DreamForce 2019: let’s discover the Customer 360 experience

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Although preparing for the trip to San Francisco to attend Dreamforce (Salesforce’s annual event) is becoming a habit for the team, this year is particularly interesting for me. As I have commented on several occasions, Dreamforce is probably one of the biggest marketing events in the world.

This year the number of attendees will probably exceed last year’s 170,000. Former President Barak Obama and Tim Cook from apple complete the more than 2,700 sessions available to attendees. But there are 2 important developments in the world of marketing that we are looking forward to hearing about in detail:

  • The launch of Customer 360 experience as a new customer identity management platform
  • How Tableau will be integrated as an analytics platform within Salesforce

Improving the customer experience is a critical element of improvement for many companies, and for this reason, being able to know the different identities of the customers throughout the interactions they have with our company is critical. The ability to orchestrate such integration and to unify marketing, sales, analytics, and e-commerce platforms is the secret to success.

Dreamforce 2019 customer 360

Customer 360 experience makes it possible to easily relate the records of the same person in different systems. It creates and stores a customer’s profile and acts as a central office that exchanges data and events in all systems at the moment they are needed.

In fact, no other platform on the market has yet managed to achieve the challenge of unifying them. For years, companies have been trying to get a 360-degree view of their customers, but with their departments using different tools to manage the data, they tend to generate disconnected experiences for their customers.

The center of the main hall at Moscone West is dedicated to this new feature, which gives an idea of the importance Salesforce attaches to this functionality.

All of us who like analysis is very curious to know how the puzzle of analytical tools available to Salesforce fits together. Datorama, Einstein Analytics, Tableau, or the native reporting platform in salesforce itself must find their niche.

In two weeks’ time, we want to tell you from San Francisco what the most important developments are for the marketing world and what the trends are for 2020. See you!

ShowerThinking obtains the homologation as Datorama’s partner

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We are a partner of Datorama! In ShowerThinking, Intelligent Marketing agency, we have just certified the business level in Datorama, the integration tool that allows to connect all data sources and generate an integrated source that facilitates the analysis and decision making.

We add this new Partnership, which our team of specialists has achieved after a great effort and we demonstrate once again that we bet on the best Business Intelligence platforms to offer the best services to our customers.

What is Datorama?

Datorama is a platform that automatically connects marketing tools and unifies reports on investments, performance and results. In this way, it helps you to be more efficient. It is one of the best tools

Datorama’s main objective is to visualize, analyze and measure the real time impact of advertising campaigns carried out through different channels and achieve success through its cloud marketing platform based mainly on artificial intelligence.

This tool has a fairly simple, intuitive and visual interface, so that a unified view is quickly obtained and also allows you to manage it without problems.

What are the main functions of Datorama?

Managing data can be a difficult and time consuming task, something that marketing professionals do not usually have. Therefore, Datorama provides a series of functionalities to optimize the performance of your marketing strategy.

1. Connect and unify data

Through channels, tools and internal systems immediately in order to measure, report and optimize. Integrates data from social platforms, visualization, search, video, web analytics, CRM and email into the largest API library. Some key integration features are:

  • APIConnect. This is the largest marketing API library. It accesses databases, big data environments and cloud storage platforms.
  • TotalConnect. Automates data entry, compilation, cleanup, and data modeling assignments from all file-based report sources. Datorama obtains strategic information from hundreds of thousands of active data transmissions daily.
  • LiteConnetc. Simplifies data entry and analysis of individual data files. No initial data modeling considerations are required, making it perfect for ad hoc analysis and non-marketing sources such as sales data, geographic data or weather data.

2. Drives business growth

By obtaining scalable and customized solutions in record time to maximize ROI, objectives and activities from analysis and information between different channels such as email, social networks, web, etc. Optimizes potential customers, their conversion with advanced information and knowledge across all channels, sites and devices.

