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Use custom objects in Marketo to track metrics specific to your business. This could be anything from cars, to college majors–courses–-whatever your company sells or services.you would like to model in Marketo to run your campaigns.

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You can set up custom objects to work on a one-to-many or many-to-many basis. You create the initial object the same way, but the steps are different when you start adding fields to the object. See Understanding Marketo Custom Objects for more information.

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You cannot create, edit, or delete a Link or Dedupe Field once the custom object is approved.

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Objects In the tree, select Database Management > FIeld Management and in the Marketo Custom Objects tab, click

a Custom Object for a One-to-Many Structure

This example shows a Car custom object, for use in a one-to-many structure. Later, you'll create a course custom object and an intermediary object to use in a many-to-many structure.

Click Admin, and in Database Management select Marketo Custom Objects.

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Click New Custom Object.

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The Marketo Custom Objects tab displays all custom objects on the right, and details for any approved ones, including number of records and fields at the most recent update.

Enter a display name. The API Name and Plural Name populate automatically
, but you can edit them
. Enter a description (optional).

Slide the

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You can edit these fields when you're creating them, but after they're saved, you can only edit the Plural Name field and the Show in Lead Detail slider.

Pull the Show in Lead Detail slider over to display Show if you want to
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view custom object data on the Lead Database page. Click Save.

The custom object information displays the content you entered. Notice that
no fields, object names, or field names are linked to the custom object yet.

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Use the Custom Object Actions menu to edit, publish or delete the custom object.

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Editing is the same as creating, with the same fields displayed, except for the API name, which can't be edited.

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it's in a Draft state.

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The next step is to add fields to build out your custom object.

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You can only populate Marketo Custom Objects via a list import, or the API.

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Create a Custom Object for a Many-to-Many Structure

This example shows a course custom object, which you'll use for creating a many-to-many relationship between people/companies and courses. When you're done, you'll create an intermediary object to connect it to people or companies in your database.

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For a many-to-many relationship, you don't need to create a link in the custom object. Instead, you'll add two links to the intermediary object (see below).

Click Admin, and in Database Management select Marketo Custom Objects.

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Click New Custom Object.

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Enter a display name. The API Name and Plural Name populate automatically. Enter a description (optional).

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You can edit these fields when you're creating them, but after they're saved, you can only edit the Plural Name field and the Show in Lead Detail slider.

Pull the Show in Lead Detail slider over to display Show if you want to view custom object data on the Lead Database page. Click Save.

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The custom object information displays the content you entered. Notice that it's in a Draft state.

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You can only populate Marketo Custom Objects via a list import, or the API.

The next step is for you create your intermediary object (see below). But before that, you need to create a field to link to with it. 

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Fields
After you've created your custom object, click the FIelds tab and New Field subtab to add fields.

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Like you did with the custom object, enter a display name and description.

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Easy. Now, choose an appropriate data type from the list.

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If you want deduping, you can do it in fields as well as in objects. Click Save.

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an Intermediary Object

Use an intermediary object to connect a custom object to people or companies. In this example, it's used to connect courses in your course custom object to people or companies in your database.

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You don't need to create an intermediary object for a one-to-many custom object structure.

Click Admin, and in Database Management, select Marketo Custom Objects.

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Click New Custom Object.

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Enter a display name. The API Name and Plural Name populate automatically. Enter a description (optional).

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You can edit these fields when you're creating them, but after they're saved, you can only edit the Plural Name field and the Show in Lead Detail slider.

Pull the Show in Lead Detail slider over to display Show if you want to view custom object data on the Lead Database page. Click Save.

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The custom object information displays the content you entered. Notice that it's in a Draft state.

The next step is for you to add link fields to connect your intermediary object to a person/company and a custom object.

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