Illumineto Spark's Gmail integration gives you the ability to have your Spark Pages sent through your company's Gmail server as opposed to being sent by Spark's mail service. Yes, this is a bit geeky and on the surface and may not sound terribly interesting to you at first. However Spark's Gmail integration does provide you two key benefits:
- All your Spark Page emails will be shown in your Sent email folder
- All your Spark Page emails will be sent from your email address
Setting up Illumineto Spark and Gmail
Like every other Spark integration, setting up this one really isn't difficult. First step is to go to your Spark Settings: Integrations. Next, look for the Gmail integration and click the Add button.
Next, you will be prompted to select the Gmail account you wish to connect to Spark. It is possible that you may see more than one account here; for example you may have a personal Gmail account in addition to your company's "Google Apps" account.
Once you have selected the appropriate account, Spark will request access to have offline access to your Gmail account. This is how Google describes accessing the Gmail API service to, in the case of Spark, to deliver messages into your Sent Mail folder on your behalf. Once you accept that prompt, you will be asked to give your Gmail integration a name. This is just the label that will be used in your listing of all integrations. Any name here is perfectly fine.
All set up, now what?
Once you have given your Gmail integration a name, you're done! Now going forward, any Spark Pages you create and subsequently Publish will be sent through your Gmail account. To be clear the Spark Page itself will not be loaded into a Gmail New Message window. Instead, Spark will programmatically deliver it to your customer through your Gmail service. If you have multiple individuals included in the Spark Page, each will get their own email from you -- and each recipient's email will be found in your Sent Mail folder.