3. Provides complete and fast reports from data

Datorama transforms the data into visual guides and descriptions so that it is better understood and acted upon. It has statistical analysis methods and automated regression modeling to analyze in less time.

With this tool it is possible to monitor and report all marketing data on a single platform and provides all stakeholders with the appropriate KPIs, trends and breakdowns.

4. Link Revenues to Automated Reports

View performance trends, correct KPIs, campaign analysis and segment breakdowns for platforms such as Adwords, Facebook or Google Analytics It also prioritizes improving each investment and achieving campaign objectives by making smarter decisions.

5. Activates data and brings teams together to improve campaign performance

It analyzes and stops low performance campaigns and modifies everything necessary to achieve the best results. Provides automatic predictions to complete objectives and obtain recommendations. And promotes collaboration between teams.

For all these reasons, we have no doubt that Datorama is a tool with great potential.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Specialist Certification

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In relation to the topic I already mentioned in this post about Salesforce Certifications, I’m going to try to solve your doubts about how to take the exam for Cloud Email Marketing Specialist.

First things first: there are four exams to obtain the complete Cloud Marketing Certification:

  • Cloud Marketing Manager: Designed for administrators who can set up cloud marketing products using industry and product best practices. Candidates should generally be familiar with the data structure in subscriber data management and can navigate the Setup. Certified Cloud Marketing administrators can successfully resolve account settings and user requests.
  • Cloud Email Marketing Specialist: designed for those who can demonstrate knowledge, skills and experience in email marketing best practices. Includes message design, subscriber and data management, inbox delivery, and external integrations with the Email Marketing Cloud application.
  • Cloud Marketing Developer: Certified Cloud Marketing developers have hands-on experience developing across the platform. They create dynamic, personalized messages and landing pages, and are proficient in the Cloud Marketing scripting languages. They also have experience in advanced segmentation, reporting and analysis, and data configuration.
  • Cloud Marketing Consultant: Designed for those who can configure and deploy Salesforce Marketing Cloud application tools, providing solutions for running tactical and strategic email campaigns. Candidates must have extensive knowledge of Salesforce applications, set up and regularly manage Salesforce, and work with stakeholders to define requirements

Who it is aimed at

The Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Specialist credential is geared toward individuals who want to demonstrate their expertise in email marketing best practices, message design, subscriber and data management, inbox delivery, email automation, and tracking and reporting metrics within the Marketing Cloud Email application.

About the exam

Now I’m going to explain the general idea of how the exam is.

  • Content: 60 multiple choice questions
  • Time allocated to complete the exam: 105 minutes
  • Score to pass: 68%
  • Language: English
  • Registration fee: USD 200, plus applicable taxes as required by local law
  • Recovery fee: USD 100, plus applicable taxes as required by local law
  • Delivery options: supervised exam delivered on-site at a test center or in an online supervised environment.
  • Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this exam, however, I recommend that you complete the recommended Trailhead path provided by Salesforce as a practice before completing this exam.

Examination Outline

First of all, to start preparing for the exam we should visit the home page of the exams. Here you will find the basic information about the exam, the registration form and of course the study guide, all completely free of charge. You will also have access to support modules that reflect the points of the study guide, each section includes E-Learning modules, knowledge base articles (support information) and videos (mini videos to support learning). The E-learning modules are definitely a prerequisite for taking the exam and cover almost everything, the videos and the knowledge base articles are excellent for clarifying any questions we may not have understood. I would also recommend that you write notes while watching the videos to refer to them later.

In this structure of the exam, we should familiarize ourselves with each point of the topics to be covered and the weight of each one. The greater the weight, the more questions will usually be asked.

  • Email Marketing Best Practices: 15%
  • Email Message Design: 13%
  • Content Creation and Delivery: 18%
  • Marketing Automation: 19%
  • Subscriber and Data Management: 28%
  • Tracking and Reporting: 7%






  • Given a customer scenario, recommend email design best practices to implement.
  • Given the desired output functionality, recommend methods for creating incoming emails.
  • Given the desired output requirements, recommend strategies for testing A/B email elements.


