Einstein Send Time Optimization for Pardot [Infographic]

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Send Time Optimization taps into AI to determine when Pardot emails should be sent based on past engagement data from your database. The idea behind it is that by optimizing the time the email is sent, your audience is most likely to open and click.

When an email lands in a recipient’s inbox can make or break its success; when prospects are active in their inbox is key for B2B marketing where prospects are often not glued to their work emails! Scroll down to view our infographic that gives an introduction to Pardot Einstein Send Time Optimization.

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What is Einstein Optimized?

‘Einstein Optimized’ is an option available when sending an email from Pardot. There are three sending options from the Lightning email builder. Choosing “Einstein Optimized” will mean your email is sent within the experiment timeframe you set (minimum 3 hours, maximum 7 days).

How to Send an Email in Pardot

You now have three options available to choose from when an email should be sent:

  1. Send now,
    Send later: schedule at a specific time and date,
    Einstein Optimized (NEW): allow the technology to crunch the past engagement data from your database.

How to Use Send Time Optimization

Here’s an example. You have prospects in multiple time zones but that doesn’t mean they’re working their set 9-5 hours!

In a reality where flexible working/one team on different time zones has become standard (fortunately!) each prospect will be looking at their work email inbox on their agenda.

Selecting ‘Einstein Optimized’ means you:

  1. Set a timeframe to experiment with, from 3 hours to 7 days.

Tip: you can hover to calculate the correct number of hours you want:

2. Monitor who has been sent the email (and who has engaged) with the standard Pardot email reporting. Select “Queued” from the dropdown list:

How excited are you for Send Time Optimization?

Short answer: very. We heard rumours about this new feature at the tail end of last year, and now it’s arrived! While this has been the case in other email marketing platforms for some time (Marketing Cloud being one drawn up as a comparison), I really welcome this addition to Pardot.

When the Summer ‘21 release notes were first published, I put out a poll to gauge which were the most interesting features to other Pardot marketers. Send Time Optimization came out on top*

*I suppose you need to take this with a pinch of salt, as respondents could only choose one option!

2 thoughts on “Einstein Send Time Optimization for Pardot [Infographic]

  1. Hey! What are you guys’ thoughts on Apple’s new privacy announcement? Won’t this impact our abiltiy to use STO?

    1. Hi Stacy, that’s a really interesting question I hadn’t thought about. Sorry I can’t answer that! Maybe posting in the Pardashians Slack group will give you a crowdsourced answer 🙂

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