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BlueConic Connections Overview

What is a BlueConic connection, integration, connector? How do I integrate data from other sources with BlueConic profiles? import goal; export goal; integrations; connectors; named and universal connectionsBlueConic Connections let you integrate your customer profile data with your existing data sources such as point-of sale systems, CRM systems, email service providers, and more. Using BlueConic Connections for data integration helps you make the most of your customer profile data.

What are BlueConic connections?

Connections are data integrations between BlueConic and over 80 marketing systems, ESPs, CRMs, and big data systems. You can use BlueConic connections in a number of ways:

  • Unify your customer profile data by importing or exporting data from your marketing stack
  • Employ BlueConic profile data in your marketing stack or ESP for messaging, recommendations, promotions, personalized content, and more
  • Use BlueConic segments to create audiences for ad tech, messaging, or promotions
  • Synchronize customer data with your CRM, ESP, ecommerce, or marketing platforms
  • Stream events and data via firehose connections to big data systems and data lakes
  • With universal connections, exchange customer order data, events, and transactions with other data source

Data imports with BlueConic Connections

To import data into BlueConic, you choose a connector to integrate data with your system(s), set up the connection, and create data import goal(s) for your data import. Here's an example:

Data imports for data unification with BlueConic CDP via BlueConic connections, BlueConic integrations, BlueConic connectors

Data exports with BlueConic Connections

To export your data from BlueConic to another system, you choose a connection that exports to your system, set it up, and create data export goal(s) for your data import. Here's an example:
Data exports for data unification with BlueConic CDP via BlueConic connections, BlueConic integrations, BlueConic connectors

Note: Depending on the external system, some bi-directional connections do both data imports and data exports. See the documentation for each connection to learn more about capabilities for data unification with BlueConic.

How to find a list of all BlueConic Connections

BlueConic offers dozens of connections to import and/or export data to other systems that house your data. See the list of all current BlueConic connections, integrations, and connectors on our website. Find documentation for BlueConic connections in the Knowledge Base How To section.

How to create and run connections in BlueConic

Connections Overview, showing how to create a connection in BlueConic. How do I exchange customer data with martech systems using the BlueConic customer data platform? BlueConic logo

To create and run connections you follow these basic steps:

  1. Choose Connections in the BlueConic navigation bar and click Add connection to see the gallery of connections. 
  2. Search for an external marketing system or type of connection (e.g., Facebook Ads, Salesforce, SFTP, or S3 connection to exchange via CSV files, etc.) to create a new connection.
  3. Enter a name for the connection, and optionally add metadata to make it easier to find and manage connections, including getting email notifications for batch connections. See Best practices for names and labels for tips on naming them.
  4. Add your credentials to authorize the data exchange between BlueConic and the external marketing system.
  5. Create at least one import goal or export goal that details how to match customers' unique identifiers (email, unique ID, etc.) between platforms and how to map profile and/or event data to or from the other system. For example, you can set up profile property mappings or Timeline event mappings between BlueConic data and the customer data exchanged with external systems.
  6. Save your changes, turn the connection on, and run the connection immediately or schedule it to run later.

See each connection's help page for step-by-step instructions to create an import goal to bring data from other system into BlueConic profiles, or to create an export goal to send BlueConic data to other systems in your martech stack..

Email notifications when a connection runs

At the top of the connection configuration page for batch connections, in the metadata section, you can request that BlueConic notify one or more email addresses when the connection is run.

What is an import goal in BlueConic? What is an export goal in BlueConic? How do I create email notification for BlueConic connections?

See Scheduling and running connections for details.

Learn more about BlueConic connections

How to use BlueConic connections as integrations and connectors to other systems to import profile data and export profile data in BlueConic CDPSee the Introduction to Connections video in BlueConic University.

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