dotmailer for Salesforce - Introduction


The dotmailer for Salesforce articles provide help with sending and analysing marketing automation campaigns using the dotmailer for Salesforce connector. They will explain the content of the Marketing Automation screens in Salesforce and show you how to process your email campaign. Email campaigns are always created within dotmailer, then synchronised to Salesforce before sending.

Throughout the life of the email campaign, further synchronisation between dotmailer and Salesforce will take place to ensure the response and statistical data collected by dotmailer is available to be viewed in Salesforce.

This synchronisation process takes place automatically at timed intervals pre-determined by the Email Campaign Manager but it is possible to manually synchronise on an ad-hoc basis. You may be working on an email campaign and wish to retrieve the latest statistics immediately without waiting for the next scheduled synchronisation.

These articles assume that the dotmailer for Salesforce installation articles have been followed to install, configure, grant user permissions and modify page layouts to the main Marketing Automation account.

A Frequently asked questions article has been designed to help you with specific processes.

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The following two diagrams illustrate typical flows in the creation of an email campaign. The first diagram uses the designing of the layout of the campaign as the starting point, whereas the second starts by target group. There are many ways to use the Marketing Automation application.

Email layout created first

Campaign members created first

Marketing Automation application

Select Marketing Automation from the app menu to gain access to all of the functionality of the Marketing Automation application.


Most of the system is accessed through four or more tabs, each tab giving access to separate areas of Marketing Automation.


  • Email Studio tab is where the campaign layout design takes place with content, links and personalisation
  • Email Campaigns tab gives access to all the current email campaigns available to the current user
  • Email Address Books tab lists all the address books available for the Marketing
    Automation user, and allows the synchronisation and deletion
  • Forms tab (optional) lists all the surveys and forms from the current user to
    Marketing Automation-linked accounts
  • Configuration tab allows access to global settings and account setup. Global settings need to be configured to enable the Marketing Automation system to function. This is usually reserved for the Administrative user.

Standard tabs with additional functionality

  • The Campaigns page layout is configured to allow linking of Email Address Books to a campaigns and also Email Campaigns.
  • The Contacts page layout is configured to display Marketing Automation data and a contact to Programs Automations.
  • The Leads page layout is configured to display Marketing Automation data and a contact to Programs Automations.
  • The Reports page is configured to show the supplied Marketing Automation reports.
  • The Dashboards page is configured to show the supplied Marketing Automation dashboard based on the supplied reports. 

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