Analyze Marketo Data in R

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Marketo ODBC Driver

The Marketo ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Marketo data, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Marketo like you would a database - read, write, and update Leads, Opportunities, Channels, Campaigns, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Create data visualizations and use high-performance statistical functions to analyze Marketo data in Microsoft R Open.

Access Marketo data with pure R script and standard SQL. You can use the CData ODBC Driver for Marketo and the RODBC package to work with remote Marketo data in R. By using the CData Driver, you are leveraging a driver written for industry-proven standards to access your data in the popular, open-source R language. This article shows how to use the driver to execute SQL queries to Marketo data and visualize Marketo data in R.

Install R

You can complement the driver's performance gains from multi-threading and managed code by running the multithreaded Microsoft R Open or by running R linked with the BLAS/LAPACK libraries. This article uses Microsoft R Open (MRO).

Connect to Marketo as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to Marketo follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

Both the REST and SOAP APIs are supported and can be chosen by using the Schema property.

For the REST API: The OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and RESTEndpoint properties, under the OAuth and REST Connection sections, must be set to valid Marketo user credentials.

For the SOAP API: The UserId, EncryptionKey, and SOAPEndpoint properties, under the SOAP Connection section, must be set to valid Marketo user credentials.

See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to obtaining these values.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Windows

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for Marketo in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData Marketo Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Marketo Description = My Description Schema = REST RESTEndpoint = https://311-IFS-929.mktorest.com/rest OAuthClientId = MyOAuthClientId OAuthClientSecret = MyOAuthClientSecret

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Load the RODBC Package

To use the driver, download the RODBC package. In RStudio, click Tools -> Install Packages and enter RODBC in the Packages box.

After installing the RODBC package, the following line loads the package:

library(RODBC)

Note: This article uses RODBC version 1.3-12. Using Microsoft R Open, you can test with the same version, using the checkpoint capabilities of Microsoft's MRAN repository. The checkpoint command enables you to install packages from a snapshot of the CRAN repository, hosted on the MRAN repository. The snapshot taken Jan. 1, 2016 contains version 1.3-12.

library(checkpoint) checkpoint("2016-01-01")

Connect to Marketo Data as an ODBC Data Source

You can connect to a DSN in R with the following line:

conn <- odbcConnect("CData Marketo Source")

Schema Discovery

The driver models Marketo APIs as relational tables, views, and stored procedures. Use the following line to retrieve the list of tables:

sqlTables(conn)

Execute SQL Queries

Use the sqlQuery function to execute any SQL query supported by the Marketo API.

leads <- sqlQuery(conn, "SELECT Email, AnnualRevenue FROM Leads", believeNRows=FALSE, rows_at_time=1)

You can view the results in a data viewer window with the following command:

View(leads)

Plot Marketo Data

You can now analyze Marketo data with any of the data visualization packages available in the CRAN repository. You can create simple bar plots with the built-in bar plot function:

par(las=2,ps=10,mar=c(5,15,4,2)) barplot(leads$AnnualRevenue, main="Marketo Leads", names.arg = leads$Email, horiz=TRUE)