How to add an email signature for a specific time only

Learn how to set up email signature marketing campaigns with limited running times to promote special offers or events.

CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 comes with the Scheduler feature that allows you to select a period of time during which a given signature template will be used. Then, after this time has passed, the program can automatically revert to the default signature or start using another signature that has been added for the following period. This feature is great for:

  • running limited-time email marketing campaigns,
  • using holiday-themed email signatures,
  • informing recipients about upcoming events or sharing important news for a limited period of time,
  • and more. 

Basics

This article shows how to configure CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 for a specific email signatures usage scenario. If you need more basic information, use the links below:

How to configure the program for this scenario

The Scheduler is available with identical configuration options in CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 working in both server-side and client-side mode. While it is fully possible to obtain almost identical results in both modes, make note of the features characteristic for each of them as indicated in the examples below:

  • Server-side mode – this example shows how you temporarily replace a standard banner used in a corporate signature with a holiday-themed banner.
  • Client-side mode – learn how to change the default email signatures in Outlook desktop and Outlook on the web (OWA) for specific days to remind customers about recurring offers, e.g. weekend sales.

Server-side mode (using a holiday-themed email signature for a limited time)

Follow the steps below to learn how to set up the Scheduler in CodeTwo Emails Signatures for Office 365 to temporarily replace the standard banner used in a server-side signature with something more festive.

Start by opening app.codetwo.com and selecting a server-side signature rule. This can be, for example, the rule that adds your standard (default) company signature to emails sent by all employees. Clone this rule by using the Clone button in the signature management app's main window to keep the same configuration.

Name the newly created signature rule accordingly, e.g. Winter holiday signature.

Next, go to the Scheduler step and activate the feature (Fig. 1., item 1). This will enable additional configuration options (Fig. 1., item 2).

Activating the Scheduler (1) and enabling the feature's configuration options (2).
Fig. 1. Activating the Scheduler (1) and enabling the feature's configuration options (2).

Choose the appropriate time zone. Select the Custom activity pattern and click Add to configure the time settings. In the Rule date range window, set the Start time and End time, and also select the All day event checkbox (Fig. 2.). Confirm by clicking OK.

Setting the date range for the temporary signature rule.
Fig. 2. Setting the date range for the temporary signature rule.

In the Logic step, leave the default rule processing options.

Finally, go to the Design step and click Edit signature to open the signature template editor. You can either add a holiday-themed banner to your standard signature template or create a new template from scratch. You can also use one of many free seasonal templates available here. To learn more about using the signature template editor, check this quick guide.

When you are done, save your signature rule and apply it in your organization by clicking Save & Publish.

Note that after publishing a Scheduler icon appears next to the signature rule name in the app's main window (Fig. 3.) to remind you that this rule has the Scheduler programmed. This icon will also change to denote if the rule is currently active (ESIG for O365 scheduler button ON) or inactive (ESIG for O365 scheduler button PAUSE), based on the Scheduler settings.

This icon indicates that the rule is scheduled and is currently inactive.
Fig. 3. This icon indicates that the rule is scheduled and is currently inactive.

Use the Move up button to position the new rule at the top of your server-side signatures list, as shown in Fig. 4. By doing so, you make sure that this rule is executed before any other rule.

Using the Move up button to place a rule on top of the server-side signatures list.
Fig. 4. Using the Move up button to place a rule on top of the server-side signatures list.

Tip

Make also sure to take a look at the other example of using the Scheduler, as it presents a different use scenario, not limited to the client-side signature mode only.

Client-side mode (changing the default email signatures in Outlook and OWA for specific days only)

Follow the steps below to learn how to set up the Scheduler in CodeTwo Emails Signatures for Office 365 so that email signatures with a special banner (e.g. informing about special sales that occur on weekends) are added by default to messages composed in Outlook and OWA on Thursdays and Fridays.

Open app.codetwo.com and select the client-side signature rule that adds the default signature. Clone this rule by using the Clone button in the signature management app's main window to keep the same configuration.

Name the newly created rule accordingly, e.g. Special offer signature.

Then, in the Scheduler step, activate the feature (Fig. 5., item 1). This will enable additional configuration options (Fig. 5., item 2).

Activating the Scheduler feature (1) and enabling its configuration options (2).
Fig. 5. Activating the Scheduler feature (1) and enabling its configuration options (2).

Choose the appropriate time zone. Select the Weekly activity pattern. Set the Rule activity time to All day and select the rule to be applied every 1 week on Thursdays and Fridays by using the correct checkboxes. Finally, set the Date range to best suit your needs, e.g. if the sale will last for a month only, set the start day on the first day of the month and end on the last day, as shown in Fig. 6.

The Scheduler configured to make the selected rule active on Thursdays and Fridays throughout September.
Fig. 6. The Scheduler configured to make the selected rule active on Thursdays and Fridays throughout September.

Next, go to the Logic step. Select the Set this signature as default for new messages and Set this signature as default for replies and forwards options.

Finally, go to the Design step and click Edit signature to open the signature template editor. Edit your existing template, e.g. by adding a different banner, so that it informs your recipients about the sale. To learn more about using the signature template editor, check this quick guide.

When you are done, save your signature rule and make it available to your users by clicking Save & Publish.

Note that after publishing a Scheduler icon appears next to the signature rule name (see Fig. 3.) to remind you that this rule has the Scheduler programmed. This icon will also change to denote if the rule is currently active (ESIG for O365 scheduler button ON) or inactive (ESIG for O365 scheduler button PAUSE), based on the Scheduler settings.

Use the Move up button to position this rule at the top of your client-side signatures list, as shown in Fig. 7. This way, you make sure that this rule automatically inserts the defined signature template to all emails being composed in Outlook and OWA on specific days, even if more rules are configured to add the default signature.

Using the Move up button to place a rule on top of the client-side signatures list.
Fig. 7. Using the Move up button to place a rule on top of the client-side signatures list.

Tip

Make also sure to take a look at the other example of using the Scheduler, as it presents a different use scenario, not limited to the server-side signature mode only.

Result

In the first scenario, the server-side rule automatically adds the signature with a holiday-themed banner to emails within the time period specified in the Scheduler (Fig. 8.). When this period ends, the rule’s conditions (time restriction) will no longer be met, and this signature will not be added to emails.

A winter holiday signature added to an email over the selected time period.
Fig. 8. A holiday-themed signature added to an email over the selected time period.

In the second scenario, the client-side rule changes the default email signature used in Outlook and OWA for Thursdays and Fridays, within the selected time period. In other words, when users compose their messages on Thursdays and Fridays, the signature with a promotional banner is automatically inserted into the email body (Fig. 9.). Additionally, users can always choose between the standard and promotional email signatures by selecting the desired one with the Use this signature button available in the CodeTwo Signatures pane (Fig. 9., item 2).

A signature with a promotional banner is added automatically while composing an email on Thursdays and Fridays.
Fig. 9. A signature with a promotional banner is added automatically while composing an email on Thursdays and Fridays.

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