I help run an online community, climateAction.tech (it’s a slack of about 5k people now), and we’re looking at n8n for automating a bunch of manual tasks we do each week. I was hoping some kind soul here might be able to give me some pointers as I get to grips with n8n.
Every week we do a batch import of users who have requested to join and filled out this form at the link below:
And every week one of us takes the new people rows in a spreadsheet, and then adds them to mailchimp and adds them to slack, so they’re batched in a weekly cohort.
It’s important for us to have the weekly batching, as it lets us experiment with new onboarding few members each week.
I think these can be automated with n8n, but I’m not sure - I’ll share what I’ve seen in the docs so far, and I’d appreciate pointers if there’s something I missed.
I think I can hook into a google spreadsheet ‘append row’ event:
It looks like I could plausibly do something to query for all rows between two dates as well. If I can’t do that natively inside n8n, writing some custom code to do the date math for it doesn’t that difficult.
I’ve seen this automation here for mailchimp - that makes me think I could add the email address from the form submissions:
I’m less confident about adding users in bulk via slack, or even piecemail for that matter.
Is there API support for adding an indivudual user based on their email address, or would this have to be a manual step we need to keep?
I’m happy to write a blog post about what we learned along the way, as I’m really impressed with n8n so far.