Bronto API Intro

Bronto’s API is designed for developers who would like to interact with the Bronto application in a programmatic way. The API exposes nearly all of the capabilities presented in the graphical user interface.

The API was originally designed using the SOAP API protocol, a standard method for web applications to interoperate. Bronto’s newest offerings leverage the convenience and flexibility of REST. With our REST API client, you can access and work with your product and order data.

On this site, you will find complete documentation of the SOAP and REST API calls, as well as sample code in a variety of languages.

With the Bronto API you can:

  • Synchronize contacts on a regular basis
  • Create, edit, and manage lists of contacts using external data stores
  • Read delivery metrics and subscriber activities for use in CRM systems
  • Deliver transactional and triggered messages from external systems
  • Record customer conversions whether from email or other sources
  • Create and update contact field data
  • Import a product data feed (REST)
  • Update a product (REST)
  • Get the data associated with a product (REST)
  • Add a cart (REST)
  • Get, update, or delete a cart (REST)
  • Find orders associated with a customer (REST)
  • Add a new order (REST)

REST vs SOAP

When Bronto began the development of our API, we built it on the current industry standard SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). Within the last year our newest services have begun offering REST (REpresentational State Transfer ) APIs. While there are no immediate plans to move our current SOAP APIs to REST, any future services will provide REST APIs.

So how do you know which API you need to use? If you are working with Product or Cart data, you will need to use REST calls. When you are working with Order data you will also want to use REST API calls, though you can add, update, or delete orders using SOAP functions. Everything else – contacts, lists, deliveries, messages, webforms, workflows, etc – is based on SOAP.