Send Now

Send Now allows you to immediately trigger your automated email.

All automated email campaigns have a Send Now feature that is accessible from a button on the dashboard card. The Send Now feature provides an interface allowing you to immediately trigger your automated email campaign. This means your email will be created or scheduled/sent based on your campaign's setup.

A few reasons why customers use Send Now:

  • To test an automated campaign

  • To send a one-off or special email edition

  • To retry an automated send that encountered a problem

How it works

Send Now can only be used for automated email campaigns that are fully set up and ready to run. Follow this guide to setup your automated campaign.

The first step is to select the Send Now button on your automated campaign. Nothing will send immediately, but you'll be taken to a Preflight interface to review your email and confirm you'd like to create/send an email through your ESP.

Preflight Interface

On the left side of your screen, you should see a Preflight panel. Below, you can adjust the:

  • Number of posts to send

  • Subject

  • Preheader

  • Custom fields(if any) in your email template

The preflight panel defaults to the current setup in your campaign. Any changes made here will only update the one-off send. These changes will NOT affect/update your automated campaign settings.

Once it fits your preferences, you can click the Refresh icon to update the email preview and ensure everything is looking exactly the way you want it to. You’ll see a preview of the exact email and content to be sent.

Sending Your Email

There are a couple options you could take from here: Download/Copy the HTML or Run Single Send.

If you choose to run a single send, this will cause an email to be sent to your ESP and will adhere to your scheduled campaign settings.

This means what you have set in the Integration tab of your campaign(lists, create/schedule options, etc.) will be what FeedOtter uses to run the single send. This may result in an actual email send to your subscriber list if this is what you have set up.

If you don't want an email to send but need the email as is, you can select the Copy compiled HTML icon or Download HTML icon. This will allow you to take the email code and manually put this in your ESP or wherever you need.

Updating The Content Cutoff/Last Send Date

Sometimes you may wish to resend automated campaigns or perform a "forced send" using the Send Now feature but then resume the automated schedule.

After performing a Send Now operation you can update the Last Send Date of the campaign to a date and time of your choosing.

When you resetart the camaign automation the automated schedule will resume based on this date/time.

If your automations only send "new content" the date/time you supply here will act as the cutoff of new content.

This allows you to Send Now and tell FeedOtter when content was last send manually.

To update this value pay attention to the success popup after sending a Send Now.

  1. Click the Update Campaign Last Sent link

  2. Set the date and time FeedOtter should remember as the cutoff for future automations.

Of course you can view your newly scheduled email in your ESP by clicking the respective green button as well.

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