Did you know you can recover your deleted records?
They say there is something good in every situation, you just need to keep your eyes and ears open. Well, a few weeks ago, after a massive mishap that wiped out 3/4 of our database, we learned a pretty cool trick (thank you Adrienne Albregts!) that is a life saver for anyone who goes through this similar situation.
Of course you can always count on Oracle Support to save the day, they can easily recover your data (good news is that they do a backup every hour!). But, you still have to go through the process of setting up an SR and waiting in the queue for getting the issue resolved, which could mean a few hours of "down-time", and if you have a live campaign, that could be a big problem. So, what can you do should you accidentally delete records in Eloqua? Go to INSIGHT!
Insight takes an hour or so to update, so if you run one of the contact reports (pick the report that best suits your needs - for us it was the "Shared list" report and make sure you modify the filters to avoid excluding any contacts), you should be able to see all records, then export them into excel and upload them in the Contact Upload Wizard. Remember, you only have a few minutes to do this, before Insight updates, but if you are quick, you should be able to recover your database!
If you have any questions or would like me to show you how to troubleshoot in case of emergency, feel free to reach out!