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Hey! We are Raisegiving, a payments platform geared towards helping nonprofits raise money and manage donors. We are looking to give our Users (Admins of nonprofits) the ability to integrate their Raisegiving account with other tools such as Mailchimp and QuickBooks.

Examples of desired use cases:

  • Users should be able to sync Raisegiving audience with their Mailchimp audience, trigger the creation of a new Mailchimp audience based on data from their Raisegiving account.
  • Donations made on our platform should sync with users Quickbooks account.

Does anyone have any helpful insights into the pros and cons of Tray.io vs Zapier?

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Bob Bass
President & Full Stack Enginee at Narro, LLC · | 3 upvotes · 13.3K views

Tray.io is expensive and only makes sense in a few rare occasions where you need 2-way constant data binding in a 'loop' where Zapier is more like an automation swiss army knife. Tray.io is aimed exclusively at enterprise while Zapier supports businesses of any size. Tray.io is very expensive and Zapier is much more reasonable especially early on before you have massive amounts of zaps.

You may also want to look at Integromat but Zapier would be my choice in this case. I almost don't see Tray.io as being something worth considering for your particular use case unless there's a massive scale behind your product that I'm unaware of (absurd amounts of tasks in the hundreds of thousands).

Zapier also has a great community and an "experts" program in the event that you want to outsource your automation.

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Pros of Buffer
Pros of IFTTT
Pros of Zapier
  • 50
    Super simple to schedule tweets
  • 23
    Buffer from my browser; integrates with my work flow
  • 9
    Awesome UI
  • 6
    Fair pricing
  • 4
    Weekly analytics report email
  • 3
    Re-buffer posts
  • 2
    Mobile App
  • 1
    Schedule tweets via API
  • 1
    Pablo for images
  • 1
    Easy to visualise time line
  • 21
    Lots of integrations
  • 17
  • 12
    Automates manual tasks
  • 11
    Life automation
  • 7
    Internet of things
  • 2
    Good User Experiance
  • 2
    Mobile Application
  • 45
    Sync cloud services
  • 34
    Easy setup
  • 15
    Scheduled tasks
  • 8
    Great customer support
  • 6
    Integrates with Trello
  • 6
    Gives me updates anytime, anywhere

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Cons of Buffer
Cons of IFTTT
Cons of Zapier
  • 1
    Re-buffering a lot of tweets is pretty painful
  • 1
    Mobile app could use some work
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      What is Buffer?

      Buffer helps you manage multiple social media accounts at once. Quickly schedule content from anywhere on the web, collaborate with team members, and analyze rich statistics on how your posts perform.

      What is IFTTT?

      It helps you connect all of your different apps and devices. You can enable your apps and devices to work together to do specific things they couldn't do otherwise.

      What is Zapier?

      Zapier is for busy people who know their time is better spent selling, marketing, or coding. Instead of wasting valuable time coming up with complicated systems - you can use Zapier to automate the web services you and your team are already using on a daily basis.

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      What are some alternatives to Buffer, IFTTT, and Zapier?
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      It provide tools that make it easier to share content across the social web, and provides publishers with increased traffic and in-depth analytics.
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      Reviews of Buffer, IFTTT, and Zapier
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      Hey! I have been using Zapier for a while and I get updates for everything that I do. :D Sports, gmail, and pretty much everything else!

      How developers use Buffer, IFTTT, and Zapier
      StackShare uses

      Huge time saver. I used to tweet from the Leanstack account in real-time. Then I somehow found out that people don’t actually do that anymore. I had heard of Buffer somehow, so I tried it out and was on the free tier for a while. Then I realized I could save a ton of time by just scheduling tweets once/week. Then I hit the Free plan limit, and I upgraded and started the once/week scheduling. I’ve been happy ever since. Protip: use the “Shuffle” feature after scheduling a lot of tweets at once to mix it up a bit

      datapile uses

      Honestly have not yet used Buffer in this particular stack, but with past experience using it and a personal inclination towards Buffer for social media management, we intend to handle syndicated and scheduled social media content to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn using them.

      Ralic Lo uses

      Check raining weather. Stock price tracking. Cross post articles between LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook pages for business growth or press release.

      Kiana Beauty uses

      Zapier is used to catch Webhooks from Shopify to do things like customer follow-up, cart abandonment and other cool things.

      Bùi Thanh uses
      • Trigger Redmine issues.
      • Merge request trigger from Gitlab by webhook.
      • Post messages/alerts to Chatwork to dev team.
      Refractal uses

      We use Buffer for general social media management, especially in terms of analytics and general oversight.

      Anthony Lee uses

      This service saves so much time integrating different API services and triggering different cloud apps.

      Sail Tactics uses

      Monitoring new customer sales, keeping MailChimp lists up to date with current subscriber information.

      Sud Web uses

      We use Buffer to plan our important tweets like reminders for call for speakers, registration, etc.

      dotmos uses

      Sends messages to Slack when code is committed in BitBucket or when deploys have launched.

      Daniel Pupius uses

      I use IFTTT to pipe posts from Instagram, Google+, and Medium to my WordPress blog.

      Riderman De Sousa Barbosa uses

      Each card add to Backlog list in Trello, create a new Issue in Github

      Bypeople uses

      Easy to manage and integrate with all your social media