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Recommended Database Set Up?

Question asked by Christina Zuniga Expert on Jul 27, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 28, 2016 by Dory Viscogliosi

Salesforce functions as my company's magical program / record of truth for everything - shipping, contracting, email marketing, etc. all connected into it. Pre-Marketo we uploaded contacts that were not customers (prospects) to accounts that we had identified as a best fit. These accounts had a lot of firmographic data that we wanted to capture and associate with the lead (think company size). If we hadn't pre-targeted the account or did not know the company well, the rest of these prospects were uploaded as leads. My sales team marginally used Salesforce, so they had little experience with contacts v. leads and the differences. I tied in many of the account fields (company size, etc) into scoring so that contact prospects tied to accounts had better lead score / demographic score than my lead prospects.


Now sales is using Salesforce and they are beyond confused. I get calls asking "Why is it a lead, it's a contact!" or "I can't find lead status, ooh because it's a contact? Why is it a contact if it's a lead?" and there's internal pressure to turn this process on it's head and have 100% of prospects be leads until they are vetted by inside sales who would then convert to contacts. I see the logic behind this, but it's literally completely changing our data model and would impact the firmographic scoring model. It might also impact my BI team as they use Salesforce to run all of their reporting (and no, we don't use a data warehouse to store information that they could pull from, Salesforce functions as their data warehouse / system of truth / lynch pin of company data).


I tried to get recommendations from Marketo on which model works best but they said it's on a case by case basis. So now I ask you, wonderful Community. How have you set up Marketo-CRM?

Do you have a Marketo -> Lead -> Inside Sales -> Convert to Account / Opportunity -> Sales -> $$  or something else? why or why not?