Social Apps - Getting Started with AE Connect
By default, AE Connect only lets members sign up with an email address and a password. So, before we start setting up AE Connect on your websites, you'll need to go to the AE dashboard and add the social networks you want your members to sign up with.
AE supports logins for 15 different social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube.
If you've done Facebook or Twitter marketing in the past, you may already have some experience setting up social applications.
Depending on which services you want to use, setting them up for the first time might take 10 to 15 minutes. If you plan to use more than one service, we recommend setting aside an hour or two to configure them all at once.
Don't worry: this step of the process can be sort of a pain—but you'll likely only have to do it once. After today, your social applications will be set up and ready to use.
Create Login Options
You should activate logins that are important to the members who interact with your brand.
For example, if your business makes a lot of videos on YouTube, you may want to connect with members using their YouTube accounts.
In the image below, you can see an AE Connect signup form that lets users sign up using Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, or their email address:
Setting up login options requires a couple of steps:
- You retrieve API keys and secret keys from the services you want to turn on.
- You turn the services on from the AE Connect page of your dashboard.
From the AE Connect page of your dashboard, just click on the logo of the service you want members to use and start entering the application data you retrieved from the social application:
If you don't know what an "API" is or what "key" and "secret" means, don't worry. These are passwords that AE will use to securely talk to services like Facebook or YouTube. We can show you exactly how to get this information in our step-by-step guides for each service.
Choose one that's a good fit for your customer base and connect it with AE using our step-by-step guides. Once you've set up all the social applications you need, it'll be time to install AE Connect.