  • Given a customer scenario, explain the different metrics available for email campaigns and what each one means.
  • Given an email campaign, describe the steps needed to analyze performance results.
  • Given the need to run reports, configure and run Cloud Marketing ad hoc and automated reports.


  • Cloud marketing is a complex platform, do not try to cover everything at once, focus on what the test asks for
  • When you take a test, first try to eliminate incorrect answers to make sure you are confident with each answer
  • Do all the Trailhead modules related to Cloud Marketing while taking notes to help you memorize and learn.
  • Read their posts on the Salesforce blog to stay up to date


Other credentials

I would also recommend that you consider getting certified on these credentials which I believe are important to get started and will add value to your resume:

Pardot Specialist

Salesforce Administrador

Salesforce Certifications: A Guide to Enhancing Your Career

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Salesforce certifications, and how to get them, are one of the most frequently asked questions by my students. I’m currently studying my eleventh certification on the platform, and after getting certified as an architect, I think it’s a good time to offer my point of view and help if you’re trying to get certified in Salesforce, or have questions about how it works.

At my students’ request, I’m including below a guide to which certifications are harder to get or which ones are aimed at sales/marketing/managers or programmers. If you have already been certified in one of these, I would love for you to share your opinion and personal experience.

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Despite many years of working at Salesforce, I hadn’t considered getting certified. The truth is that I couldn’t find the reason to invest so much time or the sense to obtain it: after all, I was already working on projects that require continuous training.

My opinion changed little by little, when I realized the value a certification brings, to me personally and to other professionals in my environment.

Obtaining a certification is often a source of pride for many professionals. It is difficult not to be infected by everyone’s enthusiasm and desire to improve. At an international level you can follow the hashtag #SalesforceCerts and you will see how it is celebrated every time a user achieves a new goal. It’s part of the collaborative culture and atmosphere at Salesforce, with its great family #Ohana.

Another issue that has also changed my impression over time is the experience that the certifications themselves can bring you. Some of them, I consider them as small jewels of the formation. You can see the care and detail that has been put into them. They allow you to learn from real cases and environments in which you have not yet worked. In fact over time you will see that many questions are extracted from real support cases that users make.

What demand for employment really exists?

But let’s get to the heart of the matter: Does a certification serve to improve your career? The answer can’t be other than a resounding yes. As you will see in the image below, it is estimated that up to 3.3 million jobs will be created around the platform. It is true that there are no miracles in this life and everything is done on an effort basis, but it is true that including your certification in your LinkedIn profile is one of the safest ways for a Headhunter to call you offering a change in your job. If you are already working, it is a way to demonstrate your knowledge of the platform in your company and to add value to your job.

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However, my recommendation is that you do not let yourself be carried away by the current peak in demand for professionals in the Salesforce environment. Think that this is a very important investment in time and decide to work in an area that you really like (Salesforce has many).

What is the most appropriate certification for my profile and where should I start?

I will leave you with my personal opinion, since you will probably have to invest a great deal of time in this training. From my point of view, if you have decided to fight for certification, some will be easier than others depending on your profile.

Many people think that the basic certification you should start with is Salesforce Certified Administrator, but Salesforce itself does not propose any of these as a starting point. In fact, from my point of view, administrator training is relatively difficult to achieve and is one of the most frustrating for new students.

For this certification, a previous experience of at least one year in the platform is recommended, but I think that the more technical profiles (IT, Computer Science) or at least if you like some programming have a very important advantage. After all, Salesforce is built on a relational database. I don’t mean that you will need to answer questions about programming in this exam, but I do think that those people with basic computer/programming knowledge have a certain advantage, since many concepts (e.g. security) will be familiar to them. In short, if you dare with technology you can start with this training which is the basis of the platform. If you have already worked with other CRMs, this is undoubtedly your starting point.

