How ShuttleCloud technology is integrated into our clients’ user interfaces

All users harbour valuable information in their email, from contacts to messages containing important data. That’s why, if you want to start using another email provider, you will want to migrate all that information to your new account, although you will need a simple process to do so.

ShuttleCloud can allow your company to offer new users the option of transferring those valuable emails and contacts from another provider to yours, easily.

We offer to our customers integration with more than 200 email providers, including Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo, which already allow their users to transfer that personal data. ShuttleCloud helps companies with a large client base to increase the growth of their users, as well as their commitment over time, allowing them to import emails, contacts or other data from another provider in a simple, scalable and secure way.

Integration as if by magic

At ShuttleCloud we work with the leading email and address book providers on the market. In fact, the ShuttleCloud migration platform makes it possible to migrate 30 million emails and more than 3 million contacts from dozens of providers each day.

If you are also interested in offering your users the possibility of migrating their personal data from more than 200 providers, you’re probably wondering if the integration of our technology with your user interface will be simple and accurate. The truth is that our technology adapts easily. Later we will show you that integration in the interfaces of some of our clients, to prove it to you.

Thanks to this the user experience is enhanced, minimising possible hassles when changing email systems. At the same time, you will maintain complete control over the user interface during migration. In the same way, this perfect integration makes it possible to improve user activation when importing contacts from a virtual address book.

In this way you will bolster the use of your service by users (by having all the data in one place, they will stay longer in it) and your user cancellation rate will decrease.

Some examples of integration

So you can check out how ShuttleCloud integrates with some of our partners, it is best if you see for yourself. Let’s start by showing you how easy it is to import emails and contacts using ShuttleCloud technology within Gmail. The integration of Gmail with our API is such that it guarantees us that users do not abandon the Gmail experience. No wonder hundreds of thousands of Gmail users import their data via ShuttleCloud every month.

For a user to import all he has to do is click on the sprocket on the right side of his inbox, and then on Settings. Once there he goes to Accounts, Import, and then Import Emails and Contacts. When this option is selected he will be able, for example, to transfer emails from an Outlook account.

For this he will first have to indicate his email address and password. The process is automatic, and ShuttleCloud uses SSL and/or Auth security standards to guarantee security. When the process is finished the user will receive an email notifying him. At that time he will find a new folder in the left column of Gmail with all the emails that he has migrated.

In this video you will appreciate even better how ShuttleCloud technology is perfectly integrated into the Gmail interface, so that importing contacts and emails is very simple:

Transferring contacts from Google’s address book is also very easy. The user only has to access Google Contacts, click More in the column on the left, and then click on Import, without leaving the platform.

ShuttleCloud has also launched an integration for transferring of contacts into Yahoo that allows users to increase the number of providers from which they can import information. Again, the user interface has been respected, in this case that of Yahoo, thanks to our API.

These are not the only examples. Here you can appreciate the email migration portal for Comcast Xfinity created by ShuttleCloud. This portal eliminates the complex management of email transfers and also includes top-notch support so that everything goes smoothly.

By filling in the fields Transfer From This Email and Transfer to this Comcast Account, the user can conveniently start the migration. Just as easy is the process to migrate contacts from Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook to Comcast through the portal hosted by ShuttleCloud.

You can also visit the “previous” migration portals of the prestigious universities such as Harvard and Stanford universities. In both cases, the process to carry out the migration through ShuttleCloud is the same (enter the credentials of the origin and destination accounts, wait for the migration to take place, and receive an alert when it finishes). Even the design is similar, but we have adapted the portals to each university to tailor them perfectly to their specific designs and user interfaces.

Do you want to enjoy ShuttleCloud?

ShuttleCloud can help your users easily migrate emails and contacts from more than 200 providers. Thanks to it you can increase the commitment and retention of your users by improving their experience through an impeccable integration between ShuttleCloud and your interface.

Contact us if you want to increase the value of your service for your clients through our technology. Do you need help? Visit our support forum.

The success of the API economy: how they are driving new businesses

A system able to automatically recognise any object in a video and describe it with words so that anyone can find the frames by looking for those terms. This is how API (Application Programming Interface) Video Intelligence works, which Google has launched this year for developers to design their own applications using the method. The giant based in Mountain View also invites third parties into it by opening up other doors for them via other APIs: any app can tell the user how to get to a destination using Google Maps, or use the capabilities of Google Translate.

Other big-name companies are also building bridges to third parties thanks to their APIs, which we can define, in simplified terms, as sets of rules that allow applications to communicate with each other (one opens the door and the other enters, to “chat”). Facebook makes it possible to create chatbots in Facebook Messenger, Twitter has just revised its API platform to better offer all its functionalities, and Amazon has even created a platform so that anyone can publish its own APIs.

However, it is not only the goliaths that are generating new business opportunities in the “API economy“. According to Programmable Web, a page that counts them, there are already more than 18,000 APIs.

And ShuttleCloud is one of them. Using our API, interested companies can offer their new users the chance to migrate all the information from one email account to another. In this way these users can transfer the personal data stored in their email accounts, from more than 200 providers (including Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo) in a simple and secure way.

