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Marketing Programs Management

Marketing Program Managers

Marketing Program Managers focus on executing, measuring and scaling GitLab's marketing campaigns, landing a message strategically focusing on a target audience using channels such as email nurture, digital ads, paid and organic social, events, and more. Marketing programs works with Content Marketing and Product Marketing to activate content in the most effective manner to drive leads for SDRs and Sales. Webcasts, gated content, and Pathfactory strategy/best practices are owned by the Digital Marketing Programs team.


Jackie Gragnola
Manager, Marketing Programs

Agnes Oetama
Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Jenny Tiemann
Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Zac Badgley
Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Nout Boctor-Smith
Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Megan Mitchell Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Eirini Panagiotopoulou Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Indre Kryzeviciene Marketing Program Manager

Marketing Operations

Each team member contributes to making day-to-day processes more efficient and effective, and will work with marketing operations as well as other relevant teams (including field marketing, content marketing, and product marketing) prior to modification of processes.

Order of assignment for execution tasks:

  1. Primary responsible MPM
  2. Secondary MPMs (if primary MPM is OOO or not available)
  3. Marketing OPS (if MPMs are OOO or not available)

Holiday coverage for S1 security vulnerabilities email communication

In the event of an S1 (critical) security vulnerability email communication is needed during the holidays, please create an issue using Email-Request-mpm template and ping in #marketing-programs tagging @marketing-programs

Email marketing calendar

The calendar below documents the emails to be sent via Marketo and Mailchimp for:

  1. event support (invitations, reminders, and follow ups)
  2. ad hoc emails (security, etc.)
  3. webcast emails (invitations, reminders, and follow ups)
  4. milestones for nurture campaigns (i.e. when started, changed, etc. linking to more details)

Note: emails in the future may be pushed out if timelines are not met for email testing, receiving lists from event organizers late, etc. The calendar will be updated if the email is pushed out. Please reference the MPM issue boards (described below on this page) to see progress of specific events/webcasts/etc.

Email nurture program

Visualization of current nurture streams

Top funnel nurture

The goal of the top funnel email nurture is to further engage early stage leads so they become MQLs and/or start a free trial. Currently the top funnel nurture is segmented into 3 different tracks : Cloud native, CI/CD and Reducing cycle times.

High level overview on the messaging for each track:

The top funnel emails are sent out on a weekly basis on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. local time.

Note: A lead will be transferred to the stream related to the latest asset they downloaded. For example if lead A is already in the cloud native stream and they registered for the CI/CD webcast, they will move to the CI/CD stream and start receiving the first email in that stream. Currently, this is the best way to align content to the prospect's most current topic of interest. The framework is subject change if we eventually categorize assets by high-intent vs. low intent or if we bring on a content insight and activation platform.

» Email copies for TOFU nurture

Integrated campaign nurture

Please note integrated campaign nurture is NOT considered top of funnel. Please see the linked epics for campaign briefs for more detail on audience, messaging, and value driver points.

High level overview on the messaging for each track:

SaaS trial nurture

SaaS Gold trial nurture communication are sent via Marketo and Outreach throughout the 30-day free trial period.

Goal of the Marketo nurture: Educate trialers on key features within GitLab Gold SaaS tier.

Goal of SDR Outreach nurture: Qualify and meetings setting for SaaS Gold trialers.

» Email copies for SaaS Gold package trial nurture

Self-hosted trial nurture

Self Hosted Ultimate trial nurture communication are sent via Marketo and Outreach throughout the 30-day free trial period.

» Email copies for Self-hosted Ultimate package nurture

Marketo vs. PathFactory

Nurture is a channel to bring an individual to the content. Just like ads, social, website, etc. drive to CTAs, Pathfactory link is the CTA - a powerful CTA because it can lead the individual down a "choose your own adventure" path of consumption which we track.


  1. What is the Goal of PathFactory and Marketo?

Marketo nurture: To keep the conversation going about GitLab (keep us top of mind).

