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Invalid Lead Cleanup

I would like to help ensure data cleanliness and consistency in our database, and wanted to see what suggestions were out there as to how best to do that so that I only remove emails that are actually invalid (junk, mailbox no longer exists, etc.). I am hoping that this will improve our delivery and open/click rates as a result of not sending to emails that are never going to open an email!

The intention is to first remove these from any email and/or nurture programs that they belong to, and then into a quarantine so that the decision whether to completely remove them from our database (Marketo and SFDC) can be made at a later date. The intention behind the quarantine is to ensure that we are potentially giving leads a chance to "wake up" if there is the possibility of doing that, and also to have a chance to check the data before it is removed completely.

To get an idea of where are invalid emails might be sitting, I have pulled the following Smart Campaigns:

  • Invalid Emails
    • Smart List: Email Invalid = True
  • Invalid Emails + Empty Invalid Cause
    • Smart List: Email Invalid = True + Email Invalid Cause = Empty
  • Marketing Suspended + Unsubscribed
    • Smart List: Unsubscribed = True + Marketing Suspended = True
  • Marketing Suspended + No Email Invalid + No Unsubscribe
    • Smart List: Marketing Suspended = True + Email Invalid = False + Unsubscribed = False
  • Unsubscribed
    • Smart List: Unsubscribed = True

The flow for whichever one we use will be to move them into an inactive stream/list and remove them from whatever program they are in.

I am assuming that there will be crossover between many of these campaigns, so, in order to achieve the above desired outcome, is there one or more campaigns that would give me the best results? Is there one that I am missing? If there are multiple items that should be considered the I can create a single campaign with everything in the smart list.

Any insight, suggestions, etc. are welcome and much appreciated as always!

Michelle

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Re: Invalid Lead Cleanup

There are many ways to handle this. If you do a search here, you can find options, including some articles I wrote on developers.marketo.com.

I wrote about the considerations,  but here they are again:

  • your smart lists are fine, overall.
  • Marketing Suspended - why would you remove them? Why were they set that way? Is that temporary?
  • Invalid, Blacklisted, Hard Bounced are the first ones to attack.
  • Don't remove SFDC Contacts - too dangerous without more thought.
  • Unsubscribes - maybe, but only if they are inactive AND leads only.
  • Don't expect any invalid emails to come back to life.
  • Archive data just in case.

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Re: Invalid Lead Cleanup

There are many ways to handle this. If you do a search here, you can find options, including some articles I wrote on developers.marketo.com.

I wrote about the considerations,  but here they are again:

  • your smart lists are fine, overall.
  • Marketing Suspended - why would you remove them? Why were they set that way? Is that temporary?
  • Invalid, Blacklisted, Hard Bounced are the first ones to attack.
  • Don't remove SFDC Contacts - too dangerous without more thought.
  • Unsubscribes - maybe, but only if they are inactive AND leads only.
  • Don't expect any invalid emails to come back to life.
  • Archive data just in case.

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Re: Invalid Lead Cleanup

Thanks Josh

These are all really helpful and we will definitely use those as we move to clean things up!

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Re: Invalid Lead Cleanup

Josh can you link to those articles?

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Re: Invalid Lead Cleanup

I would also greatly appreciate links out to those articles. My thanks in advance!

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Re: Invalid Lead Cleanup

Hi Josh,

You mentioned don't expect invalid emails to come back to life, but is it possible for invalids to change from TRUE to FALSE? I created a cleanup smart campaign yesterday and today the number of qualified leads has decreased. Would you recommend a certain about of time a lead should be invalid before removing from database?