How to Connect Taboola to Snowflake?: 2 Easy Methods

• July 21st, 2022

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Everything in today’s digital world can be accessed and controlled online. This process generates a large amount of data, making it challenging to undertake real-time analysis, get insights, spot fraud, and abnormalities, warn users, and carry out other tasks.

Taboola is the most advanced participant in one of the most trusted but incredibly resilient categories in online advertising due to its business model. Superior Data Analytics is made possible by the Cloud-based, fully managed Snowflake data warehouse solution. AWS, Azure, and GCP are used by Snowflake to handle its cloud infrastructure and data. The data is subjected to SQL queries by Snowflake in order to convert and offer insights. You might need to transfer your Taboola Data into a Data Warehouse like Snowflake for further Analysis.

In this article, you will learn how to transfer data from Taboola to Snowflake using CSV files format and an automated method.

Table of Contents

What is Taboola?

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Taboola is a web-based platform designed to address issues in the online content business. The slogan “content you might like” sums up Taboola’s corporate culture perfectly. The core of Taboola’s business is directing users to websites that might be of interest to them.

Those who aren’t sure what they’re looking for will find the service appealing (and the majority of habitual internet users, including educated ones, frequently fall in this category). Since its founding in 2007, Taboola has developed into one of the top suppliers of sponsored content on well-known websites.

The native advertising procedure on Taboola is simple to use:

  • The native advertisements direct traffic to the landing sites of the user. Advertisers generate content, indicating the amount per click they are ready to spend and define the type of audience they want to reach.
  • For showing paid content, publishers who embed a Taboola widget on their website are paid.
  • The Taboola interface links publishers and advertisers, guaranteeing carefully designed advertising, and streamlines marketing.

The platform that runs Taboola employs Deep Learning technology to offer the appropriate content to the appropriate person at the appropriate time based on Taboola’s unique data on people’s interests and information consumption.

By learning which audiences are more likely to interact with your material based on their reading preferences, browsing histories, devices, locations, times of day, and other criteria, the algorithm increases the accuracy of its predictions.

Key Features of Taboola

The following features have made Taboola popular in today’s market:

  • Taboola is renowned for being able to assist you in expanding your brand across all platforms. As a result, a significant section of your target audience will almost immediately become aware of your company’s brand.
  • Once their curiosity has peaked, Taboola retargets the visitor to your website. Following that, you can suggest more of your content to customers who have similar interests.
  • Taboola has simplified the process of beginning and ending campaigns. Additionally, it enables you to have total visibility into the effectiveness of the campaign as a whole. Taboola allows customers to locate your logo on other websites like Facebook.
  • Taboola employs interesting content to draw in and direct visitors to your websites from your target market. To engage with customers regardless of their location or line of work, the content is posted on numerous websites.

What is Snowflake?

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Snowflake is a fully Cloud-based data Storage and Analytics firm, Snowflake Database offers software as a service (SaaS). A brand-new SQL database engine called Snowflake Database was created specifically to work with cloud infrastructure.

You can create an account online to have access to the Web Dashboard, where you can build the Database, Schema, and Tables, without having to download and install the Database. The database and tables can be accessed through Web Console, ODBC, JDBC, and Third-Party connectors.

If you have a foundation in SQL, understanding Snowflake is easy and quick because the underlying architecture is new but the ANSI SQL syntax and capabilities remain the same.

Key Features of Snowflake

The following are some of the features of Snowflake as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution:

