How to Integrate Deadline Funnel with ConvertKit (API)

The API integration with ConvertKit is the easiest and most flexible way to integrate Deadline Funnel with your ConvertKit account.

Here's a quick video of how to get started:

1. Integrate Deadline Funnel with your ConvertKit account

Before you begin, you should have already created:

1. The evergreen Deadline Funnel countdown you want to use

2. The tag in ConvertKit that should trigger your webhook

Now click on API Integrations in the left menu, select ConvertKit from the list of email providers or click "I need to create a new API connection."
Note that at the top of the screen you can see which Deadline Funnel campaign you're currently integrating (where it says "you are editing"). Each Deadline Funnel campaign gets its own API integration. :)

On the next page it's going to ask you for two API keys from ConvertKit:

You'll find both keys under the Account tab in ConvertKit:

Copy and paste the corresponding keys into Deadline Funnel, then hit Save.

2. Create a custom field to store each contact's deadline

We call this the "deadline text" field, and it's just a field in ConvertKit that stores each contact's unique deadline.
The good news is that you can create that field from Deadline Funnel while you're setting up the integration. :)
Go ahead and name it "deadlinetext" if you're not sure what to call it. You can always change it later!

3. Select the tag you will use to trigger the deadline

4. Set up a rule in ConvertKit

Now all you need to do is set up the rule in Convertkit that will tell Deadline Funnel to start the deadline:

You have a few options for how to trigger the tag being added, but in this example we're using "Subscribes to a form". So now once someone subscribes to that form, ConvertKit will apply the tag, and the tag will tell Deadline Funnel to start the countdown.

ConvertKit Automations don't work based on manual actions and they do not work retroactively. 

Note:  If you want to integrate several different funnels with ConvertKit, you will simply repeat these steps and create a new API integration and tag for each countdown, as well as separate automations. This creates a system where Tag A triggers Campaign A, while Tag B triggers Campaign B.

5. Test your integration

Here's a quick video to show you how to test that your integration is working:

Important Note about Expiring Links

For the API integration to work you MUST use the Deadline Funnel  expiring links in any of your emails that link to a sales page with a countdown timer, or that link to a page in your funnel that links to another page with your countdown timer.
In other words, the API integration requires that your subscribers click one of the Deadline Funnel expiring links before they reach a page with a countdown. This is necessary in order to make sure each subscriber is assigned the correct deadline.

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