emails in the system. We also like that you can load a custom user interface into the platform to implement your own applications' file structures according to your preferences and business needs. This isn't something all email marketing software vendors offer.
Salesforce's feature-rich Marketing Cloud is built upon its core customer relationship management (CRM) functions. You can use this software to develop personalized campaigns for email, mobile, social media, digital advertising and data management. Within each of these marketing channels, there are numerous options for email automation, segmentation and one-to-one journey building.
Within the Marketing Cloud's Email Studio, you'll find a variety of tools that allow you to customize your email marketing workflow. We love that Salesforce makes it easy to scale your campaigns according to your audience size. Plus, the platform's email customization features deliver unique and engaging options for your campaigns, all of which are easily accessible through the user interface.
Because of the enterprise-level features, Salesforce systems can be intimidating for new users. Fortunately, the vendor has a free online learning platform called Trailhead. This resource is chock-full of online courses and certifications designed to help you learn and navigate the Salesforce ecosystem.
We tried out some of Trailhead's Marketing Cloud courses during our research and found them very easy to follow and helpful for learning how to use the program. Each course or module is broken up into 10- to 40-minute units of practicing material, videos, quizzes and practices to test your knowledge. Upon completion of each module, users receive "points" that contribute to their overall Salesforce skill set. We didn't see this innovative level of training in any of the email marketing services we analyzed and were very impressed.
In addition to Trailhead, Salesforce offers 24/7 customer service, with experts available via live chat and phone. There is also an online Trailhead community for fellow users to discuss their experiences and share their expertise.
The Salesforce Marketing Cloud seamlessly integrates your sales, marketing and customer service data into Salesforce's CRM platform. (You can learn more about the vendor's CRM product in our full review of Salesforce CRM.) The software's native integrations let you connect your Salesforce dashboard with the best accounting software, e-commerce tools, analytics platforms and cloud-based storage solutions, though you may require assistance from a professional developer to execute a full integration of these systems. For corporations with a dedicated development team, Salesforce has an open API that allows you to create your own integrations with software not supported by Salesforce's native integrations.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud offers an array of features that any business would find helpful in its marketing efforts.
The ability to create compelling, engaging content is essential in any marketing campaign. With Marketing Cloud's Email Studio, users can design emails with content blocks, including text, HTML, images, buttons and other dynamic content. Salesforce's email designer is comparable to other top-rated email marketing tools.
A good email marketing solution allows you to track and analyze your data to make better decisions about future campaigns. The Marketing Cloud's Email Studio lets you monitor all the standard metrics, such as email opens, clicks, undeliverable messages, new subscribers and unsubscribes. From there, you can create customized reports based on this data for your internal teams.
Did you know? ecause Salesforce is a charter member of Facebook's Strategic Partner Program and Twitter's Ads API program, you can use your collected data to enhance your email and social media strategies simultaneously.
Like many of its competitors, Salesforce allows you to run A/B test campaigns within Email Studio. You can vary one element of your campaign and send each version to a different test audience to determine which receives the highest open and click-through rate (CTR). From there, you can send the winning campaign to the rest of your contact list. [Related article: 15 Ways to Build a Quality Email List]
The AI Einstein feature is unique to Salesforce and could be a game-changer for companies using the platform. This artificial intelligence tool helps businesses turn their data into actionable insights so they can find and prioritize sales leads. By leveraging AI Einstein, Marketing Cloud users can fully optimize all the tools offered within Email Studio. However, this special function isn't available with all plans.
Salesforce's Journey Builder is a feature that manages the customer life cycle for a business. This tool allows companies to customize the customer journey based on needs, preferences, demographics and behavioral input. Journey Builder has a simple interface that lets users build and customize individualized interactions within a campaign.
Salesforce's Marketing Cloud is an enterprise-level product, and it's priced for enterprise-level businesses. The Basic plan – which includes email marketing tools, content creation and integrations – starts at $400 per month, which may be prohibitive for smaller companies with limited budgets.
If you're undeterred by that cost, there are three higher pricing tiers worth considering, each with additional useful marketing features. The Pro plan, whose price jumps to $1,250 per month, adds automation features to the Basic offerings. The Corporate plan, starting at $3,750 per month, adds Journey Builder, mobile messaging and AI Einstein. The Enterprise plan includes every available feature while also allowing users to manage multiple businesses within the same platform. Companies interested in the Enterprise plan must request a custom quote from a Salesforce sales representative.
