The Journey Occurrence of a date trigger lets you automate email flows based on the date contact property of your audience like date of birth. This can be handy in situations where you wish to send payment reminder emails every month or birthday wishes every year. Once a journey is created using this trigger, it will keep enrolling contacts to the journey every year or every month, or just once depending on your use case. 


Here is how you can create a journey based on date occurrence as a trigger: 


  1. Go to the Journey section in Mailmodo app and click Create Journey button.




  2. Choose ‘Occurrence of a date’ as the trigger




  3. As the next step, set the frequency for this trigger - once, monthly or  yearly. They can be used in the scenarios as shown below: 

    Once - For one-time events like policy maturity date. Here, the exact date will be matched to trigger the journey

    Monthly - For monthly payment reminders, subscription renewal etc. Journey will be triggered once per month on the day of the month specified

    Yearly - For anniversaries, birthdays, or events that occur every year. Journey will be triggered every year on the month and day specified.


  4. Next, choose the contact property for which you wish to set the trigger e.g. birthday, payment date, anniversary date, etc. Here only those properties will be shown whose data type is date.



  5. After this, set the number of days you want journey to be triggered before the contact property date. For instance, you may wish to start sending a series of emails 7 days before the anniversary date of a user. In such a case, the days should be set as 7. If you want to trigger the journey on the same date, set it as 0.

Also, set a specific time and time zone. Journey will be triggered at that specific time for the contacts who qualify for that date.


  1. Lastly, choose the contact list for which you want to check the date property. Please note, we only support lists and not segments here. Click save and your trigger is configured.




  2. Now, design your journey with action blocks, delays, and conditions. Once done, before publishing, enable multi-enrolment to trigger this journey at every date occurrence.
    Go to Journey settings > Choose 'More than one-time' option.

     If you want you can test your journey and add a goal to it. Click Publish.



Once published, your journey will be in running status. It will start querying for contacts that qualify for that particular date and enroll them in the journey. 



FAQs

1. What if the contact property date is on 31st of the month and the frequency is monthly? 

If the current month doesn’t include that day (e.g. there is no September 31st ) then we will trigger the journey on the last day of the month. The same applies for a scenario where the date is  29th of February.

2. What will happen if the date for a contact is not present in the contact property or not in the proper format?

We will ignore such cases. Please check this guide for supported date properties in our system


3. What will happen if I set the enrollment as one-time in the Journey settings?

The journey will not be triggered again for any contact which matches the date criteria. Hence, monthly/yearly recurring reminders will not work. For frequency set as ‘Once’ there will be no effect.


4. If I update the date in the contact property after the journey is published how will my journey behave?

Ideally, if the date for the journey trigger is in future, the contact will be enrolled in the journey.

Let’s assume there is a user A with birthday on 30th January. Assume today is 26th of January and you update the birthday to 28th January, the user will be enrolled on the 28th. However, if you update the birthday to 25th January then the user will not be enrolled.

The same logic further applies when you have some offset time set (e.g When to trigger days is set as 3 days) If the (updated date - offset) is in the past then the journey will never be triggered for the contact. 

For e.g. let's say offset is set for 10 days and the birthday is updated on 15th Aug 2023 to 23rd August 2023, since the 13th Aug (13 - 10) is in the past, the journey will not be triggered for that year

5. Once the journey is published, If I update the contact property on the same date as the journey trigger date, what will happen?


If the contact property is updated before the specified trigger time for the campaign, it will trigger the journey for the user on the same day. Here the date in the attribute matches the criteria and the trigger time has not passed yet. However, If the property is updated after the specified trigger time for the campaign, it will not trigger the journey

Assume today is Jan 26, 2023, and you update the contact property value for the trigger attribute to Jan 26. If the campaign is supposed to trigger at 1 pm on the date, then the campaign will not trigger if the attribute is updated at 2 pm on the same date.