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What’s New in the January 2021 Marketing Cloud Release

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These eight new features will help your team get more personal with customers and ignite more informed, actionable insights.

The way business connects with customers is under the microscope. Our State of the Connected Customer report found that 80% of consumers and business buyers believe the experience that a company provides is just as important as the product or service it offers. That’s why the new Marketing Cloud release is kicking off 2021 with eight features to help you understand and connect with your customers in more meaningful ways.

The January 2021 Marketing Cloud release includes new analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to help you get more from your data, glean key insights, and personalize your marketing. Here are eight of the most game-changing features.

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Salesforce experts explain how to get the most out of each new update.

1. Datorama Reports for Marketing Cloud

Marketing Cloud users now have access to new Email Studio and Journey Builder reporting powered by Datorama – the analytics arm of Salesforce Marketing Cloud – to optimize performance and increase customer engagement. Datorama reports now embed directly within Marketing Cloud within Analytics Builder with three features:

  • Dashboards: Easily analyze data with out-of-the-box dashboards that visualize email and journey campaign-level data up to the business unit level.
  • Pivot tables: Organize, summarize, and explore data in a custom report to view comparisons, trends, and patterns.
  • Scheduled reports: Retrieve, view, and share a detailed analysis of your data in CSV, Excel, Pivot Table, and PDF formats.

Watch the demo, then learn four ways Datorama can improve marketing measurement.

2. Customer 360 Audiences enhancements

Give customers the personalized experiences they love. The latest updates to Customer 360 Audiences, our enterprise customer data platform (CDP), offer new ways to enrich the unified customer profile. New features include:

  • Calculated Insights: Help marketers and analysts enrich customer profiles with insights calculated from customer data, such as customer lifetime value or propensity scores. These metrics can be used in segmentation criteria or as personalization attributes in your campaigns.
  • Web Tag and Mobile SDK: Boost customer profiles with owned web and mobile behavioral data.
  • Integration with Loyalty Management: Build intelligent, personalized loyalty programs for B2B and B2C customers.
  • Realtime Profile API and Data Query API: Surface profile data from Customer 360 Audiences for personalization, analytics, and business intelligence use cases.

Watch the demo, then check out our CDP playbook to learn how to get started.

3. WhatsApp chat messaging

With more than two billion users, WhatsApp is becoming the channel of choice for many businesses around the globe. A new integration in Marketing Cloud lets you send transactional and session messages to your customers through the chat messaging channel. Enjoy seamless onboarding, keyword detection for automated messages, and an omni-channel experience.

Watch the demo.

4. Datorama: TotalConnect enhancements

This feature is a universal connector, automating the integration, ingestion, cleansing, and mapping of all your file-based reporting sources. Our latest updates incorporate improved AI and data-mapping workflows to make it easy to connect and unify all of your marketing data.

Watch the demo.

5. AMP for Email Studio

Bring more web-like experiences to your subscribers’ inboxes. Send AMP-based messages through Marketing Cloud to add new interactive elements to your emails. Build emails that include real-time data like appointment-scheduling capabilities, lookbook catalogs, and more.

Watch the demo.

6. Pardot: Campaign Cloning

This Pardot feature allows you to quickly repeat the success of previous campaigns by automatically re-creating related records to use in a new campaign. You can clone landing pages, forms, form handlers, and links related to a campaign without compromising the relationships between the cloned assets.

Watch the demo, then see how the B2B marketing team at the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® is using Pardot to communicate during the pandemic.

7. Datorama: Email to Web Conversion App

Assess how email campaigns are impacting your web traffic and improve your email conversion rates. The newest Datorama app connects data sources from Pardot, Marketing Cloud Messaging and Journeys, and Google Analytics. It then creates a dashboard with pre-built visualizations to help you see what’s working and what’s not. 

Watch the demo.

8. Einstein Learning Center

Einstein Learning Center helps you take the guesswork out of relating AI marketing features to your business goals.

  • Identify your top use cases and unpack how Einstein can address your goals.
  • Access quick-start tutorials designed with marketers in mind.
  • Tap into our IdeaExchange, your home base for sharing ideas with other Trailblazers and Salesforce product managers, to share your experiences and learn from others.

See how adidas uses personalized email marketing capabilities like Einstein Content Selection to create unique campaigns for subscribers around the world.

Watch the New Feature Overview webinar to get up to speed on the latest Marketing Cloud release.

Marketing Cloud offers solutions for digital marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, customer journey mapping, marketing analytics, marketing automation, and B2B marketing to help you personalize customer communications across every digital touchpoint — from anywhere.

Sara Vickerman Associate Product Marketing Manager

Sara Vickerman is an associate product marketing manager in San Francisco. She specializes in all things release-related for Marketing Cloud. She enjoys running marathons, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with her dog.

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