Connect Data from Snapchat to Google Data Studio
You can get your Snapchat data into Google Data Studio to make more informed business decisions. This simple and quick guide gives you easy instructions on how you can extract your data from Snapchat and then analyze it in Google Data Studio. Our Snapchat to Google Data Studio connector allows you to access your Snapchat 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 Snapchat with Google Data Studio to turn your Snapchat data into actionable insights.
Snapchat is one of the most popular mobile messaging applications used to share photos, text, videos, and drawings. Snapchat is great as it is both a messaging platform and an excellent social network. It cannot be used from the standard web and only exists as a mobile application that you can download to your Android smartphone or iPhone.
Anyone who has used Snapchat certainly knows one thing: Snapchat has amazingly diverse and incredible features that you will not find on any other platform. It has several incredible features, like augmented reality, engaging and fun filters, face swap, and a lot more. Advertisers capitalize on all of these features to bring in more sales or increase brand awareness.
Google Data Studio is an incredible dashboard creating platform and is free. Google Data Studio will help you convert your raw data into customized dashboards and valuable reports without any coding knowledge. The platform provides various prebuilt connectors to multiple database sources, Google products like AdWords and Google Analytics, and CSV files. You can use Google Data Studio for reporting on Snapchat ad campaigns.
Before loading your data into Google Data Studio, 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.
Snapchat 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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The great thing about Snapchat is that it provides an API called Snapchat Marketing API. You can retrieve data programmatically through this API. It is available to all users who use the platform. By leveraging Improvado, you can easily and quickly integrate, connect, and see all your Snapchat data flow into Google Data Studio.
To visualize all your data in a report, you have to first connect to the underlying data source. This could be data present in a social media or an advertising platform, like Snapchat Ads, a MySQL database, a CSV file, or a Google Sheets spreadsheet, etc.
You require only two things for this:
- A Google account, and
Note that Google Data Studio can easily use data from many sources, such as:
- Attribution 360
- Campaign Manager, and
- Cloud Spanner
Once you have signed into your Google account, just go to Google Data Studio. Now click on the + button linked to the Blank new report. Click on CREATE NEW DATA SOURCE in the resulting window at the bottom right corner. Then you will have to select your data source.
To do this, click on the CONNECT button located in the right corner at the top. Customize the data that you want to use in the new window, and, when you are done, click on ADD TO REPORT. Click on the ADD TO REPORT button when you receive a prompt in the pop-up. Now your data will be available in the report.
Now as all your data is available on the report, you have to simply add elements to make use of and analyze the data.
You may choose any number of elements, such as:
- Bar chart
- Time series
- Combo chart
- Pie chart
- Geo map
You can add an element by clicking Insert (present in the Menu toolbar) and then choose the type you would like. You can start with a blank report in Google Data Studio. Simply visit the Google Data Studio homepage and then click on the blank template. You will find it at the top left. Google Data Studio will create a new report, and you can easily rename it.
Next, you can add all your data sources to the report. Go to the column at the right and choose your data source.For example, you can create a useful stacked bar chart in order to show results by gender and age information. You can use the chart to understand the gender and age factors driving the most results from your ad campaigns.
Note that this chart will come in handy, especially when you are reporting on various high-value actions, such as leads and purchases. This will help you determine where you should allocate your ad budget.
Keeping data up to date
The key is building your script so that it can sense incremental updates made to the data. Thankfully, Snapchat’s Marketing 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.
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 Snapchat to Google Data Studio 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 Google Data Studio.