I dived into a nested if statement and it's now way over my head. Could you please take a look and let me know why it doesn't work?

All I wantis to categorize our accounts based on multiple criteria. Region, Sector and later on the number of employees. But i've been at it for 2 hours to no avail...

ISPICKVAL( Sector__c, "Supplier/Distributor"), "Supplier", 
ISPICKVAL( Account_Region__c , "Middle East"), "Middle East",
    ISPICKVAL( Account_Region__c , "Americas"), 
      IF(BEGINS(TEXT(Sector__c) , "Restaurants")), "US Restaurants", "US Hotels")))

The error message reads:

Error: Incorrect number of parameters for function 'IF()'. Expected 3, received 1

Many thanks in advance!


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    Can you add more details on your objective? The formula looks valid, as it is. Are you trying to concatenate values from several different fields? – David Reed May 24 '18 at 16:15
  • Not event that - it's a simple formula(text) field that will say various things depending on the picklist values. – Csongor May 24 '18 at 16:17
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    So how is it currently failing? Can you edit your question to add those details? – David Reed May 24 '18 at 16:18
  • ah, good point! – Csongor May 24 '18 at 16:27

You had a spurious parenthesis resulting in closing an IF too early. I think this is what you're aiming at here (note the comment, which you shouldn't include in your formula):

    ISPICKVAL(Sector__c, "Supplier/Distributor"), 
        ISPICKVAL(Account_Region__c , "Middle East"), 
        "Middle East",
            ISPICKVAL(Account_Region__c , "Americas"), 
                BEGINS(TEXT(Sector__c) , "Restaurants"), // Spurious parenthesis was here 
                "US Restaurants", 
                "US Hotels"
            "" // Note we need another parameter here
  • Thanks David, I'm afraid I still get the following error message after copying your quote without the comments of course: "Error: Incorrect number of parameters for function 'IF()'. Expected 3, received 2" – Csongor May 24 '18 at 16:33
  • Whoops, I missed that. See my edit. You need a default value for if the account's not in the Americas. – David Reed May 24 '18 at 16:35
  • ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Thank you David, much much appreciated!!! – Csongor May 24 '18 at 16:37
  • Hey David, if you have some time, could you please look at my final piece of the puzzle? Same task, just additional spurious parentheses... Many thanks, Cs salesforce.stackexchange.com/questions/219391/… – Csongor May 25 '18 at 9:11

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