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To enable Marketo to meet the performance demands of its customers, Marketo has a standardized Data Retention Policy used across the platform. This policy applies to the activities stored in the activity logs of people in your database.   Activities and Data Retention There are two components to our data retention policy: a retention period of 90 days for twelve (12) high-volume activities; and a retention period of 25 months for other lead activities.   Activities with Retention Period of 90 days The high-volume activities listed below will be retained for 90-days. After 90-days, these activities will be permanently deleted. Activities Retained for 90 Days Add to List Change Score Change Data Value Visit Webpage Click Link on Webpage Sync Lead to SFDC Sync Lead to Microsoft Sync Lead Updates to SFDC Update Opportunity Request Campaign Email Delivered* Send Email*   * Email Delivered and Send Email activities change from 25 months to 90 days effective August 31st, 2020.  More information here .   Activities with Retention Period of 25 Months The activities listed below will be retained for 25 months. After 25 months, all such lead activities will be permanently deleted. The only exception is the New Lead activity, which will always be displayed in the activity log. All other activities will be deleted, but the New Lead activity will not, giving you a permanent record of when the lead was created and how. Category Activities Retained for 25-Months Web Click Predictive Content Click RTP Call to Action Fill Out Form Smart Campaign Add to Engagement Program Call Webhook Change Lead Partition Change Engagement Program Cadence Change Engagement Program Stream Change Program Success Change Revenue Stage Change Revenue Stage Manually Change Program Status Compute Data Value Delete Lead Enrich with Data.com Interesting Moment Merge Leads Remove from List Resolve Ruleset Reward Test Group Variant Schedule Test Variants Send Alert Engagement Program Cast Push Lead to Market Social Click Shared Link Share Content Vote in Poll Email Click Email Email Bounced Email Bounced Soft Open Email Received Forward to Friend Email Sent Forward to Friend Email Unsubscribe Email CRM Salesforce Add to Opportunity Add to SFDC Campaign Change Owner Change Status in SFDC Campaign Click Sales Email Convert Lead Delete Lead from SFDC Lead Assigned New SFDC Opportunity Open Sales Email Receive Sales Email Remove from Opportunity Remove from SFDC Campaign Resolve Conflicts SFDC Activity Sales Email Bounced Send Sales Email SFDC Activity Updated SFDC Merge Leads Add to Case Add to SFDC Custom Object Test (Contact) Microsoft Dynamics Add to Opportunity (Contact) Add to Opportunity (Account) Remove from Opportunity (Contact) Remove from Opportunity (Account) Update Opportunity (Contact) Update Opportunity (Account) Delete Lead from Microsoft Segmentation Add to Segment Change Segment​       Retaining Data Marketo’s data retention policy gives you a rolling 90-day view of certain high-volume activities and a rolling 25-month view of other lead activity data. To help prevent any actual data loss, Marketo has developed a Bulk Extract API that enables you to export this data directly if desired. Once exported, you will be able to host this information locally and utilize it in any way you deem necessary. Premium Data Retention Option Marketo offers a premium Extended Data Retention subscription option that will allow activity data to be stored for 37 months instead of the standard retention period of 25 months. The high-volume activities, however, will only be retained for 90 days even with the premium option. For more information, contact your Customer Success Manager.  
