When you  create a campaign using the Campaign Builder you have the option of selecting a date and time for delivery to your list to maximize  subscriber engagement. Below we walk you through how to schedule or pause a campaign and also go into detail about the different  scheduling options available in MailChimp.

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Schedule a Campaign

  1. Navigate to the Confirm step of the Campaign Builder.
  2. Click the Schedule button at the bottom right of the page to set the delivery date and time.
  3. Select the delivery date and time using the calendar picker and drop down menus. The timezone that's set for your account will be displayed and you'll have the option to edit it if it's incorrect.
    Calendar picker
  4. After setting the date and time, click the  Schedule Campaign button to confirm the scheduled send of your campaign.
    Scheduling Campaign

Once scheduled, we note the time the campaign is set to send to subscribers back on the  Campaigns page.
Scheduled time

Pause a Scheduled Campaign

If you need to pause a scheduled campaign, follow the steps below.

  1. Navigate to the  Campaigns page in your account.
  2. Locate the scheduled campaign. If you have a lot of campaigns, use the Filter menu to quickly find campaigns with a Scheduled status.

    Filter by scheduled campaigns

  3. Click the drop down menu next to the campaign's Scheduled button.
  4. Choose Pause.

    Filter by scheduled campaigns

Once the campaign is paused, you are taken to the  Confirm step for this campaign. Make any changes you'd like, then send or reschedule your campaign when you're ready. If you want to leave the campaign in its paused state, click the Save & Exit menu on the top right of the screen to exit the campaign without sending or rescheduling.

Additional scheduling options

Send Time Optimization is a paid account feature that looks at your subscribers' click activity history to calculate the best time of day to send your campaign. This feature uses each subscriber's click activity history to see when they're typically the most engaged in MailChimp campaigns and compares that data to every other subscriber in your list. From this information the Send Time Optimization feature is able to calculate the time when subscribers on your list are most likely to interact with your campaigns. Send Time Optimization considers an email address's click activity history in any list in any MailChimp account and calculates a send time for the day you've selected. To use Send Time Optimization, click the  Let MailChimp optimize send time for maximum engagement option when scheduling your campaign.
Send time optimization

If you want to schedule a campaign for today, Send Time Optimization can only be used if there are more than five hours left in the day in the  timezone set for the account. If there are less than five hours left in the day, the feature is not able to provide an optimal send time for that day.

Time Warp is a paid account feature that delivers the campaign to your list based on the recipient's time zone, rather than the time zone selected in your MailChimp account. This makes it easy to get your email into inboxes at the optimal delivery time when recipients are more likely to open and click.

Batch Delivery is a feature for paid accounts that sends your campaign out in timed batches rather than to your whole list at once. This helps control traffic to your website and prevents potential strain on your server or website-crushing click floods.

What to do next

  • You can resume editing a paused campaign by opening it in the Campaign Builder and sending it or scheduling it as described in this article.
  • If you've sent your campaign, it's time to view stats for it.

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