In today’s fast-paced business environment, employees are constantly juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities. The influx of information from various sources like email, documents, forms, and notifications can quickly become overwhelming. Manual processes like data entry, documentation, and task management eat up time that could be better spent on critical work. According to a recent McKinsey study, employees spend nearly 20% of their workweek on repetitive tasks that could be automated.

All this manual busywork leads to decreased productivity, frustration, and burnout. Employees get stuck in reactive mode, unable to proactively pursue more strategic goals. Organizations suffer from disjointed workflows, miscommunication, and human errors. It’s clear that relying solely on manual processes severely limits an organization’s potential for growth and innovation.

The solution? Embracing workflow automation. Integrating automation into key workflows allows employees to offload tedious tasks. Instead of wasting time on repetitive work, they can spend their hours on high-value priorities that drive business results. Studies show that 90% of employees report increased productivity from automation, with 85% citing improved job satisfaction. By unleashing the power of automation, organizations can boost efficiency, engagement, and strategic growth.

#1 Automatically save email attachments

We’ve all experienced the frustration of digging through our inbox to find that one important file attachment, only to realize it’s disappeared into the void. According to Docmoto, the average business professional loses over 2 hours per week searching for misplaced email attachments. But with Zapier, you can eliminate this headache by automatically saving attachments from Gmail or Outlook directly to cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Simply create a Zap with a Gmail or Outlook trigger, then add your cloud storage app as the action. Configure it to save all attachments from specific senders or with certain keywords. Now anytime an important email comes in, the attachment will be instantly stored in your designated folder – no more digging required. You’ll reduce inbox clutter while ensuring valuable files are securely archived and easy to find.

2. Create tasks from form submissions

When a lead fills out a form on your website, Zapier can instantly turn it into a task or card in your project management tool like Trello or Asana. Stay on top of every lead without the manual data entry. According to Zapier, automating lead capture can help you handle 50% more leads without adding headcount.

With Zapier, you simply connect your form app like Typeform or Google Forms to your task management tool. Now whenever someone submits the form, Zapier will automatically create a new task with the lead’s details so your team can immediately follow up. No more manually entering data or letting leads slip through the cracks.

Lead management automation is a game changer. You can effortlessly convert form submissions into actionable tasks, ensuring rapid lead response times and higher conversion rates. As Wisepops notes, reducing the time between lead capture and follow-up is critical for sales success.

#3 Share content across social media

Zapier can automatically share your latest blog post, video, or podcast episode across all your social profiles as soon as it’s published. This allows you to easily amplify the reach of your published content without having to manually share it on each platform.

With so many social media platforms to manage, it can be tedious and time-consuming to share content on all of them. But social media automation tools like Zapier make it easy to sync your publishing to simultaneous social sharing. As soon as you hit “publish” on a new piece of content, Zapier can automatically post it on profiles like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and more.

According to research by Sprout Social, social media automation can help brands “scale content distribution across multiple networks” and “maximize the reach” of posts.

This allows you to extend the visibility of valuable content without constantly having to manually share, tweet, or update social posts. Zapier social media automations save you time while getting each piece of content in front of the widest possible audience across every channel.

4. Get Slack notifications for important events

Staying updated on key events and notifications without having to constantly check different apps can be a challenge. This is where Slack integrations shine. With over 2,400+ app integrations, Slack makes it easy to pipe notifications from your other tools right into dedicated channels or conversations.

For example, you can get notified of new support tickets from Zendesk, new orders from Shopify, or website errors from Pingdom – all without leaving Slack. No more missing important alerts that get buried across disconnected apps.

Customize notifications so your team receives updates that matter most. Monitor business KPIs like new customers or sales in real-time. Or get alerts for events like Asana task assignments, Typeform survey responses, or RSS feeds from your favorite industry blogs.

With automated Slack notifications, you stay up-to-date with a glance. Streamline team communication and collaboration while eliminating noisy, distracting context switching between apps. Add powerful integrations and make Slack your team’s command center.

5. Add webinar registrants to your email list

Hosting a webinar? Let Zapier automatically add new registrants from Zoom or GoToWebinar as subscribers in your email marketing platform like Mailchimp. Seamlessly grow your audience with every event.