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Issue You made an A/B Test within an Email Program, and now when you are in a Smart List or Smart Campaign and are attempting to set up a filter (such as Opened Email), you are unable to locate the A/B test email asset in order to select it. Solution When an A/B test is made in an Email Program, the Program must be approved in order for the email to be located by other assets (Smart Lists/Smart Campaigns.) When the Program is approved, the email asset name will be changed to whatever kind of A/B test is used, and will be available for reference in other assets. For example: [program name].Subject Line Test; or [program name].Whole Email Test
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Issue Smart campaign email tab's count for soft bounced and delivered activities does not match the number of soft bounced and delivered activities in smart campaign results tab Example: Email tab shows 5 soft bounces, whereas, results show 6 soft bounce activities Email tab shows 10 delivered, whereas, results show 13 delivered activities Solution The email tab on a smart campaign is an Email Performance Report so it is calculated based on documented rules at Email Performance Report | Adobe Marketo   Root Cause There was one lead that opened the email, so the lead was not counted as soft bounced on the email performance report and was counted as email opened based on email performance report rule #4 "If the email is Opened, bounces are ignored." There were three leads that had soft bounce activity also had a delivered email activity. Based on email performance report rule #1 "Each email activity record is set to one, and only one, of the following: Delivered, Hard Bounced, Soft Bounced, or Pending." - in this case, soft bounce takes precedence over delivered email activity so the three leads were not counted as delivered on the report but were counted as soft bounce. Environment Smart campaign Email tab Smart campaign results Email performance report
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Issue Best practices for trigger campaigns. Solution Trigger campaigns in Marketo look for ANY activity that could be related even if there is a filter or constraint. If you have 10 Clicked Email Campaigns active, and 100 Leads click on an email. Each lead has 10 evaluations to determine if that trigger qualifies. They will still evaluate even if they will not qualify due to constraints or filters. Here are some best practices to assure your trigger evaluation step is as quick as possible: -Turn off any trigger campaigns that are no longer needed. (This will reduce the # of active monitors that will cause evaluations to fire off for a trigger event)       -Note: Once a quarter, Marketo will find smart campaigns that have sat dormant (no people trigger it) for 6 months or more and deactivate them automatically. However you can manually deactivate campaigns on your own.   - Convert Trigger campaigns to Batch if they are not needed for immediate response (for activities or campaigns that can run nightly). Batch campaigns run on a separate component of Marketo's processors which doesn't affect the Trigger qualifier speeds. Each instance's situation can be unique. Our support team would be glad to go over best practices for your instance and also review how you can self-maintain the campaign deactivation through the Campaign Inspector.   
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Issue If a record which is in a Marketo Campaign Wait Step and is merged into another record, does the winner of the merge continue through the flow?    Solution Winner of the merge will continue through the Campaign flow and complete the remaining steps. To prevent this behavior, remove the record from Campaign using the 'Remove From Flow' step. Environment Records merged in Marketo  Records merged in SFDC
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Issue Single Flow Step to send an email to x number of leads failed  Solution Create a smart campaign and override the person restriction to send an email to a number of people that is greater than the campaign restriction Root Cause The number of people selected to send an email from a single flow action exceeds the campaign person restriction/limit. The campaign restrictions apply to the single flow action because a background campaign is generally created to process the single flow action. Environment Single Flow Action Send Email Campaign Restrictions Smart List
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Issue When an A/B test is in scheduled state and you would want to cancel it. On clicking "Unapprove Program", an error message shows up saying 'Cannot unapprove program -<program name> - is in use'. Solution Within the program, go to the trigger campaign which references these assets in their smart list, for example  1. 'Program_1.Email_Asset_1' used in 'Open Emails' trigger step in smart list 2. 'Program_1.Email_Asset_1' used in 'Clicks Link in Email' trigger step in smart list Remove asset references above within the smart list of the campaign, navigate to program and click "Unapprove Program". Root Cause This is due to the program asset being used in trigger campaigns within the program. Environment Marketing Activities A/B Test
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Issue When adding 'Acquisition Program' attribute as part of 'change data value' flow step, ‘New Value’ will not get saved if it is added as a token. As an example, let's say there is a smart campaign within a program and the program has multiple tokens. One of the token is {{program.Name}} whose value is 'Sales Acquisition Campaign'. In the smart campaign, there is a 'change data value' flow step that updates the value of 'Acquisition Program' attribute to a new value. If this new value is added as '{{program.Name}}' in the flow step, and when navigating away from the campaign flow edit page and navigating back again to the same page, the 'Acquisition Program' attribute's new value will be blank. Solution Use text instead of token to update 'Acquisition Program' value. In the above example, use 'Sales Acquisition Campaign' as the new value in the flow step instead of using token '{{program.Name}}'. Root Cause Marketo does not support use of tokens to update 'Acquisition Program' attribute. Environment Marketing Activities Change Data Value Acquisition Program Token
