9 API integration examples that can transform your business

As you look to integrate applications either internally or with your product, you’ll have a few options for establishing the connections.

In most cases, your best option is to integrate applications via their application programming interfaces (APIs), as this allows you to establish reliable and secure connections and sync data at high frequencies. 

But what specific API integrations should your team look to build? The answer depends on various factors, from the applications you use to the pain points you or your clients experience. 

To help you brainstorm, we’ll highlight several powerful API integration examples. But first, let’s align on the definition of API integration. 

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What is API integration?

It’s any integration that’s built on APIs. This includes integrations between the applications you use internally as well as any between your product and 3rd-party applications.

The two types of API integration

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API integration examples for internally-used applications

Here are some powerful API integrations you can build for the applications you use internally:

Sync customer issues between your ERP system and your CRM

As finance bills clients, they may run into issues, such as the client failing to pay on time. 

To ensure the dedicated customer success manager (CSM) becomes aware of this situation quickly and has all of the context they need to take action, you can integrate your ERP system (e.g. NetSuite) with your CRM (e.g. Salesforce) and build the following workflow: Any time a case gets created for a specific account in the former, a corresponding case gets added for the account in the latter, which can include all of the important details finance added.

Send messages on employees’ work anniversaries

As employees reach important milestones, such as a work anniversary, you may want to flag the event to the broader team so that all of their colleagues have a chance to congratulate them. 

To help facilitate this use case, you can integrate your HRIS (e.g. Workday) with your business communications platform (e.g. Slack) and build the following workflow: Any time it’s an employee’s anniversary—as determined by the start date in their profile within your HRIS—, a pre-configured message goes out to a specific channel in your business comms platform (e.g. #employee-announcements). From there, colleagues can learn about the employee’s anniversary and send them a friendly message. 

Add employees to your HRIS as soon as they sign their offer letter

To ensure new hires have everything they need by the beginning of their first day, IT and HR will need to know when the new hire is joining as soon as possible. That way, they have enough time to execute all of their tasks on behalf of the new hire.

With this in mind, you can integrate your applicant tracking system (e.g. Greenhouse) with your HRIS and build a workflow where any time a candidate is marked as hired in the ATS, they’re added as an employee in the HRIS. Their employee profile would include important details from their candidate profile, like their location and job title, so that HR and IT can carry out their pre-boarding tasks effectively.

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Create offboarding tickets when employees are set to leave

Similar to the last example, IT will need to know which employees are leaving and when so that they can carry out their offboarding tasks successfully.

To that end, you can integrate your HRIS with the ticketing tool IT uses (e.g. Zendesk) and build the following workflow: Once an employee is scheduled to be terminated in your HRIS, a set of offboarding tickets get created in the ticketing tool IT uses.

Create leads in your CRM

Once a prospect becomes a sales qualified lead—according to the rules you’ve defined in your marketing automation platform—, a sales rep should follow-up quickly to maximize their chances of converting them into a paying customer.

To help them do just that, you can connect your marketing automation platform (e.g. Marketo) with your CRM and implement a sync where once a lead becomes qualified for sales outreach, they get added as an opportunity to your CRM and assigned to a specific rep.

Add key insights on leads in your CRM

Your team likely nurtures leads with various sequences through a sales engagement platform (e.g. Outreach).

You can share the insights associated with these nurturing activities with reps via your CRM—such as the emails contacts receive and engage with—so that they can better prioritize the leads they follow-up with as well as how they follow-up. 

Simply integrate the two applications and build the following sync: Any time a contact gets added or removed from a nurture sequence or responds to an email from that sequence, the  activity gets added to the associated contact in your CRM.

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API integration examples for customer-facing use cases

In the case of customer-facing integrations, your top use cases will naturally depend on the applications your clients and prospects use and the specific product enhancements or innovations you’re looking to implement.

To help drum up some inspiration, here are a few examples (they include assumptions about your product and your desired use cases):

Send surveys to employees and candidates at the right time

Say you offer a platform that allows recruiting and HR teams to survey prospects and employees and analyze their responses.

Your users likely want to survey each group at specific points in time. For instance, you can survey a new hire after 30 days to see how their onboarding experience has been; and you can survey candidates as soon as they accept their offer letter—or get rejected—to gauge their experience throughout the interview process.

To help your clients survey candidates and employees at these key points in time, you can integrate your product with clients' HRIS and ATS platforms and sync information to your product, like the status of a candidate or an employee's start date.

Keep employee information up to date in your product

Imagine you offer a product that allows employees to send messages and rewards to their colleagues. 

To ensure new hires can use your application, departing employees lose access to it, and employees’ allotted gifting budgets align with their job level, you can integrate your product with clients’ HRIS applications. You can then sync the employee rosters from clients' HRIS platforms with your product on a frequent basis (e.g. every hour) to ensure your application has accurate employee information at any point in time. 

Help clients act on any issues your product identifies

Let’s assume you offer a product that can detect a variety of security issues for organizations (e.g. potential fraud). 

To help your clients uncover these issues and address them with ease, you can provide integrations between your product and the ticketing applications your clients use. You can then design a sync where any issues flagged in your product create a ticket in the client’s application, which includes the key details your product discovered.

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Build customer-facing integrations at scale with Merge

Building API integrations between your product and clients’ 3rd-party applications in-house (i.e. building native integrations) can be time-intensive and overwhelming for your engineers. 

You can take the work off their plate and build flexible, high-performing, and secure product integrations at scale with Merge—the leading Unified API platform. 

Merge offers unified APIs across key software categories; simply build to one of these unified APIs (or universal APIs) and you’ll have access to dozens of integrations, whether that’s with CRM systems, ticketing apps, file storage solutions, etc. 

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Merge also offers accessible and robust integration management capabilities to help customer-facing employees address clients’ integration issues with ease; comprehensive common models for each unified API so that your clients can access and sync the data they need; advanced security features to keep your clients’ data secure—and much more.

Learn more about Merge by scheduling a demo with one of our integration experts.