FYI: Salesforce allows you to select specific products and add-ons at each package level.
Salesforce doesn't offer a free trial of Marketing Cloud, but there is a free trial for the company's CRM software, which has a much more affordable starting price of $25 per month. As part of this free trial, you receive preconfigured processes and dashboards, a guide to email marketing and online training. From there, you can decide whether you'd like to also invest in Marketing Cloud to enhance the capabilities of the CRM.
It can take time to implement and learn the Salesforce software, especially with the more complex plans. Fortunately, Trailhead makes this process easier for users who are good at self-guided learning. The platform is a great tool for onboarding your employees and teaching them the Marketing Cloud system.
If your team requires a little extra hand-holding, you can sign up for Salesforce's Jump Start program for an additional $5,000. Jump Start gives you access to eight six-hour meetings so you can complete your setup with the help of experts within two weeks. While this opportunity is pricey, we appreciate that it's available for those who want more support during the implementation and onboarding process.
Salesforce's customer service team is available 24/7 to help with any questions you may have about Marketing Cloud, which is far better availability than what some rival vendors offer. To help us gauge the level of service we might receive as a Salesforce customer, we contacted the company via live chat and phone and found the support reps to be exceptionally responsive and helpful.
During our interactions, we asked questions about how to build an audience in Email Studio and inquired about an error we experienced when using the tool. The representatives quickly provided resolutions and additional resources.
There are also abundant online support resources via Trailhead. We explored the virtual Email Studio community and found helpful insights from other Salesforce users about building campaigns and using the system in general.
The most obvious drawback of the Salesforce software is its high price. Though Marketing Cloud is a robust marketing solution with tons of customizable features, you can get a similar experience at a much lower price from competitors. See our Freshworks review for one such option. Businesses looking for email marketing services only may be better served by a dedicated email marketing solution. You can get more details on one reputable alternative in our full review of Benchmark. That said, it's hard to beat Salesforce Marketing Cloud as an overall marketing solution if your company has the budget and resources to invest in it.
We also found that Email Studio has limited mobile capabilities. When we used the platform on a mobile device, our experience was not as smooth as on the desktop version. However, a large vendor like Salesforce is likely to build out its mobile capabilities in the future, so this drawback may be temporary.
To discover the best email marketing services, we conducted online research to identify the most popular platforms and examined each vendor's online reputation. After narrowing down our list, we did a thorough investigation of each platform, including hands-on testing when possible, practicing user reviews, and watching tutorials and how-to videos. Our examination also took into consideration each solution's customer service and price points. When searching for the best email marketing service for larger businesses in particular, we paid extra attention to features that would be most important to bigger enterprises with hefty budgets to invest in email marketing tools.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud helps businesses create multichannel marketing campaigns through audience building and email list segmentation. It integrates seamlessly with CRM systems to help businesses personalize advertising and Improve social media engagement.
Salesforce Sales Cloud is classified under CRM software, while Salesforce Marketing Cloud is considered a marketing automation platform. Sales Cloud stores all customer data in one area, while Marketing Cloud uses that data to send and Improve marketing campaigns.
The cost for Salesforce Marketing Cloud starts at $400 per month for the Basic plan and is billed annually. The Pro plan is $1,250 per month, while the Corporate plan starts at $3,750 per month. The Enterprise plan requires a custom quote.
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AdvoLogix®, a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise legal management solutions for Law Firms, Legal Departments, and Government Agencies, today announced the availability of a new integration between iManage and the Salesforce platform, which allows users at law firms, corporate legal departments and public sector organizations, to access their iManage workspaces, folders, documents and emails – right from within their Salesforce platform – eliminating the friction of switching between two different environments.
“The iManage – to Salesforce integration, powered by AdvoLogix, supports our goal of meeting users where they work and transforming how they get work done,” said Clint Crosier, General Counsel at iManage. “The ability to manage and browse iManage content from the context of a Salesforce record is a gamechanger for professionals who spend large portions of their day within Salesforce, but need quick, secure access to content in iManage, such as contracts, legal agreements, and other key work products.”
Through its research and development division, AdvoLogix, a technology partner of iManage, developed this integration with Salesforce Sales Cloud for global availability. Fully compliant with all Salesforce security and compliance requirements, the app is available for purchase on the Salesforce AppExchange, as well as directly from iManage.
