A word from your friends at SendGrid


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We’ve heard the news, read the blogs and monitored the tweets. And as the thoughts, reactions, and sentiments roll in, we’re plugging away at what we do on a daily basis: delivering on the future of email. Since our launch more than a year ago, our premium service has helped thousands of companies solve some very difficult email problems and saved those companies countless hours and dollars along the way.

We’re very proud of our approach to email delivery and the premium service we provide to businesses in need of email help. If you’re not totally familiar with what SendGrid does, consider this a quick refresher. Or, if you’re interested in understanding more about the future of email, please read on.

Deliverability

Q: What good is an email sent, if it doesn’t reach the inbox?
A: Nothing.

Many competing services place all of their users on clusters of shared IP addresses. As a result, users share a collective sender reputation, and thus affect each others’ deliverability.  At SendGrid, we believe it is a bad idea to allow your email reputation to be influenced by another company’s decisions and habits.

Transactional emails have a better reception than marketing emails, so we recommend our users segregate those “categories” of emails through different IP addresses or clusters.  Are you willing to compromise the deliverability of your password reminder emails by sending through the same medium that other companies are using to send aggressive email invites or questionable marketing emails?  Of course not.  This is why we provide tools such as category tagging to enable users to track ROI and measure deliverability for each distinct type of email they send. Once we gather these metrics and report them back to you, our customer support team is here to help you make sense of the data and optimize your numbers.

In addition to our relationships with ISPs and our vast experience (we currently send approximately 1 billion emails per month), we have great partners, such as Return Path, that help us stay on top of trends and best practices in the deliverability space.  We are experts in what we do. From there, we let our results speak for us…and speak they do.

Customer Service and Support

One aspect of the SendGrid service upon which we pride ourselves and work to improve every single day is our relentless focus on providing the best possible customer service. Ever.

We talk to our users (and prospective users) seven days a week, whether the conversation is via telephone, live chat, email, twitter, or other social tools. It is this personal touch that allows us to know when our customers are happy or unhappy, what motivates their level of satisfaction, what they need, and what they want. We realize we’re not perfect, but we’re on the right track and will not give up until perfection is achieved.

Advanced Statistics and Reporting

In order to run successful email campaigns (whether transactional or bulk), it is absolutely necessary to gain complete understanding of performance. Here are the things we track for our users: requests, delivers, total clicks, unique clicks, total opens, unique opens, bounces (and repeat bounces), spam reports (and repeat spam reports), unsubscribes, and sends to invalid email addresses. If your business depends on email to drive product usage and revenue, you must work from as much data as possible in order to make smart decisions. We provide advanced reports down to an individual email basis.

Innovation

Poor deliverability isn’t the only problem plaguing the world of email today, there’s also a lack of ingenuity. When was the last time you put a lot of thought into your email strategy? Probably never, and you’re not alone. That’s where we come in. SendGrid leads the industry in innovative solutions:

APIs
SMTP API – with this feature, you can uniquely target your customers based on your own template and, using substitution variables, turn one general message into thousands of custom messages that speak to each and every one of your customers in a personal way.

Parse API – so, it turns out that you need to receive emails in addition to sending them, eh? With our parse API, you can accept and parse the content and attachments of incoming emails and post them to a URL of your choosing.

Event API – remember all those statistics we mentioned above? With our Event API, you can notify a URL of those “events” in real time, giving you one more way to access all of your data where it is most convenient for you.

Applications
Today, we offer several apps to all of our users. Examples include the newsletter app, click and open tracking apps, the event notification app, subscription tracking, spam checker, email-to-phone, email-to-twitter, and the list goes on. We provide a platform for email, and this is a big piece of our plan to change the way email is used by businesses of the future. Stay tuned: exciting things are coming.

Simplicity

If you want to stick to the basics, integrate via SMTP by simply changing three settings on your email client or server. It literally takes less than five minutes, and you’re sending email with all the bells and whistles our service offers.

Experience

We came into this game about 18 months ago. At that time, we were the new kids on the block, but we were also the only kids on the block. Since then, we’ve been joined by a bunch of kids our age, or a little younger. We’ve grown a lot and learned even more. With more than 17,000 customers and over 6 billion emails sent, we’ve proven our ability to deliver on our promise. Email has only reached a fraction of its potential, and we’re here to fulfill that capacity. With a strong team, a lean mentality, and forward thinking mindset, we will “do more faster.”

Want to learn more? Take a look at our documentation or sign up for free and test it out for yourself.

