Recently we shared the techniques we used to save more than a million dollars annually on our AWS bill. While we went into detail about the various problems and solutions, the most common question we heard was: "I know I’m spending a ton on AWS, but how do I actually break that into understandable pieces?"
In a scrappy B2B startup, user feedback is super valuable, but guerrilla research won’t cut it when you need a more targeted group of users. The Segment Design team found the users we needed and developed an automated process for recruitment and coordinating interviews using our own product and a few integrated applications.
Each year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement born in 1970. Just a few years shy of its 50th anniversary, this Earth Day sees today’s outlook on environmental protection, awareness, and progress in a troubling state.
The barrier holding back most open source projects is surprisingly mundane. It’s not test coverage. It’s not performance. It’s not code quality.
Running QA tests for Segment’s UI was taking way too long. Sure, we had strong component-level tests for our UI kit. But to test our whole app we needed to painstakingly poke around looking for oddities.
Today we’re proud to announce the Segment Open Fellowship. The Fellowship is a three month long program supporting three to five open-source developers with $8k per month to focus full-time on their project, no other strings attached.
For an early startup, using the cloud isn’t even a question these days. No RFPs, provisioning orders, or physical shipments of servers. Just the promise of getting up and running on “infinitely scalable” compute power within minutes.
We work to make Segment better for you every day. We’re always refining and releasing new parts of the product, and publishing guides on new ways to get the most out of your customer data. Here are some highlights of what we rolled out for you in February!
Today, we’re excited to launch our newest integration from our partnership with Facebook, Facebook Offline Conversions. With the Segment and Facebook Offline Conversions integration, you can now understand how advertising on Facebook affects revenue in stores and other offline channels. Our integration enables a broad set of use cases, allowing you to understand the…
Smart web developers and marketers alike put an intense focus on optimizing site performance, and for a good reason. Each second a customer waits for your site to load will result in a 7% reduction in conversions! Many of you have asked us to help address this problem by removing a key instigator of increased network bandwidth from your sites—third-party libraries.
Nightmare is a browser automation library for node.js, designed to be much simpler and easier to use than Phantomjs. We originally built Nightmare to create integration logos with 99Designs Tasks before they had an API, and we still use it in Sherlock. But the vast majority of Nightmare developers—now 55k+ downloads per month—use it for web UI testing and crawling.
We work to improve Segment every day. We’re always releasing new features and integrations, updating our product, and publishing new guides on innovative ways to get the most out of your data. Here’s an account of what we did in January.
The executive order signed on January 27 places restrictions on immigration that are inconsistent with American values and will negatively impact our communities and businesses for generations.
Today, we’re excited to announce the beta launch of a new Segment Source: Facebook Lead Ads. With Facebook, people provide their information to their selected business via a pre-loaded form within Facebook. Lead Ads have been shown to be effective across verticals, with popular use cases in generating newsletter sign ups, event attendees, and seeding product discounts.
Today, we’re excited to announce that our integration with BigQuery, Google’s low-maintenance cloud data warehouse, is out of beta! This makes BigQuery the latest addition to Segment Warehouses, the easiest way to analyze your customer data in SQL.
Like many of our peers in the SaaS space, Segment’s growth team is ruthlessly focused on increasing the number and quality of leads for our sales team. For us, that means more companies completing our Signup form. But we don’t just want more companies signing up — we also want our sales team to have a more comprehensive understanding of our customers.
Today, we’re excited to announce Enrichment, a new integration category on the Segment platform that helps you deliver a highly personalized experience with every customer interaction. Our launch partner, Clearbit, has played a critical role in allowing us to scale 1:1 personalization at Segment, and we’re thrilled to have them on the platform.
At Segment, focus is one of our four core values. But it was difficult for team members to focus in the office, so in June we ran an internal team survey about what helps and hurts focus. The results showed that “chatter and noise” was one of the biggest culprits for distraction around the office. “Slack group channels” came in second.
When it comes to your app, size makes a difference. Bigger apps have fewer downloads, worse reviews, and a harder time penetrating the international market. We measured the exact impact of increased app size, shown below. We’ve also included learnings on how to prevent bloat in your own app.
A few months ago we were at a conference in Half Moon Bay talking with a general manager at a large mobile company, and he said, “One of my projects for the next six months is to reduce SDK bloat in all our apps.” Six months is a substantial investment! So we asked why this mattered so much to him.
Today we’re excited to announce a better way to measure your advertising campaign spend and funnel performance: Segment Sources for Facebook Ads and Google Adwords.
A customer data platform’s most important job is making the entire customer journey accessible across all the major touch points. Segment focuses on collecting 10 core customer data streams: mobile, web, server, offline, support, sales, email, marketing automation, advertisement, and payments. It’s fairly rare for us to see customers collect data from only one source. In fact,…
At Segment, we’re working hard to make our mobile SDKs the best possible collection options for your analytics data. An SDK can make your data more durable, minimize data transfer, and optimize your app’s battery usage. In this article, we’ll take you through what happens under the hood as a piece of data flows through our iOS and Android SDKs from a button handler in your app…
We’ve been longtime admirers of Google’s efforts to speed up the internet: everything from SPDY to Chrome to Google Fiber. Google has invested heavily in making the internet a better, faster place for billions of people across the world.
Today we’re excited to announce a new wave of email Sources. You can now use Segment to collect and analyze email events like Email Opened and Email Link Clicked from eight popular email providers: ActiveCampaign, Mailjet, Customer.io, Vero, Klaviyo, Iterable, Drip, and Nudgespot.