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Summary You often need to utilise the wait step in your campaign flow but wonder if '1 day' or '24 hours' reflect on a different time when a record hit the wait step and when they were released from this flow step. Issue You wondered how the wait step value 'one day' and '24 hours' differentiate if you use any of these values in your wait step 'without' the advanced duration 'must end on'.    Solution There is no difference between 1 day with the 24 hours 'wait' step value. The value '1 day' will wait and release a lead after 24 hours from the moment a lead hit the wait step.   Environment Production/Sandbox
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Summary Smart campaign utilizing the 'Fills Out Facebook Lead Ads Form' trigger does not generate any results for people created as a result of filling out a Facebook Lead Ads form. Issue Smart campaigns utilizing the 'Fills Out Facebook Lead Ads Form' Trigger does not trigger for people created as a result of filling out a Facebook Lead Ads form. Solution If you have Workspaces and Partitions set up on your instance, it is important to remember that people created in the database as a result of filling out Facebook Lead Ads form, will be automatically created in your Default partition per design.  In a scenario where a trigger campaign is hosted under a workspace that does not have the appropriate visibility to your default partition - the person filling out the Facebook Lead Ad form would not be triggering the campaign.    Solution Make sure your trigger campaign lives under workspace which has visibility over the default person partition. To check the workspace configuration go to Admin > Workspaces & Partitions and make sure your default partition is assigned to the workspace where your trigger campaign lives under.  Root Cause New people which are being created in Marketo as a result of filling out a Facebook Lead Ads Form will be created by default in the Default lead partition. Environment Customers who have Workspaces and Partitions set up in their instance. Customers who have set up the Facebook Lead Ads integration and have utilized the  'Fills Out Facebook Lead Ads Form' Trigger
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Issue A smart campaign is configured to clear the field value for a field, however, when the smart campaign ran, it didn't appear to have cleared the field values and the campaign results display no activities. Solution Check to see if people qualified for the smart campaign and became campaign members by clicking on the 'View Campaign Members' button. If there were people that are in the campaign members list, then it means people qualified and the flow step did not process. If people did qualify, then check [Admin > Field Management] to see if there is a block field updates enabled on "Flow change data value" - In this case, temporarily disable the block field updates on "Flow change data value" for the field, run the campaign so that it can clear the values on the field and then re-enable the block field updates. Root Cause The smart campaign did not return any activities in the results if the flow step was only configured to change the data value of a field that has block field updates enabled for "Flow change data value" Environment Smart Campaign Change Data Value Clear Field Values Field Management Block Field Updates
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Issue A/B test in Email Program status is still showing “Running test…” and not all email variants were sent as expected.    Solution To ensure the sample size qualified at least a minimum of the total variants of the A/B test.  For example, if you have a total of 6 records, a sample size of 34% will suffice for 2 records (1 for variant A and 1 for variant B).    Root Cause This can occur if the sample size selected is too small. For example, if you have a total of 6 records, a sample size of 1% will not suffice for 1 record.   Environment A/B Test Email Program  Sample Size Running Test 
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  Welcome to Marketo Support This guide provides individual links that covers the following topics: Marketo Support Policies Service Level Agreement How to Contact Marketo Support How to Submit a Case Tips on Effective Case Submission Managing Authorized Support Contacts (Support Admins) Managing Your Cases How to Escalate    
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Issue Leads recently imported cannot be found Solution Check if the example leads exist in the partition the workspace has access to. It is possible that the leads cannot be found because the workspace being checked does not have access to the partition the leads exist in. Check if any of the example leads have been deleted: by using the Campaign Inspector to review all of the smart campaigns that contain a Delete Lead flow action. Then check the run history of each smart campaign to see which recently ran and how many people qualified. If there is a significant amount of smart campaigns that contain a delete lead flow action, contact Marketo Support for additional assistance. by checking the delete lead activities via API Check if the example leads' information was changed. For example, if a lead was imported with email address "john@gmail.com" then create a smart list using "Data Value Changed" filter where "previous value" was "john@gmail.com" Root Cause Leads could exist in a partition that has not been searched, the details could have changed, or the leads could have been deleted. Environment Lead Database List Import Workspaces and Partitions Smart Campaign Campaign Inspector
