Tracking Unsubscribe Email Source

Tracking Unsubscribe Email Source

Hi all - looking for some help/guidance!


We recently updated our preference center to include an unsubscribe reason. As we are analyzing the first few months of responses, we realized we would like to include a field with the name of the email that triggered their unsubscribe. Ideally we want to track trends to see what types of emails are resulting in unsubscribes. 


I've created a new custom string field to capture this data and all the preference center links in our emails have the ?mkt_unsubscribe=1&mkt_tok=##MKT_TOK## at the end of the URL... Now I'm a little stuck.

I'd like to use a triggers and tokens to streamline/automate this process going forward to populate the new email unsubscribed field. 

I have a hunch that I will have to add a smart campaign to every email send moving forward but I'm hoping there is a better way! 

In a perfect world I'd also like to backfill that field with data for people who have unsubscribed in the last 6 months. 

Does anyone else track the Unsubscribe from email activity? If so, can you share how you've set it up?


Thanks a million


Re: Tracking Unsubscribe Email Source

Can you switch this to a question, not discussion?

Re: Tracking Unsubscribe Email Source

Happy to do so but I'm not seeing way to edit my post type or delete?

Re: Tracking Unsubscribe Email Source

OK, it's somewhere in there. Questions are better because they have Answers.

Anyway, I think you're overengineering. Marketo already keeps track of which email led the person to unsubscribe, as long as the built-in/system Unsubscribed field is included on the form.

This is also much the same discussion as the ongoing thread 

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Re: Tracking Unsubscribe Email Source

Exactly what Sanford said - Marketo keeps track of this already. If you've noticed a peak in unsubscribes, you can also look at email performance reports to see which emails have the highest unsubscribe rates.