Timesaving tip: Reduce manual integrations by connecting Crowdcast to the apps you already use

Efficiency is a creator's best friend. Reducing manual entries and integrations—like importing each event's registration list to a host's email list management app—is critical. Wouldn't it be easier if your favorite apps could just talk to each other?

That's where Zapier can be your new BFF.

Zapier is one of the most powerful features offered on Crowdcast, and easy for anyone to use. It lets you connect 500+ different apps without having to write a line of code. When your apps talk to Crowdcast, that means less work for you on the back-end and more time to focus event programming. Here are some examples:

  • When someone signs up for your Mailchimp newsletter, Crowdcast can automatically pre-register that person to your event. See more Mailchimp zaps
  • ConvertKit can automatically tag an attendee who joins your crowdcast. See more ConvertKit zaps
  • When someone registers for your event on Crowdcast, receive an alert in Slack. See more Slack zaps
  • Crowdcast can automatically pre-register someone for your event after they submit information to your TypeForm. See more TypeForm zaps

Understanding how Zapier works—and making it work for you—begins with understanding the language. A zap is what makes your apps work together to get things done. As Zapier explains it, “When I get a new thing in A, do this other thing in B.” Or in practical terms, “when I get a new registrant on Crowdcast, send me an alert on Slack.” The first item—getting a new registrant—is the trigger, a pre-defined activity in your app. The second item—sending an alert on Slack—is the action, a new item that is created.

Use a trigger (like signing up for your newsletter) to create an action (like automatically registering that person for your event). All together, that's a zap. On Crowdcast, the two main uses for zaps are to register a user from another app to join a crowdcast, or to send out a crowdcast registrant's information to one of your apps.

Get started with Zapier
  1. Go to the Settings page
  2. Scroll down to the Zapier API Key (Click on the “Generate API Key” button only if there isn't one generated already)
  3. Once you have a key, copy it
  4. Go to the Crowdcast Zapier page and click on “Make a Zap with Crowdcast”
  5. Follow Zapier's step-by-step process for connecting Crowdcast to your application

Pro-tip: If making your own zap feels daunting, use recommended, ready-made zaps like “Create Mailchimp subscribers from new Crowdcast registrations.” View a list of recommended zaps here. After you copy your API key (Step #3), just select a recommended zap and follow Zapier's steps to connect.

Popular Zaps for Crowdcast

Advanced features

Most Crowdcast subscribers—on our Lite, Professional and Business plans—enjoy free access to Zapier and its fundamental features. But frequent event hosts who want even more automation can take advantage of additional tools like multi-step zaps, with a basic subscription to Zapier.

If you regularly host events, you may want to consider that option. Multi-step zaps use one trigger, like registering for an event, to send multiple actions in motion—like instantly adding registrants to your mailing list and sending out email sequences when people register for your event.
Note: Crowdcast does not receive any benefits from additional Zapier subscriptions—we just really believe in the service!

Get to know Zapier

Don't limit yourself to recommended zaps—get the most out of Zapier with these resources:

  • Zapbook: The full listing of apps available for integrations
  • How-to guides: Scroll down this page for popular articles on MailChimp, Gmail and Google Sheets
  • Crowdcast support center: Bookmark our Zapier guide for quick reference

Are you currently using Zapier? Any tips we should include? Tweet us—we'd love to add your recommendations to this list.

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