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Mastering Email Parsing in Zapier: A Step-by-Step Guide

Published on Feb 28th, 2024

Email automation is a critical component of modern business efficiency. Zapier, a leading automation tool, allows users to connect their email service with various applications to streamline workflows. Parsing an email payload in Zapier is essential when extracting specific data from incoming emails to use in subsequent action steps. Let's dive into how you can accomplish this task with ease.

Step 1: Choose Your Email Trigger

To begin parsing an email payload, you need to set up a trigger that tells Zapier when to start a workflow. For email parsing, the trigger is often a new email in your inbox or a particular label/folder.

Step 2: Set Up Email Parser by Zapier

Zapier offers an in-built tool called 'Email Parser by Zapier'. To use it:

  • Sign up or log in to your Zapier account.

  • Go to the 'Email Parser by Zapier' service and create a new mailbox.

  • Send a sample email to the new email address provided by Zapier.

Step 3: Define Your Parsing Rules

Once you have your sample email, you can:

  • Open it in the 'Email Parser by Zapier' dashboard.

  • Highlight the text parts you want to extract, such as dates, order numbers, or names.

  • Define these as parsing rules, which will tell Zapier how to identify and extract the data.

Step 4: Connect and Test in Your Zap

With your parsing rules in place:

  • Return to your Zap and choose 'Email Parser by Zapier' as the trigger app.

  • Connect your new mailbox and pull in the sample email.

  • Ensure the parsed data is accurately captured.

Step 5: Use Parsed Data in Your Workflow

After testing, you can then pass the parsed data onto other apps within your workflow—whether it's logging data in a spreadsheet, creating tasks in a management tool, or triggering notifications.

In Conclusion

Parsing email payloads with Zapier is a straightforward process that can significantly enhance your workflow automation. By carefully setting up your parsing rules, you ensure high accuracy in data extraction and a smoother automation experience overall.

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