Conditions help you specify when your automation will trigger.
Clicking on the "Add Condition" button in an Automation Rule will pull up the window pictured below. The options you are given will depend on the Trigger Record chosen.
Here, you can:
- Choose the Condition for the record type. The available categories will vary based on the Triggering Record.
- For example: when using a Contact record, you can choose the condition to be a Workflow Type, a Status, or a Custom Contact Field. A Task, on the other hand, will pull up categories like "Is Completed", Task Type, or Priority.
- Determine whether the category should be "equal" or "not equal" to the option chosen in the next drop-down menu.
- Specify the Condition further.
- For example: when using a Contact record's Workflow Type as the Condition, you can require the Type to be "equal to Residential Retail"; when a Contact is assigned to that Workflow Type, the Action can trigger.
- Check the box labeled "Only if Type is modified" to make the Automation trigger only when an Action changes the chosen aspect of the record. This is helpful when you want the Automation to run only when the record type category is modified, rather than each time an action is taken while the record belongs to the given Type.
- Save your Condition.
Adding a Condition will open another option below the list of Conditions. This will allow you to require that either all of the Conditions be met, or that just any of the Conditions be met in order for the Action to be triggered.
If you select Require all conditions to be true, each and every Condition you have entered into the Automation Rule must be met before the Automation can successfully run.
If the option Require any condition to be true is chosen, only one of the Conditions needs to be met in order for the Automation to successfully run.
Add as many Conditions as you would like to your Automation Rule; the more specific a Rule is, the more control you have over when the Automation is triggered, resulting in a more targeted Action.
For example, when using a Contact record as the Trigger, you can add a Condition for "Type is equal to Residential Retail", another Condition for "Status is equal to Write Estimate", and then another for "Sales Rep is not equal to John Doe".