Act! Connect InfographicIntroduced in v18.2, Act! Connect is a new feature in Act! that allows any web developer to make updates to Act! records via the REST API.  Think of the REST API as a “universal translator” between disparate websites and applications hosted on the Web.

For non-coders like us, we’ll use Zapier instead.  Zapier is a service that helps you connect different applications without knowing how to code.  Zapier offers a free version with some billable upgrades that integrates Act! and hundreds of other apps without learning code.

Here are some ideas:

  • When a new lead comes in from your website using WuFoo, automatically create a contact in Act!. Sample
  • Scan a business card into Act! from your mobile phone
  • Automatically adding new subscribers (contacts) from MailChimp automatically go into Act! as contacts
  • Automatically adding new contacts from Constant Contact sign up forms automatically go into Act! as contacts
  • Automatically add Google Contacts to Act! contacts
  • Automatically add Eventbrite attendees as Act! contacts

System Requirements:

Tech notes if you want to know more:

  • The REST API for Act! was introduced in v17.1, and if you installed Act! Premium for Web; then, the REST API was available.  However, 90% of Act! clients didn’t have this.  So, in Act! v18.2, Swiftpage partnered with Cloud Elements that creates all the work to enable the REST API without installing the infrastructure locally.