How to Send Sales Sequence Emails Using Drift and Salesforce

Using Drift Sales Sequences, you can manually enroll leads in a nurturing email flow that can be personalized! 

What you'll find in this Doc:

  • When sales sequence emails are used
  • How to set up a sales sequence email
  • How to enroll contacts in sales sequences from both Drift and Salesforce
  • How the unsubscribe / unenroll process works 

When to Use Sales Sequence Emails

As a Drift user, marketing teams hand hot leads to sales reps constantly after qualifying them through LeadBots and Playbooks. Occasionally, leads won't be ready to buy but sales will want to be able to contact them later to nurture them through an email sequence. 

Being handed great leads from chat is great for Sales teams who can close deals with CQLs, but nurturing leads with email sequences is a traditional part of the Sales process that occurs outside of chat. 

Enrolling these contacts in nurturing sequences can help you get those contacts back onto your site and ready to buy! 

This process used to occur outside of Drift, until now.

Good news - you can manually enroll leads from your contacts view into email sequences in Drift or in Salesforce! 

You must have your Gmail connected to Drift for this to function! Connect  here
You will also need your Gmail connected for replies to show up in the Email Sequence Report. 

How to Set Up Sales Sequence Emails

The Sales Sequences you create will be under Playbooks in Drift. So the first thing first - we have to create one!

Head to your Playbooks tab and hit the green "New Playbook" button and select "Email" to head to the Marketplace.

You'll want to create a "Sales Email Sequence with Gmail" Playbook.

Customize your emails the way you'd like!

Don't forget you have some really cool customization options, including:

  • Personalization Tokens
  • Dynamic Calendar Links
  • Email Signatures of the rep who sends the sequence
  • Vidyard Video
  • Next Available Meeting Times
When you add a link to your email sequence, we'll rewrite that link with an ID token so that you can know the visitor's email right when they drop on to your site after clicking the link. But, we only rewrite links to your Drift profile and company URL, so people won't be recognized following a link to another page you installed Drift on.


When you add an email, you will have the ability to space out your sequences the way you'd like and decide whether or not to thread them together.
When someone clicks on a link to your site from a sequence, the sender's photo will display to greet the lead and continue the conversation in real time! 
To determine WHO will receive these sequences - keep reading! 
When you are done constructing your Sequence, don't forget to add a title to your Playbook, save your changes, and publish it!


Enroll a Lead in a Sales Sequence from Salesforce 

Before you enroll a lead in a sequence in Salesforce, you will have to download our Google Chrome extension. You can do so here or check in your account settings here!

Single Contact Enroll

Once you have the extension downloaded, you can click on any contact or lead record you have in Salesforce. On their page, you should see a new button on their contact record that says "Enroll in Sequence"

From there, you will choose which sequence you want to enroll your lead into!

We only allow you to send 150 sequences a day so that you don't go over your Gmail limit. You can lift this limit on the Company plan in Settings under Conversations > Advanced.

Done! You enrolled your lead in your Drift sequence! 🎉

If your sequence uses personalization tokens, they will use information from the Drift contact attributes for the contact matching your recipient's email; the tokens will not use information from the Salesforce record. We will also use Clearbit Enrich's database to provide names etc. where it can, and use this in favor of conflicting information on the Drift contact to be sure you're sending with the most up-to-date data. Use a default value for the personalization token in case there's no match from your Drift contacts or Clearbit!

Bulk Enroll 

If you want to add a list of contacts into a sequence, you can do so in Salesforce!

In your Salesforce Leads Page, you can select a list of leads you've configured.

From there, you can select all, or some, of the users on the list and enroll them in a sequence

From there, the process will be the same! You press "Enroll in Sequence" and choose the sequence you wish to enroll those users into from the menu

Bulk enroll in just TWO CLICKS? 😱

Once you enroll your leads, you'll get a success message to make sure you know that your sequences were sent to the right people: 


Enroll a Lead in a Sales Sequence in Salesforce Lightning

You can enroll contacts in Sales Sequences via the Contact and Leads views of Salesforce Lightning.

Here's where you'll see Drift in Salesforce Lightning.

Contact View:
Lead View:

Edit your Sequence from Salesforce 

If you want to make sure to add more personalization to a Sequence before you send it out, you can edit your sequence in Salesforce! 



Make sure you only select one user on your list in order to edit the sequence. That will change the sequence for that one user so you can add your own touch to the sequence! 

Enroll a Lead in a Sales Sequence in Drift

  • You can manually add contacts in your Drift account into a sequence from the app itself! To start, head to your contacts view and choose the contacts you want to enroll in a sequence:
  • Click “Enroll in Sequence”
  • Choose which Sequence you’d like to enroll your users in.
  • When you click that button, you will need to hit "Enroll" to confirm.


You should receive a confirmation message when you press "Enroll" and you'll be able to see the activity in the contacts feed: 

Having Trouble Enrolling?

It may be the case that you haven't created any sequences yet when trying to enroll. You will be prompted to "Create a Sequence" and can follow the flow from there! 

How a User Unenrolls or Unsubscribes from Sales Sequences

A user will always become unenrolled if they reply to one of the emails in the sequence. Even if you receive an automatic reply, for example, an OOO message, this is still considered a reply. That contact will be unenrolled from the sequence. 

Replying to an email isn't the only reason you'll want to stop sending somebody a sequence of emails. Maybe they booked a meeting, started a new email thread, or had a conversation with you on your website. With Drift sales sequences, we make sure that your engaged leads stop getting your rep's emails. 

To note: forwarding is not included in these triggers that cause an unenroll. 

You can also choose to unenroll someone from a sequence if ANYONE from the same domain name replies to a sequence email, as to not spam the organization. You can find this under the "Advanced Options" section in the email playbook builder on the left hand side. 

You can also manually unenroll someone from a sequence by going to their contact page from the contacts view and clicking "Unenroll in Sequence" 

You cannot enroll a contact in a sequence twice! Ex. enroll, unenroll, enroll again 


If a lead wants to unsubscribe from your sales sequence emails, there will be email preferences at the bottom of your sequences where users can stop receiving your emails with one click.

If a lead does unsubscribe and you are trying to enroll them into another sequence - you will be alerted with the following message.


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