Drip to Snowflake

This page provides you with instructions on how to extract data from Drip and load it into Snowflake. (If this manual process sounds onerous, check out Stitch, which can do all the heavy lifting for you in just a few clicks.)

What is Drip?

Drip is an online marketing automation platform.

What is Snowflake?

Snowflake is a cloud-based data warehouse implemented as a managed service running on Amazon Web Services EC2 and S3 instances. Snowflake separates compute and storage resources, enabling users to scale the two independently and pay only for resources used. It provides native support for JSON, Avro, XML, and Parquet data, and can provide access to the same data for multiple workgroups or workloads simultaneously with no contention roadblocks or performance degradation.

Getting data out of Drip

You can collect data from Drip’s servers using webhooks and user-defined HTTP callbacks. Set up the webhook in your Drip account, and define a URL that your script listens to and from which it can collect the data.

Sample Drip data

Once you've set up webhooks and HTTP endpoints, Drip will begin sending data via the POST request method. Data will be enclosed in the body of the request in JSON format. Here's a sample of what that data might look like.

  "id": "z1togz2hcjrkpp5treip",
  "status": "active",
  "email": "john@acme.com",
  "custom_fields": {
    "name": "John Doe"
  "tags": ["Customer", "SEO"],
  "time_zone": "America/Los_Angeles",
  "utc_offset": -440,
  "created_at": "2017-06-21T10:31:58Z"
  "ip_address": "",
  "user_agent": "Mozilla/5.0",
  "lifetime_value": 2000,
  "original_referrer": "https://google.com/search",
  "landing_url": "https://www.drip.co/landing",
  "prospect": true,
  "base_lead_score": 30,
  "lead_score": 65,
  "user_id": "123"

Preparing Drip data

You need to map all the data fields in the JSON data from your webhook into a schema that can be inserted into your database. For each value in the response, you need to identify a predefined datatype (i.e. INTEGER, DATETIME, etc.) and build a table that can receive them.

Preparing data for Snowflake

Depending on the structure of your data, you may need to prepare it for loading. Look at the supported data types for Snowflake and make sure that the data you've got will map neatly to them.

Note that you don't need to define a schema in advance when loading JSON data into Snowflake.

Loading data into Snowflake

Snowflake's Data Loading Overview documentation can help you with loading your data. If you're not loading a lot of data, you might be able to use the data loading wizard in the Snowflake web UI, but chances are that that tool's limitations will make it unsuitable as a reliable ETL solution. Another approach involves two steps for getting data into Snowflake:

  • Use the PUT command to stage files.
  • Use the COPY INTO table command to load prepared data into an awaiting table.

You can copy the data from your local drive or from Amazon S3. Snowflake lets you make a virtual warehouse that can power the insertion process.

Keeping Drip data up to date

Once you’ve coded up a script or written a program to get the data you want and move it into your data warehouse, you’re going to have to maintain it. If Drip modifies its webhook implementation, or sends a field with a datatype your code doesn't recognize, you may have to modify the script. If your users want slightly different information, you definitely will have to.

Other data warehouse options

Snowflake is great, but sometimes you need to optimize for different things when you're choosing a data warehouse. Some folks choose to go with Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, or PostgreSQL, which are RDBMSes that use similar SQL syntax, or Panoply, which works with Redshift instances. If you're interested in seeing the relevant steps for loading data into one of these platforms, check out To Redshift, To BigQuery, To Postgres, and To Panoply.

Easier and faster alternatives

If all this sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t be alarmed. If you have all the skills necessary to go through this process, chances are building and maintaining a script like this isn’t a very high-leverage use of your time.

Thankfully, products like Stitch were built to solve this problem automatically. With just a few clicks, Stitch starts extracting your Drip data via the API, structuring it in a way that is optimized for analysis, and inserting that data into your Snowflake data warehouse.