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An automated message is a single message that will be automatically sent to subscribers when the conditions of the automation are met.  The automated message can be sent to subscribers:

  1. On a specific date: sent on a saved date, such as the subscriber's birthday
    1. Need to save the date as a custom field value for the subscribers in a consistent date format

  2. Subscribers on a specific list: sent to every subscriber on a list, sent once per specified period of time
    1. For example, if you create a dynamic list that includes all subscribers who have a Status = "Prospect," they could be sent a reminder email to complete registration once a month until the custom field "Status" changes to "Registered."
    2. It's a good idea to save the dynamic list in a specific List folder for automated messages.  After creating an automated message based on a dynamic list, be very careful when editing the list.  Any subscribers added when the list is saved will immediately be sent the automated message.

Set up an Automated Message

  1. Open the Tools folder in the left menu
  2. Click on Automated Messages
  3. Click Create
  4. Type in a Name for the automation

  5. Select a list to which the message will be sent
    1. Select No Subscribers if you don't know which list you'll select in the future, and do not want to accidentally send to anyone while configuring and testing

  6. Choose whether to trigger the message by:
    1. A custom field that's a date (ex: birthday)
      1. If a date custom field is chosen, select a date format for the field (mm-dd-yyyy)
      2. The date format must be in the same exact format as the selected format
      3. If a subscriber's date custom field is in a different format from the selected format, the date will be ignored
      4. The frequency of this automated message will be limited by the send option to send the message only once (upcoming conference date) or every day (ex: check everyday to see if it's someone's birthday)

    2. Subscriber is on a list selected above on this screen (ex: on a prospect list)
      1. You can select a previously created dynamic list
      2. The sending frequency of this automated message will be limited by the selected option: to send the message only once (upcoming conference date) or every year (ex: birthday)

  7. Now you have to configure when to send the automated message to the subscribers
    1. Send at: the time of day to send the message
    2. Send Date: on the day of the event (selected date custom field)
    3. Frequency: send the message only once (upcoming conference date) or every year (ex: birthday)
    4. End Date: optional to set a date to stop the automation

  8. Status: Keep Paused until absolutely ready to start sending the message to subscribers

  9. Save the message by clicking the Save button or the Save Automation and Create Message button:


  10. Once the Automated Message configuration is saved, you'll need to create a message in the Edit Message tab

  11. In this tab, create the message you would like to send to the subscribers when all of the conditions are met from the configuration screen
    1. You'll only see the "Create New Message" page once when creating a message for the first time
    2. This message is the only message associated with the automated message
    3. You can edit the message at any time, but we strongly suggest keeping the message the same after activating the automation.  See the Tracking an Automated Message notes below.

  12. Save the message before returning to the Configure tab.  Any unsaved changed will be lost

  13. When you're ready to activate the automated message, select the Status: Active

Tracking an Automated Message

The automated message tracking report will show under the report Email Tracking

Please be aware that if the message content is edited a lot (links are edited/deleted), the stats may not look quite right.  If many changes need to be made to the message, we recommend stopping the first automation and creating a new message automation. 

 

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