3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 3, 2017 3:57 PM by 72ab0d6ed91f67a6c37b7811aba78eaabea6f467

    Lead Multiple Inquires For Different Product Groups

    Bethany Dunich

      We just started using the a Marketo Form for all forms on our website, so moving forward all leads will be merged based on email address. Our company is structured a bit differently and may cause us to run into some issues with this scenario. Please see below.


      • Our division covers multiple products. All of these leads go into Marketo and then into SFDC.
      • There are four groups within our division and each group handles their own leads.
      • Now that we are merging leads, there is a chance the lead can come in several times – each for a different division.  (i.e. who should be the lead owner, how to notify other teams if an inquiry came in for their product but another team is already working this lead, what happens if one team wants to convert the lead but the other team is still working their inquiry?, etc...)


        • Re: Lead Multiple Inquires For Different Product Groups

          Hi Bethany!

          This is definitely an interesting challenge...one that we see quite often with our clients. First of all, great job for making the decision to keep your records consolidated! Working off of one record instead of multiple (purposeful duplicates) is more than half of the battle.


          We worked with a client who acquired another company. The client was using purposeful duplicates and the acquired company was not. They used this as the impetus for doing a data cleanup. We developed a system whereby we created what we call the "inquiry process." The inquiry process relies on creating a specific task type with lots of custom fields. When a record fills out a form for one product line, we create a task and associate it to the person record. We use the task comments field to capture the custom fields on the task (since Marketo can't write to it) and use an apex trigger to parse the values in the comments field onto the task record. It's definitely a neat solution!


          At the core of it, you need to find a way to relate multiple business units to one record using the objects Marketo can see and write to.


          I hope that helps!

          • Re: Lead Multiple Inquires For Different Product Groups
            Gerard Donnelly

            I would suggest that most of this lead routing and activity should be being carried out in a CRM like Salesforce. There should be a single lead/contact record where all the activity should be logged.  On the Marketo side you could add things like alerts on all the different forms to notify the correct teams when someone has inquired about a specific product.  They can then look at the record in the CRM and see the entire history, what the lead has done and all the other conversations they've had. 


            Marketo should only be used for all the marketing aspects, emails, nurture, lead scoring etc.. When it comes to storing data on all the different conversations and interactions a lead has had with sales and your company, that should live in a CRM.