Editing templates

Tom_Kerlin2
Level 7

Re: Editing templates

Hi Jen,

Here is product doc guide that expands on modules: Email Template Syntax - Marketo Docs - Product Documentation

Yes, it's possible to add more modules but you may need make edits in the email template itself and adhere to Marketo's email template syntax.

Tom Kerlin
Dan_Stevens_
Level 10 - Champion Alumni

Re: Editing templates

Jen, your best bet is to find an agency - or a self-service provider like Knak - and have the appropriate templates created for your specific use-cases.  The ones that Marketo provides haven't been tested fully across all devices, clients (especially Outlook) and are quite limited/dated.  Have a look at the all-in-one template that I posted in this discussion thread: Re: Moving off Marketo Designer

Joe_Reitz
Level 10 - Champion Alumni

Re: Editing templates

Adding to the great advice Dan provided above, Email Monks or Grazitti are also great options for fast turn around (and low prices). Both of those agencies are based in India and can turn templates around overnight for less than a couple hundred bucks each. They know Marketo 2.0 syntax really well. 10/10, would outsource again.

Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Editing templates

As a software developer, I agree completely with your opinion.

Marketo's interface is full of marketo specific syntax that is cumbersome and restricting.  They have no error messaging, so you really have no ability to debug any error that pops up when attempting to build a template.  This is maybe the worst CMS I have ever used. 

Grégoire_Miche2
Level 10

Re: Editing templates

Well, Marketo is not a CMS

And not a development tool neither.

-Greg

Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Editing templates

If Marketo were classified in software development terms, it is a CMS, just like Wordpress or Drupal.  It is designed for small mom and pop businesses that don't really have the ability to do marketing on their own.  It lacks enterprise features or tools that allow for a great degree of customization.

But, I'll agree it is not a development tool. 

Grégoire_Miche2
Level 10

Re: Editing templates

Sorry to disagree, Marketo is not a CMS and has never claimed to be. It's a Marketing Automation / Lead management solution that happens to offer the possibility to create landing pages. In other terms, it's designed to manage leads, not content. Hence some limitations, shortcuts or lack of functionality.

-Greg

Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Editing templates

I would call landing pages and email templates "content".  It has tools for the composition of new content.  It has an interface for viewing and managing data for large groups of people.  It delivers content to users via email tools.

I don't think the criteria for a CMS is that it does these things well.  Content management system - Wikipedia

Whether moonlighting as a CMS makes you a CMS or not is debatable, but for me, intent is not as important as functionality.

Dan_Stevens_
Level 10 - Champion Alumni

Re: Editing templates

Marketo's interface is full of marketo specific syntax that is cumbersome and restricting

Marketo's proprietary syntax for LP and email templates provide the enhanced capabilities - like drag and drop modules to create unique email layouts via a single template - when those templates are properly designed/coded by those who are extremely familiar with Marketo template design and the custom syntax.  For example, here's an all-in-one template that we use for all of our email communications:

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Yet, Marketo also supports standards-based coding for advanced features like Velocity email scripting (and of course, javascript, CSS, etc.).

It is designed for small mom and pop businesses that don't really have the ability to do marketing on their own.

Actually quite the opposite.  Marketo's customers are SMB to enterprise businesses that have the appropriate staff (either in-house or by working with an agency/partner) to properly implement and customize the environment for the business (including integrating with CRM and other platforms that make up the tech stack - Marketo is often the core platform within the Marketing ecosystem).  Tools like MailChimp, Constant Contact and Campaign Monitor, on the other hand, are geared toward the do-it-yourself types within a business.  Here's a recent report that was published that describes in great detail the differences between the most popular platforms that make up the marketing automation landscape (ironically, if you look at the URL, you'll see that this report is served up through a Marketo instance):

http://downloads.digitalmarketingdepot.com/rs/727-ZQE-044/images/MIR_1602_B2BMrkgAuto.pdf

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Grégoire_Miche2
Level 10

Re: Editing templates

Nice report Dan. Thx for posting it.