The goal of this article is to answer FAQs of the Advanced Outreach feature. To learn more about the feature in general, see the article Introduction to Advanced Outreach.
Is the Advanced Outreach feature built on top of the existing Outreach feature or is it a new feature with new data architecture?
Adv. Outreach is built on a completely new tech stack from the original Outreach feature and is in fact a separate feature.
If new architecture, what were the key reasons we “started over”?
Many of the key elements available in Advanced Outreaches, such as the multi-chain email process and analytical capabilities, were not possible with the architecture of the original Outreach feature.
Should all new customers start immediately with Advanced Outreaches? Should they use the original Outreach feature for anything?
The original Outreach feature is still the best option for sending one-off emails. Advanced Outreaches are designed for multi-chain email campaigns.
When should existing customers start using Advanced Outreaches?
This feature is available in orgs using Gainsight v5.6 or higher. Customers should use Adv. Outreach when they want to send a multi-chain email campaign for NPS or CSAT surveys. See the article Available Models for Advanced Outreach for more information on these specific use cases.
Is there a required cutover, or can both Advanced Outreaches and Outreaches run in parallel?
They are separate features and can be used in parallel.
Are there any risks to enabling Advanced Outreaches?
No, enabling Advanced Outreaches does not impact existing Email Templates or the original Outreach feature. There is no harm in enabling Advanced Outreaches, even if it is not used immediately after it is enabled.
Can existing content or data be migrated or used with the Advanced Outreach feature?
Email Templates 2.0 can be used for both Advanced Outreaches, and the original Outreach feature. Existing 1.0 Email Templates will need to be recreated to be used with an Advanced Outreach.
Do I need to request access to the Advanced Outreach feature? Is this feature part of the standard Gainsight offering?
Yes, Advanced Outreach must be enabled within your org. Please contact Gainsight support to begin this process.
What are the benefits of moving to Advanced Outreaches?
Advanced Outreaches are capable of performing multi-chain email campaigns. This simplifies the multi-email process when needing to send related messages before, or following up after a survey submission. Previously, separate Outreaches had be created for each email, and each of these Outreaches required a separate Power List. Advanced Outreaches is designed to streamline this process.
Will I encounter problems or limitations if I don’t use Advanced Outreaches?
If you continue using the original Outreach feature for multi-email campaigns, you would need to create separate power lists and outreaches for every email in the series.
Is there functionality in the original Outreach feature that won’t be available right away with Advanced Outreaches?
The original Outreach’s Time Identifier feature, which gave users the ability to send emails at different times to different recipients based on defined criteria, will not be available immediately in Advanced Outreaches. The Time Identifier will be added to Advanced Outreaches in a future release.
Sending reports via Advanced Outreach is not initially available.
Can I add steps to an Advanced Outreach Model?
No, currently it is only possible to enable and disable certain steps that are already present within the model.
Can I create a model from scratch?
No, currently it is only possible to use the pre-configured models for Advanced Outreach. Additional models, and custom models for Advanced Outreach, are currently in development.
Can the Advanced Outreach feature be used for workflows other than Surveys?
Currently, Advanced Outreach only works with the three survey models available, but other models are currently in development for a future release.
What is the difference between a Reminder email and an Escalation email?
The Reminder email is sent to the participant of the Advanced Outreach. An Escalation email is sent to the customer's CSM/Account owner.
What CSV options exist for Advanced Outreaches?
There are a few options for Advanced Outreaches related to CSV. In Power Lists, you can upload a CSV file (existing functionality) in order to create a list of contacts. This Power List can then be used as part of the Advanced Outreach. You can also upload a CSV of participants to be included in the Advanced Outreach, or upload a CSV file of participants that you wish to exclude using the Exclusion list feature.