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Engage for Gmail

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2018 | Print this Article

Engage for Gmail is a Chrome extension that lets you to send trackable emails directly from Gmail.

In order to use Engage for Gmail, you must have a Salesforce® Engage License, and your Salesforce user must be linked to a Pardot user.

Setting up the Extension

  1. Click the Engage for Gmail button in Engage Sales Tools tab to download the extension from the Chrome Store. Contact your Salesforce Administrator if you can’t locate Engage Sales Tools — it must be configured.
  2. Navigate to Chrome's extension manager by pasting chrome://extensions/ into the address bar or by navigating to Chrome's menu > More Tools > Extensions.
  3. Find the Engage extension and click Options.
  4. Click Login with Salesforce.
  5. If prompted, enter your Salesforce credentials.
  6. Click Allow.
This video walks you through installing the extension in Chrome. Click here to expand the video.

Sending an Email

  1. In Gmail, compose a new email.
  2. Click the Pardot cloud icon in the compose menu.
  3. Mark Track clicks and opens to track the email.
  4. Optional: Mark use default email selection for this record. If you have multiple prospects with the same email address, marking this box will track the email on a previously-selected record.
  5. Enter a lead or contact email address in the To field.
  6. To use an email template, mark Use a Template, and then select a template from the list.
  7. When finished, click Send.
This video walks you through using the extension to apply a template and track the email. Click here to expand the video.

Engage for Gmail Side Panel

The Engage for Gmail side panel gives you access to more information about email thread participants. From the side panel you can:
  • View available name, company title, address, and phone number for participants.
  • View the score and grade for the corresponding Pardot prospect.
  • View whether the a record is a lead, contact, or prospect.
  • If the participant exists as a lead or contact in Salesforce, it will be linked to the record.
  • View the prospect's recent marketing actions.
  • Add and remove the prospect to and from lists using Add to Nurture.
To use the side panel, open any of your tracked email threads. The side bar will open on the right side of the screen.

Gmail Sidebar

Optional Setting

If you want to use your Gmail signature with Engage email templates, enable the Preserve Gmail Signature setting. In Chrome, navigate to: Extensions > Engage for Gmail > Options > and mark Preserve Gmail Signature.


  • Emails sent with Engage for Gmail are sent through Google's email servers — not Pardot's.
  • If you have the Sync plugin emails setting enabled on your connector, Engage for Gmail emails will get logged to the lead or contact activity history with "Engage Gmail Email" prepended to the subject.
  • If you have multiple prospects with the same email address, you will be prompted to select which Salesforce record you want to track the email on.
  • If you use other Gmail extensions, you may need to minimize them to use the Engage for Gmail side panel, and vice versa.
  • Your Engage for Gmail session will last as long your Salesforce sessions are set to persist in your Salesforce org's settings.
  • When you send an Engage email to a recipient, and there isn't an existing lead or contact with that email address in Salesforce, you will be prompted to create a new lead or contact. The new record will get synced down to Pardot, and a new prospect will be created.
  • If you have multiple prospects with the same email address, you will be prompted to select which Salesforce record you want to track the email on.
  • The Engage for Gmail side panel is not compatible with any Gmail Lab features.
  • This extension will overwrite all pasted links with our own tracked link url, and insert an open tracker into the email body content.
  • You can only send to one recipient at a time.
  • Email opens and clicks are tracked in Pardot.
  • You won't be able to select a template until you've entered the recipient email address.
  • Variable tags included with a template will populate. Variable tags that are added in Gmail will not populate. Note that Engage for Gmail supports only variable tags based on prospect fields. Variable tags based on account fields will not populate.

Release History

The release history below was compiled retroactively and may not be complete.

January 10, 2018
Version 4.0.0
1. Fixed an issue that affected the side panel from loading
2. Fixed an issue that affected the "track clicks and opens" setting
3. Minor UI adjustments

August 22, 2017
Version 3.1.11
Fixes an issue loading templates.

May 15, 2017
Version 3.1.10
Fixes an issue where the side panel loses context when switching to Gmail compose full screen.

May 8, 2017
Version 3.1.9
Fixes issue where copying and pasting from Google Docs caused email tracking to not function correctly. Fixes issue where using any language other than English will cause the Gmail Plugin side panel to not load correctly.

March 28, 2017
Version 3.1.8
Resolves an issue with line breaks being removed in text only email templates.

August 15, 2016
Version 3.1.6
Minor bug fixes to improve template logging and login errors.

July 22, 2016
Version 3.1.5
Added support for Gmail in Salesforce links.

July 18, 2016
Version 3.1.4
Minor bug fixes.

July 15, 2016
Version 3.1.3
Minor bug fixes and added a Chrome notification to let user know about the new lead/contact create capabilities when the extension is loaded.

June 28, 2016
Version 3.1.12
Added support for accounts that allow multiple prospects with the same email address — users can select from multiple Salesforce records and can optionally default future sending to the selected record. Also includes the ability to create a Lead/Contact record when sending an email or adding to a nurture and minor bug fixes.
March 8, 2016
Version 3.0.10
Minor bug fixes.

February 26, 2016
Version 3.0.9
Minor bug fixes.

February 22, 2016
Version 3.0.8
Resolves an issue that prevented the side panel from loading for some customers.

February 10, 2016
Version 3.0.7
Minor bug fixes and two enhancements: Added lead/contact owner to side panel, and added setting to Preserve Gmail Signature when inserting a template (enable in Chrome under Extensions > Engage for Gmail > Options).

November 30, 2015
Version 3.0.6
Minor bug fixes.

November 5, 2015
Version 3.0.5
Minor bug fixes.

October 27, 2015
Version 3.0.3
Minor bug fixes.

September 30, 2015
Version 3.0.0
Added the Engage for Gmail side panel. You can now add recipients to nurtures and view their marketing actions, score, and grade from within Gmail.

September 22, 2015
Version 2.0.14 and Version 2.0.15
Minor enhancements.

September 10, 2015
Version 2.0.13
Minor bug fixes and enhancements and a small UI change - Send button no longer changes from blue to green when tracking is enabled. However, the cloud icon still changes from gray to blue.

August 25, 2015
Version 2.0.12
Minor bug fixes.

August 21, 2015
Version 2.0.11
Minor bug fixes.

August 20, 2015
Version 2.0.10
Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

August 10, 2015
Version 2.0.9
Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

July 29, 2015
Version 2.0.8
Minor bug fixes, now supports having multiple compose windows open simultaneously.

July 15, 2015
Version 2.0.7
Minor bug fixes.

July 10, 2015
Version 2.0.6
Minor bug fixes.

June 12, 2015
Version 2.0.5
Resolves an issue with the cloud button displaying intermittently immediately after installation.

May 13, 2015
Version 2.0.4
Includes minor updates and bug fixes.

April 20, 2015
Version 2.0.0
Initial release!

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