Connecting ActionSprout to Action Network Through Zapier

If you’re reading this you have an ActionSprout account and a Action Network account, and wish to connect the two so that the supporters you collect via ActionSprout are automatically synced with Action Network.

The good news is you can make this connection through Zapier.

I you haven’t heard of Zapier, it’s a tool that lets you automatically share data and information from one tool to another. It deals with all the formatting and uploading so you don’t have to.

To get started we’re going to assume you already have a ActionSprout and Action Network account. (If not you can follow the links and create those accounts now.)

The first thing we’re going to do is create a Zapier account.

Once you’re all set up we’re going to create a zap. Zaps are the automatic triggers that move data from one tool to the other.

Inside your dashboard click Make a New Zap.

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You’ll be prompted to set up both sides of the connection. “When this happens” and “do this”.

On the left select ActionSprout as the app and Action Completed as the trigger underneath. It should look like this.

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 12.04.08 PMOn the right select Action Network as the app and Subscribe a person to your Action Network email list as your action. It should look like this:

Note: In order to access the Action Network app click here. 

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Click continue.

Next you’ll connect your ActionSprout account. When connecting a new account you’ll be prompted to fill in the following information:

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To find your API Key and Organization Identifier log into your ActionSprout account.

Click the Settings tab then, Integrations. 

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Scroll to the bottom of the Integrations page and find Zapier. There you will find your Key and ID. Copy these and paste them into Zapier.

Click continue.

Now you’re going to connect your Action Network account. Click the orange connect button.

Like before you’ll be prompted to name your account and provide an API key.

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To access your key, first log into your Action Network account. At the top of your dashboard page you’ll find a big Start Organizing drop down menu.

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Inside this menu under the Details column select API & SYNC. 

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Inside this screen you’ll create your API Key. Click the blue Generate API Key button. Once generated copy your key and paste it into Zapier.

Please note: In order to generate an API key you must be a Action Network partner. You can learn more here.

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Click continue.

Next you’ll be asked to set up some filters. This section is option. Fill out what you’d like and click continue.

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Next you’ll match up your two account. Select a form and some sample data to make the match. (This is a good time to create a new form to hold your ActionSprout supporters if you haven’t already)

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Click continue.

Next you’ll test your zap. Click the test button.

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You’ll now use the sample data you just entered to test the connection. Test the zap and click continue.

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Almost there! Name your new zap and turn it on.

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Now your new zap will appear in your list under My Zaps.

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To be on the safe side let’s double check the connection. Jump into your ActionSprout account and either take one of your own actions or have a colleague. Then jump in your Action Network account and double check the information came through.

This may take a minute. Once you see the new data come through you’re done, the connection has been successfully made!

Now all future action takers will be automatically pushed into your Action Network account.