Feature Friday: Raven integrates Basecamp, majorly updates link checker

Feature Friday: Raven integrates Basecamp, majorly updates link checker


Basecamp LogoWe’ve had countless internet marketers who work in agencies, in-house marketing departments and PR firms request the ability to have access to their Basecamp messages and to-do lists inside of Raven Tools. In most cases, they’ve told us that they have colleagues who use Basecamp, but don’t use or need Raven. They’ve also told us that if they had access to Basecamp messages and to-dos inside of Raven, it would give them the ability to communicate better with their colleagues, and also manage their campaigns in one place.

Being Basecamp users ourselves, we’re excited to announce our new Basecamp integration into Raven!

How to set up Basecamp

To set up your Basecamp account in Raven, go to Settings > Basecamp. Enter your username, password and account URL, and then click the Save button.

Basecamp Settings Page

Basecamp settings form

Basecamp messages

To access Basecamp messages, click on the Inbox link. Then click on the View select menu, and select Basecamp to view and reply to your Basecamp messages.

Display Basecamp messages

Display Basecamp messages

Creating new Basecamp messages is as simple as creating and sending a Raven message. Clicking on the New Message link will give you a form with the same options you get in Basecamp. However, just like with Raven messages, we use AJAX to auto-fill the recipient list.

New Basecamp Message

Recipient auto-fill for new Basecamp messages

Basecamp to-dos

To access Basecamp to-dos, click on the Tasks link. Then click on the View select menu, and select Basecamp to view and update your Basecamp to-dos.

Switching to Basecamp To-Dos

Switching to Basecamp To-Dos

Just like the messages, creating new Basecamp to-dos is as simple as creating a Raven task. Clicking on the New Task link will give you a form with the same options you get in Basecamp.

New Basecamp To-Do

New Basecamp To-Do Form

Update: Read our Tip Tuesday entry on how to access Basecamp projects in Raven.

Link checker

One of the most popular features of Raven’s Link Manager is the automated link checker. The Link Manager can automatically check all of your link records to see if they’re still active and alert you to changes. For example, if the anchor text changes, or the site adds the rel=”nofollow” attribute to the anchor, Raven Tools will notify you.

We wanted to make the link checker even better, and also wanted to make sure it would scale well into the future. So we took what we learned from our original implementation, and completely rewrote it! Starting today, we are launching our new link checking engine.

New link alert settings

The updated link checker comes with a new feature, alert settings. The new link alert settings — accessible from the bottom of the Link Manager page — allows you to choose which items you want to monitor. The current choices include Link Text, Link URL, Nofollow and now mozRank.

Link Alert Settings

Link Alert Settings Page

Upcoming enhancements

The new link checking engine will allow us to do several new things. We are working on the following enhancements:

  • Choose how often links are checked
  • Specify custom thresholds
  • Option to monitor the number of links on a page

We’ll be sure to update you as soon as these enhancements are complete.

Firefox Toolbar

We made an update to the Raven Tools Firefox Toolbar that makes it compatible with Firefox 4.x. If you use the Firefox Toolbar, you should be notified automatically by Firefox to upgrade to the new version.

Jon Henshaw
Co-Founder and President

Jon is the Co-founder and President of Raven Internet Marketing Tools.

Jon is the Co-founder and President of Raven Internet Marketing Tools.

  • Nathaniel Flick

    Sorry if I missed this, but can you isolate just one client/project/to do or do you see all of them at once?

  • Jon Henshaw

    Nathaniel, yes, you can isolate one project per website, but can also easily switch between projects in Messaging and Tasks (To-Dos).

  • Ross Dunn

    Okay… would you guys quit anticipating everything I want? WOW!!!

  • Steven Green

    Well done guys this is fantastic. Nice integration and guess what :) I’m starting to use Basecamp.
    I just want to say thank you to Raventools….

    You guys have saved me over 3 days a month in terms of management a reporting for my clients. You have also increased my ability to take on more clients.

    Thank You so so much.

    The TrafficFundi Team.

  • Jon Henshaw

    Love the feedback Ross and Steven. Very glad to hear it! :)

  • Scott Van Achte

    Raven Tools is Awesome. What else is there to say? It’s almost like you have read my mind and are building this tool specifically for me.

    One major feature you are missing however, is a single click pizza ordering button. One click, and 30 min later pizza arrives at my door billed to the Raven account (which my employer pays). Get this feature and I will be stuck for life 😉

  • Jon Henshaw

    Scott, we’ll work on that. I think it can be done! That and Grooveshark integration.

  • Chris

    I’m just getting my feet wet with the trial now but the one glaring omission for me is not pizza, its video. With everyone screaming about video seo being the next big thing (and they’re right), why is no one tapping into the YouTube API and grabbing that data? Come on, YouTube is the second biggest search engine AND a huge social network.