Participation in Journeys for Contacts and Leads

***Please be aware: The content is accurate at the time of creation. It may be that Microsoft has made changes in the meantime.***

One thing I’ve been missing in Outbound Marketing is the ability to see the participation in journeys from contacts or leads. I can, of course, find out which emails the contact received from a journey. But there is no good overview that shows me through which journeys the contact has passed or in which journeys he is currently still. I can imagine that it might be soon possible with MS Fabric. But until then I have found a small solution for this in Real-time Marketing. On the contact or lead form is then visible when they were part of which journey and why. Furthermore, this new table is also useful for filtering in segments. Because currently, it is not possible to search for participation in journeys in segments.

As a prerequisite, it is important to know that Dynamics 365 Customer Insights – Journey, aka Dynamics 365 Marketing, writes a record in the Journey Instance table (technical name: msdynmkt_journeyinstance) for each inflow in a journey. Unfortunately, these GUIDs are not resolved into lookups, but simply given to us as text, but we can easily use that in PowerAutomate. I want to make clear that you should make sure if this solution makes sense for your organisation and hopefully Microsoft will add this functionality soon out of the box.

Short note: By the way, the Journey Instance table is of the “Elastic” type, which means that it is managed by Microsoft Dataverse. Elastic tables have the same familiar user experience and API as standard tables. They share many aspects and options with standard tables, but have their own unique functionalities and functionalities supported by Azure Cosmos DB.[1]

Create a new table

First, I create my own table where I store the information and then display it on the contact or lead. I call it Journey Participations because I think that’s appropriate, but of course that’s up to you. For this I create a few fields:

Creation of the fields needed for the new table.

Details to the fields created

  • Contact: Lookup to the contact
  • Journey: Lookup to the journey (msdynmkt_journey)
  • Journey Instance ID: A text field where I store the ID of the Journey Instance record and later needed for updates
  • Lead: Lookup to the lead
  • State: State of the Journey Instance, which can also update. The values are Inprogress, Completed, cancelledbyExitEvent, cancelledbySupressionSegment, cancelledbyJourneyStopped, cancelledbyActionFailure. In the Journey Instance table, this is a local option set but I store it in a simple text field, a bit for convenience.
  • Timestamp: Timestamp for created on or modified on date of the journey instance
  • Trigger Type: I populate this field later in the PowerAutomate with a value from the journey itself. There are following options:
    • ongoing (A one-time journey where new audience members can start at any time)
    • recurring (A recurring journey, where all members of the target group repeat the contact history)
    • onetime (A one-time journey with a static audience)
    • event (trigger-based)

Create a new Cloudflow for participation in journeys

The flow should create or update a record in our new table every time the system creates a journey instance. In the first part of the flow, we start with the trigger that fires based on this journey instance. After that I get the information from the table again, this makes it easier for me later in the flow. I do the same for the journey itself, so that I can get the information for the trigger type. For this, I use the dynamic value Journey Definition, because it contains the Journey GUID.

Part 1 of the flow to create a participation in Journeys

In the next part of the flow, I check if there is already a record in the Journey Participation table. Because if not, the flow has to create a new one. And if there is already one, the flow will update it with the timestamp and status. In the action “List rows” I filter for Journey Participations with the same Journey Instance GUID. For that, use the oData filter like reply_journeyinstanceid eq ‘@{triggerOutputs()?[‘body/msdynmkt_journeyinstanceid’]}’. In the following condition, I use the expression length(outputs(‘Get_existing_journey_participations_’)?[‘body/value’]). Because if there are no records, the result is 0 and if there is already one, the result is 1 or more, depending on how many records there are. But ideally, of course, only one record should be found that has been created before.

Part 2 of the flow to create a participation in Journeys

Flow: New record or update record

So if there is no record, we go down the Yes path. There we first need to check if a contact or lead has passed through the journey. You can determined this using the Target Entity field from the flow’s trigger. Depending on the result, we create a new record for Journey Participations for contacts or leads. In this new record we also fill in the journey lookup and the timestamp. At this point we also fill in the Journey Instance ID field, which we use to filter for existing records in the second part. If you have also created the State and Trigger Type fields as a text field like I did, it is best to make a small adjustment, otherwise it will only display the value and not the label. So add @OData.Community.Display.V1.FormattedValue to the Option Set technical name in the flow. This will look like this for State and Trigger Type:


Part 3 of the flow to create a participation in Journeys

If there is already a Journey Participation record, we go to the No path in the first condition. There we update the existing record for the state and timestamp fields. This way, a current status of the Journey Participation is always visible on the contact.

Part 4 of the flow

Show participation in journeys on the contact or lead

As a final step, I add a grid on the lead and contact that displays the records on the form. I create the view with the columns Timestamp, Journey, Trigger Type and State. This makes it transparent to all users which journeys this contact has participated in.

Subgrid on the contact form


If your organization has a lot of journeys with a lot of inflows, you should pay attention to the API limit in PowerAutomate. In other words, the more frequently the flow runs, the faster this limit is reached. To keep the flow within the limit, one possibility is a filter on the trigger, so that only journey instances are created for trigger-based journeys, for example. You can find more information about this here: Requests limits and allocations – Power Platform | Microsoft Learn

To use the new table in segments, remember to check the Track Changes checkbox in the table settings when creating the table.

References: [1] Create and edit elastic tables (preview) – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn

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