If you have a Marketing background I suggest that instead of starting with the Administrator exam, you start with the Marketing area (Pardot Specialist, Marketing Cloud Specialist or Marketing Cloud Social Specialist). They are much more akin to the day-to-day work of Marketing and there will be many elements that will ring a bell (landing pages, contact forms, etc).

If your work is related to data analysis and you already have previous experience on the Salesforce Certified Einstein Analytics and Discovery Consultant platform, this is a specialized certification in this field.

If you have experience as a programmer and especially if you have programmed in java, do not think about it, Platform Developer I is your goal.

In what type of company or department will I end up working with these degrees?

This is an extremely important point since there is a great difference in the type of professional profiles sought by different companies and departments.

We’re going to talk first about the companies that use Salesforce, the so-called end customers of the technology, and then about the partners.

Normally the profiles of Marketing Cloud Email Specialist, Pardot Specialist and in some cases Marketing Cloud Consultant are usually hired within the marketing departments of companies. However profiles such as Marketing Cloud Administrator or Marketing Cloud developer (with exceptions of course) are usually hired by IT departments. There is no rule written in stone, but there is a strong tendency for the more technical profiles to be hired by systems or technology departments. You must take this into account to know how you want to evolve professionally.

If we’re talking about IT consultants or marketing agencies (salesforce partners), things change a lot here. In fact, the profiles are more varied, you could work in the account department, digital creation, implementation/operations or technical support. The Marketing Cloud Consultant profile usually has a more direct relationship with the customer (depending on their years of experience) and the developer profile is usually linked to more technical departments. It will depend in many cases on the size of the agency or consultancy and its involvement as a Salesforce partner, but you can be in almost any related department.

How many years of experience do I need?

Depending on the profile, a different experience is needed. As in many jobs, my recommendation is that after getting your certification you try to get practical experience in a company. Specialist profiles should have appropriate work experience from 1 year of experience, especially if you are facing multiple campaigns with different typologies. A consultant profile needs the experience of several years and several implementations of the Marketing Cloud behind them (in the exam documentation they recommend 4 to 6 implementations before presenting themselves as a consultant). As for the developers, it will depend on the complexity of the project where you are involved, many times they work with senior profiles along with more junior profiles to complete their training.

What kind of certifications are there?

Currently there are 3 levels (from lower to higher difficulty) of certificates in the platform: (Administrators, Specialists and Programmers), Consultants and Architects.

Architect Journey

The specialist and administrator exams are an introduction to the platform, for example Marketing Cloud Email Specialist, Marketing Cloud Social Specialist or Pardot Specialist.

The developer exams are oriented to the more technical profiles and programmers in particular.

Consultant profiles are some of the most complicated to achieve. According to my own experience, besides having multiple projects on Marketing Cloud, the Marketing Cloud Certified Consultant certification is one of the most complicated on the platform. It is not uncommon to have a 6 month preparation for this exam if you already have in your backpack an experience with the installation of 4/5 projects in Marketing Cloud.

The architect profiles (I’m talking to you with the only experience of having passed one and preparing a second one) are another matter. They make sense if you’re professionally very involved and need a few hours of preparation, practice and hard work. But at the same time, you discover new areas of the platform that you may not have known existed.

At the top of the pyramid is the Technical Architect certification where you must present yourself before a committee of professionals who will evaluate you in person.

Are they really that hard to get?

I’m not going to lie to you: the level of difficulty is quite high for any of them. They are meticulously thought out so that you don’t pass them without very good preparation. Think that Salesforce trusts certified professionals and they are part of your company’s image. In short, you take care of the details and need to guarantee yourself a minimum level of knowledge.

I assure you that multiple questions, (where many times all of them are possible) need you to have prepared yourself thoroughly. To give you an idea, I check how many of my students take about 4 months (in some cases more) to prepare for a basic certification.

