Export Salesforce Account List to Excel: A Guide (4 Steps)

Jason Gong
LAST UPDATED
June 6, 2024
TL;DR

Export Salesforce accounts by using the Data Export Service.

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Exporting your Salesforce account list in CSV format is a crucial task for data management, analysis, and migration. In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process of exporting your account data using Salesforce's built-in features and explore advanced options for automating exports and maintaining data integrity. By the end of this guide, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to efficiently export your Salesforce account list in CSV format.

Understanding Salesforce Data Export Options

Salesforce provides multiple options for exporting your account data in CSV format, allowing you to choose the method that best suits your needs. The two primary options are:

  1. Built-in Salesforce features
  2. External tools for exporting data

Using Salesforce's native data export capabilities offers several advantages:

  • Seamless integration with the Salesforce platform
  • Easy access through the Salesforce setup menu
  • Ability to schedule automatic exports at regular intervals
  • No additional tools or installations required

Salesforce's built-in Data Export Service allows you to export data manually once every 7 days (for weekly exports) or 29 days (for monthly exports). This service is accessible through the Setup menu and provides a convenient way to obtain a copy of your Salesforce data for backup or import into other systems.

While external tools can offer enhanced export capabilities, using Salesforce's native features ensures data security and compatibility, as the export process is handled entirely within the Salesforce platform. This eliminates the need for third-party tools and reduces the risk of data breaches or inconsistencies.

Using Salesforce's Built-In Export Functionality

Salesforce's Data Export Service provides a convenient way to export your account data in CSV format directly from the Salesforce setup menu. Follow these steps to access and use the Data Export Service:

  1. From Setup, enter "Data Export" in the Quick Find box, then select "Data Export."
  2. Choose between two options:
    • "Export Now" to prepare your files for immediate export (available only if enough time has passed since your last export)
    • "Schedule Export" to set up automatic exports at monthly intervals
  3. Select the desired encoding for your export file and choose whether to include images, documents, and attachments.
  4. If you want to replace carriage returns with spaces in your export files, select the appropriate option. This is useful for importing or other integrations.
  5. If scheduling your export, select the frequency (for organizations with monthly exports), start and end dates, and time of day for your scheduled export.
  6. Under "Exported Data," select the types of data to include in your export. If you're unsure about the terminology, select "Include all data."
  7. Click "Start Export" or "Save." Salesforce will create a zip archive of CSV files and email you when it's ready.
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Salesforce's Data Export Service allows you to schedule exports at weekly or monthly intervals, ensuring that you always have an up-to-date backup of your data. The exported data includes all standard and custom objects, documents, attachments, and images, providing a comprehensive snapshot of your Salesforce account data. For more advanced data management, consider integrating Salesforce with Excel to automate repetitive tasks.

Leveraging External Tools for Enhanced Export Capabilities

While Salesforce's built-in Data Export Service is a powerful tool, there are also external tools available that can provide additional benefits and functionality. These tools can help maintain data integrity and facilitate seamless data transfer to other platforms.

One such tool is Trujay, which offers a range of features designed to simplify and enhance the data export process. With Trujay, you can:

  • Maintain record relationships during the export process, ensuring that your data remains structured and connected
  • Map fields between Salesforce and other platforms, allowing for smooth data transfer without losing important information
  • Schedule automated exports, ensuring that your data is always up-to-date in other systems
  • Perform data transformations during the export process, enabling you to clean, format, and prepare your data for use in other applications

By leveraging tools like Trujay, you can ensure that your Salesforce data is not only exported efficiently but also maintains its integrity and usability across different platforms. This can be particularly valuable when migrating data to a new CRM system or integrating Salesforce with other sales prospecting tools.

Managing and Cleaning Data Before Export

Before exporting your Salesforce data, it's crucial to ensure that your data is accurate, clean, and free of duplicates. This will help you make the most of your exported data when using it in other systems or for analysis.

Here are some tips for managing and cleaning your data before export:

  1. Use Salesforce's duplicate record management features to identify and merge duplicate records. This includes setting up matching rules to automatically detect potential duplicates and using the Duplicate Record Sets to review and merge them.
  2. Standardize data formats across your organization, such as ensuring consistent naming conventions for accounts, contacts, and other records. This makes it easier to maintain data integrity and avoid confusion when exporting and using your data elsewhere.
  3. Validate and clean your data using Salesforce's data validation rules and formula fields. This can help you identify and correct inaccurate or incomplete data before exporting.
  4. Consider using third-party data cleansing tools that integrate with Salesforce to further streamline the process of identifying and fixing data quality issues.

By taking the time to manage and clean your data before export, you'll ensure that your exported data is accurate, consistent, and ready for effective use outside of Salesforce. This will save you time and effort in the long run, as you won't need to clean and prepare your data after export.

