Facebook is kind of a big deal. With over 500 million active users, there is a pretty good chance more than a few of your contacts have a Facebook account. As part of our Spring 2011 release, we've added a way for you integrate your Bronto account with your Facebook accounts. In this post, I'll go over how to setup the integration, and highlight what it allows you to do.

Setting Up The Integration

To integrate your Bronto account with a Facebook account:

  1. Login to your Bronto account.
  2. Go to Home->Settings->Social Networks.
  3. Click Add Facebook Integration. You will be redirected to the Facebook login screen.
  4. Enter the email address and password for the Facebook account you want to integrate with.
  5. Click Login.
  6. You will be brought to a page within Facebook that requests permissions for your Bronto account to access the Facebook account you logged into. Click Allow to continue along with the Facebook integration set up.
  7. You will be redirected back to the application. Note: By default, the Facebook integration only allows you to interact with the wall associated with the Facebook account you just integrated with. You will notice that any pages associated with account you just integrated with will also appear. To allow your account to interact with these pages, click the check box next to each page you want to interact with.
  8. Click Edit Settings in the Facebook Access box that was just created.
  9. In the Edit Facebook Authentication Status light box, click the checkboxes next to walls and/or pages that can be posted to.
  10. Click Save
  11. To finalize the integration, click Save.

Here's What You Can Do

Create Facebook Posts From Within Bronto

With the Facebook integration in place, you can create Facebook posts from within Bronto and post them to the wall of any Facebook account you have setup the integration for.

Add Like Button To Your Email Messages

We've added a button to the WYSIWYG editor that let's you add a Facebook Like button to your email messages.

Allow Contacts Sign-Up Or Sign-In Using Their Facebook Credentials

We have added a setting to certain webforms that allow contacts to sign-up (Added Contacts webform) or sign-in (Manage Preferences and Lookup Contacts webforms) using their Facebook credentials. This is done by mapping fields in your account to the data we pull from Facebook. By integrating your Bronto and Facebook accounts, you open up the opportunity for a whole new way to engage your contacts. In the coming weeks, we'll be adding more blog posts on the specifics of creating and scheduling Facebook posts, adding a Facebook like button to email messages, and mapping Facebook fields to fields in your account. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

John Gunther
Technical Writer/eLearning Specialist at Bronto