If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

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If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

I understand how Engagement Programs work and how, if a lead who is already a member of a program will skip to the next program and receive the email in that program (or if using emails only (and not programs) has received the email for any given cast, they will skip it and be sent the next email in the stream).  But what if we include some additional filters in the smart list of a program within an EP stream that doesn't qualify them to receive the email within a given program?  Will they also skip to the next program and receive that email instead?  Or will they have to wait for the next cast?
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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

If the lead doesn't qualify for the Program's send campaign, then it will not be sent the email or go into that Program's flow.

So they will NOT get that Cast and will continue to next Cast.

Now if you just use emails in the Stream and they already received that email in another program, they will still get that Engagement email because Marketo doesn't understand they already got it outside of the Engagement.
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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

Thanks for confirming, Josh.  But did you mean to say "will continue to receive the next email in that specific cast".  If they simply continue to the next cast, they won't receive anything and have to wait for the next cast (e.g., next week).
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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

It appears that they will have to wait. See Josh's answer here: Program in an Engagement Campaign Does the Eng Prog Skip if the lead doesn't meet the SC rules

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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

Dan Stevens​ you're right, if they don't qualify for that program, they will have to wait for the next cast.

For example if Program A limits to only US based leads, and your lead is from elsewhere they wouldn't receive an email that cast and would move onto the next program B the following week (if that's the cadence) in the stream. Sometimes that works well for us simply having them skip a cast, but at other times we'll create multiple email versions so that everyone within the engagement program will receive an email that cast.

Hope that helps!

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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

It appears I am now wrong.

Add a Program to an Engagement Program Stream - Marketo Docs - Product Docs

What happens to people who don't meet the smart list criteria?

If the engagement program calls a smart campaign within a program, people who don't meet the smart list criteria won't receive the email. They also won't move on to the next program in the current cast or in subsequent casts. Essentially they'll be stuck in an infinite loop, where they never qualify. You may want to use choices on flow steps to filter people out instead of adding these criteria to smart lists when you nest programs inside of an engagement program.

This is actually surprising that the lead wouldn't be allowed to skip to the next Cast Position if it did not quality for the Program's Smart Campaign. Greg's idea should help here.

I have existing flows that may or may not be involved in this and I'm not even sure how to figure that out.

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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

Wow - good find, Josh.  Is this new behavior or has it always worked like this?  That's one of the benefits of using programs in EPs - to skip an email within a program if the lead has already downloaded the content on our website/LP.  So now it sounds like you shouldn't even use smart lists in nested programs - which makes no sense.  We have a lot of fixing up to do in our nested EPs.

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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

Yeah, I was researching this because we wanted to branch out some leads. I am unsure if there was a change after 2014 or if it always worked like this, but no one really knew. Greg has threads and ideas on this situation, so it may have come to light.

I am checking smart lists now and I see there may be a drop off from Active Leads in Stream vs. # Sent and qualified within the Program.

Marketo Support confirmed this.

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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

Now that this is the case, I'd like to hear a few scenarios on when a smart list to send the email can be used in a program nested within an EP (aside from the "member of EP" filter - which Greg has already proven that it's not required (contrary to the product doc).

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Re: If a lead doesn't qualify for an Engagement Program cast, does it proceed to the next email?

I went to the Marketo Docs (adding a program to an engagement program stream), and I think documentation is either wrong, or outdated.

Here's what it says midway down the page under the green tip box:

"What happens to people who don't meet the smart list criteria?

If the engagement program calls a smart campaign within a program, people who do not meet the smart list criteria will not qualify for the smart campaign. They will move on to the next piece of content in the stream for the current cast."

From what I just observed in our nested program, a person who does not meet the smart list conditions DOES NOT move on to the next piece of content in the current cast. This was quite a surprise. All along, I've been under the impression they would skip to next nested program in the current cast.