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Automating Data Exports with Salesforce

Salesforce offers several options for automating data exports, allowing you to maintain up-to-date backups of your Salesforce data without manual intervention. Here are some ways to automate data exports directly from Salesforce:

  1. Schedule Data Export: Use Salesforce's built-in "Schedule Export" feature to automate data exports on a weekly or monthly basis. This option is available under Setup > Data Management > Data Export.
  2. Salesforce APIs: Leverage Salesforce APIs for automated exports, such as the REST API or Bulk API, to programmatically export data. You can write scripts or use third-party tools to automate API calls and export data on a schedule.
  3. Salesforce AppExchange Apps: Explore apps on the Salesforce AppExchange that provide enhanced data export capabilities and automation features. These apps can help streamline the export process and offer additional customization options.

Automating data exports offers several benefits:

  • Time-saving: Automated exports eliminate the need for manual intervention, saving you time and effort.
  • Consistency: Scheduled exports ensure that you have regular, up-to-date backups of your Salesforce data.
  • Data availability: Automated exports make your Salesforce data readily available for analysis, reporting, or integration with other systems.
  • Compliance: Regular data exports help meet compliance requirements and provide a historical record of your data.

When setting up automated data exports, consider the following:

  • Frequency: Determine how often you need to export data (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly) based on your business requirements and data volume.
  • Data scope: Identify the specific objects and fields you want to include in the export to ensure you capture all relevant data.
  • File format: Choose a suitable file format for the exported data, such as CSV or JSON, depending on your intended use case.
  • Storage and retention: Plan for secure storage and retention of the exported data files, taking into account data privacy and compliance regulations.

By automating your Salesforce data exports, you can ensure that you always have access to up-to-date data backups while saving time and effort in the process. For more advanced options, consider using AI-powered tools for lead management.

Advanced Export Techniques and Troubleshooting

When dealing with complex data exports in Salesforce, there are several techniques and considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Exporting Large Datasets: If you need to export a large volume of data, consider using the Salesforce Bulk API. The Bulk API allows you to export data in batches, making it more efficient for handling large datasets. You can use tools like the Salesforce Data Loader or third-party automation tools that leverage the Bulk API.
  2. Filtering and Segmenting Data: To export specific subsets of data, use Salesforce's filtering and segmentation options. You can create custom views, reports, or use the Data Export Wizard to specify criteria for filtering the data before exporting. This helps reduce the size of the exported file and ensures you only export relevant data.
  3. Handling Lookup Relationships: When exporting data with lookup relationships, decide whether to include the related records or only the lookup field values. If you need the related records, consider exporting them separately and then joining the data using a common identifier field.
  4. Data Consistency and Integrity: Before exporting data, ensure that your Salesforce data is consistent and free of duplicates or inconsistencies. Use Salesforce's duplicate management tools and data validation rules to maintain data integrity. Clean and standardize your data prior to export to avoid issues downstream.

If you encounter issues during the Salesforce data export process, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Export Timeouts: If your export times out or fails due to large data volumes, try exporting smaller subsets of data or use the Bulk API for better performance.
  • Field-Level Security: Ensure that you have the necessary field-level permissions to export the desired fields. Check your Salesforce security settings and grant appropriate access to the fields you want to export.
  • Validation Errors: If you encounter validation errors during export, review your data for any violations of validation rules or required field constraints. Correct the data issues before attempting the export again.
  • API Limits: Be aware of Salesforce API limits, such as the number of API requests allowed per day. Monitor your API usage and consider purchasing additional API calls if needed.
  • Seek Salesforce Support: If you continue to face issues with data exports, reach out to Salesforce Support for assistance. They can provide guidance specific to your org and help troubleshoot complex export challenges.

By understanding advanced export techniques and knowing how to troubleshoot common issues, you can ensure a smooth and successful data export process from Salesforce.

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Automate Salesforce Exports with Bardeen

Exporting an account list from Salesforce can be a crucial task for businesses looking to streamline their sales and marketing processes. While Salesforce provides powerful built-in tools for managing and exporting data, automating these tasks can save time and reduce manual efforts significantly. With Bardeen, users can automate the export process, ensuring that their data is always up-to-date and accessible across various platforms.

For those looking to enhance their Salesforce data management, here are some powerful automations made possible by Bardeen:

  1. Copy all Salesforce accounts to Airtable: This playbook automates the transfer of account data from Salesforce to Airtable, making it easy to manage and collaborate on sales data across teams.
  2. Copy all Salesforce accounts to Google Sheets: Seamlessly export your Salesforce account list to Google Sheets for easy sharing and analysis.
  3. Copy all Salesforce accounts to Coda: Sync your Salesforce accounts with Coda, combining powerful CRM data with Coda's flexible documentation and project management tools.

Embrace the power of automation with Bardeen and streamline your Salesforce data management processes today.

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