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Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

New Member
Posts: 36
Country: Australia

Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

I am keen to have it populate this form http://www.sponsorshipnews.com.au/nl06_freetrial.php

 

I want it to be a one or two click process.  So it takes that data from the fields company name, first name, last name, email, work number and selects the drop down then populates the form.

 

I will be looking for a freelancer to do the design work but first wanted to get the corerct terminology.

 

Also if there is someone in the forum that does this type of work please get in touch and we can discuss the project.  

Bronze Elite Contributor
Posts: 2,546
Country: New_Zealand

Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

I'm trying to understand the business need Matt 

Don't you mean that you want data entry from the web form to populate Act! fields, create contacts etc.? 

We have a product Smart Forms that can automate the entry of data to Act! from your web form.   

Graeme Leo
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New Member
Posts: 36
Country: Australia

Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

No its the other way around.

I want the ACT! data to populate the web form.

So I want my people that use ACT! to be able to in one or two clicks add the person to the free trial of our website.  

This page  http://www.sponsorshipnews.com.au/nl06_freetrial.php

 

At the moment they need to copy and paste the info in but it would be good if there was a one or two click solution.

 

Would Smart Form do this ?  Or do I need something custom made ?

Bronze Elite Contributor
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Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

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I would like to understand the full process.  

Please describe what happens after the web form is populated with one contact record information from Act!.

What happens for the next record needing pushing to the web form, it overwrites the prior record?

Graeme Leo
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New Member
Posts: 36
Country: Australia

Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

Once the webform is populated with data and send it goes back to a blank state.

It's like an inquiry form but we use it to set up a trial subscription to our publication.

But all I need is for ACT! to populate the form with the needed data in a mouse click if possible.

It is just to save the person copying and pasting the data into the fields.

Bronze Elite Contributor
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Country: New_Zealand

Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

My interpretation is that currently you have an Act! database as well as a database hosted on your website and you are populating the website database by copying and pasting from Act!. What use is the data put to once in the website database and who is it made available to the general public or a closed group?  What I am trying to establish is why do you need, what appears to be, two databases?

Graeme Leo
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New Member
Posts: 36
Country: Australia

Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

Unfortunatley I work for a compmany that has a very unflexible content management system.  So there is duplication of data but its unavoidalbe at the moment.  

These guys have spent millions on it and they won't change.

 

I use ACT! for managing subscription sales and that trial form is the first part of the sales pipeline.

 

 

Bronze Elite Contributor
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Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

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We can help you with subscription sales from Act! - that is what we do in our own business.

I suggest that we can save your business an awful lot of time by using Act! as the sole database and stopping the duplicated process.

If that is what you would like to do please email me directly through support@xactsoftware.co.nz   

Graeme Leo
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New Member
Posts: 36
Country: Australia

Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

Visiting this post and problem over 12 months on and nothing has changed.

I still have duplicate data in ACT! and in our website and that doesnt look like changing.

 

Just need a one or two click solution to copy some of a a single person's contact details into a web form at this location.

 

http://www.sponsorshipnews.com.au/nl06_freetrial.php

 

Any addons or extensions I can use off the self or is this a custom job?

Employee
Posts: 11
Country: USA

Re: Can ACT! populate a website form with contact data and the submit the form?

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Hello Matt,


You can read data from an Act! database in 3 ways outside of Act! program.


1. Act reader utility


2. OLEDB connection


3. A direct SQL connection


The path I think you are looking for is a direct SQL connection to pull the data out of Act! and display it on your website.  Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Thank You,

James Starks