Monetization strategies

“We already live in an API economy where CIOs must look beyond APIs as technology and instead build their company’s business models, digital strategies and ecosystems on them”. Paolo Malinverno, Vice-president of Research at the tech-focused consultancy Gartner, spoke of the need for companies not only to see API’s as a tool, but also to realise the business opportunity entailed by opening up their doors to other companies, instead of locking up their functionalities and data or using those of others to improve their service.

More and more companies seem to be aware of the advantages offered by these interfaces. In fact, some have already called 2017 the year of the API economy, although forecasts call for them to increase even further in the coming years.

The most common business model, as reflected in the IBM report on the API economy, is direct consumption: an organisation develops an API and offers developers the ability to use it. However, there are different ways to monetize an API:

  • Indirect or intangible monetization. This is the strategy followed by Google or Facebook: they allow the free use of their APIs in order to increase their presence on the market. Despite this, some companies place certain limits on the free use of their APIs. For example, they can charge the developers of an app when the API receives too many visits from its service, like Google Translator does.

Allowing an API to be used completely free of charge (Dropbox’s strategy) also has benefits for the company: users continue to use the platform, even if it is not directly through their website, and that makes them use their storage space, whose expansion does require payment.

  • Transactional monetization. Under this model the API developer receives benefits through direct use: it establishes an amount that the people responsible for an application have to pay based on the volume of API use, receiving revenue based on it.
  • Monetization based on the product. In this case the price is based on the estimated value of the service offered to the company using the API. For example, this monetization can be determined by a fixed rate, or an amount can be established based on the revenue of the company that uses the API.

Although it is, obviously, necessary to devise a strategy to monetize APIs and for their creators to benefit from making them available to developers, those who use them also benefit greatly.

After all, a developer can create an application in a short time and without too much effort by accessing programs and data that he otherwise would not have been able to. In this way a company can launch a product using one or more APIs and focus on designing a feature that sets its app apart.

Sometimes APIs arise from an alliance between two different services, and end up offering functionalities not only to end users, but also to companies that can benefit from the alliance. A case in point is Shopify, an e-commerce platform that joined forces with Facebook to create stores integrated into the social network. Now thousands of businesses sell their items and offer customer service directly from Facebook, thanks to it.

As is clear, Application Programming Interfaces have advantages for different parties, both for those who choose to share information, and those who borrow it, making things easy for the end user. Thus, it seems only logical that the API economy will continue to pick up steam. ShuttleCloud is one more actor in this new economy, as an API facilitating the migration of email between the major providers. Check out ShuttleCloud and our clients.

Gmail Meter, the Main Tool in a Business Insider Report About Email Analytics

Last month, the Australian edition of the news website Business Insider (BI) published an interesting report analyzing how Venture Capitalists (VCs) manage their email inboxes.

To make the report, BI contacted UK-based VC Christian Hernandez, cofounder and managing partner of London-based White Star Capital. To track Hernandez’s email inbox, they used Gmail Meter, the email analytics tool developed by ShuttleCloud.

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Customer Stories | Google Contacts

Google Contacts Leverages ShuttleCloud to Power Onboarding for Millions of Users

Contacts is Google’s primary online address book manager. It’s available as a standalone service, within Gmail (Google’s free email service), and as a part of Google’s business-oriented suite of web apps, Google Apps for Work.

The Contacts team wanted a process that would help onboard new users by importing contacts seamlessly from their previous webmail providers.

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Customer Stories | Comcast

Comcast Enhances New Users’ Onboarding with ShuttleCloud

Comcast, the leading American mass media company, is one of the largest broadcasting and cable providers in the world. Through the XFINITY Connect web portal, Comcast provides email and voicemail access to its high-speed internet/voice customers.

The Comcast XFINITY team wanted a solution that would improve new users’ onboarding by seamlessly importing emails and contacts from their previous webmail providers.

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Customer Stories | Gmail

Gmail Enhances the Onboarding of 1+ Billion Users Thanks to ShuttleCloud’s Migration Solution

Gmail is Google’s free ad-supported email service. With more than 1 billion active users, Gmail is the biggest free email provider in the world. Moreover, it is very popular among companies, with 60% of mid-sized US companies and 92% of startups choosing Gmail as their business email provider.

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ShuttleCloud 7th Anniversary – Congrats Team!

ShuttleCloud founded in May of 2010 by Eduardo Fernández and Carlos Cabañero, is celebrating its 7th anniversary.

Since that time, the team has worked hard to achieve incredible goals, such as working with industry leaders like Google, Yahoo, and Comcast, amongst others. On a daily basis, ShuttleCloud migrates more than 31 million emails and 3.4 million contacts for its partners.

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How Is The Engineering Hiring Process at ShuttleCloud?

At ShuttleCloud, we’ve had several openings in the past 5 years. We’ve made a lot of mistakes in all of them. As always, we try to learn from our mistakes. We take everything we do as an iterative process: try, fail, learn; try, fail, learn.

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In the last opening, we’ve tried to create a hiring process we can feel proud of. Particularly, I keep complaining about the stupid processes our industry has. Namely, whiteboard programming, processes with more than 5 technical interviews, tricky questions, rude/arrogant interviewers, etc….

Below, we want to share with you what we’re doing in ShuttleCloud to hire two new software developers.

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