Here is a guide to the difficulty you can expect in each certification.

level difficult

Otherwise, to better understand the difficulty of the certifications, if we relate it to snow slopes, we would find this classification, where the exams of Pardot Specialist, Marketing Cloud Email Specialist and App Builder would be the most affordable to start getting certified:

snow track

How is the exam?

You can take the exam from home online or at an authorized center in your city. The exam is made up of 65 questions that appear on the computer with a limited time (from 95 in the basic certificates to 105 minutes or more for the architect’s ones). Many of them require multiple answers (answering which of the 2 or 3 options you are presented with are correct) but simple answers are not the easiest either, since it is usually difficult to differentiate between the correct option and you must know the subject in detail.

Be prepared to be calm, impatience is bad advice. Many of the questions are several paragraphs long and you need to read them in detail in order to answer correctly. After more than an hour it is difficult to maintain your concentration, so getting used to the idea that you must keep up and know how to keep your strength is the best strategy.

Personally I always make a quick answer to the questions I am sure of and leave for a second review all the doubtful ones. This saves me time, especially in the advanced exams where there is a lot to read.

How to prepare for certification

The suggestion I make to everyone is to open a free Salesforce account (you can do it at https://developers.salesforce.com/signup) and practice with the platform. You’ll learn in detail how to work and you’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the environment.

The Trailhead training platform, is from my point of view one of the best on the market. It is also free. Each certificate has its Trailmix (set of recommended modules) that you can complete before taking the exam.

Trailhead allows you to start from scratch and advance in your knowledge through different Routes, Modules and Projects.

salesforce trail

In ShowerThinking we have certification courses for Marketing Cloud and Pardot that we give both personally and as training for companies that have just implemented Salesforce in their CRM and do not know how to start. We also teach at ICEMD the Higher Program course in CRM and Marketing Automation.

If you want to give it a boost there are preparation courses given by Salesforce itself or by related companies. For example in ShowerThinking we teach in ESIC, the Higher Program in Marketing about Salesforce that help you in the basic certification.

How much does the exam and renewals cost?

The exams have a cost of 200 Euros (200$ in the United States) and you will have to pay them by credit card within trailhead. If you fail the exam you can take it as many times as you want but it costs 100 ? (100 ? in the United States).

Only in some events you will be able to get a discount. For example at Dreamforce (an event held annually in San Francisco) the cost is reduced by 50% for everyone who wants to take the exam ($100).

Architectural exams cost $484.

Do I take the test online or at a test center?

I recommend my students to take the first exam at a certified center in your city. Both options cost exactly the same but it is easy to get involved with the technical requirements for the exam.

You need to have an external webcam in addition to your laptop that you use that can focus on your entire environment in the room you are in (they will be watching you to make sure you don’t copy).

You will not be able to have a clock, phone, papers or devices on the table.

The exams I have done from home always end up with a reviewer calling me from India (where they have the support center) and asking me to focus the camera on different parts of the room, asking me to show her the glasses, etc.

It’s not annoying, but it takes my mind off the exam. In some cases they have heard some noise from the children at home and have called me to verify that there was no one in the room talking to me: in short, a bit of a mess for the first time.

How much does a Salesforce Certified Professional charge?

And finally the question of the century: How much does a Salesforce professional charge today? According to this information, a Salesforce professional with 2-5 years of experience charges $90,275. We have to take into account the exchange rate to Euros and the variation in salaries between your country and the United States (which will probably be less).

salesforce salaries

Depending on the size of the company that hires you, if it is an international company and the years of experience obviously correct the above figure upwards or downwards.

I hope this information has been useful to you and has motivated you to improve your training. I hope to receive your comments and questions in this post.

The 5 Essential Customer Journeys in Marketing Cloud (part 1 of 5)

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The Salesforce Marketing Cloud is one of the most comprehensive marketing platforms on the market. It has different modules that cover most of the needs of a modern marketing department, such as Social Studio for managing social networks, Advertising Studio for managing advertising campaigns, Mobile Studio for mobile communication or Email Studio for communication via email. If you still don’t know what Marketing Cloud is or you need more information about the platform, I invite you to read the following article that deals in depth with What is Marketing Cloud? Salesforce’s Digital Marketing Hub. The Contact Builder section is responsible for maintaining subscriber relationship data. If you want to see a more detailed explanation of Cloud Marketing, I recommend watching my video on youtube about the different parts that make up the platform.  

