Does anyone have a solution to best practice in pushing MQLs from Marketo to SFDC and what to do if there is an existing Contact in SFDC that matches to the Lead email? I would like to have all MQLs pushed to SFDC, create a new Lead, (even if a matching Contact exists), then have the sales team work all of the Leads and when converting a Lead that exists as a Contact they could merge upon conversion. Thank you very much for your input!
Please do some searching for Lead Assignment and Lead Lifecycle.
If I were you, I would discuss all of this with Sales before you do anything else.
On top of Josh's point, when a contact, you can create a task in SFDC and assign it to the contact owner.
Thank you. If I push all to queue, including leads that match an existing contact, can't the duplication issue be addressed when the sales person converts the lead in SFDC and merges it w/ an existing contact?
Yes you can suppress the duplicate with the conversion. But still, this is not a recommended path to take, it will cause problems (such as discrepancies in scoring).