Illustration of Dan Denney, by Ricardo Gimenes

Don't use emojis in Marketo emails

The Marketo parser will stop when it hits an emoji and clip the rest of the code. This one was weird, because I often hand off coded emails to internal teammates who then set them up in Marketo. They reported back an error that didn't make sense, as the emails were complete documents: HTML error, '/body' tag is missing

Screenshot of an error message for no closing body tag

I double checked the emails in Email on Acid, sent some tests via, and then eventually got access to the Marketo items themselves. After pasting, I could see that it was clipping the contents of the email and was suspicous of the emoji. Removing them fixed things up, so back to images we go.