  • Data Driven: Making better data-driven decisions is made possible with the aid of Snowflake, which helps you eliminate information silos and guarantee that everyone in your company has access to pertinent data. This is an essential first step in, among other things, enhancing partner relationships, optimizing pricing, reducing operational costs, and boosting sales effectiveness.
  • Concurrency and Workload Separation: In a typical data warehouse system, users and processes compete for resources, raising concurrency issues. However, due to Snowflake’s multi-cluster virtual warehouse design, concurrency is no longer a problem. One virtual warehouse’s inquiries will never have an impact on those from another virtual warehouse. Separate virtual warehouses for users and apps allow ETL/ELT processing, data analysis, and reporting to be done without vying for resources.
  • Integration: Although you can do critical operations using the web-based user interface, Snowflake also provides additional ways to interact and manage information in Snowflake, including native connectors for Python and Spark, ODBC and JDBC connections, SnowSQL, and more.
  • Scalability: Snowflake’s multi-cluster shared data architecture divides the resources for computing from those for storing data. Customers can use this technique to scale resources up when large amounts of data need to be loaded quickly and scale them back down once the process is finished without affecting service. Customers have the option to start with a very small virtual warehouse and expand as needed. 
  • Auto-scaling: The auto-scaling and auto-suspend features of Snowflake guarantee that you only need little administration. Auto-suspend pauses the virtual warehouse after a predetermined length of time when clusters are not in use. Flexibility, performance optimization, and cost management are provided by these two ideas.

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Methods to Connect Taboola to Snowflake

Method 1: Connect Taboola to Snowflake using Hevo 

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The following steps can be implemented to connect Taboola to Snowflake using Hevo:

Step 1: Configure Taboola as your Source

Perform the following steps to configure Taboola as the Source in your Pipeline:

  • Step 1.1: Click PIPELINES in the Asset Palette.
  • Step 1.2: Click + CREATE in the Pipelines List View.
  • Step 1.3: In the Select Source Type page, select Taboola.
  • Step 1.4: In the Configure your Taboola Source page, specify the following:
Taboola to Snowflake: Configure Taboola Source
  1. Pipeline Name: A unique name for the Pipeline, not exceeding 255 characters.
  2. Client ID: The Client ID of your Taboola advertiser account
  3. Client Secret: The Client Secret of your Taboola advertiser account. NOTE: The Client ID and Client Secret are shared by your Taboola Account Manager in the onboarding email communication. You can request these again from the Taboola team if required.
  4. Advertiser Accounts: This field is displayed once you enter the correct Client ID and Secret. Select the advertiser accounts whose data you want to ingest.
  5. Historical Sync Duration: The duration for which historical data must be synced to the Destination. Default value: 1 Year.
  • Step 1.5: Click TEST & CONTINUE.
  • Step 1.6: Proceed to configuring the data ingestion and setting up the Destination.

Step 2: Configure Snowflake as your Destination

To set up Snowflake as a destination in Hevo, follow these steps:

  • Step 2.1: In the Asset Palette, select DESTINATIONS.
  • Step 2.2: In the Destinations List View, click + CREATE.
  • Step 2.3: Select Snowflake from the Add Destination page.
  • Step 2.4: Set the following parameters on the Configure your Snowflake Destination page:
    • Destination Name: A unique name for your Destination.
    • Snowflake Account URL: This is the account URL that you retrieved.
    • Database User: The Hevo user that you created in the database. In the Snowflake database, this user has a non-administrative role.
    • Database Password: The password of the user.
    • Database Name: The name of the Destination database where data will be loaded.
    • Database Schema: The name of the Destination database schema. Default value: public.
    • Warehouse: SQL queries and DML operations are performed in the Snowflake warehouse associated with your database.
Taboola to Snowflake: Configure Snowflake Destination
  • Step 2.5: Click Test Connection to test connectivity with the Snowflake warehouse.
  • Step 2.6: Once the test is successful, click SAVE DESTINATION.

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Method 2: Connect Taboola to Snowflake Manually using JSON Files

You cannot directly export the data from Taboola to Snowflake. To export data from Taboola to Snowflake, first you will have to export data from Taboola as JSON files and then load the JSON files into Snowflake.

Step 1: Export Data from Taboola as JSON

The first step in exporting data from Taboola to Snowflake is exporting data from Taboola as JSON files.

Step A: Making API Calls for Exporting Data

Developers can access the servers of Taboola and extract data via the Backstage the API. By calling API, for instance, you may obtain campaign data.

