98 – Zapier

DOWN 13 places in 2022

Connect your apps and automate workflows

Website: zapier.com
Cost: Free and Premium plans
Availability: Online

Ranking in the previous surveys:

2021: 85
2020: 172 2019: 171 2018: – 2017: 193 2016: – 2015: – 2014: –
2013: – 2012: – 2011: – 2010: – 2009: – 2008: – 2007: –

Comments on Zapier

“When there isn’t an add-in or marketplace available for what you want to do, Zapier let’s you connect thousands of apps with each other yourself. And it couldn’t be easier – no code involved. No matter what your role or industry, you’ll find value in Zapier.” Mike Taylor, Learning Design and Technology Consultant, USA, 2022

“What a tool! What possibilities! What a time saver! What does Zapier do? Integrate and connect various tools, automate workflows … and save time. So, indirectly they help me in my development, because they save me so much time that I can fully focus on learning, reading, reflecting … And working of course.” Matthias Vermeulen, Belgium, 2021

“How did we connect Slack and Harvest? You guessed it. The same way that we connect all kinds of tools and create all sorts of custom automations. Zapier. I worked in product management and occasionally had to talk intelligently about APIs. I don’t know that I ever did. With Zapier, I’ve become an expert at connecting different products to make them hum. When you find yourself repeating the same process over and over, ask yourself if Zapier can help.” Tim Waxenfelter, USA, 2021

“Zapier is an online automation tool that connects your apps and services. You can connect two or more apps to automate repetitive tasks without coding or relying on developers to build the integration. I use Zapier to do time-saving things like connecting user registration info from an online form to automatically enrol people in a webinar and/or related MailChimp learning campaigns.” Mike Taylor, USA, 2020

Quick Guide to Zapier 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Zapier for teaching, training, learning and development.

Zapier (rhymes with “happier”) is a way of connecting apps or devices for a number of purposes:

  • Integrate – link your web apps with a few clicks, so they can share data
  • Automate – pass info between your apps with workflows called Zaps
  • Innovate – build processes faster and get more done—no code required

You can browse the Zapier website to find something that interest you or you can build your own workflow or “zap” by connecting your applications or devices, eg.

  1. Start with a TRIGGER
  2. Then describe the first ACTION
  3. Then describe any subsequent ACTION

For example

  1. When I get a new email in Gmail
  2. Copy the attachment from Gmail to Dropbox
  3. Alert me in Slack about the new Dropbox file


  1. When someone registers for my event
  2. Follow up in a week with next steps
  3. Send them a welcome email

Here is some general guidance on how to use Zapier

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