How to integrate Drift with your Marketing and Sales stack
Integrating Drift with a single system is straightforward, but most companies with a strong marketing effort have both a Marketing and Sales Automation System. Once multiple systems are introduced the flow of data becomes an important factor in order to prevent duplicates and improper lead handling.
Below is a guide for connecting Drift to your marketing automation systems and Salesforce.
High level of the data flow
The ideal state is a cyclical flow, where Drift sends data into Marketo/HubSpot/Pardot/Eloqua, Marketo/HubSpot/Pardot/Eloqua sends to Salesforce, and Drift then reads data from Salesforce.
- Drift is connected to both Marketo/HubSpot/Pardot/Eloqua and Salesforce
- Drift sends leads to Marketo/HubSpot/Pardot/Eloqua
- Drift sends activities to Salesforce
- Drift reads lead, contact, and account ownership from Salesforce.
The Set Up
Skip to a section below if you are not a Marketo user.
In order to set up the lead flow from Drift to Marketo, Head to your Marketo settings and turn on the following settings.
You'll also want to configure which field in Marketo will receive the information for the lead owner (the agent in Drift who booked a meeting with the site visitor, the agent who was in the conversation, and the agent who closed the conversation) In this example, Drift Conversation Owner is an example custom field we created in Marketo.
In addition to connecting a Lead Owner, you also have the ability to connect Drift to a specific Marketo Program so that your leads captured via Drift will transfer to Marketo.
You also have the ability to sync your leads to a specific Marketo program via your bot playbooks, we have a dedicated help doc here that dives deeper into this.
The final piece of setup in Marketo is to ensure you have configured Custom Activities. Custom Activities can be used to trigger or filter for programs specific to Drift actions, like a lead having a conversation or booking a meeting. Details on the setup of activities and their mappings can be found linked in the respective articles below.
Skip to a section below if you are not a HubSpot user.
Next, let's set up the lead flow from Drift to HubSpot. Head to your HubSpot settings and turn on the following settings.
Skip to a section below if you are not a Pardot user.
Next, let's set up the lead flow from Drift to Pardot. Head to your Pardot settings and turn on the following settings.
You'll also want to configure which field in Pardot will receive the information for the lead owner (the agent in Drift who booked a meeting with the site visitor, the agent who was in the conversation, and the agent who closed the conversation) In this example, Drift Conversation Owner is an example custom field we created in Pardot.
Skip to a section below if you are not an Eloqua user.
With Eloqua, you can sync your Eloqua Data, map Eloqua Attributes, and map CDO Attributes.
Let's set up the lead flow from Drift to Eloqua. Head to your Eloqua settings and turn on the following settings.
If you go to Settings > Integrations > > Eloqua > Mapped Eloqua Attributes you can map which fields you want to add to new Eloqua Leads.
You can also map out what fields you want to configure to your Eloqua CDO as well via Settings > Integrations > Eloqua > Mapped Eloqua CDO Attributes
For a more detailed look at how to set up Eloqua, including how to sync your contacts and CDO's, see our help doc here.
Let's start by sending the chat and meeting activities into Salesforce, and turning off the lead flow into Salesforce. Head to your Salesforce sync setting page and set up the following (note - you'll want to configure the retry time to fit within your processing window; e.g. how long it takes for you to generate a new lead from your MAP into Salesforce):
Then head to the Leads or Contacts tabs and turn off lead or contact setting to stop the lead flow.
Lastly, let's set up the ability for Drift to read ownership data from Salesforce. This is done in two parts
- Drift Salesforce Ownership Routing, which is available on the professional plan and above.
- Drift Salesforce Account Syncing, which is available on the Premium (formerly Company) plan and above which allow reverse-IP intelligence with Drift Intel.
Thanks for reading and going through the setup with Drift, marketing automation, and Salesforce. Let us know what works, what you found out, and what challenges you faced going through this process. We use customer feedback to improve our suggested practices!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why send leads into Marketing Automation instead of sending them into Salesforce directly?
Sending leads directly into Salesforce will prevent your marketing automation platform from recording the website attribution that marketers love so much. Because Drift passes along the MAP's Cookie when we create a new lead in your marketing system, your marketing team will be able to track the original source and the website journey of these leads before they ever interacted with Drift.
Why send activities into Salesforce and not Marketing Automation?
Unfortunately, the activities that Drift sends into marketing automation systems are not able to be synced into Salesforce in all cases because they are custom activity objects. You can still use these activities in your marketing automation platform to start workflows, run programs, or attribute success to Drift interactions; however they are not able to be passed to your Salesforce instance in a readable, sales effective format. If you are using Drift with only the bot (no agents), this is less of an issue as all data captured is purely Marketing data. However if you have any agents live on the platform or calendars connected, you should send activities also to Salesforce so they get proper attribution and into the hands of salespersons properly.
What happens if I send activities into Salesforce but the lead from my marketing automation system hasn't synced over yet?
If the lead/contact does not exist in Salesforce yet, the activity will fail to append to that record. When connected with Salesforce, we'll retry after a configurable delay, set in your Salesforce Sync Settings!
Drift Insider Note:
Did you know we have a class on this topic over on Drift Insider? Check it out HERE
Other Marketo Articles:
- Marketo Integration
- Marketo Integration - New Conversation Activity
- Marketo Integration - New Meeting Activity
- Marketo Integration - New CQL Score Activity
- Marketo Integration - Connect Your Account
- Marketo Integration - Connecting Programs and Playbooks