Already a user? Tell us how we can be better.

Have questions? Contact Sales or Support

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Director, Developer Relations at @SendGrid. Passionate about bringing people together around things they love. I tweet at @TimFalls.

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8 thoughts on “A word from your friends at SendGrid

  1. So you are telling me that if I am using the pro plan of sendgrid on Heroku, I have no real reason to stay on sendgrid?

    I mean your argument is you dont share IPs but you seem to be doing so on the pro plan. At least it's the reason the support gave me when I asked why my emails took 30/60minutes to be send..

    Yes your analytics are sweet but the search is not really reliable so…

    I find it funny that you talk about experience, you are on the game since 18months, but since how long Amazon is sending billions of email every months ???? For THEIR product. Dont you think some guys there know how to manage a mail server and what is deliverability.

    About the price, I'm just going to copy/past and extract from Do More Faster:

    "When I offered dozens of companies SendGrid for $100 per month, they all said yes. I raised the price to $300 per month, and they all said yes. $500?—yes. Today, we are working with hundreds of companies, including well-known ones like Foursquare, Gowalla, and GetSatisfaction. When you're selling a solution to a problem and you find that nobody is saying no to your prices, you've found some serious pain. We're building SendGrid to solve a very specific problem that I discovered just by paying attention."

    Maybe it's now time for you to be paying attention again…

    P.S: globally I love your startup and I can only admire what you have done so far, the problem is I love it from a startup-friendly point not a B2B point. You are hurting my business when you are slow or your website disfonctional.

    I'm disappoint by your answer, you are condescending to Amazon talking about them as if they were a band of cheap newbies around the block. And you are totally ignoring the pricing difference. I mean did you see their pricing ?????? ( https://willj.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/emai… ) And dont even start me on the uptime, wow sendgrid during the last week was hard to beat EVERYDAY we had an issue, and we received 0 EMAIL (to expensive?) to explain to us what happen, I have to go to twitter or open a ticket for that.

    • Hello Jonathan,

      First, I apologize for the delayed response. Somehow we missed your comment previously and have just recently found it as we revamp our WordPress installation. Second, thanks for taking the time to respond with detail. We really appreciate it!

      Since the time you wrote this response, we have moved forward on several fronts, specifically addressing the issues you have mentioned above:

      1. We introduced the Lite plan as an alternative to the Amazon SES service (http://sendgrid.com/pricing.html)
      2. We have increased our support staff and aggressively monitor Twitter to provide best in class support
      3. We maintain a status page and status twitter account to keep all of our customer up to date on our system status (http://status.sendgrid.com/) and (http://www.twitter.com/sendgrid_ops)
      4. We continue to hire top quality engineers to improve the stability of our systems (http://sendgrid.com/jobs.html)

      These are just a few of the changes that address your concerns.

      Our desire is to be a service that you are happy to use and refer to your associates. To that end, we welcome any further feed back you may have.

      Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

      Elmer Thomas
      Developer Evangelist

  2. I'm excited about Amazon's new service, but anyone serious about email should take a look at SendGrid. SendGrid was a dead simple choice for our emails needs and has worked impressively well since day one. We're sending 100K/month and I trust those emails to SendGrid. Thanks guys!

    • Isaac –

      Thanks for your support and the kind words!

      Always feel free to reach out with feedback or if/when you could use our help.

      Best,

      Tim Falls
      SendGrid

    • I've blogged about SES on the MailChannels blog – props to SendGrid for differentiating with a richer offering. Don't fear Amazon – keep focusing on the richness of your offering and you'll do just fine. Amazon will take the low end customers; you can get everyone else.

      • Ken –

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Your perspective and supportive input is very much appreciated. Also, I really enjoyed the blog post – quite insightful and interesting perspective and analysis.

        Best,

        Tim Falls
        SendGrid

  3. I haven't read too much on Amazon's new service, but as the previous founder of an email SaaS provider (Kenzei), and a current Sendgrid customer, I can't emphasize enough on the services aspect of the Sendgrid model that I can't imagine Amazon will provide. As a current Sendgrid customer at Extole, we've found Sendgrid to have excellent customer service, responding to requests at all hours, leveraging their delivery expertise to troubleshoot issues and even working closely with ISPs to troubleshoot, provide suggestions and offer solutions for us. I think if any customer is looking to send a reasonable amount of emails with strong deliverability, the services that Sendgrid provides are worth the amount they charge.

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