Integrate Braze Data with BigQuery for Useful Analytics and Activation

A Step-by-Step Guide

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Make the Most of Your Braze Data in BigQuery

Braze and BigQuery are a natural fit for data modeling, business intelligence and data activation – especially for retail brands interested in optimizing their overall business performance, acquisition and retention marketing programs, and merchandising and fulfillment operations decisions.

Braze is passionate about forging connections between consumers and the brands they love. Built with the speed and breadth to empower marketers to harness their creativity, the Braze customer engagement platform delivers relevant, cross-channel experiences at scale. BigQuery is a serverless and cost-effective enterprise data warehouse that works across clouds and scales with your data. Use built-in ML/AI and BI for insights at scale. Together, the software application and cloud data tooling provide business and data practitioners with an opportunity to analyze and optimize email, SMS and campaign automation to drive profitable growth.

Connect to Braze

The first step toward useful, modeled Braze data in BigQuery is to connect the source and destination systems. There are many legacy tools available in market that handle the ETL or ELT transfer of Braze data to BigQuery, and there are emerging tools that accomplish this transfer while providing value-added services like local data logging, and semantic data labeling and mapping along the way – making Braze data modeling, analytics and activation easier once the data is landed in BigQuery.

To connect to Braze, follow these easy steps

  • Open SoundCommerce in any browser. Open the “Intelligent Pipeline” application from the top right navigation menu. Select “Sources” from the left navigation menu. Choose “Add New Source” from within the Sources pane to open the data source library.

  • Search or browse to find “Braze” within the data source library.

  • Complete the “Connection Setup” form with your credentials and token to securely connect to Braze and begin collecting source data.

Log Braze Data for Flexible Modeling in BigQuery

There are a few more considerations to address along the way. First, what happens if Braze is unavailable for some reason, or the data you’re expecting has been purged by Braze? What happens when Braze changes their API schemas and data scope? What happens if you need to reinterpret your Braze data for a new use case in the future?

You’ll want your Braze data immutably logged locally, just upstream of BigQuery to ensure you have the data and data flow flexibility you need to future-proof your Braze data and models. SoundCommerce provides permanent logging of Braze data upstream of BigQuery to ensure failover and future-proofing. Regardless of how you connect your Braze and BigQuery data, you’ll want a data lake or event log in the middle to ensure data integrity and modeling flexibility.

Define and Label Braze Data for BigQuery

As new technologies arise and best practices evolve, traditional integration tools like ETL and ELT data pipelines are giving way to intelligent pipelines that help prep data for BigQuery starting at ingest. Simply moving JSON from Braze to BigQuery leaves all the work for your data team in BigQuery.

As you onboard your Braze data into BigQuery, you’ll want to create semantic labels and metadata that describe the Braze data for easier unification and modeling across other systems and data in BigQuery.

There are third-party solutions that will catalog your Braze data and generate semantic labels and mappings after you’ve landed it in BigQuery. With SoundCommerce, the Braze data is defined and labeled on its way into BigQuery instead, to avoid this costly rework later. You’ll end up with business-ready entities like orders, customers, products and campaigns, making it much easier to model your Braze data in BigQuery.

Map Braze Entities to BigQuery

Once the raw Braze data has been organized into useful entities, it’s time to map the Braze data into useful tables in BigQuery.

Why do defined and labeled entities from Braze matter so much? The main reason is that Braze data needs to be combined with data from other SaaS and on-premise software systems in useful ways. Landing raw Braze data in BigQuery without this semantic understanding means data engineering and analyst teams must do all of the heavy lifting regarding the meaning of the Braze data and the standardization of the meaning of that Braze data from scratch in BigQuery.

Defining, labeling and mapping the Braze data on the way in means much less effort once the data is landed in BigQuery.

Materialize Braze Data in BigQuery

Next, you’ll establish a secure connection to BigQuery:

  • Select “Destinations” from the left navigation menu. Choose “Add New Destination” from within the Destinations pane to open the data destination library.

  • Complete the “Connection Setup” form to securely connect to BigQuery to establish a secure destination for your labeled, mapped and modeled data.

That’s it! You now have logged, labeled and mapped data from Braze flowing securely to BigQuery.

Model Braze Data in BigQuery

Once you have well-formed entities from Braze onboarded to BigQuery, it’s time to build useful analytical and behavioral models on the Braze data – and combine the Braze data with data sets from other systems in BigQuery for more advanced, cross-dimensional analysis.

You can build your own analytical models on the Braze data in BigQuery using languages like SQL and Python, organized into model libraries in tools like DBT or Coalesce. With SoundCommerce, you get prebuilt analytical models for Braze running in BigQuery, with ready access to the model source code in DBT.

Host the Modeled Braze Data in BigQuery for Analytics

BigQuery supports reporting and visualization through a wide variety of analytics tools including Sigma, Tableau, Looker, Power BI and Microstrategy to name a few. You can build your own dashboards, tabular views and graphs in any of these tools to reveal insights about Braze in your BigQuery models. SoundCommerce provides pre-built embedded reports in Sigma to reduce the time, cost and risk of BI reporting of Braze data out of BigQuery – so you can start making better decisions and taking better action as soon as you’ve connected Braze to BigQuery.

Host the Modeled Braze Data in BigQuery for Campaign and Customer Activation

Whether your marketing team uses Braze for activation – or uses other tools and channels or both to take action on the data – you’ll want to be able to easily move your modeled Braze data in BigQuery to your most important marketing applications.

If you’ve followed the steps above to properly onboard and model your Braze data in BigQuery, it’s easy to use reverse ETL (rETL) tools like Census or Hightouch to orchestrate the data from there, or use SoundCommerce native orchestrations to push data into common channels and applications like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Braze, Klaviyo, Insider or Dynamic Yield to put the Braze data in BigQuery to use!

Getting Your Braze Data Defined, Labeled, Mapped and Modeled in BigQuery is Easy!

SoundCommerce can automate the steps necessary to bring Braze data into BigQuery, addressing the key functions of raw Braze data logging, Braze semantic definitions and mappings, and pre-built Braze data models that are analytics- and activation ready in BigQuery.

Contact us today to get started with Braze in BigQuery!

Technical Resources for Integrating
Braze Data with BigQuery

More information and technical specifications for data collection from Braze is available at:

Braze API Documentation

More information and technical specifications for data ingest into BigQuery is available at:

BigQuery API Documentation

Integrate and Model Braze Data in BigQuery