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Import data to Dovetail with a Zapier Action

Automatically import data from other apps with our Zapier integration.

Zapier lets you connect apps together and move data around using automated workflows called Zaps. Our Zapier integration has one Trigger and one Action to help you move data between Dovetail and other apps you use.

Create a Zapier account

The first thing is to create a Zapier account if you don’t have one already. Get started with a free account at, then click Make a Zap! in the top right corner to get started creating your first Zap.

Choose your Trigger App

You’ll need to choose the Trigger App for your integration. This is the app you’d like to connect to Dovetail, and where the data will be coming from. For example Twitter, Typeform, Intercom, Google Sheets, Rev, Slack etc.

For this setup guide, we’re going to choose Email by Zapier. This Trigger App built by Zapier gives us a unique email address, and once we’re finished setting up the Zap, anything sent there will be saved as notes in Dovetail.

You’ll need to choose the trigger for the app. This is the event that happens to trigger the integration. In our case, the trigger will be New inbound email. This is just an example – the available triggers will depend on the app you chose.

Authorize Dovetail

After you’ve configured the trigger, the next step is to choose the Action App and authorize Dovetail. Search for Dovetail in the dropdown, click Connect an Account, and then click Approve Zapier in the popup window that appears.

Test the connection, then click Save + Continue to move on.

Create your Zap Template

Now that we’ve picked a Trigger App and authorized Zapier to create content in Dovetail, we need to configure the Zap Template. This is where you can decide how you want your inbound data to look in Dovetail. In our case, the inbound data is an email sent to our Zapier email address.

First, we need to choose what project we’d like to add notes to. In this example, we’re going to choose a project called Mobile feedback.

Next, we need to set the title for notes created with this zap. You can put whatever you like in this field. In our case, we’ve put the word Email, then a hyphen, followed by the subject line of the inbound email:

Email – {subject}

After that, we need to set the note content. This will be the actual content of the note in Dovetail.

In our case, we’re going insert the body fields from the inbound email in the trigger.

We’ve also created a field called Email that we’re going to populate with the from value from the inbound email in the trigger.

We can choose to enable automatic sentiment analysis for the content in the body. If this is set to yes, Dovetail will automatically add the tags Positive or Negative when it detects positive or negative sentiment.

Test your Zap

Once you’ve configured your template, you can test your Zap to see if it works, and if everything went okay, you should see your note created in Dovetail!

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2 minute read
Updated 25 Mar 2020


Kai Forsyth

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