Journey Builder is the core of the platform and is where the Journeys we want to establish with subscribers/customers are configured.

What is Journey Builder?

Journey Builder is the part of the Marketing Cloud that serves to create paths of interaction with customers or Customer Journeys. The way to generate these journeys is through visual programming, for which we will use the Canvas of the application.

journey builder

The canvas is divided into a first vertical column on the left, which are the elements that you can drag and drop into your Journey (marked in the image with the number 1). You will see that there are 5 different categories of elements that you can include in a Journey: Entry Sources, Activities, Messages, Flow Control, Customer Updates and Sales & Service Cloud.

journey workflow

One of the most interesting elements that we can introduce in a Journey are the activities related to the Sales Cloud since we can Create/Update Contacts, Opportunities, Leads, Add members to a campaign or Create/Update any type of object in the Sales and Service Cloud.

The programming of each Journey is divided into 2 distinct parts: Entry Source are the elements that trigger the Journey (marked with A in the image) and cause us to introduce a user into the flow. On the other hand there are the elements of the Journey (marked as B) that program the interactions that we are going to do with the users.

journey builder workflow

In the Journeys that we will see next, you will see how you must establish a series of user input sources in a journey together with a more or less complex programming of the steps that we are going to establish with them.

The 5 Essential Journeys

There is multiple technical information in Salesforce itself that describes this part of the tool, but from a marketer’s point of view it is necessary to understand how to develop customized customer communication programs. One of the easiest ways to learn it is to know how other customers use it.

That is why we are going to review 5 cases in which I have worked in different companies within their Marketing Cloud implementation projects. It has been complicated to choose which Journeys would be chosen for this publication, given that dozens of different Journeys have been implemented over time.

Thinking about which would be the clearest and most didactic way, I present them to you starting with the simplest ones. They are ordered according to the different states of a supposed conversion funnel. Therefore, I present the 5 Journeys suitable for each stage, hoping that they can serve as inspiration for your project.


1. Lead Management Journey (customer acquisition)

Establishing an orderly and precise customer acquisition process is a priority for every marketing team. The example we will see below is a simplification implemented for a technology company that offers complex IT/IT security products for its clients in Spain and Latin America.

Several types of lead capture campaigns land on the client’s website (Organic, Paid Media and Events especially) since part of the client’s products are based on an Open Source solution. There is a large niche community interested in security solutions.

The recruitment strategy is based on the early identification and qualification of companies interested in the client’s product. This is done through a product demo or a Free Trial. This modality of Journey can be extrapolated to different companies that commercialize products (like this case) or services.

lead management journey

The first point to comment is that the capture of leads is done through campaigns that direct customers to different forms on your website. Some of them allow the customer to sign up for the monthly newsletter, but the most important ones allow the customer to request a product demo (video conference) or a Free Trial.

The process coordinates the interactions between a sales team (called business development representatives or BDRs) and the Marketing Automation platform. Once the potential client requests a demo/trial or registration in a newsletter, he or she will enter a Journey where the sales team will perform a demo (and at the same time be able to qualify the sales opportunity) or obtain feedback on the trial that the client has performed and at the same time see how the product can fit into the organization.

The call to the client by the sales team after the trial period is a critical moment where the opportunity is qualified or disqualified with the client. A waiting time of 30 days is generated and the closing date of the opportunity is updated in case of not having a clear answer. Once this time has passed, the lead is transferred back to Marketing in case a sales agreement cannot be closed.

