Contents:

  • Why do Salesforce and Google Analytics Need to Be Connected?
  • A Complete Solution for Integrating Salesforce and Google Analytics
  • How Able CDP Integrates Salesforce and Google Analytics
  • 5 Steps to Connect Salesforce with Google Analytics by Using Able

Connect Salesforce and Google Analytics

Why do Salesforce and Google Analytics Need to Be Connected?

Salesforce is a cloud-based CRM used to manage the sales process. Google Analytics is one of the most widely used web analytics services. Both platforms offer a rich set of marketing data, but there are often significant discrepancies between them.

  1. Salesforce doesn't track website visitors until they become leads and customers and link purchases to the original lead source. This leads to unconnected reporting for lead sources in Google Analytics, which is missing actual revenue data, and limits Salesforce reporting capabilities by bundling all 'online' leads into the same category. Without a proper Salesforce and Google Analytics integration, it's impossible to understand where each customer came from in Salesforce, and to see overall revenue in Google Analytics.
  2. 30-40% of lead conversions in Google Analytics frequently may have direct or incorrect sources, as well as not being attributed to the actual landing page that the customer first saw or found in an organic search engine. This happens because Google Analytics creates a separate session for the returning customer when a different device is used or if browser privacy features block Google Analytics cookies.
  1. Salesforce customer data without proper first-party attribution doesn't allow to leverage the reporting capabilities of the reporting tools like Google Analytics. It is impossible to accurately measure ROAS or other key marketing metrics in reporting tools without attributing sales to marketing sources. 

Salesforce and Google Analytics integration enables getting a complete view of a customer journey. Attributing sales to leads and leads to marketing sources allows to accurately track marketing campaigns end-to-end and to understand LTV and ROI

A Complete Solution for Integrating Salesforce and Google Analytics

Able CDP combines browser tracking with server-side API integrations, linking website activity with closed won Salesforce opportunities to build a complete journey of each customer across website and Salesforce.

This allows to attribute 99% of sales to the correct marketing source, ad click and landing page, as well as see full website journey of each individual Salesforce lead and account and obtain data to inform strategy.

All of this without coding and complex manual set-up of the connection between Salesforce and Google Analytics. Able CDP already knows how to attribute Salesforce closed won opportunities and send them to Google Analytics and has a proprietary self-configuration engine that maps website form fields to Salesforce lead fields, extending Salesforce leads with attribution details such as UTM parameters, referrer URL and landing page URL.

How Able CDP Integrates Salesforce and Google Analytics

Able utilizes proprietary first-party tracking and attribution technology to integrate website lead forms with Salesforce API, adding attribution details to new leads and attributing each Salesforce closed won opportunity to the original visitor.

Able Customer Data Platform combines browser and back-end tracking to:

  1. store Google Analytics Client Id for each lead form;
  2. add UTM parameters, referrer URL and landing page details to new Salesforce leads;
  3. attribute successful deals to the Google Analytics Client Id that produced the original lead and send e-commerce transaction to Google Analytics.

It's important to add that Able CDP is flexible and you can implement only a half of the integration: for example, send closed won oportunities from Salesforce as purchases to Google Analytics without having to modify Salesforce Leads and use Able for their creation; or set up Able CDP lead attribution and use built-in Salesforce reporting without Google Analytics.

5 Steps to Connect Salesforce with Google Analytics by Using Able

Step 1. Sign up for a trial account

Sign up on the Able homepage to instantly set up a trial account.

Step 2. Install Able tracking code on the website

Add following code to the website to track website events:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://app.ablecdp.com/ue.js"></script>
<script>
window.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function () {
uipe('init', '%%FUNNEL_MARK%%')
uipe('track', 'PageView')
})
</script>

Where %%FUNNEL_MARK%% is the unique code of your Able CDP Funnel.

Able CDP page view tracking doesn't install its own cookies and relies on third-party identifiers such as Google Analytics Client Id to connect customer activity between website pages. Please enable cross-domain measurement in Google Analytics if your landing and lead/order pages are hosted on different domains.

Step 3. Connect Able to Salesforce

Open Home – Objects and Fields – Object Manager.

(Note: this guide assumes Lightning Experience is being used; legacy UI versions have slightly different menu structure.)

Select Lead. Open Fields & Relationships and click New.

Choose following settings in Steps 1 and 2:

  • Data Type – Text,
  • Field Label – Referrer URL
  • Length – 255
  • Field Name – Referrer_URL

On ‘Step 3. Establish field-level security’ make sure the user that is used in integration has access to the field. Default values are sufficient most of the time.

On Step 4, click ‘Save & New‘.

Proceed adding following fields, using values below as Field Labels, setting Data Type to Text and Length to 255 and leaving everything else by default (similar to how Referrer URL was added):

  • Landing Page
  • UTM Source
  • UTM Medium
  • UTM Campaign
  • UTM Term
  • UTM Content

You can also add other fields such as ‘GA Cookie’ if you’d like Google Analytics Users Explorer Client Id to be present in Salesforce Lead, for example.

If you’re using Able to capture website form leads with UTM parameters and referrer URL, it will automatically recognize new Salesforce Leads' fields and will populate them with the available data.

To configure Able to send leads to Salesforce, open API Credential‘ in Able CDP Dashboard and click Connect – Salesforce:

Then, open Funnel tab and press Add Outbound to enable sending of Leads tracked by Able to Salesforce.

Step 4. Optional - add custom fields for attribution details to Salesforce Leads

Step 5. Add Google Analytics Property Id to Able to send closed won Salesforce opportunities as Google Analytics e-commerce conversions

Open Google Analytics, Admin – Property Settings page. Tracking Id should be the first item on the list. Record it.

Open ‘API Credentials’ tab in the Able CDP Dashboard. Select ‘Google Analytics’ service and enter Tracking Id in the Access Token field. Leave Refresh Token blank and enter arbitrary name you’d like to use as a reference (for example, corresponding Google Analytics property name). Press ‘Save’.

Open ‘Outbound’ tab. Select the Google Analytics Credential you’ve just saved and ‘Purchase’ event type. Press ‘Save’.

At this point required integration setup is complete and Able will start sending all Purchases that it attributed to Google Analytics visitors to Google Analytics Measurement API. Conversions will appear in all standard reports; additionally, Purchases will appear in the Conversions tab of E-commerce reports.

Read more about Able CDP tracking and attribution engine and how it utilizes a customer journey database to correctly attribute all purchases to the original visitors.

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