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Once you have submitted a case to Marketo support, we provide a simple way of staying connected to your case and the cases submitted from your company through the Marketo Support Portal. You can access the support portal through your Marketo instance by selecting Community in the top right corner: You can also access the support portal directly at https://support.marketo.com and login with your Marketo credentials (login and password). This will not work for users with SSO.   Once you are in the support portal you can Create a Case for Marketo Support or you can also review any cases that are open and being worked on by support or review your case history. Navigate to My Case management: From the My Cases navigation y ou can access the following case views: My Recent Cases* - Cases that you have opened in the past 30 days All Company Recent Cases* - Cases that any authorized support contact has opened in the past 30 days My Open Cases – Cases created by you that are being triaged by Support and pending Support’s response and are more than 30 days old My Closed Cases – Cases that were created by you and are now closed My Awaiting Fix Cases – Cases that were created by you where Marketo is developing a fix which will be implemented at a later date All Company Closed Cases – Cases that were created by you or your colleagues that are now closed All Company Open Cases - All open cases submitted for the account Company Awaiting Fix Cases – Cases that were created by you or your colleagues where Marketo is developing a fix which will be implemented at a later date Management Escalations - Escalations opened by you or your colleagues  Survey Cases - Surveys that are available for you to fill out after a case is closed *Cases that have been opened for more than 30 days will move from Recent cases to Open cases   To view specific case details, click a case number. From the Case Details, you can perform the following: Close your Case - Select the "My Case is Resolved" button to close your case Add Comments - Provide additional comments to support or respond to a Support question Add Attachment - Provide any screenshots or documents that will help illustrate the issue you are reporting   If your case has been closed there are two options available to you.   Reopen - You can reopen your case if you are not satisfied with the case resolution by adding a comment in the case. Case Survey - Once your case has closed, please consider offering feedback on the level of Support you received.
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  Overview Add Leads to Static Lists Use Custom Fields Overview Lead records have two primary components – lead attributes and activity logs. Lead attributes are the fields and field values within the lead record. For example, Job Title is a lead attribute. Lead Name is a lead attribute. Activity logs record the actions Marketo or the lead themselves have taken. For example, sending an email to a lead is an activity that would show in the activity log. If the lead opens the email or visits a tracked page, those activities would show in the activity log as well.   Activities in the activity log are only retained for 25 months, or 37 if you have purchased the premium data retention option. The main way to store activity data beyond the Data Retention Policy timeframe is to use the Bulk Extract API. There are two other ways you can keep a reference of these activities after the end of the Data Retention period, and they can be referenced within the Marketo UI. This article will show you how that can be done.     Add Leads to Static Lists Static lists will retain lead membership even if the activity of adding the lead to the list has been removed. This will let you have lists dedicated to specific criteria that would otherwise be removed after the data retention time period has been passed.   For example, Smart Campaign membership history is not retained after 25 months. If you are searching for members of a Smart Campaign, but a lead first became a member of the Smart Campaign more than 25 months ago, the search results would not include that lead.   An easy way to work around that is to add your leads to a static list as part of the flow of the campaign. When creating your Smart Campaign, create a new static list with the same corresponding name (makes it easier to identify later). When building the flow of your campaign, add the "Add to List" flow step so that all leads going through the campaign will be logged on the list.         Use Custom Fields Lead attributes and their field values are not affected by the Data Retention Policy. Use Smart Campaigns to populate custom fields with values based on activities your leads take. This will allow you to filter leads by these lead attributes that are not affected by the Data Retention Policy. A side benefit to this is that it is faster to search by lead attributes than by searching through lead activity logs.   Example: This approach can work for many different activities, but let’s use form fill outs as an example.   Let’s say you want to be able to identify leads who have been very active and have filled out more than 5 forms over their lifecycle. You could use the filter “Filled Out Form” with the “Min. Number of Times” constraint set to 5. However, if one of those forms filled out occurred more than 25 months ago, the filter would only be able to access 4 form fill activities in the activity log. Therefore, the lead would not pass the filter.   Instead of using the “Filled Out Form” filter, set up a Smart Campaign to write to custom fields that show you how many forms they’ve filled out, and when the first one was. Here’s how to do it:   1. Create two new custom fields in Marketo, one Score Field, and the second a Date Field.   2. Create a new Smart Campaign   3. Add the trigger “Fills Out Form” set to “is any” to the Campaign Smart List     4. Add these two Flow Steps to the Campaign Flow: Flow Step 1 : “Change Score” Score Field Name: your score field name Change: +1   Flow Step 2 : “Change Data Value” Add Choice to Flow Step Choice 1: If “your score field name”  “is empty” Attribute “your score field name” New Value: {{system.date}} Default Choice: Do Nothing       This campaign will listen for any time a lead fills out a form, add +1 to your score field, and if it’s the very first form they’ve ever filled out, it will log the date of when it was done. If the lead has ever filled out a form in the past, there will already be a date value in the date field, so the flow choice would just skip over it and do nothing.       Results You’ll See: With the original goal of identifying leads who have filled out more than 5 forms you’ll be able to filter for leads that have filled out at least 5 forms. In addition, this campaign will let you search for leads based on when they had filled out their very first form, regardless of how long ago it was. Since it’s stored in a lead field, it’s a lead attribute that is not affected by the Data Retention Policy at all.      
