1. Working with subscriber based auto responders
  2. Working with action based auto responders
  3. Working with time based auto responders
  4. Creating a series in Mailster
  5. Working with action hook auto responders

Today we take a tour to the next type of auto responders:

Action based auto responders

What are action based auto responders for?

They are made to create new campaigns after new content has been published.

Let’s say we would like to send our latest three posts to our subscribers 1 hour after the third post has been published.

Create a new Campaign


define the subject and the optional preheader text. You can use the {issue} tag to display the current issue of your auto responder campaign. It will get increased by one every time a new campaign has been published


Create the content of your mail

Use the editor to add new modules and use relative tags


Dynamic tags work with relative (e.g. third latest post) or absolute (e.g. post with id X).

Relative Tag
Absolute Tag

To change the url of an image to an dynamic tag just insert the tag in the URL field

Image editor

Define the delivery options for the auto responder

Action based autoresponder

Next step is to tell that campaign that it’s actually an auto responder. Click on the auto responder tab in the delivery meta box.

Select the delay and choose “something has been published” from the dropdown.

Since we want to react on new posts choose this type from the available post types. You can use any other custom post type as well.

If you would like to react only on certain tags or categories (taxonomies) you can define them below. You should than also adjust the tags in you campaign to match the chosen categories.

Since we like to fire the campaign only when the third campaign has been published we have to skip 2 releases.

The next issue will get increased by one every time a new campaign has been created. You can use the {issue} tag to use this value in your campaign.

To reset the counter check the box and save the campaign.

The “Use Subscribers timezone” will send the campaigns on the subscribers local time. Read more about users timezone here.

You can even limit the receivers with list segmentation.

After you have saved you campaign you can find it at the auto responder section

autoresponder overview

Limiting by Categories (taxonomies)

If you just like to send posts with in a certain category or with a specific tag or any other taxonomy on a custom post type you have to select these taxonomies in the delivery metabox.

Do the same for your actual content if you use dynamic tags in your campaign. You can find this option on the dynamic tab in the edit bar.

Next time we take a look on time based auto responders