Tracking ROI: Qualified and Salesforce Campaign Attribution

This blog is Part One of a Two Part Series on Campaign Reporting: Attribution and Influence. If you’re new to reporting on Qualified in Salesforce, this post on Salesforce Ben breaks it all down: Report on Conversational Marketing in Salesforce

Qualified.com and Core Reporting Beliefs

Takeaway - Build your Conversational Marketing reports where your entire team can access and understand them: in Salesforce.

Qualified.com is purpose-built for Salesforce. It allows your team to engage with top prospects and customers as they visit your website. As we’ve seen in our customer stories, the impact of this is enormous. Qualified customers are generating thousands of leads and adding millions of dollars to their pipeline within months of using Qualified. These are huge wins that deserve to be shared! Before we get there, you need to be able to report on it.

Good reporting is critical. It is important to clearly and concretely understand the impact of your efforts. It’s a simple notion, but it’s one we seek to embrace at Qualified. If you can’t readily understand it, how do you know it’s worth your time? You don’t. 

Another belief is: “if it isn’t in Salesforce, it didn’t happen”. A little tongue-in-cheek, but we mean it in earnest. Salesforce is the maypole for many organizations. Sure, a user of Qualified may want to dive into the app’s native dashboards, but it’s also valuable to surface reports where your Head of Sales, Head of Demand Gen, and C-Level execs spend their time: Salesforce. 

In this post, we’ll put these beliefs into action. We’ll make the fruits of your labor clear and in place where everyone can access, using tools that are already at your fingertips. Enter: Salesforce Campaign Attribution.

A Brief Campaign Attribution Overview

If you’re unfamiliar with Salesforce Campaigns, we recommend checking these out: 20 Things You Should Know About Salesforce Campaigns written by our friends at The Drip and the Qualified University Campaign Attribution Overview. These will give you a great introduction to Campaigns and touches on some topics related to our post.

Takeaway - Campaign Attribution is a great way to measure your marketing effectiveness because the data is verifiable. 

Before we apply Campaign Attribution to Conversational Marketing, let’s go through a quick Campaign Attribution refresher.

Campaign Attribution is when a Lead or Contact is a Campaign Member of your Campaign(s) and they have interacted with you as a result of the Campaign(s). You can use this knowledge to see which Campaigns have impacted important metrics like “Leads Generated” and “Converted Leads”.

When diving into the world of reporting on your campaigns’ performance, Campaign Attribution is the first step. The reason is simple: Campaign Attribution is as black and white as it gets. It did or it didn't happen. They clicked on your ad or they didn’t. They responded to your chat message on the website or they didn’t. Where Campaign Influence can be hotly contested, Campaign Attribution is much clearer. 

Moreover, Campaign Attribution makes a dramatic improvement on the first iteration of tracking Campaign effectiveness, the dreaded Primary Campaign Source. *shudders* 

Campaign Attribution can show how multiple Campaigns have been attributed to a Lead/Contact. Aside from providing a simply more comprehensive picture of your Campaign Members (and, later, Campaign Influence), it has direct benefit for Qualified customers. 

Here's a sample Lead with a Campaign attributed in the Campaign History Related List

Campaign Attribution in the World of Conversational Marketing

Takeaway - Campaign Attribution can be applied to Experiences to track which Leads and Contacts engaged with your team.

If your team is considering or already pursuing Conversational Marketing, Campaign Attribution will be the best fitting piece to complete the puzzle. 

In fact, Conversational Marketing Experiences are most often categorized as Campaigns alongside your Email, Webinar, and In-Person Event Campaigns (whenever those start back up!). This means you don’t have to change a thing to your Campaign Dashboards to measure Conversational Marketing impact. You’ll be tracking it the moment you send your first chat.

But wait, there’s more! 

When a visitor engages with one of your Experiences, you can attribute specific Parent/Child Campaigns based upon those Qualified Experiences. For example, a teaser for a hot new blog post got a Contact from a Target Account to click? Attribute that Experience. You sent a relevant and timely message to that same target visitor and it started a conversation? Attribute that Experience to that Contact, too. 

Add website visitors to multiple Conversational Marketing campaigns as they interact with your experiences

Soon enough, you’ll have a detailed understanding of how your Conversational Marketing Experiences have impacted website-driven leads and pipeline. Analytically-driven Demand Gen teams rejoice!

Top Reports to Build

Takeaway - Four reports: Leads Generated, Leads Attributed, Contacts Attributed, Target Contacts Attributed by/to Qualified.

Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of what’s possible by reporting on Conversational Marketing with Campaign Attribution, let’s get into some specific reports. 

Campaign Attribution allows your team to answer the following about your Conversational Marketing Campaigns:

  1. How many Leads were created as a result of an Experience?
  2. Has a Lead or Contact engaged with my company via an Experience?
  3. Which Experiences have been the most effective at getting my existing customers or target prospects to engage?

Before we dive into how they were built, keep in mind that all Qualified customers are able to get these reports out of the box. Click a link, make some tweaks, and you’ll be up and tracking ROI in no time. Hallelujah! 

Now, let’s get into them.

#1. How many Leads were created as a result of an Experience?

Report Type






#2. How many Leads / Contacts have engaged with my company via a Conversational Marketing Experience?

Report Type

We’ll create two different versions of the same report, one for Leads and one for Contacts. If you’re an Advanced Reports user, you can use a Custom Report Type, too!). 





#3. Which Experiences have been the most effective at getting my existing customers or target prospects to engage?

Report Type



Filter Logic



The Finished Product: Your ROI Dashboard

Takeaway - We like 90 day trends and simple number visualizations. This helps our team be actionable but with Executive-level clarity.

After you’ve built the reports, you’ll have plenty of flexibility on how you’d like to visualize the data. For our internal Dashboard and many of our customers, we’ve set it up to look like what you see below.

Create Campaign Attribution Reports and Dashboards to measure the impact of Conversational Marketing

Why did we choose these visualizations? When we create dashboards, we try to answer two questions:

  1. Does the dashboard present the data in a way to give me an actionable next step?
  2. Does it allow me to tell the story I need to tell to my team?
  3. Is it easy to read?

For these visualizations, we’re interested in: 

  1. Trends over time (90 days) to see how changes in our marketing efforts may have impacted the Qualified output.
  2. Breakdown by major categories that matter to us, either by Campaign or by some firmographic information like ICP.
  3. Make it simple to see how we’re doing for the Fiscal Quarter and the 90 day window.

As you can see, our methodology isn’t anything crazy or groundbreaking. We believe in clear, digestible data to showcase the impact of the Marketing Team’s efforts. Most importantly, we believe in showcasing it where your entire team lives: inside of Salesforce.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about our Salesforce Reports and Dashboards, please feel free to reach out. You can reach me at joe@qualified.com or simply come to the website to speak with us there. See you on the site!

Posted on
July 9, 2020
Joe Casson

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