Webinars are a great way to engage with your target audience and position yourself as an expert. But you also need to leverage them to build your email list. According to How to Use Webinars to Grow Your Email List Fast, setting up automated list building from your webinar platform is key. When someone registers for your webinar through Zoom, GoToWebinar etc, Zapier can instantly add them as a new subscriber in Mailchimp or your email service.

This allows you to easily grow your list with every webinar and event. You can then nurture these new leads by sending them valuable follow-up content after the live webinar is over. Automated list building ensures you reap the benefits long after the webinar ends.

6. Create invoices from tracked time

When you track billable hours in an app like Toggl or Harvest, Zapier can turn those time entries into professional invoices using tools like Freshbooks or Wave. According to How Invoice Automation Saves Teams Time and Money, invoice automation uses digital tools to capture invoice data and automatically generate invoices, saving time and reducing errors compared to manual invoicing. The key benefit highlighted is to get paid faster with automated invoicing. As explained in Automated Invoice Processing Guide: How to Implement, automating the invoicing process streamlines accounts receivable by creating invoices instantly when billable time is logged. This acceleration in sending invoices allows you to get paid in a more timely manner. Overall, connecting your time tracking app to invoicing software via Zapier provides the power to instantly create professional invoices, helping your business get paid faster.

7. Post New RSS Items to Your Team Chat

Keep your team up-to-date on industry news. Set up an RSS feed of your favorite blogs or news sources and let Zapier automatically post new items to a dedicated Slack or Microsoft Teams channel. Stay informed together.

For example, you can connect an RSS feed from a popular marketing blog to a #marketing-news channel in Slack. Whenever the blog publishes a new post, Zapier will instantly share it in your Slack workspace so your team can discuss the latest trends.

According to this Zapier article, you can “Automatically share new content with your team by using RSS feeds. This integration can be used to share relevant blog posts as well as entertaining content to build stronger connections.”

With this automation in place, your distributed or remote teams can stay up-to-date without having to actively seek out relevant news. It brings valuable insights right to your collaboration platform of choice.

#8 Send SMS appointment reminders

Reduce no-shows with reminders. When an event is scheduled in your calendar app, Zapier can trigger personalized SMS reminders to attendees via Twilio beforehand. Automate thoughtful touchpoints that make an impact.

According to, SMS reminders are an easy way for any business to reduce missed appointments. With Zapier, you can set up automated SMS or text reminders to customers before their appointment time. This convenient notification allows them to confirm or reschedule if needed.

Tools like GReminders integrate with Google Calendar to send appointment reminders by text message based on your calendar events. For a personalized touch, the SMS can include the customer’s name and appointment details.

Automated reminders demonstrate you value your customers’ time. According to ClickSend, up to 40% of appointments are no-shows when reminders aren’t sent. Implementing SMS notifications is an impactful way to cut down on wasted time for your business.

#9 Sync data between your CRM and email marketing

Keeping contact information synchronized across your tech stack is crucial for effective marketing and sales workflows. When data lives in disconnected silos, your teams waste time hunting down the right contacts and metrics. Zapier seamlessly bridges this gap by enabling automatic two-way syncing between your CRM and email marketing platforms.

For example, you can set up a Zap to sync subscriber details from your email service like Mailchimp over to your CRM such as Salesforce. When someone signs up for your newsletter, their name, email, and any custom fields will automatically populate in your CRM as a new contact. The reverse is also true – if a sales rep adds a new lead in the CRM, Zapier can add them as a subscriber in Mailchimp.

This bi-directional sync ensures that contact data is always up-to-date across both systems. As your sales and marketing teams add new information, it flows across all connected platforms. You eliminate the need for manual data entry, tedious CSV imports, or disconnected workflows.

With unified subscriber data, you can send more targeted, personalized email campaigns while accessing robust contact history from your CRM. Syncing powers more impactful marketing and more informed sales outreach. According to research, combining CRM and email marketing allows businesses to nurture better customer relationships and drive more sales.

#10 Auto-generate documents

Turn form submissions into polished documents with Zapier. Connect tools like Google Forms and WebMerge to populate custom contracts, proposals, certificates and more with data from each form entry. Put document creation on autopilot.

