This is where I am right now. Basically, I have a Trigger internal to our company, when this trigger is invoked, it looks for customers who meet a particular requirement such as being older then 42;
The goal was to make use of our existing license with Exact Target, and E-Mail these matched customers when a Trigger locates them.. Each Trigger can have its own unique FromName/FromEmailAddress; Each Trigger may also have it's own unique Subject.
A LIST changes each day, while the Subscriber List provided by Exact Target expects fairly static data.. I can CREATE a LIST and associate it with the Matched customers each day by appending them to that STATIC list. THE PROBLEM is that when I choose to now Send an Email to only the NEWLY added Subscribers, it becomes difficult, I can add a FILTER and send ONLY to those who are new such as an subscriber attribute/column "EmailToday" being set to "1"; However, this means that after sending each list, I must go back and update the subscriber list to change that column to "1"; THE SUB-PROBLEMS a) This column changes before the Email Send Definition actually processes the filter and SEND the e-mail(in my tests, this is certainly not immediate); and b) I now have to maintain a potentially large LIST and Update it periodically to set old customers to "1" and new customers to "0" if they're already in the LIST; These are the problems I am having currently. Can someone PLEASE shed some light on an appropriate approach.
OPTIONS I'VE CONSIDERED; Create a single list of all customers, update this list each day. Create EXACT TARGET TRIGGERS which reflect/mirror the ones I've created internally; Then I can allow ET to take care of this as intended.. However the PROBLEMS here is that now it becomes more difficult to maintain an established link between ET triggers and specific details such as SenderProfile, and Email Subject/Template changing between MY SYSTEMS INTERNAL TRIGGERS;
Looking forward to a response.
NOTE It boils down to me just wanting to do ONE time e-mail bursts, with the ability of keeping track of Unsubscribes; Which requires a Single List which is never deleted.. which makes this difficult, I also need to perform Tracking, and so I am concerned I cannot delete the Send Definition either;
If it was possible to create a list, always update this list with new emails, just to maintain un-subscribes, be able to DELETE SendDefinition without loosing Tracking of it, and specify specifically which emails out of the List are going to be e-mailed through this SendDefinition, then things would be golden.