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4.5: Zapier Brings Integration with Over 2,000 Web Apps

Zapier is a service that allows you to connect over 2,000 web apps. In Invision Community 4.5 we are launching a beta service of Zapier integration for Invision Community in the Cloud.

What does Zapier do?

Zapier acts as a bridge between Invision Community and other apps, such as Google Docs, Twitter, Facebook, Slack, Trello, Facebook Ads, ActiveCampaign, Zendesk, Asana, Salesforce, Hubspot, Discord, Stripe and more. Zapier has over 2000 apps registered currently, and that number grows every single day.

Let us look at a real life example.

Right now, if you wanted to add a member to a Google Sheets document each time a new registration was completed, you'd need some fairly complex code to be written that was "triggered" by this registration event. This would take days to write at some cost.

Zapier simplifies this by allowing you to connect Invision Community with Google Sheets without needing a single line of code. Zapier allows you to streamline your workflows in minutes.

Zapier has two types of events, triggers and actions.

Triggers

When a certain thing happens on Invision Community, like a member registering or a topic being posted, a trigger can be sent to Zapier to then run actions in other apps. For example, you might create a zaps to...

  • When a member registers, add their email to a Mailchimp list.
  • When a moderator posts a topic in a news forum, share it on Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms.
  • When a member posts something that requires moderator approval, send a message to a Slack channel for your moderators.

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Invision Community Integration with Mailchimp through Zapier

Actions

You can also set up Zaps so that when something happens in an external application, it triggers an action in your Invision Community. For example, you might create a zaps to...

  • When you add an event in a Google Calendar, create a Calendar Event on your community.
  • When you receive an email to a feedback email address, create a topic on your community in a forum for moderators.
  • When you create a task in Trello, add a record to a Pages Database on your community.

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Invision Community Integration with Google Calendar through Zapier

Self-Integration

In addition to using Zapier to integrate with third party services, you can also connect an Invision Community trigger to an Invision Community action. For example: when a member registers, create a topic in a welcome forum.

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Self-Integration through Zapier

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What integrations are available?
    In the beta launching with Invision Community 4.5, Zapier will be able receive a trigger when a member account or content (forum post, gallery image, etc.) is created and send actions to create the same. More triggers and actions will be added over time.
  • Why is this only available to Community in the Cloud and not on-premise licenses?
    While we assess the needs during this beta period we are limiting it to Community in the Cloud only so that we can have more control over the communication happening between each community and Zapier.
  • When will this integration be out of beta?
    Later this year.
  • Will third party applications and plugins be able to create Zapier triggers and actions?
    Because the integration requires an app hosted with Zapier (which is written in Node.js) and this has to be submitted directly by the vendor, it will be difficult for third party applications and plugins to integrate with Zapier through Invision Community's integration. In the future we may be able to provide basic abstracted integrations for third party applications and plugins through an extension API. In the meantime, third party authors can of course write their own Zapier Apps if desired.

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Finally! My heart literally skipped a beat, before I checked that it is only for cloud 🙂 Now I wonder if there is maybe a way that I start a cloud instance, call its rest api from my main community and work like that with zaps 🙂 There is no chance you are leaving it to be only cloud feature, right?

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I cannot not yet imagine all the great benefits it will have, but it looks really promising. Thanks, for the great job your doing every day. Looking forward to the 4.5 release. 

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9 minutes ago, evcom said:

I cannot not yet imagine all the great benefits it will have, but it looks really promising. Thanks, for the great job your doing every day. Looking forward to the 4.5 release. 

Indeed. Only the available Zapier integrations and your imagination are the limit.

It‘s also going to open another level of integrations via the available webhook Zapier integration 🥰
 

 

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Nice feature! Really opens the door to new integrations. 👍

53 minutes ago, Jirinex said:

We already use Zapier. Awesome to see an integration for it on the next release!

I'm curious to see how people use it now and what they will use it for in the future. Will need a new topic on this in the forum...

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15 minutes ago, jair101 said:

I am mainly interested in doing the internal automation for now. I.e. replacing the Rules app.

I'd be interested in that as well, internal automation. Pricing can get up there depending on how many tasks and zaps. You can do 100 tasks a month for free.

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Totally off topic (sorry). But can you guys make it so when you click the link to read these product updates that it doesn't go to the last comment? Everytime I have to scroll up to read the article.

