Articles by Erika Berkland

Erika Berkland is the Partner Marketing Manager at SendGrid. Her background is in both emerging technology and global corporations where she thrives in working with partners to deliver impactful and measurable marketing programs. Outside of SendGrid, Erika enjoys spending time outdoors with all the great activities Colorado has to offer.

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It’s Now Easier to Deploy Some Demo Applications With the Heroku Button


At SendGrid, we’ve created several demo applications to make developers’ lives easier. Deploying these applications has involved following their prospective README’s step-by-step guides. But now, we’re starting to make deploying some of our main applications such as the SendGrid EventKit, Parse API, and JavaScript below as easy as clicking a button – the Heroku button. sendgrid-eventkit – An open source project for integrating and receiving notifications for SendGrid’s Event Webhook. sendgrid-parse-api-example– An example application that shows how to use the SendGrid Parse Webhook. It’s additionally a boilerplate of code that you can adjust to your own needs sendgridjs– A proxy so you can send email via JavaScript through SendGrid. First, a little about the Heroku button. How it works is straightforward: Add a

R/GA Adds SendGrid to The Software Platform Lab (SPL)

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At SendGrid, we strive to create better experiences for our customers. Our partnerships with innovative, industry-leading companies are designed to deliver on this mission. Today, we’re pleased to announce our partnership in R/GA’s Software Platform Lab (SPL). As one of the world’s leading full service digital agencies, R/GA has led the way in transforming the conventional agency business model with modern approaches to digital interconnectivity. R/GA provides innovative and interactive digital campaigns for iconic brands including Nike, MasterCard, L’Oreal, Unilever, Telstra, and Google. The Software Platform Lab helps brands choose combinations of partners from among hundreds of third-party digital marketing software providers. Clients receive the benefits of a trusted advisor that provides them with a simplified process in making brand-critical

Get More Marketing Email Power with Digioh and SendGrid

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The following is a guest post from Rishi Shah, Co-founder and CEO of Digioh. Digioh allows you to securely send, store, and deliver large files from the cloud, and keep track of every download, all without having to write a single line of code, or ever having to use FTP. Send downloadable files through email Remember when you could send attachments–your beautifully designed one-pager or catchy new mp3 single–to your email marketing lists? If you’re as old as I am, you do, and you may also know that, because of the rise of virus-embedded attachments, most email marketing systems don’t let you do this anymore (and those that do typically end up in the spam folder). For the many of

SendGrid Brings Email Deliverability to the IBM Cloud Marketplace


Today, we’re announcing a partnership with IBM that brings powerful email deliverability and scalability to the IBM Cloud marketplace. With our partnership, IBM clients can integrate a simple cloud-based email engine utilizing SendGrid’s proven delivery infrastructure into their web and mobile applications. The IBM Cloud marketplace offers clients access to more than 100 SaaS applications, IBM’s Bluemix platform-as-a-service with its suite of composable services, the powerful SoftLayer infrastructure-as-a-service and IBM’s rich intellectual capital and deep industry expertise. This single online destination with a suite of cloud services delivers a new buying experience for clients that enables line of business professionals to deploy new services faster, allows developers to build them with greater speed, and offers IT departments more creative, efficient,

Join SendGrid at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco (April 14th-17th)

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This week is shaping up to be an exciting and busy one for us here at SendGrid. We’re happy to share that SendGrid is participating in Red Hat’s premier open source event for the enterprise IT industry, The Red Hat Summit 2014. The Red Hat Summit is kicking off today and lasts through Thursday, April 17th. Visit SendGrid @ Exhibit #1106 We invite you to visit SendGrid in the Partner Pavilion where you can learn about our participation in Red Hat’s OpenShift Marketplace, where customers of all sizes can learn, try, and buy application development solutions for DevOps. From the OpenShift Marketplace, customers can now access and manage their applications securely from a single, simple and safe location making it

Integrate SendGrid Into Your Applications With Nitrous.IO


As we continue to work with great companies that share our passion for making the lives of developers easier, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Nitrous.IO. Nitrous.IO is a lightning fast cloud-based development environment platform with a web-based IDE and cloud VMs. Supported environments include Ruby, Python, Node.js, Go, and PHP. Nitrous.IO makes it super easy to code from your local machine or any modern browser and collaborate with colleagues around the world seamlessly. Nitrous.IO’s clean design and extremely fast responsive UI comes bundled with all the tools you need to dive in and start coding. Their platform allows you to create a “box” to run servers and then test your app live from their environment. And it comes fully

