Actions are the central elements that drive your automation and allow you to respond instantly to your contacts’ activity. With actions you can send emails, tag contacts for segmentation, add and remove contacts from automation maps, internally update contact record information, and more.
By adding different actions based on the behaviors of your contacts, you can create a systemized and personalized automation maps that nurtures them throughout the customer lifecycle.
Using actions in your automation maps
To add an action element to your map, click → Action tab → Choose an action. Here’s a list of the different actions you can use to perform different automated functions within your automation.
- Send an Email: This action sends an email to a contact.
- Send an SMS: This action sends an SMS text message to a contact (e.g., appointment reminders and confirmations).
- Send a Postcard: This action triggers a postcard to be sent. This is a great addition to your automation if you want to send physical coupons, reminders or birthday cards.
Automated Manual Assignments
- Assign Task: This action allows you to assign tasks to team members. Tasks are steps in a process that are non-automatable (e.g., a sales rep making a phone call to a lead, a team member reviewing items in a paper file, etc).
- Notify With SMS: This action uses SMS text messages to notify a team member or internal partner, such as someone at a shipping facility or a contractor, about important information.
- Notify With Email: This action uses emails to notify a team member or internal partner, such as someone at a shipping facility or a contractor, about important information.
Automated Membership Site
- Update Membership Access (action tab): This updates your subscribers’ access to your Ontraport membership sites. You can set the status to enabled, suspended or disabled.
- Give WordPress Membership Access (advanced tab): This action grants access to your WordPress membership site. This is commonly used after a membership purchase or a partner program sign-up.
- Remove WordPress Membership Access (advanced tab): This removes WordPress membership access.
Automation and Sequence
- Add to Automation: This action adds a contact to an automation map. When you use this action on an automation map, contacts from that map will be added to the automation map you select via the Added to Automation trigger. They will only return to the original automation map after they hit an “end” or “exit” element in the map they were sent to. If you would like your contacts to continue on the original automation and also be sent to another automation map, on your original map add a fork element before your Add to Automation element.
- Remove From Automation: This action removes a contact from an automation map. This would be useful if the contact achieved a goal and no longer needed to be on that particular map.
- Pause/Unpause Automation: This action pauses or unpauses a contact on a selected automation map. Paused contacts will remain “sitting” on the element they were paused on until they’re unpaused on another automation map or sequence.
- Add to Sequence (legacy feature): This action adds a contact to a legacy sequence. Contacts will proceed through the entire sequence before returning to the automation map (only if the sequence settings are set to “Unsubscribe after last step”).
- Remove From Sequence (legacy feature): This action removes a contact from a legacy sequence.
- Pause/Unpause Sequence (legacy feature): This action pauses or unpauses a contact on a selected sequence. Paused contacts will remain “sitting” on the step they were paused on until they’re unpaused from another sequence or automation.
- Add Product to Purchase History: This action adds products to a contacts’ purchase history.
- Update Contact (any editable field): This action allows you to automate changing a field in a contact record (e.g., changing a status field from lead to client, blanking out a field, and updating a date field to a time in the past or future).
- Change Tags: Tags are like labels for your contacts. This action adds or removes tags from your contacts (e.g., adding a “customer” tag and removing a “lead” tag after a lead has purchased from you).
- Send to Fulfillment: This action adds your contacts to a fulfillment list. This is commonly used if you to have a list of contacts who reached a particular step in your process.
- Remove From Fulfillment List: This action removes your contacts from a fulfillment list.
- Cancel Open Orders: This action cancels a payment plan or recurring payment. For example, if a contact completes your membership cancellation form, this element will remove the open order from the contact record and the contact would not be charged for the product again.
- Recharge Transactions: This action recharges transactions that are in collections.
Sales Force Automation
- Add to Lead Router: This action will add a contact to a lead router. This is most commonly used to route leads to different members of the sales team.
- Add to Facebook Custom Audience (advanced tab): This action works with our Facebook integration to add or remove a contact to or from a Facebook Custom Audience. For example, once contacts have purchased a product, add them to your Facebook Custom Audience that encourages sharing and referrals instead of buying your product.
- Send a Webhook (advanced tab): This advanced action element is used to send information from Ontraport to another system that accepts this type of data. For example, you could use a webhook to send a contact’s email address to a webinar system to register the contact for the webinar.