Manually syncing online data between multiple applications can be a drain on time, energy, and financial resources, especially for small business owners. Zapier is a tool that businesses can use to transfer information from popular web-based applications like Asana, Basecamp, Dropbox, and Evernote, to name just a few.
Create your first “zap” – the term Zapier uses to describe the process of pushing data from one application into another – by visiting the Zapier website and dragging icons for the two applications you’re interested in working with into place. Choose a trigger for the first application you select (for example: each time a new file is uploaded to Dropbox) and an action for the second application you select (for example: create a new stream post on Facebook). In addition to pulling data from one application into another, you can also set up Zapier to automatically send you notifications via email or text message each time certain triggers are pulled. Advanced users can rely on webhooks to create their own triggers and actions from scratch, as well.
Users with free plans can set up to five “zaps” and get up to 100 “tasks” – the term Zapier uses to describe pushing data from one application to another – per month. Users with upgraded plans, however, get more zaps, more tasks, and decrease the time between syncings. Users with Business and Business Plus plans also get priority consideration when recommending which supported applications Zapier should add to its service.
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