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It is extra work to do the import, and it could cause errors.
A happy middle ground could be - you create reports in Salesforce, then add them to a campaign (on the report there is an "add to campaign" button) and then for your smart list use "member of sfdc campaign".
Watch out though because you'll need to create separate lead and contact reports.
This is the way to go, indeed
You would have to report separately leads and contacts anyway, whatever you do in SFDC, unless you are targeting members of another campaign (since campaign member reports can mix leads and contacts)
Also, be aware that SFDC campaigns are not sync'ed to Marketo by default. There is a setting that needs to be activated in the admin -> Salesforce section.
Depending on the timing of when you import your static list and send out your email, attributes on lead records could change, meaning there could be people who were imported as part of the static list, who no longer match the filters in the report you had created to capture them, and they'd still receive your email. A smart list would dynamically update as lead data changes.
Hi Riz Alvi,
A third way could be to replicate the SFDC list in Marketo. Use the exact same filters you have in SFDC, and create a duplicate smartlist in Marketo. One thing you'd have to be cognizant of is if the filters in the original SFDC smartlist change, the Marketo smartlist would need to be updated as well.