GET /backstage/api/1.0/[account-id]/campaigns/[campaign-id]/items/.
Step B: Retrieving JSON Response

The Backstage API for Taboola gives a JSON Response that resembles this:

{
  "results":[
      {
      "id": "1",
      "campaign_id": "124",
      "type": "ITEM",
      "url": "http://news.example.com/article.htm",
      "thumbnail_url": "http://cdn.example.com/image.jpg",
      "title": "Demo Article",
      "approval_state": "APPROVED",
      "is_active": true,
      "status": "RUNNING"
    }
    ]
  }

Now you have your JSON Data with you. You can create a JSON file. The first step in exporting data from Taboola to Snowflake is complete now.

Step 2: Load JSON Data into Snowflake 

The second step in exporting data from Taboola to Snowflake is importing JSON data into Snowflake. 

Step A: Create Table and Load JSON Data

Run a straightforward create statement. With this command, a single-column table with the column “v” is created.

create or replace table json_table (v variant);

Utilize Snowflake’s PARSE_JSON function and a straightforward INSERT statement to load a JSON file. For example: 

insert into json_table
select
parse_json(
'{
      "fullName":"Robert Downey",
      "age":55,
      "gender":"Male",
      "address": {
            "areaCode":"91506",
          "suite":"916 West Burbank Blvd"
                },
      "movies": [
          {"name":"Iron Man","budget":"$150M","producer":"Avi Arad"},
          {"name":"Sherlock Holmes","budget":"$200M","producer":"Joel Silver"},
          {"name":"Dolittle","budget":"$175M","producer":"Joe Roth"}
                ]
}');

You have a collection of intricately nested objects in this example. In a real-world setting, you’d use snowpipe or a copy command. For example: 

copy into json_table from '@demo_stage/path_to_file/file1.json;

OR

copy into json_table from 's3://demo_bucket/file1.json;


At load time, Snowflake divides the JSON into sub-columns depending on the key-value pairs. For optimization, these keys are saved in the metadata as pointers. Based on the schema definition inherent in the JSON string, structural information is generated dynamically (Schema-on-Read).

Step B: Retrieving and Casting Data

Let’s retrieve the information from the “fullName” sub-column.

select v:fullName from json_table;
1 Row Produced
row #V:FULLNAME
1“Robert Downey”

The JSON sub-columns are indicated by a colon where:

  • The name of the column in the json table table is v.
  • In the JSON schema, fullName = attribute.
  • To specify which attribute in column “v” you wish to choose, use the notation v:fullName.

In the following step, you will cast the double-quoted table that was returned in the previous step into a proper data type.

select v:fullName::string as full_name from json_table;
1 Row Produced
row #V:FULL_NAME
1Robert Downey

Just like in standard SQL, you inserted an alias with “as” and used :: to cast to a string data type. Now it’s possible to search JSON data without having to learn a new programming language.

select
    v:fullName::string as full_name,
    v:age::int as age,
    v:gender::string as gender
from json_table
1 Row Produced
row #FULL_NAMEAGEGENDER
1Robert Downey55Male

Voila! You were successful in loading the data from JSON to Snowflake using the different Snowflake command. You have successfully done Taboola to Snowflake data transfer.

Limitations of Connecting Taboola to Snowflake Manually

  • Data can only be transferred in one direction from Taboola to Snowflake. Two-way sync is necessary to keep both tools current.
  • The manual process takes time because the records need to be updated often. This is a waste of time and resources that could be used for more crucial company duties.
  • Some customers may find the amount of engineering bandwidth needed to maintain workflows across numerous platforms and update current data bothersome.
  • Data transfer does not allow for any transformation. Businesses that want to modify their data before transferring it from Taboola to Snowflake may find this to be a significant drawback.

Conclusion  

In this article, you got a glimpse of how to connect Taboola to Snowflake after a brief introduction to the salient features, and use cases. The methods talked about in this article are using automated solutions such as Hevo and JSON files. The second process can be a bit difficult for beginners. Moreover, you will have to update the data each and every time it is updated and this is where Hevo saves the day!

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