3 Most Popular Transactional Email Services for Products

One of the most basic product tasks is sending emails. No matter the interface or device; it can be a web product, a mobile product, TV product, wearable, API, etc.

So your product will send an email to register new users, to restore passwords, shipping notifications, or any message that you need to send to users triggered by internal or external events. It’s very very common for a product send emails. In the market exists some alternatives to send emails that maybe your development team want to know.

In the following 2-3 minutes I will mention the 3 main transactional email services to keep in mind. All of them are handled by their API and several software libraries to integrate with specific software languages.

Ok, here we go:

#1: Mailgun

Mailgun is my favorite transactional email service because of their simplicity to setup and integrate.

In Mailgun you can create sub-accounts, so  you can use each sub-account for each domain with separate lists of email. There’s batch sending features to personalize emails, detailed analytics, and logs, and a powerful parsing engine to turn incoming emails into JSON and route it where you want.

Mailgun is very easy to use,

 

#2: Amazon AWS SES

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is a cloud-based email sending service designed to help digital marketers and application developers send marketing, notification, and transactional emails. You can use the SMTP interface or one of the AWS SDKs to integrate Amazon SES directly into your existing applications.

With Amazon’s email offering, you’ll handle everything on your own. And it’s priced accordingly. There’s no plans to pick from, no tiered feature levels: just a flat fee of $0.10 per thousand emails you send, plus another $0.12 per GB of email attachments sent (up to a max of 10Mb per email message).

If you send from an application hosted in Amazon EC2, the first 62,000 emails you send every month are free.

Read more about this service in their website and learn how to integrate it with your product, examples codes and so.

 

#3: Sendgrid

Sendgrid is one of the most popular email service that recently has been acquired by Twilio.

Similar to Mailgun and AWS SES, you can use Sendgrid to send transactional email via SMTP or via API. Their API documentation is very complete.

Sendgrid includes an user interface to let user compose, send and track marketing emails (and all in between). It includes to add contacts, create segments, create and send campaigns, and view your stats.

 

Want to learn more? Check it out here.

 

Ok. Hope you can find pure value on this post and you can keep in mind these email transactional services to use into your product… it’s useful to send shipping notifications, password recovery, and almost every stage you want to communicate to your users.

Migrate from Google Cloud Messaging to Firebase Cloud Messaging, Step by Step.

Hi 4Geeks Nation!! If you are behind a product development, specifically a mobile app, you want to know this new tool built by Google to send messages (notifications) to your users on your product.

Google launched Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) as a new and more powerful tool to manage messaging to mobile devices.

Using FCM, you can notify a client app that new email or other data is available to sync. You can send notification messages to drive user re-engagement and retention. For use cases such as instant messaging, a message can transfer a payload of up to 4KB to a client app.

Look at the FCM schema… it’s beautiful and useful.

So, if you are using the old Google Cloud Messaging and planing to migrate to the new Firebase Cloud Messaging, this video can help you to put all factors on the table.

 

If you need help with this, our software engineers can help you. So, contact us!

Here’s a Demo to Implement Google Cloud Video Intelligence API

Some months ago Google showed to the world how to use their most recent video intelligence product, Google Cloud Video Intelligence API.

Ok, to get context, Cloud Video Intelligence is basically an API that makes videos searchable, and discoverable, by extracting metadata with an easy to use REST API.

You can now search every moment of every video file in your catalog. It quickly annotates videos stored in Google Cloud Storage, and helps you identify key entities (nouns) within your video; and when they occur within the video. Separate signals from noise, by retrieving relevant information within the entire video, shot-by-shot, -or per frame.

Take a look at the following video to understand the power of this tool.

If you working with videos, take your time to learn more about this API. If you are not working directly with videos, feel free to share this post with your boss… maybe it can be useful for next business strategies.

Introducing 4Geeks Teams

You know we are obsessed to help global companies to find their potential, build better products and improve their ROI. Today we are happy to introduce you 4Geeks Teams, a new effort to insert the most possible value on modern companies hungry to get succeed in the information era.

