Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid Data Integration with Snowflake

With Portable, integrate Twilio SendGrid data with your Snowflake warehouse in minutes. Access your Email based customer engagement platform data from Snowflake without having to manage cumbersome ETL scripts.

The Two Paths to Connect Twilio SendGrid to Snowflake

There are two ways to sync data from Twilio SendGrid into your data warehouse for analytics.

Method 1: Manually Developing a Custom Data Pipeline Yourself

Write code from scratch or use an open-source framework to build an integration between Twilio SendGrid and Snowflake.

Method 2: Automating the ETL Process with a No-Code Solution

Leverage a pre-built connector from a cloud-hosted solution like Portable.

How to Create Value with Twilio SendGrid Data

Teams connect Twilio SendGrid to their data warehouse to build dashboards and generate value for their business. Let’s dig into the capabilities Twilio SendGrid exposes via their API, outline insights you can build with the data, and summarize the most common analytics environments that teams are using to process their Twilio SendGrid data.

Extract: What Data Can You Extract from the Twilio SendGrid API?

Twilio SendGrid is a Email based customer engagement platform used for adding contacts, creating segments, creating and sending emails and automations, and viewing your stats.

To help clients power downstream analytics, Twilio SendGrid offers an application programming interface (API) for clients to extract data on business entities. Here are a few example entities you can extract from the API:

  • Mail send
  • Cancel scheduled sends
  • Single Sign-on
  • Settings
  • Deliverability
  • Design library
  • New Marketing Compaigns
  • Legacy Marketing Compaigns
  • Templates
  • Event tracking
  • Suppression management
  • Inbound parse
  • Email activity
  • Account provisioning

You can visit the Twilio SendGrid API Documentation to explore the entire catalog of available API resources and the complete schema definition for each.

As you think about the data you will need for analytics, don’t forget that Portable offers no-code integrations to other similar applications.

Regardless of the SaaS solution you use, it’s important to find a Email based customer engagement platform with robust data available for analytics.

Load: Which Destinations Are Best for Your Twilio SendGrid ETL Pipeline?

To turn raw data from Twilio SendGrid into dashboards, most companies centralize information into a data warehouse or data lake. For Portable clients, the most common ETL pipelines are:

  1. Twilio SendGrid to Snowflake Integration
  2. Twilio SendGrid to Google BigQuery Integration
  3. Twilio SendGrid to Amazon Redshift Integration
  4. Twilio SendGrid to PostgreSQL Integration
Common Data Warehouses
Common Data Warehouses

Once you have a destination to load the data, it’s common to combine Twilio SendGrid data with information from other enterprise applications like Jira, Mailchimp, HubSpot, Zendesk, and Klaviyo.

From there, you can build cross-functional dashboards in a visualization tool like Power BI, Tableau, Looker, or Retool.

Develop: Which Dashboards Should You Build with Twilio SendGrid Data?

Now that you have identified the data you want to extract, the next step is to plan out the dashboards you can build with the data.

As a process, you want to consume raw data, overlay SQL logic, and build a dashboard to either 1) increase revenue or 2) decrease costs.

Replicating Twilio SendGrid data into your cloud data warehouse can unlock a wide array of opportunities to power analytics, automate workflows, and develop products. The use cases are endless.

Now that we have a clear sense of the insights we can create, let’s compare the process of developing a custom Twilio SendGrid integration with the benefits of using a no-code ETL solution like Portable.

Method 1: Building a Custom Twilio SendGrid ETL Pipeline

To build your own Twilio SendGrid integration, there are three steps:

  1. Navigate the Twilio SendGrid API documentation
  2. Make your first API request
  3. Turn an API request into a complete data pipeline

Let’s walk through the process in more detail.

How to Interpret Twilio SendGrid’s API Documentation

When reading API documentation, there are a handful of key concepts to consider.


There are many common authentication mechanisms. OAuth 2.0 (Auth Code and Client Credentials), API Keys, JWT Tokens, Personal Access Tokens, Basic Authentication, etc. For Twilio SendGrid, it’s important to identify the authentication mechanism and how best to incorporate the necessary credentials into your API requests.

To authenticate, add an Authorization header to your API request that contains an API Key.

SendGrid’s Web API v3 supports the use of API Keys. API Keys allow you to use another method of authentication separate from your account username and password.

API Keys add an additional layer of security for your account and can be assigned specific permissions to limit which areas of your account they may be used to access. API Keys can be generated in your account.

To use keys, you must set a plain text header named “Authorization” with the contents of the header being “Bearer XXX” where XXX is your API Secret Key."


It’s important to identify the Twilio SendGrid API endpoints you want to use for analytics. Most APIs offer a combination of GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE request methods; however, for analytics, GET requests are typically the most useful. At times, POST requests can be used to extract data as well.

For Twilio SendGrid, the Send an email using the SendGrid API endpoint is a great place to get started.

