12 Replies Latest reply on Dec 7, 2015 9:47 AM by John Clark

    Deleted lead receiving emails

    Claire MARBACH

      Hello Marketo Community,


      I noticed something very strange with one of the leads in the campaign I'm currently running.

      This is a "default" program including three emails, one sent every week. Each email is sent via a different workflow and I only schedule the workflows a few days before sending.


      I sent the first email to the database. I got an automatic reply from one of the recipients saying that the email address is no longer active and the person has left the company. I then deleted the lead from my Marketo database entirely.


      The campaign carried on, I scheduled the next workflow and the emails were sent. This is where something unexpected happened: I'm still receiving the same automatic reply from this email address. I checked and the lead is still not in my database.


      My questions are :

      1. How can this be happening? How come that a deleted lead can receive my Marketo emails?

      2. How do we prevent this?


      Thank a lot for your help.


        • Re: Deleted lead receiving emails
          Josh Hill

          Are your workflows using a wait step? It's possible the lead got stuck in there and it won't go away even though you deleted it.


          Are you sure the auto reply was in reference to the second email? Marketo might have seen the original auto reply as a soft bounce and would attempt to re-send within 24 hour period.

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            • Re: Deleted lead receiving emails
              Claire MARBACH

              Hi Josh,


              Thanks a lot for answering!


              I know the auto-replies were in reference to the second and third emails because the subject line was included. There was about a week between each auto reply so I don't think this is due to a soft bounce.


              The 1st workflow used a "wait" step: 1. Send email; 2. Wait; 3. Resend if not clicked or opened. However the second workflow didn't, and was started a few days after all actions from the first workflow were finished.



            • Re: Deleted lead receiving emails
              Tim McMinn

              That's very odd indeed. You ran a search within your database and the lead did not exist? Does it exist within your campaign membership send for your third email?

              • Re: Deleted lead receiving emails
                John Clark

                Hi Claire,


                It's also possible that the lead had another email address in your database that gets auto forwarded to the original.  Try search your database for the lead's name and see if anything similar comes up.  Deleting a lead should remove them from any flow, including those with wait steps, so it's most likely some other record that's still getting the emails.