How Pardot Integrates with Olark
Linking to the Visitor
When a customer goes to a page with a chat client, you will receive a link to Pardot with that Visitor. You can use this page to quickly go to the prospect as well. If there is no prospect record for the visitor and the chat conversation is meaningful, you may want to click to the visitor page to assign / create a prospect after getting an email address and other valuable information.
Visitor Activity Logging
If a customer sends messages to your support representative, Pardot will log the activity as a visitor activity. This allows you to see how a chat session may have affected your marketing efforts. The visitor activity also has a direct link to the Olark transcript.
When you set up the connector, you have the option to create prospects from the pre-chat Olark survey. This allows you to create a prospect directly from the email address and name information you collect before a chat. In order to create prospects from pre-chat survey, either the operator or the chatter must send a message.
To take advantage of this feature, first enable the Olark pre-chat survey (in your Olark account, go to Customize > Behavior and Text > Visitor Information).
On Your Web Pages
If you already have Olark installed on your web page, then you will simply need to tell Pardot that you have an account (see Setting Up Your Connector for more details).
On Pardot Landing Pages
You can add Olark code to your landing pages through layout templates. Simply paste the code provide by Olark before the </body> tag in your layout template.
Setting Up Your Connector
You’re Done! Any pages that are tracked by Pardot and have the Olark chat window will be integrated.
- Navigate to Admin > Connectors > Create New Connector > Olark.
- Enter in your Olark ID (as seen on your Olark install page).
- Optionally enable Make Prospects From the Pre-Chat Survey if you want prospects that submit their email addresses through the pre-chat survey to be automatically created as prospects in Pardot. If you enable this feature, you will also need to select a Campaign for the chat activities for these prospects. Note that this campaign will not be set for the prospects since they should already have a campaign set from their first touch (from the tracking code on your site, a paid or natural search, etc.).
- Click Save Connector.
Your sales and support teams can be logged into Olark through any Jabber / XMPP chat client (ie. Pidgin, Adium) and when you have a visitor, they will receive a message with the visitor’s current page, current session information, connection location, and a link to their Pardot Visitor.
Please contact Olark for more details if you are having trouble installing and using Olark.
Under Reports > Olark you can view all prospects in your Pardot database who have chatted with your company via the Olark chat solution. The table displays all prospects with a chat activity including the day and time of their last chat.
When you click on a prospect's name and drill into their record, you can see in their Activity table the "Chat Transcript" activity next to the Olark image. Click on the "Chat Transcript" to jump to your Olark account and view the prospect's chat transcript.
Note: Messages submitted through an Olark offline form will not be recorded as a chat in Pardot.
- August 2011 -- 1.0 - Initial release. Hooray!
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