22 Replies Latest reply on Feb 11, 2016 6:19 AM by Geoff Krajeski

    Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working

      In mid-December all of our trigger smart campaigns in our account stopped working. We've been operating off batch smart campaigns since then, but it's obviously not ideal. We've been dealing with a support ticket and our account reps, but they have been anything but helpful.


      Has anyone else ever had this happen to them? If so, were you able to solve the issue and can you provide your resolution? I'm afraid that it's a setting that got touched on our account, but can't seem to find anything that would cause this type of impact.

        • Re: Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working
          Grégoire Michel

          Hi Danielle,


          There is absolutely no reason why all trigger smart campaigns should stop working only on your instance


          What do you mean by stop working? Not triggering? Be deactivated? Other?


          Can you give us precise examples?



          • Re: Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working
            Louiza Verykiou

            Hello Danielle Boenisch!


            I have taken a look at the case you have open with us. I believe your support engineer has answered a lot of the questions about why leads didn't qualify for the trigger campaigns but they did for the batch campaigns.


            The things to remember about trigger campaigns are


            1. They will only fire when the action happens in real time (ie if you create the campaign in December, an action that would have triggered the campaign that happened in November, will not make your lead go through the campaign - however that lead would qualify for a batch campaign as those don't distinguish when the action took place unless you specify a time frame)


            2. Data value change triggers do not apply when the lead is created with a value in that field. This is considered part of the original lead is created action and doesn't register in the same way as i you go to that lead the next day and change the value again.


            Essentially the important elements are

            1. That the trigger action happens after the trigger campaign is activated

            2. That the lead fulfills any filters you have added on top of the trigger in the smart list


            If in doubt, have a look at the activity log of a lead. Any activity that would trigger will be noted there. For example if you change a value, a "Data value was changed" activity will be registered. If you do not see that and your trigger is "data value was changed" your lead will not qualify.


            If that doesn't cover it - please reach out to us in support, we're always happy to help!

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            • Re: Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working
              Grant Booth

              One other thing you could try (apologies if someone already mentioned this) is to go to Marketing Activities, and check your Campaign Queue. If there's a long list of trigger campaigns queued up there, it could be that you're simply trying to use too many of them and the system is getting overwhelmed.

              If you're dissatisfied with Support's response, you might try asking them for a counter example of a smart campaign in your instance which IS triggering, to demonstrate that the problem must be with your campaign's smart list.


              All of that said, in my experience, 99.9% of the time these issues are due to someone using a very complex smart list and logic when they're still new to the system and not comfortable with it yet. Also - Support doesn't have a magic super tool to see why a lead isn't qualifying. They have to analyze the lead's activity log, check filter by filter, and check the campaign's smart list (and all the other smart lists referenced using Member of Smart List) for changes since the lead should have triggered it. It's a process that quickly becomes exhausting the more complex the smart list is. I recommend that you avoid using the Member of Smart List filter whenever possible, and review Marketo's list of smart list best practices:

              Best Practices for Smart Lists - Marketo Docs - Product Docs



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              • Re: Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working
                Dory Viscogliosi

                I'm not sure if this is related to the removal of "Is Anonymous", but if you take out the Anonymous IP filter does your campaign work? I have noticed that with this update, some things that previously functioned are now either not functioning, or are functioning differently than they used to.

                • Re: Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working
                  Dory Viscogliosi

                  Also, to check that trigger campaigns are actually working on your account (and it isn't a setting issue, although I've never seen this), you could create a very simple triggered campaign using a data value change or something similar, and then change the data value on a test record to ensure that the triggered campaign actually works.


                  I highly doubt there is a general issue with your triggered campaigns and think it's much more likely that you're dealing with a smart list issue, but it can't hurt to try this as well.

                    • Re: Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working

                      I have tried everything that I can think of, including creating a super simple trigger campaign and nothing is working in our account. It's definitely not a smart list issue.

                        • Re: Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working
                          Dory Viscogliosi

                          Has your support case been escalated? You can contact your account manager as well as supportescalations@marketo.com to ensure that it isn't a lower-level tech working on the issue. If none of your triggers are working, then this would be a serious production down issue that should be addressed.

                          • Re: Trigger Smart Campaigns Aren't Working
                            Louiza Verykiou

                            Hello Danielle Boenisch,


                            thankfully trigger campaigns do seem to be working for example some of your scoring campaigns are firing as we speak.


                            I believe that you have been contacted by a manager as well on the issue and support will happily continue working with you.


                            The senior technical support engineer who has been working with you is one of our best and looking at the history of your case she has done an amazing job of explaining every occurrence and why a lead didn't qualify for your trigger campaigns. There isn't a single example lead that you provided which has no logical explanation (ie on which criteria they didn't qualify)


                            If you still  feel as if you're not completely comfortable working with trigger campaigns there are various options to ensure you get the assistance you need and your CAM will be happy to discuss them with you.


                            Having seen that the campaigns are qualifying people correctly, you may want to think what changes have been made in terms of process in the last couple of months - are your leads entering Marketo in the same way as before? have you changed the way you work in Marketo? etc.


                            Finally you got some great advice here from our nation members and the improvements which were suggested by Grégoire and Rajesh Talele will greatly help optimize your instance!

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