PathFactory: To increase consumption/activation of GitLab content.

  1. Do the lead lifecycle stage play into each nurture (For example, do we only want leads with status "Inquiry" to receive PathFactory nurture and leads with status "MQL" to only receive Marketo nurture?) ?

No, both Marketo and PathFactory can be leveraged to help push leads further down the funnel.

  1. Can records be in Marketo nurture and PathFactory nurture at the same time? If not, is 1 prioritized over the other?

Yes, the PathFactory track acts as a supplement to the existing Marketo nurture instead of a replacement.

  1. How does the post event follow up process look like? Specifically, when will it be appropriate to add leads to an existing Marketo nurture vs. just linking to a PathFactory track in the follow up email?

1) For event leads where there is no relevant Marketo nurture: In the follow up email, attach a link to a piece of content in a relevant PathFactory track.

2) For event leads where a relevant Marketo nurture exists: In the follow up email, attach a link to a piece of content in a relevant PathFactory track that is not referenced in the Marketo nurture. Additionally, if/when requested by the FMM team, we should also add the leads to the Marketo nurture to keep the conversation going.

You can find more information about using PathFactory in the Marketing Operations handbook.

How we work together

Issue management in GitLab

How our team stays productive

Below are issue views that the Marketing Program Team monitors for in-progress and upcoming action items:

Marketing Programs labels in GitLab

Marketing Programs support requests

Requesting to "Gate" a Piece of Content

This section has been updated and moved to the gated-content page.

A visual of what happens when someone fills out a form on a landing page


A landing page with a form should never be created without the inclusion and testing by Marketing Programs and/or Marketing Ops.

Please post in the slack channel #marketing-programs if you have any questions.

Marketing Programs and Virtual (Online) Events support

This section has been updated and moved to the virtual-events page.

Marketing Programs and Event Support

This section has been updated and moved to the events page.

Some quick links to specific sections you may be looking for:

Requesting an Email

Process to request an email can be found in the Business OPS section of the handbook.

Primary party responsible for various email types can be determined using the table above.

MPM Process for an ad-hoc email (security, support, etc)

We use both Marketo and Mailchimp to send ad-hoc emails. Marketo is the primary system for all marketing emails and the regularly scheduled security updates. Mailchimp should be used for emails to users as these users are not in our marketing systems (unless they have signed up for content). Examples of emails to be sent through Mailchimp: Critical security updates, support updates that impact a specific subset of users, suspicious account activity notifications.

Email Marketing Best Practices



A/B Testing

Requesting to add leads to the top funnel nurture

To add leads to the top funnel nurture, please reach out to one of the marketing program managers through an issue. The marketing program manager will assess the request and can add the leads to the proper stream via a 'Request Campaign' marketo flow step.

Requesting to add a new asset to the top funnel nurture

If you'd like to add an asset to the top funnel nurture, please create an issue in the digital marketing programs project, explaining why you'd like the asset added and which stream you'd like it added to. Please assign the issue to @aoetama and ping her in the comment.

Note: If the asset does not fit into one of the active streams, we will keep track of it as a wishlist and reference as input when we decide to roll out new streams in the future.

Programs reporting

MPM uses SFDC reports and dashboards to track program performance real-time. Data from the below SFDC reports/dashboards along with anecdotal feedback gathered during program retros will be used as guidelines for developing and growing various marketing programs.

The SFDC report/dashboard is currently grouped by program types so MPMs can easily compare and identify top performing and under performing programs within the areas that they are responsible for.

Webcast dashboard

The webcast dashboard tracks all webcasts hosted on GitLab's internal webcast platform. It is organized into 3 columns. The left and middle columns tracks 2 different webcast series (Release Radar vs. CI/CD webcast series). The right column tracks various one-off webcasts since Jan'18.

