Put Your Email Marketing on Autopilot with Automations

Put Your Email Marketing on Autopilot with Automations
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Giorgia MangoniMarch 17, 2022 - 5 min read

A new exciting feature has become available in the Getform arsenal, and it will help you fully automate your email sequences, as well as tag your customers and subscribers.

Introducing built-in email marketing automations.

Example of welcome automation created with Getform

Now, you’ll have powerful lead generation and email marketing tools – all in one place.

In this post, we’ll first explain what email marketing automations are. Then, we’ll cover what types of automations you can build in Getform and what are their core elements. Without further ado, let’s get started!

What are Automations?

Automations are workflows that allow you to send emails and assign tags to your contacts automatically.

For instance, you can create an automation where new subscribers will immediately receive a welcome email with a coupon code.

From there, you can continue sending them automated sequences or tag them based on their interests. For example, if they click a link in that welcome email — say, a link to your gift ideas section — they'll be tagged with 'gifts'. Soon after, they'll receive an email showcasing gift ideas along with a coupon for complimentary wrapping and delivery, valid for 24 hours.

However, if they don’t engage with the link in the welcome email, they'll continue to receive emails from the welcome sequence, such as information about bestsellers or new collections.

The workflow described above will look something like this:

Example of automation workflow

Let’s move on to the types of automations that you can create in Getform.

Automation types

There are 4 types of automations that mainly differ in the way they are triggered.

New contact created

The first type of automation is called New contact created:

Creating a ‘New contact created’ automation

This automation is triggered when a new contact joins your list via any one of your forms.

For example, you can use this type of automation to welcome new subscribers and introduce yourself and your brand.

Example of automation with ‘New contact created’ trigger

The second type of automation is called Email link clicked:

Creating an ‘Email link clicked’ automation

This type of automation is triggered when contacts click on a link or a button in one of your emails.

It can be any link or a link of your choosing:

Specifying links for an ‘Email link clicked’ type of automation

For example, if you’re a fitness coach, you can use this type of automation to send content about nutrition to contacts who clicked on a link to your cookbook in one of your emails.

Example of ‘email link clicked’ type of automation


A Sequence is a series of actions (sending emails, assigning tags, etc.) that you can create, save, and reuse in other automations.

Creating a ‘Sequence’

For example, you can run a sequence about yellow gold jewelry only for contacts who have a ‘yellow gold’ tag assigned to them.

Example of sequence

Follow-up automation

Follow-up automations are triggered when someone fills out a specific form, so you can only set them up at the form level:

The ‘Follow-up’ button below the form card

You can use follow-up automations to thank new subscribers for joining, send additional information, and deliver a promised lead magnet:

You can use follow-up automations to thank new subscribers for joining

Let’s now explore the actions you can perform within automations.


Here are the actions you can add to your workflow:

Send email – allows you to send an email to your contacts

Add tag – allows you to add tags to the contacts who meet certain conditions

Remove tag – remove a tag if a contact no longer meets the conditions

Run sequence – run a previously created sequence

Wait – set up a time delay between actions

The Actions menu in the automation screen

The action set is identical across the 4 automation types.

Actions can occur for all the contacts included in the automation (unconditionally) or only for those who meet the conditions you’ve selected Let’s take a closer look 👇


Conditions can apply to the automation as a whole or to one of the actions that make part of it. Conditioning helps you make your email marketing efforts more focused and ensure that your contacts only get relevant content from you.

For example, you can use a ‘Country’ condition to only include contacts from the US in an automation about a Thanksgiving promo.

Here is the complete list of conditions:

The complete list of conditions available

You can apply conditions to the single actions within an automation as well. For example, you can run a sequence about easy vegan recipes only for contacts with a ‘vegan’ tag assigned.

Automation statistics

Once you activate your automation, you’ll be able to check its performance in the dashboard section.

Automation performance in the dashboard section

Here, you’ll see how many times your automations have run (i.e. how many times they have been triggered) and how many emails have been sent across all of your automations. You’ll also see a recap of your active automations on the right side.

In the Automations section, you’ll find more specific statistics for each one of your automations:

The Automations section

When you click ‘emails’ on the right side of the automation card, you’ll see how many times the automation has run, how many times someone clicked a link in the emails, and how many contacts have unsubscribed.

If automations tickle your fancy and you’d like to learn how to create one, read our complete guide to automations or watch our video tutorial:

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