relevant products:
  • Optimizely X Web Experimentation
  • Optimizely X Web Personalization
This article will help you:
  • Schedule experiments to start and stop at specific time
  • Use Optimizely's Experiment Scheduler feature

Optimizely's Experiment Scheduler lets you schedule your experiments or campaigns to start and stop them at specific times. You'll receive email notifications letting you know when the experiment has been started and stopped.

The Experiment Scheduler uses GMT offset to calculate scheduling. Your local time will be shown so that you can account for the correct GMT offset.

Experiments can only be started or stopped on the hour. If you need to select more granular, arbitrary times, use our REST API instead. If you want to turn on an experiment or personalized experience only during certain times of day, use our audience conditions.

The Experiment Scheduler feature is available with select Optimizely X packages. 

Experiment Scheduler in Optimizely X Web Personalization

In Optimizely X Web Personalization, you can schedule individual experiences to stop and start on certain dates. Here's how, with instructions listed below:

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  1. Navigate to the Experiments dashboard. Select a campaign.

  2. In the Manage Campaign dashboard, click the Actions icon (). Then, select Manage Schedule.

  3. Under Start Time, select a date and time to start your experience. Then, choose when to stop your experience. 

    You can set only a start or stop time instead of both, if you like.

  4. Select a time zone.

  5. Click Save to schedule the experience in your campaign.

In Personalization campaigns, both the campaign and the experience need to be set to running for the experience to actually run. When using the scheduler for experiences within a Personalization campaign, you need to make sure the entire campaign will be already running at the time when the experience is set to start.

Experiment Scheduler in Optimizely X Web Experimentation

Here's how to schedule an experiment in Optimizely X Web Experimentation, with step-by-step instructions below:

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  1. Navigate to the Experiments dashboard. Select an experiment.

  2. Select Schedule from the sidebar.

  3. Under Start Time, select a date and time to start your experiment. Then, choose when to stop your experiment. 

    You can set only a start or stop time instead of both, if you like.

  4. Select a time zone.

  5. Click Save to schedule your experiment.

Your experiment is now scheduled to run at the dates and times you specify, in the time zone you selected.

If your experiment has un-published changes when you set-up the scheduler, please keep in mind that you must publish these changes before Optimizely is scheduled to activate the experiment, in order for the changes to go live.

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