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Marketo's definition of "Open"

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Marketo's definition of "Open"

When does Marketo consider an email has been opened...
  • When the recipient views it in Outlook's preview mode?
  • Preview mode but only if settings are set to mark it as "Read"
  • When it is actually opened?
  • Combination of the above?
  • All of the above?
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Anonymous
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

There is a 1x1px invisible img that is embedded on every email with a bunch of parameters at the end of it. Something like 

<IMG SRC="http://mkto-qe1061.com/trk?t=1&mid=NzUyLUtRRi01Nzc6Mjk6MTE0MTozMTM6MDo" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" BORDER="0" ALT="" />

That code is special and tells the marketo servers who the email was sent to.  When it loads, it tells Marketo to log an "Open" event in the activity log.

This is common practice for email providers.  The main problem is that most email clients will block images by default.  This blocks the image from loading and telling Marketo they "opened" the email.  

So the short answer is: When that 1x1 pixel loads is when we log the open event.

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Anonymous
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

Pat, my understanding is that this occurs any time "images are turned on"... either by manual action (clicking and approving images), or by user settings in the individual's email client/browser that may auto-turn-on images.

If that's not correct, I'll happily read what others add to this thread!
Anonymous
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

There is a 1x1px invisible img that is embedded on every email with a bunch of parameters at the end of it. Something like 

<IMG SRC="http://mkto-qe1061.com/trk?t=1&mid=NzUyLUtRRi01Nzc6Mjk6MTE0MTozMTM6MDo" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" BORDER="0" ALT="" />

That code is special and tells the marketo servers who the email was sent to.  When it loads, it tells Marketo to log an "Open" event in the activity log.

This is common practice for email providers.  The main problem is that most email clients will block images by default.  This blocks the image from loading and telling Marketo they "opened" the email.  

So the short answer is: When that 1x1 pixel loads is when we log the open event.

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Lindsey_Veeh
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

So, what if the person never downloads the images and doesn't click on anything? Are they not counted as opened?

SanfordWhiteman
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

Yes, because if the lead never downloads images nor clicks a link, they haven't (from the tracking server's perspective) engaged with the email in any way that's different from someone who deletes the mail immediately.

Anonymous
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

Thanks.
Rafael_Santoni1
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

As far as I know, the only technical way possible to know whether an email has been opened is by reading impressions of an image that usually get included as a hidden asset of the email HTML version. Obviously, if a link within the email message is clicked, the message should also be considered opened.

If the preview can trigger any of these conditions, then it is possible that the message gets counted as opened. All different email clients can behave and treat email messages different, so there isn't really a single answer that can be correct.

Marketo implements an image at the bottom of each HTML message in the format of "YOURMARKETODOMAIN.com/trk?t=1&amp;mid=NzQ4LU1CSy00NTc6NDM2NjowOjA6MDoyNDg1OjA6MDpyYWZhZWwuc2FudG9uaUBjaXRyaXguY29t" width="1" height="1" border="0" ] to keep track of opens.

Keep in mind that as opposed to SENT, DELIVERED, and BOUNCED statuses, the open state of a message is not reported back from the recipient server to the sender server. That is why a hidden image is used to track opens and why the pure TEXT part of a multi-part email can not track opens.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

Rafael
Rafael_Santoni1
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

It seems like we were all typing responses almost at the same time. I thought I was going to be the first one responding. Didn't mean to downplay anyone's answer. We are pretty much all saying the same thing in our own little way.

Good luck!

Rafael
Anonymous
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Re: Marketo's definition of "Open"

It is great to have multiple responses, all confirming what I thought to be the case. Again, thank you to all for the assist!!