What is the Pardot Lightning App?

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It’s no secret now that Pardot is moving into Salesforce’s Sales Cloud, becoming one platform. This decision was inspired by Salesforce’s dream of marrying up Marketing and Sales teams, traditionally siloed and misaligned.

The Pardot Lightning App is another step closer to Salesforce’s single platform vision, bringing Pardot into the Lightning user experience (UX)– what Salesforce have coined their ‘native experience’. Eventually, the one platform will apply not just to the UX, but to the product infrastructure (technically, under the hood).

Salesforce Lightning Experience

Salesforce confidently shows the world how their Lightning user experience boosts productivity for every platform user: “end users when they work, admins when they customize and developers when they build”. Now, a Forrester Study titled “Total Economic Impact (TEI) Of Salesforce Lightning” backs this up, with the topline benefit of 341% in ROI.

So, there’s good news for Pardot users that we will soon be invited into this new realm of productivity.

Native experience: no more iframe

You may be confused at this stage. Yes, you can currently access Pardot from Salesforce, currently using the Pardot app inside Lightning.

However, this is Pardot embedded via iframe. It’s a superficial integration, that acts as a window into the Pardot application, rather than the product sitting in the Salesforce framework.

Heavy users of this app may see the ‘buggy’ elements with it, such as returning to the dashboard upon page refresh. Bought out around the time of Salesforce/Pardot SSO (single sign-on) it was a step in the right direction.

…now we’re going one step further.

The real Pardot Lightning App

Although the new Pardot Lightning App will still be Pardot exposed within Salesforce, it will adopt the Lightning user experience users have grown to love. Plus, an end to those horrible navigation bugs.

The new app will appear in the App Menu as ‘Pardot – B2B Marketing Automation’, seen below:

Note: the app ‘Pardot’ is the legacy app. If all of your users are happy with the Lightning App after you install it, I would recommend moving the old app.

The most notable elements are:

  • Navigation bar tabs: Pardot sections, such as ‘Content’, ‘Automations’ will appear along the top (like Salesforce does with each object). You can mix-n-match Pardot-specific tabs (eg. Pardot Settings) with Salesforce object tabs (eg. Campaigns):

    • Sidebar: Visibility into all ‘people’ records between Salesforce and Pardot: Visitors, Prospects, Leads, and Contacts.
    • Campaign Related Lists: add related lists to Salesforce Campaigns that will show all associated marketing assets (forms, landing pages etc.).



  • Collaboration: use Chatter within the app, to finally bring an end to long email chains discussing a campaign.

As it is currently in beta. meaning that you can opt-in to be part of the final testing before general release. It will likely be generally available with the Summer ‘18 release, scheduled for the week of June 11th.

To enable it, you will need to navigate to:

Setup → Feature settings → Pardot

After following the transition instructions, you will need to update Permission Sets in addition.

Just to note that the iframe app will not automatically disappear. If your org uses this, consider removing it when you enable the new Pardot Lightning App, or it could be confusing to users!

4 thoughts on “What is the Pardot Lightning App?

  1. I used to log into pi.pardot.com separately and then I’d have the option of traversing to the sfdc sales cloud instance with a different user id

    Is this no longer the case?

    1. Yes, you will no longer log in to pi.pardot.com. Once you have installed the Pardot Lightning App, you will access Pardot through the app launcher in Salesforce Lightning (which will take you from Sales Cloud –> Pardot without leaving Lightning). Everyone will need a Salesforce license though.

  2. Guilherme Gobetti


    I have an Old Pardot Org connected to a SFDC Org using connector v1, how do I change to Pardot Lightning App ?

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