Request Parameters

For each API endpoint you would like to use for analytics, you need to understand the method (GET, POST, PUT, or DELETE) and the URL, but there are other considerations to take into account as well. You should look out for pagination mechanics, query parameters, and parameters that are added to the request path.

SendGrid uses limit and offset parameters for pagination.

Some API endpoints require unique identifiers from a previous API response to be included in the URL path. For instance, to schedule a campaign, you need a campaign_id that is returned from another endpoint.

How Do You Call the Twilio SendGrid API? (Tutorial)

  1. Follow the instructions above to read the Twilio SendGrid API documentation
  2. Identify and collect your credentials for authentication
  3. Pick the API resource you want to pull data from
  4. Configure the necessary parameters, method, and URL to make your first request (e.g. with curl or Postman)
  5. Add your credentials and make your first API call . Here is an example request using curl (without real credentials):
curl --request POST     
--header 'Authorization: Bearer <<YOUR_API_KEY>>'     
--header 'Content-Type: application/json'     
--data '{'personalizations':[{'to':[{'email':'[email protected]','name':'John Doe'}],'subject':'Hello, World!'}],'content': [{'type': 'text/plain', 'value': 'Heya!'}],'from':{'email':'[email protected]','name':'Sam Smith'},'reply_to':{'email':'[email protected]','name':'Sam Smith'}}'

How Do You Maintain a Custom Twilio SendGrid to Snowflake ETL Pipeline?

Making a call to the Twilio SendGrid API is just the beginning of maintaining a complete custom ETL pipeline.

Here is a getting-started guide to building a production-grade pipeline for Twilio SendGrid:

  • For each API endpoint, define schemas (which fields exist and the type for each)
  • Process the API response and parse the data (typically parsing JSON or XML)
  • Handle and replicate nested objects and custom fields
  • Identify which Twilio SendGrid fields are primary keys and which keys are required vs. optional
  • Version control your changes in a git-based workflow (using GitHub, GitLab, etc.)
  • Handle code dependencies in your toolchain and the upgrades that come with each
  • Monitor the health of the upstream API, and —when things go wrong— troubleshoot via the status page, reach out to support, and open tickets
  • Handle error codes (HTTP error codes like 400s, 500s, etc.)
  • Manage and respect rate limits imposed by the server

We won’t go into detail on all of the items above, but rate limits are a great example of the complexity found in a production-grade data pipeline.

All calls within the Web API are allotted a specific number of requests per refresh period.

Each Web API request returns the following header information regarding rate limits and number of requests left.

Depending on the endpoint you are trying to reach, it will have a specific number of allowed requests per refresh period. Once this threshold has been reached, we will return a status code 429 response.

If you don’t respect rate limits, and if you can’t handle server responses (like 429 errors with a Retry-After header), your pipeline can break, and analytics can become out-of-date.

What Are the Drawbacks of Building the Twilio SendGrid ETL Pipeline Yourself?

You can probably tell at this point that there is a lot of work that goes into building and maintaining an ETL pipeline from Twilio SendGrid to your data warehouse.

If you want less development work, faster insights, and no ongoing responsibilities, you should consider a cloud-hosted ETL solution.

Let’s walk through the setup process for a no-code ETL solution and its benefits.

Method 2: Using a No-Code Twilio SendGrid ETL Solution

No-code ETL solutions are simple. Vendors specialize in building and maintaining data pipelines on your behalf. Instead of starting from scratch for each integration. Companies like Portable create connector templates that can be leveraged by hundreds or thousands of clients.

Step-By-Step Tutorial for Configuring Your Twilio SendGrid ETL Pipeline

Off-the-shelf ETL tools offer a no-code setup process. Here are the instructions to connect Twilio SendGrid to your cloud data warehouse with Portable.

  1. Create an account (no credit card required)
  2. Add a source —search for and select Twilio SendGrid
  3. Authenticate with Twilio SendGrid using the instructions in the Portable console
  4. Select Snowflake and authenticate
  5. Set up a flow connecting Twilio SendGrid to your analytics environment
  6. Run your flow to replicate data from Twilio SendGrid to your warehouse
  7. Use the dropdown to set your data flow to run on a cadence

What Are the Benefits of Using Portable for Twilio SendGrid ETL?

No-Code Simplicity

Start moving Twilio SendGrid data in minutes. Save yourself the headaches of reading API documentation, writing code, and worrying about maintenance. Leave the hassle to us.

Easy to Understand Pricing

With predictable, fixed-cost pricing per data flow, you know exactly how much your Twilio SendGrid integration will cost every month.

Fast Development Speeds

Access lightning-fast connector development. Portable can build new integrations on-demand in hours or days.

Hands-On Support

APIs change. Schemas evolve. Twilio SendGrid will have maintenance issues and errors. With Portable, we will do everything in our power to make your life easier.

Unlimited Data Volumes

You can move as much data from Twilio SendGrid to Snowflake as you want without worrying about usage credits or overages. Instead of analyzing your ETL costs, you should be analyzing your data.

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