Services like Docusign CLM allow you to create document generation forms that capture data and populate templates to create finished documents Form libraries enable reusing components across documents Cognito Forms also allows generating custom documents from form entries

By connecting form apps with document generation tools through Zapier, you can build automated workflows to turn submissions into completed contracts, proposals, invoices, and more. This eliminates the need for manual paperwork and makes it easy to create custom documents tailored to each client or project.


As shown in these 10 powerful automations, Zapier can truly transform your workflow for the better. To recap some of the key benefits: you can eliminate tedious manual tasks, keep important data synced across apps, stay on top of notifications, automatically document and share content, and create more personalized, thoughtful experiences for customers. As referenced in case studies from partners like Adalo, automation can lead to reduced churn, increased revenue, and more inbound leads.

With Zapier, you can connect over 2,000 apps to automate your work and be more productive. The possibilities are endless. As an integration expert, I’m here to help you unleash the full potential of Zapier for your unique needs. Reach out anytime to get started optimizing your tech stack!

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Ready to unleash the magic of workflow automation in your business? Don’t wait – try Zapier for free today to connect your apps and automate repetitive tasks. With just a few clicks, you can build customized Zaps that streamline your processes and boost productivity.

Need help getting started or have questions? As an automation integration expert, I’m here to assist. Feel free to contact me to discuss your unique needs and how Zapier can transform your workflow. I offer affordable consulting packages, including:

  • Zapier walkthroughs and training
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Invest in streamlining your business processes with Zapier and my expertise. Let’s work together to unleash the magic of automation for your team!

About the Author

Justin Adamski is a workflow automation expert with over 10 years of experience helping businesses streamline operations using tools like Zapier and Make. He offers automation integration services to implement customized solutions that save time and boost productivity.

As a Zapier Certified Expert and Make Certified Consultant, Justin has a proven track record of creating automated workflows that seamlessly connect web apps, SaaS platforms, APIs, databases, and more. He can analyze your business needs to determine where automation can drive the most impact, whether it’s through lead generation, data synchronization, notifications and alerts, or automating repetitive manual tasks.

Justin takes a hands-on approach, working closely with clients to understand pain points and build the exact solutions they need. His automation superpowers have helped companies across diverse industries including ecommerce, SaaS, agencies, nonprofits and more. He is available for consulting and implementation services related to Zapier, Make, Integromat, and other leading workflow automation platforms.

To discuss your automation needs, contact Justin for a free consultation.

FAQ Section

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Zapier and its automation capabilities:

How does Zapier work?

Zapier is a web automation tool that connects your various apps and services through a series of triggers and actions called “Zaps.” For example, you can create a Zap that watches for new form submissions in Google Forms and automatically adds the data to a Google Sheets spreadsheet. Zapier handles the integration behind the scenes so you don’t have to write any code.

Is Zapier secure?

Yes, Zapier takes security very seriously. All credentials for connected accounts are encrypted and protected. Zapier also has SOC 2 Type II and ISO 27001 certifications for security practices (Zapier Customer Support).

How much does Zapier cost?

Zapier offers both free and paid plans. The free plan allows up to 5 Zaps, 100 task runs per month. Paid plans start at $20/month and remove limits, add more functionality like filters and search. Zapier also offers enterprise plans (Answers to your most frequently asked questions about Zapier).

What apps work with Zapier?

Zapier connects over 3,000 different apps and services. Popular options include Google Suite, Slack, Mailchimp, Stripe, Trello, Calendly, and hundreds more. You can browse all available integrations on the Zapier website (Zapier Help).

Additional Resources

Want to dive deeper into Zapier and automation? Check out these additional resources for further reading:

Zapier guides – The official Zapier site offers a wealth of free guides covering automation basics, step-by-step tutorials, expert tips and more.

The Zapier quick-start guide – This guide from Zapier teaches automation fundamentals and walks you through creating your first Zaps.

The Zapier blog – Read up on real-world automation examples, productivity tips and the latest app integrations on the Zapier blog.

Zapier YouTube channel – Find video tutorials, webinars and conference talks on automation strategies on Zapier’s YouTube channel.

Zapier podcast – The “Work Smarter with Zapier” podcast shares automation success stories and expert interviews. Listen on all major platforms.

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