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Introducing Cloudinary-Zapier Integration: Optimize, Manage, and Deliver Media Assets

Introducing Cloudinary-Zapier Integration

What is Zapier?

Zapier is an automation tool that connects web apps, such as Gmail, Slack, MailChimp, and others, over 1,300 in total. With Zapier, you can connect multiple apps to automate tasks without coding or relying on your development team to build the integration. You can also automate data moves among your web apps, freeing you up to focus on other tasks.

For details on how to connect Cloudinary with over 1,300 other apps, including Dropbox, Brick FTP, and Box, see Cloudinary's Zapier integration page and Cloudinary integration help & Support

How Do I Automate Cloudinary With Zapier?

To automate Cloudinary with Zapier:

  1. Sign up for a Cloudinary account and a Zapier account.
  2. Try out a few ready-made Cloudinary integrations and learn about how Cloudinary works with Zapier.
  3. Alternatively, log in and customize a workflow with Cloudinary and Zapier.

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