Launch a Phantom

One of the most important steps of a Phantom’s Setup is its launch settings.

You can select either manual or repeated launches:

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Manual launch

If you’re a first-time user or you want to extract a bunch of data in one go (e.g. a search that contains hundreds of profiles), the manual launch option is a good fit. 

Once you’ve set the Phantom up with manual settings, click “Launch Phantom” on the Phantom’s Console page to get it started. As it runs you’ll be able to monitor the Phantom’s progress, see the results, or quickly notice any setup errors

 

Repeated launches

So your first manual launch worked pretty well? Feeling more familiar with Phantombuster?

Repeated launches are the natural next step for two reasons:

  1. Your plan is based on an execution time that you can use up on a daily basis.
  2. Most networks (like LinkedIn) will limit your daily actions (whether you automate them or not).

For more on execution time, see the Subscription plans section of this guide.
For more on rate limits, see the Networks & rate limits section of this guide.

 

It's important to keep these in mind when configuring your Phantom for repeated launches. So to give you a brief common example, consider LinkedIn: 

In order to scrape, connect to, or message a LinkedIn profile, a Phantom must visit it on your behalf. On LinkedIn, you can safely perform around 80 profile visits per day with a regular account (150 for Premium or Sales Navigator users). We recommend not to perform more than 10 visits in a row (as explained above, by default Phantoms will restrict you to this recommended 10 per launch max).

When setting up your Phantom, make sure to respect these daily limits and stick to the maximum number of visits per day.

For example, to scrape 80 LinkedIn profiles on a daily basis, set up 8 repeated launches per day, as the Phantom will perform 10 visits each time it launches. It’s even better if you keep these within working hours.

 

When setting up your repeated launches, you can set the amount and time of day for each launch:

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Alex has recorded a video about repeated launches to help you understand this important topic! You can also check out our article on the subject for a more detailed explanation.

Psst: Working hours are 9am to 5pm in your time zone (as set in the Org settings on your account), weekends included. This can be useful if you don’t want your leads to receive your message at 3am, and will look less suspicious to LinkedIn. 

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