Live Demo dashboard

The LIVE Demo dashboard is organized into 2 columns. The left column tracks the bi-weekly Enterprise Edition product demos (1 hour duration). The bi-weekly Enterprise Edition product demos ran between Q1'18 - Q2'18. The right column tracks the weekly high level product demo + Q&A session (30 minutes duration). The weekly high level product demo + Q&A session was launched in Q4'18 and currently running through the end of Feb 2019.

Virtual Sponsorship dashboard

Key Metrics tracked in ALL virtual events dashboards

Note: Virtual Events include Webcast, LIVE demos and Virtual Sponsorship

Total Registration : The number of people that registered for the virtual event regardless whether they attend or not.

Total Attendance: The number of people that attended the LIVE virtual event (exclude people who watched the on-demand version).

Attendance Rate: % of people that attended the LIVE virtual event out of the total registered (i.e: Total Attendance / Total Registration).

Net New Names: The number of net new names added to our marketing database driven by the virtual event. Because a net new person record may be inserted into our CRM (SFDC) as a lead or a contact object therefore, we need to add Total net new leads and Total net new contacts to get the overall total net new names.

Influenced Pipe: Total New and Add-on business pipeline IACV$ influenced by people who attended the LIVE virtual event. The webcast and live demo dashboards currently use SFDC out of the box Campaigns with Influenced opportunities report type because Bizible was implemented in June'18 and therefore the attribution report did not capture data prior to this. We plan to migrate webcast and live demo influenced pipe reports to Bizible attribution report in the next dashboard iteration so they align with overall marketing reporting.

Programs logistical set up


Webcast program set up can be found in the Business OPS section of the handbook.


Process for bi-weekly newsletter

Open an issue in the Digital Marketing Programs project using the Newsletter template, including the newsletter send date in the issue title.

Assign to @aoetama and a member of the editorial team, based on the following schedule:

Creating the newsletter in Marketo

A day or two before the issue due date, create the newsletter draft. It's easiest to clone the last newsletter in Marketo:

  1. Go to Marketing Activities > Master Setup > Outreach > Newsletter & Security Release
  2. Select the newsletter program template YYYYMMDD_Newsletter Template, right click and select Clone.
  3. Clone to A Campaign Folder.
  4. In the Name field enter the name following the newsletter template naming format YYYYMMDD_Newsletter Name.
  5. In the Folder field select Newsletter & Security Release. You do not need to enter a description.
  6. When it is finished cloning, you will need to drag and drop the new newsletter item into the appropriate subfolder (Bi-weekly Newsletters, Monthly Newsletters or Quarterly Newsletters).
  7. Click the + symbol to the left of your new newsletter item and select Newsletter.
  8. In the menu bar that appears along the top of your screen, select Edit draft.

Editing the newsletter in Marketo

  1. Make sure you update the subject line.
  2. Add your newsletter items by editing the existing boxes (double click to go into them). It's best to select the HTML button on the menu bar and edit the HTML so you don't inadvertently lose formatting.
  3. Don't forget to update the dates in the UTM parameters of your links (including the banner at the top and all default items such as the "We're hiring" button).

Sending newsletter test/samples from Marketo

  1. When you're ready, select Email actions from the menu at the top, then Send sample to preview.
  2. Enter your email in the Person field, then in Send to you can add any other emails you'd like to send a preview too. We recommend sending a sample to the newsletter requestor (or rebecca@ from the content team for marketing newsletters) for final approval.
  3. When you are satisfied with the newsletter, select Approve and close from the Email actions menu.

Sending the newsletter

  1. When the edit view has closed, click on the main newsletter item in the left-hand column.
  2. In the Schedule box, enter the send date and select Recipient time zone if the option is available.
  3. Make sure Head start is checked too.
  4. In the Approval box, click on Approve program.
  5. Return to the newsletter issue and leave a comment telling requestor (@rebecca from the content team for marketing newsletters) to double check all has been set up correctly. Close the issue when this is confirmed.