Automate It with Zapier and Generative AISecond edition
Writing a Zapier book was a natural step for our founder, Kelly Goss as she is so passionate about helping business owners increase productivity in their companies. As a Certified Zapier Expert, Kelly is the perfect person to impart everything she’s learned using Zapier in her own businesses as well as helping clients do the same. The first edition of Automate It with Zapier was released in August 2021, and you can read more about it in this blog post. Due to the success of the first edition, the second edition, Automate It with Zapier and Generative AI was released in August 2023.
Automate It with Zapier and Generative AI is intended to teach simple methods for improving processes and the best way to use Zapier’s features and functionality (including generative AI) to automate them. It is the most comprehensive guide about business process automation using Zapier on the market. It builds on the content from the first edition, with details of new feature releases including using new generative AI functionality and the OpenAI integration.
We thought we’d share the topics covered in the book, discuss who it’s aimed at, and what they can expect to achieve from reading it.
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Who is the book for?
There are so many people who will benefit from Automate It with Zapier and Generative AI.
Firstly, owners of micro, small and medium-sized businesses who don’t have the budget for a team of developers to build bespoke systems for them. Employees too, in these businesses, can learn how to implement more streamlined processes and automate them using Zapier.
Then you have freelancers, contractors, and business consultants. Not only can they improve their own operational processes but the skills they’ve learned can be used to provide consultancy for clients. Business workflow automation consultancy is a growing service and can be applied to every single business! Workflow automation is a great skill to acquire. Other people who could also offer automation consultancy include solution architects, process consultants, virtual assistants, CRM consultants, bookkeepers, accountants, and online business managers.
Improving processes and getting started with Zapier
The book kicks off by explaining in practical terms how you can simplify processes, initially by brainstorming them and then assessing what can be automated. It introduces Zapier, explains how to keep your account organized, and how to plan and build your first Zap. You’ll learn how to troubleshoot issues and handle errors (which are inevitable!).
Learning about Zapier’s inbuilt apps
We then move on to learning about Zapier’s built-in apps which allow you to manipulate data, such as extracting information from emails, reformatting dates, and use RSS feeds. There are apps that can send you SMS notifications, create a digest of information, and schedule automations to run at specific times. The book explains how these can be used in your Zaps to optimise the performance and also how to build multi-step workflows. The second edition covers new feature releases such as Transfer, Interfaces, Tables, Looping, Sub-Zap, and the ChatGPT plugin and dives deeper into advanced functionality such as webhook and code steps.
Digging deeper into Formatter by Zapier
One of Zapier’s most powerful built-in apps is Formatter by Zapier. You can format dates, times, text, numbers, and much more. You can use lookup tables, picklists and also import CSV files, as well as use spreadsheet-style formulas and operations. This second edition also includes all the new Formatter by Zapier AI functionality.
This functionality is so effective at manipulating data into the right format, whether you need to perform math functions or prepare it for the next application.
Automating different processes within the business
Automate It with Zapier and Generative AI includes practical examples for all areas of your business, including:
The book includes business scenarios that you can work through, with tips from Kelly, to test your newfound problem-solving and automation skills.
From beginner to advanced automator
Some of Zapier’s more advanced functionality, such as using webhooks and code, are explored briefly too, so that you have an appreciation for how powerful the platform can be.
Whether you are a solopreneur or work in a team, you’ll learn how to organise folders and Zaps, and how to collaborate with others if needed. All the key terminology is explained in easy-to-understand language and the information will get you up and running in no time.
Endorsed by Zapier and No-Code Experts
Cody Jones, Head of Global Partnerships & Channels at Zapier wrote the foreword for the first edition of the book (Automate It with Zapier). He says “Just like playing with Legos, Zapier will allow you to create anything. However, sometimes it is helpful to have a step-by-step guide to ensure you build what you want. That is why we are so excited about Kelly’s book. As one of our Zapier Certified Experts since 2018, Kelly Goss is at the core of what automation and process mapping can do for businesses.”
Philip Lakin, co-founder of the No Code Ops community and no code expert, wrote the foreword for this edition. He says “The beauty of this book lies in its practicality. Kelly goes beyond explaining concepts – she provides actionable insights and ste-by-step guides that businesses can implement immediately. Whether you’re a seasoned operations professional or someone just starting in the world of automation, this book offers valuable lessons.”
Buy the book
The first edition and second edition of the book have had glowing reviews since they were published.
You can buy Kelly’s book directly from the publisher, Packt in print and eBook formats. It is also available from Amazon in Kindle format as well as in paperback. Here are links to Amazon (.co.uk) and Amazon (.com) to get yours now!
Once you’ve read the book you will be able to build advanced workflow automations using Zapier, and be a true automation superhero!
About Kelly Goss and Solvaa
Solvaa® was founded in 2016 by Kelly Goss, no-code solutions architect, business process automation specialist and author of Automate It with Zapier (first edition) and Automate It with Zapier and Generative AI (second edition). Based in London (UK), Solvaa® helps businesses around the world increase productivity, save money and scale with the right systems and more efficient processes.
Contact us today to discuss how Solvaa can help you simplify, improve and automate all aspects of your business with Zapier to save you time, reduce costs and keep you agile as you grow.