We are working on setting up a Twilio integration. The outgoing webhook from Marketo to Twilio is working, so we've been able to send a few texts.
We need to be able to store the responses to the texts in Marketo (Examples: Yes, No, Stop, Call Me, etc.). I've tried creating a webhook and mapping back to field locations, but I could be missing something.
Has anyone successfully set up Twilio responses in Marketo?
I've tried creating a webhook and mapping back to field locations, but I could be missing something.
If you mean a webhook defined in Marketo, that certainly cannot be used to process Twilio responses!
Marketo webhook definitions are for outbound calls from Marketo to a webhook-compatible service - as indeed Twilio is, for the SMS sending part. SMS responses are transmitted separately, they are not known at/during the time the SMS is sent.
To process SMS responses, you
It's not a complex setup but you have to understand the directions, definitions, and formats of the different HTTP requests.
Are you familiar with Zapier? As Sanford noted, you can't use Marketo webhooks for this purpose, but if you don't have access to a development team then you can do a "quick and dirty" reply handler using Zapier.
I believe with Twilio you can set up outgoing webhooks with the response from a user. In Zapier, create a new Zap based on "webhook is received", and copy that webhook URL given in Zapier into Twilio. Once you have an example that has been sent from Twilio to Zapier (just fake one in the short term by going to your browser, entering in the webhook URL and putting in the parameters - eg. https://zapierwebhookurlplaceholder.com?phone=+1606000000&messsage=stop), you can use the "email by Zapier" step to send yourself (or a common inbox) the details of what was sent. You can then process accordingly.
You could build in more smarts (scanning for opt out keywords etc etc, and updating this directly into Marketo) but given the variety of responses people could give you, if you can manually look at them via email that's easier.
You could also push into Slack, into a Google Sheet, whatever you want.
Side note: I'm not certain of the security of this method, so if you are in a quite.....risk-averse corporate environment, get a proper developer to do it 🙂
True, some freemium services can be used to translate the inbound payload from Twilio into an outbound payload formatted for Marketo, once you learn the ins and outs of those ostensibly zero-code services.
But you'll end up paying through the nose for something like 2-way SMS. That's how they get their money, after all, from people shifting into the suddenly costly paid tiers. (Unless you're talking mere hundreds of SMSes per month - but most people interested in 2-way will do much higher volume.)
Whereas if you build the API gateway service once, at a cost of < $1K if the developer is honest, then you can run it for pennies per month thereafter. When it comes to simple API gateways like this, there's a major cost disjunction b/t a prefab IPaaS connector and your own custom code running in the cloud. Your code won't blink at a million requests per month, as that's child's play from a resource perspective. But tell Zapier you need a million invocations and they'll be like 🤑🤑🤑.
@SanfordWhiteman and @Phillip_Wild ,
Thanks for your responses. It's good to know we could perhaps build a two-way SMS service (maybe even some form of reporting) using Zapier if we can't get a developer to build it. But I was also thinking that the volume of calls may make it a worse investment than getting an in-house solution developed.
As Sanford mentions you cannot do this in Marketo alone using webhooks.
As @Phillip_Wild mentioned you can build an SMS responder using Zapier.
The post above will show you how to
You can easily modify this SMS responder Zap (i.e. the update lead action in Step 9) to store the inbound SMS message in a deep text field on the lead.
In terms of Sanford's points about millions of invocations to Zapier we barely get any responses when we use this 2 way SMS responder zap to support the SMS we send out for webinar confirmations and webinars (https://theworkflowpro.com/marketo-sms-integration/ ) so I do not think this will be a issue unless you are receiving thousands of SMS responses a day.
Happy to help out with the Zap if you have questions!