Jelastic and SendGrid Team Up to Power Java and PHP Applications


We’re pleased to announce our latest partnership with Jelastic. Jelastic is a leading Platform-as-Infrastructure (PaI) provider that combines the flexibility of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and the ease of use of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) within a single turnkey platform, at a fraction of the cost of existing virtualized environments. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Jelastic, enables enterprises and hosting service providers to unleash the full potential of the cloud. Benefits of Partnership Jelastic offers developers compatibility with any existing applications, simplified and automated installation and configuration, automated vertical scalability, and wide support for a variety of popular application servers and databases. Jelastic’s user interface allows developers to choose from major software stacks and set up an auto-scaling cloud environment, all within seconds. With

ProfitBricks Launches Transactional Email with SendGrid


Today, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with ProfitBricks, a Berlin-based, leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) company. ProfitBricks, founded in 2010, has rapidly expanded its second-generation cloud computing footprint in Europe and the U.S. It’s recent price reduction and continued performance leadership puts ProfitBricks in a position as cloud computing’s price/performance leader. The partnership between SendGrid and ProfitBricks addresses increasing demand from ProfitBricks’ customers to send transactional email from their web applications hosted in ProfitBricks’ data centers. SendGrid will provide ProfitBricks’ customers access to all the necessary email deliverability capabilities for their applications via APIs, allowing them to focus on their business and application instead of setting up and managing their own SMTP servers. With our respective services now integrated, developers

Join SendGrid at Dreamforce in San Francisco (Nov 18th-21st)


It’s shaping up to be an exciting and busy week. We’re happy to share that SendGrid is participating in’s annual user and developer conference, Dreamforce 2013. Dreamforce kicked off yesterday and lasts through Thursday, November 21. Exclusive SendGrid Offer and Presentation Visit SendGrid in the Developer Zone (exhibit #22) where we will have an exclusive SendGrid offer for Dreamforce 2013 attendees and where you can learn about our new API Developer Toolkit and other SendGrid tools. One of the major themes for Dreamforce 2013 will be focused on APIs and on Wednesday, November 20 @ 11:45am PT, Brian O’Neill, SendGrid’s Lead Product Manager, will be giving a talk on how to Perfect Your Email Delivery from Salesforce with SendGrid.

Email Statistics Added to SendGrid Plugin on WordPress


We recently announced our integration with WordPress to create a SendGrid plugin that uses SMTP or API integration to send outgoing emails from your WordPress installation. This integration replaces the wp_mail function included with WordPress. The SendGrid plugin is free and routes all of your WordPress emails through SendGrid, providing greater email deliverability. Now we’ve enhanced our plugin on WordPress to include real-time statistics on important transactional email performance factors including deliverability, compliance, and engagement. With access to SendGrid statistics, you’ll now have powerful insight into the performance of your transactional email to track requests, drops, deliveries, spam reports, bounces, blocks, clicks, unique clicks and opens. To start accessing SendGrid statistics on WordPress, simply go to the “SendGrid – WordPress

Partnership With Google Cloud Platform Expanded to Include Google Compute Engine


We recently announced our participation in the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program as the first non-native email solution available to Google App Engine customers. Now in response to feedback from the community, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve expanded our Google Cloud Platform partnership to include sending email from Google Compute Engine VMs using SendGrid. To provide this additional Compute Engine offering, Google has created a simple step-by-step tutorial including links to Google Cloud Platform partner pricing and our documentation. This partnership expansion to include Google Compute Engine will allow developers to set up email instances to send mail through ports 587 and 465 using servers provided through SendGrid. Some of the benefits for Google Compute Engine customers include: A

Increase Email Deliverability With SendGrid’s Plugin on WordPress


We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with WordPress to create a SendGrid plugin that uses SMTP or API integration to send outgoing emails from your WordPress installation. With over 60 million people harnessing the power of WordPress to build their web and blog sites as well as full featured e-commerce sites, building a SendGrid plugin to power the transactional email of these websites was a natural fit. Our integration replaces the wp_mail function included with WordPress. The SendGrid plugin is free and routes all of your WordPress emails through SendGrid, providing greater email deliverability. The SendGrid plugin for WordPress relieves developers of the cost and complexity of managing their applications’ underlying transactional email management infrastructures, freeing them to build