Similar to other products in our portfolio, 4Geeks Teams is built with 100% love, honesty and a rude business mindset.

4Geeks Teams is a powerful product to help principally US-based small and mid-size companies to start their own extended technical team in Latin America, on-demand. All-inclusive rate. You can expect up to 55% cost operation saving on your company starting first month.

We know about all the problems currently US companies is facing related to high operations cost because of government taxes, payroll, office, etc.

Historically some companies were putting their eyes on India to outsource some technical work like web and mobile development, and QA/testing. But this brings with hundreds of new unstoppable problems like team collaborations, timezone, etc.

With us, your engineering or consultants team could be located in any of our delivery centers in Costa Rica or any trusted partner in Latin America. By default your team is fluent in English.

You can hire software developers experts in PythonGoJavaRuby on RailsMicrosoft .NETAngular,PHPNodeJSReact  React Native Flutter (Android, iOS) or Data Analytics.

Payment and contract terms are going to be simple: You will receive only one monthly invoice that includes everything (office, workstation, computer with webcam, etc ). You don’t need to take care about any extra thing, process or legal documentation. Once you apply the 7-days trial period you will receive a complete business audit. After that, if you agree, the contract extends to 6 months. There is no a minimum team members to hire, so you can start with 1, 2 or 3 guys…. or even a 9-people team.

If you run a tech startup, digital agency or software company, maybe 4Geeks Teams is for you.

So, now all your business problems comes to be fixed thanks to 4Geeks Teams.

4Geeks Teams is currently an invite-only product; you can request an invite here.

A Neural Network Playground In The Browser

Well, maybe Neural Network can be a fancy or very new term. The thing is that Neural Network is the “base of” Machine Learning, and other applications like Artificial Intelligence.

A Neural Network it’s a technique for building a computer program that learns from data. It is based very loosely on how we think the human brain works.

First, a collection of software “neurons” are created and connected together, allowing them to send messages to each other.

Next, the network is asked to solve a problem, which it attempts to do over and over, each time strengthening the connections that lead to success and diminishing those that lead to failure.

Web TensorFlow Playground

So, this web tool is an interactive visualization of neural networks, written in TypeScript using d3.js. Go to http://playground.tensorflow.org to start playing just in the browser. I tested it on Google Chrome.

BTW, you can find the source here in TensorFlow’s GitHub.

Neural Network Playground, TensorFlow

I would like to know if you are working on some Neural Network project. Maybe you can get the exposure needed 🙂 Use the comments section below.

Real-time diagnostics from nanopore DNA sequencers on Google Cloud (Proof of Concept)

Guys, I want to share with you a blogpost from Google Cloud Blog, about a proof of concept on real-time diagnostics from nanopore DNA sequencers.

In a healthcare setting, being able to access data quickly is vital. For example, a sepsis  patient’s survival rate decreases by 4% for every hour we fail to diagnose the species causing the infection and and intervene with an appropriate antibiotic regimen.

Typical genomic analyses are too slow. You transport DNA samples from the collection point to a centralized facility to be sequenced and analyzed in a batch process, which can take weeks or even months. Recently, nanopore DNA sequencers have become commercially available that stream raw signal-level data as they are collected and provide immediate access to them. However, processing the data in real-time remains challenging, requiring substantial compute and storage resources, as well as a dedicated bioinformatician. Not only is the process still too slow, it’s also failure-prone, expensive, and doesn’t scale.

We recently built out a proof of concept for genomics researchers and bioinformatics developers that highlights the breadth and depth of Google Cloud’s data processing tools. In this article we describe a scalable, reliable, and cost effective end-to-end pipeline for fast DNA sequence analysis built on Google Cloud and this new class of nanopore DNA sequencers.

We envision four scenarios that can use this application, specifically to detect biocontaminants:

  • Medical professionals
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Agronomists
  • Biosecurity professionals

In all cases, analytical results are made available in a dynamic dashboard for immediate insight, decision-making, and action.

