How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Anand_Raj_S1
Level 2

How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Hello,

We have set of "Contact" records created in CRM (salesforce). Now, we need to create the same set of contacts as "Leads" in CRM through Marketo.

Could we achieve this using Smart Campaign ? Or we could only create them from CRM end (Not from Marketo) ?  Please let me your thoughts.

-Anand

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Grégoire_Miche2
Level 10

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Hi Anand,

This is a really bad idea. It will create duplicates all around your database. and you will end up never reconciling. This is turn will create targeting, scoring and reporting issues, plus increase Marketo licence costs.

Now, if you really want it, you can do it using a "sync lead to SFDC" flow step and assigning the Marketo lead to an SFDC lead Queue.

-Greg

Anand_Raj_S1
Level 2

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Thanks Gregoire. May I ask what would be the best way to do it? I am thinking of upload them as leads directly into CRM.

Grégoire_Miche2
Level 10

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Hi Anand,

Why would you recreate leads for existing contacts ? Just use the contacts! For marketo, Leads and contacts are exactly the same and are not differentiated, except for 2 things:

  • The field SFDC type tells you whether it's a lead or a contact
  • On contacts, the account fields (e.g. company name) can not be updated in the CRM

-Greg

Anand_Raj_S1
Level 2

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Hi Gregoire,

Thanks for all your help.

For some reason, we need to create them as Leads in CRM (Even though they exist as Contacts).

As per your suggestion, we have tried out "sync lead to SFDC" flow step to create them as Leads in CRM. But then, only the Contact records (exist in CRM) are getting updated. They are not created as Leads.

Kindly offer your advice.

Grégoire_Miche2
Level 10

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Read my first answer exactly :

Now, if you really want it, you can do it using a "sync lead to SFDC" flow step and assigning the Marketo lead to an SFDC lead Queue.

-Greg

Anand_Raj_S1
Level 2

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Hi Gregoire,

We just can't get in what way we assign the Marketo lead to an SFDC lead Queue. Will it be auto-assigned to SFDC lead Queue? Or do we need  any additional setup in SFDC end? This SFDC lead Queue part looks cloudy.

In our experiment, we simply added a flow step "sync lead to SFDC" and assigned to an user. And, the Marketo Contacts are not created as Leads in SFDC. They just update the SFDC contacts records.

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-Anand

Grégoire_Miche2
Level 10

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Assign to: Queue:[Queue Name]. This suppose that you have created lead queues in SFDC. Your SFDC admins should be able to help you with this.

This is the only way to get this to work, BTW.

-Greg

Anand_Raj_S1
Level 2

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Hi Gregoire,

Thanks much for your help on this.

We could create leads in CRM now. Just curious to know, is there a way to overcome targeting, scoring and reporting issues which will be happening due to this practice?

-Anand

Grégoire_Miche2
Level 10

Re: How to Create Leads in CRM through Marketo?

Hi Anand,

Not really, which is why it should really be avoided!

-Greg