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Set Up Marketing Cloud Advertising

Learning Objectives

After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:

  • Navigate Marketing Cloud Advertising and describe its capabilities.
  • Complete the steps to configure Marketing Cloud Advertising.
  • Follow best practices for a successful implementation.

Get to Know Marketing Cloud Advertising 

Marketing Cloud Advertising helps companies coordinate campaigns across social, mobile, sales, and customer service. Let's follow along as Cloud Kicks gets started with Marketing Cloud Advertising.


Advertising Studio is now called Marketing Cloud Advertising. During this transition, you may see references to Advertising Studio. 

Marketing Cloud Engagement Account Configuration

 Meet Linda Rosenberg. She is the Marketing Cloud Engagement admin for the shoe retailer, Cloud Kicks. 

Linda seated at a table on her laptop presenting an Advertising Studio presentation

Cloud Kicks is excited about using Marketing Cloud Advertising, and Linda has been asked to lead the implementation project. Linda’s first step is to confirm who in her company, as well as any vendors, should have access to Marketing Cloud Advertising. She came up with the following list.

  • Linda Rosenberg, Marketing Cloud Engagement admin
  • Elliott Jones, Advertising Manager
  • Joe Schmitt, agency partner
  • Todd Moore, Graphic Designer

Next, she reviews what level of access they need. 

Marketing Cloud Engagement (MC) Account Users: Roles & Permissions Chart


MC Admin/


MC Channel Manager/

Channel Manager

MC Viewer

MC Content Editor/


Add Users




Add Social Accounts




Add Ad Accounts




Create, Edit, and Publish Audiences



Create Lookalikes



Refresh Existing Audiences



Modify Refresh Schedules



Delete Existing Audiences




View Dashboard & Audience Details



Add or Modify Email Notifications



✓ Permission granted   X Permission denied  ⦿ Permission not granted or denied


An explicitly denied permission overrides all other permissions. When not provided, MC defaults to deny that permission.

Based on what she knows about her team’s responsibilities, Linda documents the changes to be made in Marketing Cloud Engagement.



MC Account?

Needed Role

Changes Needed

Linda Rosenberg

Salesforce Admin


Marketing Cloud Engagement Admin

No changes.

Elliott Jones

Advertising Manager


Marketing Cloud Engagement Admin

Change role from Viewer to MC Admin.

Joe Schmitt

Advertising Executive


Marketing Cloud Engagement Channel Manager

Create a new user and select the needed role.

Todd Moore

Graphic Designer


Marketing Cloud Engagement Content Editor/


The role is correct. Grant permissions for Marketing Cloud Advertising.

She navigates to Setup and Administration: Users. Next, Linda either checks her colleague’s access by clicking Manage Roles or she Creates a new user. Linda can then Edit Roles or Edit Permissions based on the changes needed. She updates Elliott’s role from Marketing Cloud Engagement Viewer to MC Admin.

Edit Roles being clicke within Setup.

Since Elliott is responsible for the advertising accounts within Marketing Cloud Engagement, Linda also checks that he is enabled as an API User

Now that she has reviewed roles and permissions, Linda confirms she has the following Marketing Cloud Advertising features enabled.

  • Advertising Audiences
  • Lead Capture

Advertising Studio options: Audiences and Lead Capture


If you don’t see Lead Capture, visit the AppExchange to download it for Marketing Cloud Engagement. If using Sales Cloud or Account Engagement, Lead Capture needs to be installed by your organization's Salesforce Administrator from the AppExchange. Learn more about configuration steps in this knowledge article guide

Since Cloud Kicks has Journey Builder, Linda also checks to make sure she has access to the Advertising options Ad Audience and Ad Campaign within the Journeys Dashboard. 

Journey Builder Advertising options: Audience and Campaign

Advertising Account Set Up

Cloud Kicks has existing advertising accounts established, but in case you don’t, refer to the chart for information for creating each social media account type.




  • Includes Facebook Desktop and Mobile Newsfeeds, Instagram, and Facebook Audience Network.
  • The user must have Facebook Admin account access to authorize accounts and send audiences between Marketing Cloud Engagement and Facebook.
  • By default, the system uses the Account ID when the Facebook Ad Account is created. If necessary, change the Business Name and Account Name to something more descriptive.

X (formerly Twitter)

  • Includes X Feed and X Publisher Network (TPN).
  • The user must have X Account Admin access to authorize accounts and send audiences.


  • Includes GDN, Google search, YouTube, Google Shopping, and Gmail.
  • The user needs either Google’s Standard or Admin access to authorize ad account and send audiences.
  • Accounts with Read Only access will be authorized but created audiences will error.
  • Does not include DV360.


  • Includes LinkedIn Feed.
  • The user needs to have a LinkedIn’s Account Manager access to authorize accounts and send audiences.
  • Authentication needs to be refreshed every 60 days.


  • Includes Promoted Pins.
  • The user needs Pinterest’s Account Manager access to authorize accounts and send audiences.

Add Ad Accounts

Linda asks Elliott Jones, the Advertising Manager, to connect their accounts within Marketing Cloud Engagement. For this task, Elliott reaches out to Joe Schmitt from their advertising agency. He requests admin access to Facebook, X, and Google AdWords. Elliott is a bit exhausted from all this coordination, but he’s gathered all the required login details. 

Navigate Marketing Cloud Advertising

Armed with this information, Elliott navigates to the Advertising Audiences’ Overview tab. 

Advertising Audiences Overview page

He will use the overview page to create new audiences and manage the performance of existing audiences. However, before he can begin creating audiences, accounts need to be configured. Elliott navigates to the Administration tab to begin adding accounts.

Elliott logs out of his personal X account and then clicks the X icon within Administration to log in and follow on-screen prompts. He enters his username and password and then authorizes the Marketing Cloud Advertising application. Once completed, he repeats the process for each account he wants to connect. 


It’s a good idea to log out of all personal or work accounts before you begin configuring in order to prevent accidental authorization of incorrect accounts.  

Data Is Boss

Forget royalty, data is truly a marketer’s boss. So while Elliott has been adding accounts, Linda has been reviewing Cloud Kicks’ data with their cross-functional teams. She knows the secret to great marketing and advertising starts with data. Cloud Kicks has some useful audience data already in MC, like a data extension of their top customers, but she is also considering other ways their data can be used. Linda reviews existing data extensions, as well as Salesforce CRM data, and existing journeys to determine what audiences might be most receptive to targeted ads. The team narrows down their initial list to five key audiences: top customers, recent purchasers, social media influencers, unengaged email subscribers, and holiday spenders.  

Checklist for Success

With both of their tasks completed, Linda and Elliott meet to review the following checklist to confirm they haven’t missed any steps. 

Graphic of Linda and Elliott reviewing a checklist

  • Confirm Marketing Cloud Engagement Features are Enabled
  • Review Advertising User Roles & Permissions
  • Create Advertising Accounts (if not already established)
  • Gather Login Credentials: Ensure you or your agency have login details for the ad accounts with which you want to build audiences.
  • Enable an Onboarding Partner (if using)
  • Connect Your Ad Accounts
  • Review Your Data: Identify what data already resides within the Marketing Cloud Engagement and what data needs to be created.
  • Identify your Audiences: Decide who you want to target with advertising.

With all steps completed, Linda is excited that all the hard work is over! Well for the most part. Next, she creates her first audience, in order to start making and not spending the big bucks.


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