November 26, 2018 Marvel Marketers

Which Marketo Channels are Best for Your Marketing Strategy?

The better your Marketo channel strategy is, the better your reporting will be. And the better your reporting is, the easier it will be to make smart, data-driven business decisions.

First things first, what is a Marketo channel?

It’s the type of marketing activity you’re conducting with Marketo–like a webinar, an email newsletter, a nurture campaign, a tradeshow, etc. Don’t confuse channels with lead sources, though. While a channel CAN be a lead source, it doesn’t have to be. Instead, each channel is a specific marketing activity, and you can use each one as a filter in your reporting. For example, if you want to know if your webinar or tradeshow generated better results, simply choose their channels as filters.

How do you know which channels to create?

  • Figure out which specific marketing activity best describes the program you’re running.
  • Think about the way you want to measure the program’s success.
  • Consider how you’ll sort the program’s data, and then create channels to align with those filters.
  • Ask yourself how you’re going to filter your programs in RCE using Program Channel, Program Name and Tags.
  • Only create the channels you need so that you don’t get confused or accidentally use the wrong one.

However, you shouldn’t be afraid to create multiple channels.  For example, if you have two different types of success for a certain activity, you may want to create two channels. For example, if you’re planning a roadshow, you’ll measure success based on the number of people who register. After the roadshow, you’ll measure success based on the number of people who actually attended:

Based on best practices, here is our superheroes’ guide to creating the right channels:


Marketing Activity Marketo Program Type Marketo Channel Feature
Email Newsletter, Email Product Announcement Email Email Send Easiest way to run an A/B test. Use this channel even when using a smart campaign to send the email.
List Purchase, Import List Default List Import
Online Advertising Default Online Advertising
Operational (Data management programs like scoring) Default Operational
Nurture Engagement Nurture
Seminar, Lunch & Learns and Roadshows Event Seminar On-site check-in with mobile app
Web (Contact Us, Subscription, Gated and Un-Gated Content) Default Web
Webinar Event Webinar Integration with Marketo’s webinar partners
Tradeshow Event Tradeshow On-site check-in with mobile app


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