How to Schedule Campaigns

Why schedule campaigns?

Sending tons of emails in one go raises spam suspicions, especially for new emails.
So to avoid spam suspicions, campaigns can be scheduled to send emails by batches.
Schedules work along buckets to automate adding prospects to campaigns on specific days and times of the week. 
Setting up schedules and buckets saves you the hassle of adding batches of prospects to a campaign from time to time.

Without schedules, buckets are useless and vice-versa.  

Once the campaign schedules are saved, the schedules will continue to run until the bucket assigned to it becomes empty, or if the schedules are deleted or the prospect schedule is changed to 0.

Creating a Schedule

First, make sure that there are Prospects in a Bucket that you'd like to start on a Journey through a Campaign.
Check out this article for a step-by-step guide on creating buckets -- Buckets.
Next, head to the Campaign in question, and go to the Schedules tab, click Add Schedule.
Create Schedules window will pop up.
Here's where to determine the Day(s) of the Week that the Schedule will run, the time of day it will execute, the time zone it will follow, the number of Prospects to pull out of the Bucket, and from which Bucket they'll come.

For example, here's the set-up for a Schedule that will run on weekdays at 8:00 AM (GMT+1), taking out 20 Prospects from the "Outreach 1" bucket each day.

Click Create, and the Schedule will be listed on the Schedules page.

And that's it, at the next earliest schedule, the schedule will pull out prospects from the bucket and add them to the campaign.

Note: When creating schedules, make sure to give at least a 20-minute allowance from the current time. This is to make sure that the system will have enough time to detect the earliest schedule.

How to edit schedules?

Editing schedules can be helpful when you made a mistake in setting them up or if you need to adjust the volume of prospects getting added to the campaign daily.

The following are different ways and places to edit campaign schedules.

Editing from the campaign schedules page

If you want to change the schedules, simply go to the campaign schedules page and select all the schedules that you want to change.

After selecting all schedules, simply click the Action button and from here, you can choose to delete, edit times, and edit the number of prospects.


Bulk editing multiple campaign schedules from the all schedules page

If there's a need to bulk change schedules across all campaigns, simply access the all schedules list and edit from there.

Changing the bucket assigned to schedules

At the moment, there's no option yet to change the bucket assigned to the schedule.

The current workaround is to simply delete all schedules from the campaign using the incorrect bucket and create new ones using the correct bucket.


Pro tip: The schedule only control when prospects will be added to the campaign. The time when follow-ups will send out will depend on the wait step between email steps.
Additionally, if you want to control the time that the campaign is allowed to send emails, check out Sending times/Time tables.

Note: The schedule will continue to add prospects to the campaign as long as the bucket assigned to it, has prospects in it. The schedule will only stop working once the bucket runs out of prospects.