The leads enter into a Nurturing process extended by 6 months with a special follow-up, and in case this period of inactivity is exceeded it is transferred to the monthly newsletter list of the company. In case of inactivity for 365 days, the lead is discarded.

How this journey is implemented in Marketing Cloud

The first interesting point to highlight is how the leads generated in this Journey are introduced. In previous steps of the project, the client’s website and its integration with the Sales Cloud had been developed. So, using existing web to lead forms on the client’s website, new leads are generated and assigned to salesforce campaigns.

To reuse this functionality, the marketing cloud entry source is based on the entry of leads in the appropriate campaign.

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Therefore the leads enter the appropriate Journey in coordination with their entry into a specific salesforce campaign.

Let’s see below how follow-up calls can be implemented after a demo by the sales team (Nurturing Post-demo). Below is a simplified Journey in the Marketing Cloud about its implementation.

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As always we are launching this Journey based on the contact’s entry into a campaign. These campaigns are coordinated with the team of sales representatives.

In point B we make a Split engagement (decision on whether the client opens the email or not) to update the client’s activity (if he opens it we increase his activity in point C or decrease it in point D).

Finally, in point E we generate a task for the assigned representative the day before the call attempt by the sales team. We finish by sending an SMS the morning of the call to confirm the appointment.

I hope this example has helped you to establish the best way to implement your Journey with clients in your projects. In the next articles we will review different techniques to implement them.

Knowing the best way to implement a marketing campaign on Marketing Cloud requires experience in multiple projects and technical support. The first steps in the platform always generate doubts. In ShowerThinking we are specialists in developing with your company programs to automate marketing campaigns. If you need help or training in Marketing Cloud we have the right team that can help you.

What the purchase of Tableau by Salesforce means to you if you work in Marketing

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Last week we learned of the acquisition of Tableau, a leading company in the Business Intelligence (BI) market, by Salesforce. Apart from the astronomical figures being considered in the operation, it is interesting to understand the consequences of this acquisition in the world of Marketing and how the panorama changes.

Those of us who work in the Salesforce environment on a daily basis are used to receiving news of acquisitions (or acquisition attempts). Salesforce’s latest acquisition was another analytics company called Datorama and was announced in late 2018. It is no secret that Salesforce is trying to grow through acquisitions and there are numerous rumors that Salesforce itself was negotiating to take over the social network LinkenIn, a deal that was eventually taken over by its rival Microsoft.

Tableau Salesforce: Gaining Market Share

But going back to Tableau: does it make any sense for Salesforce? Especially since you’ve already made the purchase of two other analytics firms, such as Wave and Datorama. In short, Salesforce has made the purchase of three analytics companies. Wave has become the analytics cloud by changing its product name to Einstein Analytics, Datorama will become part of the Marketing Cloud, and Tableau is still not sure how it will fit into the platform.

To understand this last move, I think it makes much more sense if we think that, as with the Mulesoft acquisition, the purchase of Tableau Salesforce offers the possibility of having a greater presence in all types of business intelligence processes within companies. It seems that Salesforce is challenging Microsoft and trying to gain ground within the companies’ backoffice.

According to Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, “Tableau helps people see and understand data, Salesforce helps people see and understand customers. This is another step in achieving Salesforce’s goal of a 360-degree view of the customer.

Another point to keep in mind is that Tableau is not just a cloud solution, much of its solutions are kept on premise (on the customer’s premises). This strategy diverges from Salesforce’s fundamental principle of being a cloud solution.

In short, Salesforce is clearly gaining a huge market share in the business intelligence segment, and with the acquisition of Tableau, Salesforce is positioned as a strong competitor to Microsoft PowerBI or Qlik View.

The ability to integrate joint analytics of all digital assets and marketing cloud campaigns into Tableau is a complete solution for a marketing or business department.

If you want to learn more about Salesforce’s analytics solutions, we will soon be holding a webinar/demo on Einstein Analytics. If you want to book your place, please send us an email to info@showerthinking.com with the subject ‘Demo Einstein Analytics’.