Connect Data from Sizmek to Excel

You can get your Sizmek data into Excel to make more informed business decisions. This simple and quick guide gives you easy instructions on how you can extract your data from Sizmek and then analyze it in Excel. Our Sizmek to Excel connector allows you to access your Sizmek data so you can easily manage various media objects, view metadata, and comments, and get reliable insights and metrics, such as reach, impressions, follower-like ratio, and likes. Integrate your Sizmek with Excel to turn your Sizmek data into actionable insights.

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Sizmek DSP

Sizmek is an ad management platform for advertisers and agencies focused on digital advertising campaigns. The platform engages audiences across any screen on a global scale.

MS Excel

Excel is a great electronic spreadsheet program you can use for organizing, storing, and manipulating data, such as Instagram data. The software is part of the MS Office suite and is also compatible with the other applications in the MS Office suite.

Excel features the great ability to perform many basic calculations, create pivot tables, use graphing tools, and create macros. Excel allows users to arrange Instagram data so they can view various factors and variables from different perspectives.

Visual Basic is also used for several applications in Excel, which allows users to create a number of complex numerical methods. Also, programmers have the option to code directly with the Visual Basic Editor, which includes Windows for writing codes, debugging as well as code module organization.

Extracting data

Before loading your data into Excel, you will have to prep it first. If you don't already have a data structure in which to store the data you retrieve, you'll have to create a schema for your data tables. Then, for each value in the response, you'll need to identify a predefined datatype (INTEGER, DATETIME, etc.) and build a table that can receive them.

Sizmek API documentation should tell you what fields are provided by each endpoint, along with their corresponding datatypes. Complicating things is the fact that the records retrieved from the source may not always be "flat" – some of the objects may actually be lists. In these cases you'll likely have to create additional tables to capture the unpredictable cardinality in each record.

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Preparing data

The Sizmek API enables clients and partners to integrate with the Sizmek advertising platform and data in their own independently built applications. The API provides programmatic access and control to advertising accounts so partners can create campaigns, manage and traffic ads, and retrieve analytics and reporting data.

Read more about how to set up your Sizmek API account here: https://developers.sizmek.com/hc/en-us/articles/360029611991-Introduction-to-the-Sizmek-API

Sizmek REST Reporting API enables developers to use and integrate the Report Builder Analytics services in their applications.As requests for large reports can take a while to generate, the Sizmek API uses an asynchronous technique for requesting reports. With this technique, you send an initial request that specifies the data you want in the report.

Once the report has been generated it will be delivered to you by selected delivery option (email, FTP, or URL).

There are two types of reports:

  1. Ad hoc: Defined on a specific date range of data, the report is executed when you save it. After executing the report, the execute response shows the metadata for the report that includes the Execution ID. You use the Execution ID to ping the report to establish if it has failed or completed so that you can either report the reason for the failure or retrieve the completed report by URL, email, or FTP.
  2. Scheduled: Defined on a specific date range of data, the report is activated when you save it. When creating this type of report, you define a schedule specifying when you want the report run, its frequency and the period of time that you want the the report to run.

On completion of each scheduled report it is delivered by email or to an FTP. Use the auto-generate tool in the Sizmek Advertising Suite to simulate a JSON report request, and then copy the report request into the code application, and create your report request. The procedure for using the auto-generate tool for both an ad hoc and scheduled report is the same except that for a scheduled report, you must create the schedule when you want the report to run.

Read more about this here: https://developers.sizmek.com/hc/en-us/articles/206688003-Report-Service-API-Reporting-API-Documentation

Loading data

MS Excel is one of the best spreadsheet programs; however, sometimes, you have to import and open a document that was not formatted specifically for various Microsoft programs. And at other times, you will have to save your document in a different format to make sure people who are not using MS Excel can use it.

A powerful and convenient method to retrieve data from any external data source, like a database, is retrieving the relevant information directly from any one of a database’s tables. Keep in mind that in relational databases information is often stored in tables.

To import your data from a database, follow these steps. You should choose Get External Data in the Data tab from Access command. MS Excel will display the Select Data Source dialog box. Select both the drive and folder where you have stored the database using the list boxes that are provided in the Select Data Source dialog box.

If you see the Select Table dialog box, choose the table you would like to retrieve information from simply by clicking it, and then click on OK. Excel will retrieve information from the table and place it in the specified worksheet location.

After importing your data in Excel you can:

  • Sort the data: You can easily sort your data on one or multiple columns. Also, you may sort it in descending or ascending order.
  • Filter the data: Filter your data if you just want to display those records that meet specific criteria
  • Apply conditional formatting: Note that conditional formatting in MS Excel allows you to highlight specific cells with a particular color, depending on the value of the cell.

Keeping data up to date

If you've made it this far, congrats!

You probably have a written a program or script to extract your data and move it into Excel. Now it's time to think about how you will keep this data up-to-date by loading updated or new data. Of course, you can just replicate all your data every time you have updated your records, but that would be extremely manual and time-consuming.

Luckily there is a better way. The key is building your script so that it can sense incremental updates made to the data.

Thankfully, Sizmek’s API results include fields so that you can identify those records which are new since the last update you made (or since the most recent record you have copied). Once you have taken new data into consideration, you can easily set your script either as a continuous loop or cron job to pull down new data as soon as it appears. And keep in mind that, as with most codes, once you write it, you will need to maintain it.

In case Sizmek changes its API, or if the API sends a field containing a data type that your code does not recognize, you might have to change the script.

The Easiest And Fastest Way To Do It

If all this sounds a bit overwhelming, don't worry -- there is an easier way to get this done!

Thankfully, products like Improvado were developed to move data from Sizmek to Excel automatically. Using Improvado, you can easily combine the most crucial and relevant data from your ad campaign into a dashboard. You can then connect this data to Excel.