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Issue Best practices for avoiding corruption in cloned assets. Solution When cloning assets you should always clone from the original asset. Say that you have email A, and you clone that original email into version B, and then clone version B into C, and clone C into D, etc.  There is potential for asset corruption when clones are cloned repeatedly. It is best to clone the original rather than making clones of clones. When creating assets, whether they are individual assets like emails or complex assets like programs, set one as the master asset and clone all copies from the master.
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Issue Why is there a difference between the Exhausted Count displayed in an Engagement Program Stream vs. a smart list using the "member of engagement program stream is exhausted" filter? Solution To account for the difference in a smart list that is displaying a different number of people that have exhausted the content in a stream, in the smart list account for the other conditions the Exhausted Count uses: Engagement Program Cadence of "normal" - this can be included as a constraint on the "Member of Engagement Program" smart list filter The members were not blocked - this can be included in the smart list by using the smart list filters: member of smart list is not blocklisted, unsubscribed = false, marketing suspended = false, email address is not empty and/or email invalid is false. Have not exceeded the communication limit at the last nurture cast - there is no specific smart list filter for this, so it will need to be manually checked in a lead's activity log. Root Cause The Exhausted Count represents the latest exhausted number after the last run/cast. It has other conditions like the nurture cadence of a member should be "Normal", and the member was not blocked or have not exceeded the communication limit at the last nurture cast. If the smart list is configured as follows, then it will display a different number as it does not account for the engagement program cadence of 'Normal' and if a member is not blocked and has not exceeded the communication limit at the last nurture cast. #1: Member of Engagement Program is any Exhausted Content is true Program is [Program Name] Stream is [Stream Name] Environment Engagement Program Exhausted Content Smart List
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Issue When trying to create a new Engagement Program, you get an error stating that your instance has reached maximum number of active engagement programs.     Solution Due to engineering constraints and as well as to have better user experience, we have limited the total number of active Engagement Programs to 100. So you can create as many Engagement Programs as you want, but when you try to activate more than 100, you will get an error message that says “You have reached 100 Active Engagement Programs. Please deactivate some of your existing Engagement Programs to activate this program." The easiest way to see all your Engagement Programs is to use the filter on the navigation tree.  Click the filter icon and select Engagement Programs from the list. This will allow you to see which Engagement Programs are no longer needed so that you can deactivate them to make room for more.
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Issue Will custom settings, such as Launchpoint integrations, API configurations and SFDC sync settings, remain in place when doing an instance copy, or will they be overwritten?     Solution All permanent configuration settings which can be done to a Marketo instance are reset to the default values or settings in the destination instance. Everything is copied except for the below list: Lead Database and activity history are not copied CRM configuration is reset on the destination instance. Users are not copied. CRM Field Mappings are removed in the destination instance except for standard mappings, and must be set during the Field Mapping Stage of CRM sync initialization. RCA information is not copied. Program subscriptions are not copied. Campaign History is not Copied. CNAMES for Email links and LPs are not copied. All Account-string based properties are modified accordingly. Munchkin ID of the destination instance is preserved. Sales Insight Admin Configuration is Reset. Outlook licenses are not copied. All pre-existing data on the destination instance will be destroyed. Asset IDs for emails, landing pages, and programs will match Launchpoint and API integrations are not copied   If data may exist on the destination instance prior to the copy process, this may require that you work with your Success Manager to obtain a replacement instance for the copy to be completed.
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