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“iManage is a leading knowledge work platform and AdvoLogix is a leading cloud-based enterprise legal management platform for legal entities,” said Dan Bellopede, Chief Revenue Officer at AdvoLogix. “It only made sense to create a way for the benefits of one to extend to the other, which is what the iManage – Salesforce integration has achieved. It’s an example of strength building on strength.” The integration can be added to any record within Salesforce and then mapped to an iManage workspace. Previously, users had to exit their Salesforce workflow to manage documents. Now, they can upload, download, or view documents through the integrated solution.
“iManage is a valuable addition to AppExchange, putting valuable documents at professionals’ fingertips, helping to transform how business development, marketing, and other departments within law firms and organizations interact with lawyers and legal teams on the critical documents they manage,” said Woodson Martin, GM of Salesforce AppExchange. “AppExchange is constantly evolving to connect customers with the right apps and experts for their business needs.”
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The UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement body has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Salesforce to make it easier and cheaper for public sector organizations to buy from the supplier.
According to Philip Orumwense, Commercial Director and Chief Technology Procurement Officer at CCS:
The agreement will further ensure increased collaboration and aggregation of government and wider public sector spend to achieve increased automation, forecasting, reporting and customer engagement management tools.
The main items on the Salesforce MoU are:
Salesforce has a number of UK public sector customers, including the Health Service Executive, Department for Works & Pensions, various local authorities and CCS itself.
CCS has signed a number of such MoUs in accurate years with cloud suppliers, including the likes of Oracle, Google and Microsoft. Oracle’s agreement was first signed as far back as 2012 with an updated and expanded deal signed last year. At that time, Orumwense commented:
This enhanced Memorandum of Understanding will continue to deliver savings and benefits for new and existing public sector customers using Oracle's cloud based technologies. It will continue delivering value for money whilst supporting public sector customers' journey to the cloud.
Expanding the list of suppliers offering cloud services has become a political agenda item in the UK as legislators have queried the amount of business that has gone to Amazon Web Services (AWS). As of February last year, some £75 million of contracts had been awarded in the previous 12 months.
Lord Maude, who previously ran the UK Cabinet Office where he waged a war on excessively priced tech contracts and essentially began the MoU process in earnest as part of his reforms, was quoted as warning:
When it comes to hosting, we've regressed into allowing a small group, and one vendor, in particular, to dominate. If you take a view of the government as simply as a customer, it makes absolutely no sense for the government to be overly dependent on one supplier. No one would sensibly do that.
The Salesforce MoU looks well-timed as CCS recently launched a tender for a range of cloud services in a set of deals that could be worth up to £5 billion in total. Procurement notices have been issued under the G-Cloud 13 framework, covering cloud hosting, cloud software and cloud support, with a further lot for migration and set-up services to follow. Contracts can last for 3 years with an option to extend by a further year.
Eligible suppliers must be able to offer services in the following capabilities:
Having a wider range of potential providers operating under such MoUs is crucial for government to deliver value for taxpayers money.
Those of us who lived through the crusading days of Maude insisting that tech vendors - mostly large US systems houses and consultancies - come back to the negotiating table, tear up their existing contracts and start from scratch, have been dismayed, but not surprised, that the so-called ‘oligopoly’ simply had to sit it out and wait for a change of government/minister to get things back to ‘normal’.
There were successes that linger. The UK’s G-Cloud framework was a triumph when set up and continues to do good work. As an aside, and given this article has been triggered by a Salesforce announcement, I do remember talking to CEO Marc Benioff in London prior to the formal announcement of G-Cloud and how it would work.
At the time there was a heavy push from certain quarters to make G-Cloud all about virtualization and private cloud rather than the public cloud push it was to become. I asked Benioff if he thought this was the right direction of travel and got a very firm rebuttal as he told me:
The UK government is way behind in this, and way too much into virtualization…Government needs to stop hiding behind the private cloud.
I was in good company - Benioff had been in at the Cabinet Office the previous day and given Maude the same message. Thirteen years on, the Public Cloud First policy that was shaped later that year still stands, but progress hasn’t been made at the rate that was promised back in those heady launch days and which needs to be achieved.
In 2022, there’s the risk of a different sort of oligopoly, as the concern around AWS' grip on government contracts suggests - and not just in the UK - but unfortunately there’s no sign of a Maude to take charge this time and bang the negotiating table.
Instead the Secretary of State with responsibility for digital thinks the internet has been around for ten years and retweets memes of politicians being stabbed. Meanwhile a putative, unelected new Prime Minster has just announced that she (somehow) intends to redesign the internet into adults-only and kid-friendly versions. Sigh.