Here’s a video of the University of Queensland’s application performing real-time analysis of DNA nanopore sequencer data:

You can read the full article here.

Get More Social Media Traffic Using These 7 Free Tools (Neil Patel)

In this post I want to share with you this video from the great Neil Patel about how to get more traffic to your product with some social media tools.

Feel free to share this post with your team and community.

 

Deconstructing Chatbots

AI and Chatbots are trending topics nowadays, but some people don’t understand how terrific could be a chatbot in business.

The following video shows how chatbots works, can they understand what humans says, and how they can response by using artificial intelligence.

Is your business leveraging chatbots to support clients or maybe your business planing the next move? Take a look.

 

7 Steps of Machine Learning (Artificial Intelligence)

Hi 4Geeks Nation! I want to share with you this video (from Google AI) that explain so clear 7 steps of Machine Learning.

  • Gathering Data
  • Preparing that Data
  • Choose a model
  • Training
  • Evaluation
  • Hyperparameter Tuning
  • Prediction

 

Best 3 Tools to Analyze Products and Predict Growth

If you are behind a product management, you already know how important and crucial is to measure every single step in the product life cycle. Why? Because you need to engage customers by providing them an excellent solution.

Happy customers should be equals best ROI. A good ROI numbers can help you to predict your product growth for the next months.

Here at 4Geeks we design and develop products for other companies, so, sometimes we suggest our customers ways to collect and to analyze data, as a good habit to growth. Now I want to share with you this information.

Ok, let’s go to the important part of this blog post. The best 4 tools to collect and analyze product data.

Tool #1: Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a very good tool to collect data from your website or mobile app. It’s free (always you can upgrade to any plan is you need more features).

Google have been gradually improving auto reports by adding Artificial Intelligence, so it help us to take better decisions like online visitors by region, country, device, ISP, date and more.

I have used Google Analytics since 10 years ago. Nowadays, I can receive custom “smart reports” driven by AI.

Google Analytics for Firebase (serverless platform to run modern apps) let developers and marketers to track users behavior easily from their APIs, SDK and libraries.

At the heart of Firebase is Google Analytics for Firebase, a free and unlimited analytics solution. Analytics integrates across Firebase features and provides you with unlimited reporting for up to 500 distinct events that you can define using the Firebase SDK. Analytics reports help you understand clearly how your users behave, which enables you to make informed decisions regarding app marketing and performance optimizations.

Tool #2: KeenIO

KeenIO is a premium analytical and 100% custom platform built for developers, letting them collect, store, query and present data.  You can start using KeenIO for 30 days for free, then you can pay $1 per 10K events streamed, and $1 per 10M properties scanned.

Since KeenIO is customizable platform acceded by APIs and libraries in multiple languages like Python, Java, Swift, Javascript, PHP, .NET and more. With APIs designed for software developers, you can build intelligent apps and data products that offer analytics as a core feature, in minutes.

Nowadays, KeenIO serve multiple startups in all industries, and companies like Pandora, Polycom, Unity, Sendgrid, App.io and Adobe.

Definitely KeenIO is a great option to analyze and predict product growth. Test it, and let me know your feedback in comments.

Tool #3: Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics is a top-level data science and analytical platform, founded by Neil Patel, the marketing guru.

With this tool you can understand what people are doing on your website and products, and deliver behavior-based engagement every step of the way.

Kissmetrics let startups, SaaS and product owners  to use powerful insights to give your customers exactly what they want.

You can easily connect with your customer on Facebook and Instagram in order to create dynamic, automated Facebook Audiences with a single click, for better targeting and higher ad ROI.

Also you can integrate it to Slack, Shopify and WooCommerce, and then setup automation email campaigns in order to engage your customer to your product, all in auto-pilot.

If you was looking for a tool to collect your customer actions on your product, here you have 3 options. Please comment below your experience. What’s your favorite tool? What’s your growth plan?

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