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Introducing RSS integrations for LaunchNotes announcements

AUTHOR: Team LaunchNotes

We're thrilled to introduce an exciting new capability to the LaunchNotes platform – the integration of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) for our announcements. These integrations deliver a range of benefits that will significantly expand the reach and accessibility of LaunchNotes announcements.

RSS is an incredibly powerful tool specifically designed to deliver web content that undergoes regular updates. This versatility is precisely why we developed this feature and what makes it the perfect match for LaunchNotes.

The notion of extending the reach of LaunchNotes announcements has been brewing in our minds for quite some time, and we've received invaluable feedback from our customers along the way. Their insights and suggestions have been instrumental in shaping this improvement, fueling our drive to extend the reach of announcements sent from the LaunchNotes platform. Among the myriad of requests, we've had numerous customers ask for the capability to publish announcements directly to communication platforms such as Slack channels, Microsoft Teams, and LinkedIn. 

These new RSS integrations can open up a whole new world of possibilities, enabling LaunchNotes users to effortlessly target product updates across multiple channels, effectively reaching their audiences where they live and work daily. While these platforms represent just the tip of the iceberg, we want to prioritize them as they have been the most highly requested and the most popular among our users.

Slack and messaging applications

With the RSS feed, you’ll be able to automatically post announcements from LaunchNotes in popular communication platforms such as Slack, Teams, Discord, and RSS readers. From what you’ve told us, what we think you’ll be most excited about is that our new RSS integration unlocks the ability to send and receive updates in any specific Slack or Teams channel. And as a bonus for Slack users, RSS is a native capability within Slack, meaning you can use the /feed command + the page url to enjoy what we’ve built!

Extending RSS capabilities with integration platforms

The team also built our new RSS functionality so that it works as a trigger with integration platforms like Zapier, IFTTT, Microsoft Power Automate, and Integrately. Product teams can leverage these platforms to post to social media, automate personal emails, trigger workflows in other applications, and more each time an announcement is published. 

Taking things two more steps, we also made it possible to make it private with a secure token and to customize the feed to include only announcements tagged with specific categories and/or roadmap items. These customizations open up the possibilities for even more use cases and configurations. 

Enable RSS feed for your page today

If you are an admin for your LaunchNotes page, you can enable RSS feed under Settings->Embed, API & RSS->RSS feed.

With the feed enabled on a project, an RSS feed link will appear beneath the category selectors on your announcements page, and on the left side of roadmap item pages. These links make it easy for page visitors to have another way to stay up to date with your announcements. These can be hidden with custom CSS, if desired. 

If you select ‘make it private’ the links on your published page will be hidden, and a token will be created that is required for the feed to load. This ensures that only individuals with access to the feed URL and token are able to access it. It’s a great option if you’re using the feed exclusively to drive integrations. 

Check out our documentation to learn more

To help you get started, we’ve curated a collection of knowledge-based articles related to LaunchNotes RSS:

At LaunchNotes, we’re true believers in continuous innovation and evolution, and the integration of RSS is just the beginning of an exciting journey, and we look forward to exploring new avenues to maximize the potential of the RSS feed for product change communication for the modern enterprise.

We’re always game for feedback

We’d love to hear from you! How are you planning on using the RSS feed feature? What else would you love to see from this feature? Let us know by leaving feedback in the upper left-hand corner of this announcement.

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