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The type of email - "Operational"/"Marketing" is a setting on the email and not tied to how the email is sent (via API or from the application). If you send a Marketing email using the APIs, these will count against the communication limit.
Hi Raj -
That makes sense for the use case where an email is built an approved in Marketo and an API call just tells Marketo to go ahead and send it to someone.
I haven't dug into Marketo's API yet, but isn't there also a case where everything (content, recipient, sender, subject, etc.) is set via the API and Marketo is just delivering the message, meaning that the message doesn't actually exist anywhere in Marketo, only the delivery? Or do all emails that are called and sent via API need to exist somewhere in Marketo, even if it's just as a blank placeholder that gets populated by info passed via API?
Yes, you can send all the info in using APIs, but the info is put into an existing email asset before it is sent out (the latter option). As the setting of "Operational"/"Marketing" is on the email asset, the system will always know how to treat an outgoing message.
Thanks Raj - that's everything I needed to know!