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What you can do is use the add to campaign functionality instead of send email. Your campaign will handle the invite and everything else in this case once the salesrep adds the user to the campaign.
Not sure why the email send is not working. You might want to check the trigger. It should be 'sent sales email' instead of 'sent email'
+1 on Jamie's approach.
The "is sent sales email" trigger relies on the subject to know which email was sent. The problem is that the subject can be changed by the sales...
The drawback with the campaign is that the sales cannot edit the email content before sending it. And you can only sign the email from the contact owner or the account owner.
I agree with Jamie.
Here's one way to accomplish what you are after.
In SFDC, have them add to Marketo Campaign. 01 Send Email Invite
In your Marketo Program = 2016 Awesome Event (This is in a channel that has several statuses, invited, registered, etc)
This Marketo Program "2016 Awesome Event" is synced to a parallel SFDC campaign or you can add them to the SFDC campaign via a flow step either way.
Smart Campaign "01 Send Email Invite"
Smart List = Requested Campaign, source is "Sales Insight"
Send Invite Email
Change Program status = invited (This makes them a member of the campaign)
Add to SFDC Campaign = "2016 Awesome Event" (optional step if you don't have this program synced with the SFDC Campaign.