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So even more money to spend?

Why isn't such a feature inbuilt with having automated tasks, if someone can make an app like rules automated why can't you? I don't understand why this needs to be outsourced, I get for things like mailchimp and the like but other inbuilt actions.

Absolutely no benefit to the average user/community. I wish you'd take on more ideas to what people are asking for and expanding on it. We had a previous discussion on this on a topic about not seeing features that people have been asking for years with the usual outcome of 'we can't see it being popular', yet we see new features/addons like this?

Sorry for being negative, but feedback is feedback. (Sorry if I've completely missed the point in this app)

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/Goes and Google zapier. Looks interesting and could use this. 

Update: Looks like free version of zapier is much limited. May be big boards will benefit. 

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28 minutes ago, breatheheavy said:

"we are launching a beta service of Zapier integration for Invision Community in the Cloud."

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"Yes, once the beta process has finished, we are looking to bring this to downloadable/on-premises licenses."

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5 hours ago, AlexWebsites said:

Nice feature! Really opens the door to new integrations. 👍

I'm curious to see how people use it now and what they will use it for in the future. Will need a new topic on this in the forum...

We mostly use it (regarding IPB) to publish our articles / news via RSS feed to Facebook.

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I'm interested in the concept of Invision integrating with Zapier in terms of events, triggers, and actions!  We use and rely on the 3rd party "Rules" app, and the uncertainty as to whether it'll work with each new version of Invision Community has had me a little on edge. lol

It'd be wonderful if these same "ETA"'s could be used internally, as in Invision --> Invision.   e.g. If member registers --> create a post in the forum

e.g. If customer makes a purchase --> Queue up a follow-up email for 30 days from the purchase date.

Regardless of any of that, this is great!

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8 hours ago, Dean_ said:

So even more money to spend?

Why isn't such a feature inbuilt with having automated tasks, if someone can make an app like rules automated why can't you? I don't understand why this needs to be outsourced, I get for things like mailchimp and the like but other inbuilt actions.

Absolutely no benefit to the average user/community. I wish you'd take on more ideas to what people are asking for and expanding on it. We had a previous discussion on this on a topic about not seeing features that people have been asking for years with the usual outcome of 'we can't see it being popular', yet we see new features/addons like this?

Sorry for being negative, but feedback is feedback. (Sorry if I've completely missed the point in this app)

The main benefit is to integrate with this party services. Zapier provides a common platform of exchange for any app: Mailchimp, Google, Facebook, Dropbox, etc - and now Invision Community - to send data to any other.

The fact you can use it to send stuff from one Invision Community to the same Invision Community is an interesting thing I wanted to mention, but I imagine most people will be linking with external services.

"Integrate with [insert service name here]" is one of our most popular feature requests.

8 hours ago, Ocean West said:

Festinating but if you want multiple flows and conditional logic perhaps in look in to https://www.claris.com/connect/

Zapier also has this!

During testing, I had a Zap that did "if someone makes a post, and that post contains my name, blink the lights in my living room red and send me a slack message - if it contains another staff member's name, blink the lights blue". I was going to include a video in the blog entry, but thought we should stick to realistic examples (people are sometimes a bit literal and I thought some might get confused into thinking we were aiming for building a feature that aimed to blink the lights in your home 😅).

2 hours ago, IPCommerceFan said:

I'm interested in the concept of Invision integrating with Zapier in terms of events, triggers, and actions!  We use and rely on the 3rd party "Rules" app, and the uncertainty as to whether it'll work with each new version of Invision Community has had me a little on edge. lol

It'd be wonderful if these same "ETA"'s could be used internally, as in Invision --> Invision.   e.g. If member registers --> create a post in the forum

e.g. If customer makes a purchase --> Queue up a follow-up email for 30 days from the purchase date.

Regardless of any of that, this is great!

We don't have a "New Purchase" trigger yet (though obviously it's high on our list) but by sending that trigger to Delay and then an email service that kind of thing is a great example of the sort of thing you could accomplish.

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I love it! What a cool integration. Zapier’s pricing is a little crazy if you were to want to have some automation that runs thousands of tasks, but I guess if you think smaller and try to keep the tasks meaningful and limited, it could be really useful! 

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