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How to load data from SurveyMonkey to MySQL

Learn how to use Airbyte to synchronize your SurveyMonkey data into MySQL within minutes.

TL;DR

This can be done by building a data pipeline manually, usually a Python script (you can leverage a tool as Apache Airflow for this). This process can take more than a full week of development. Or it can be done in minutes on Airbyte in three easy steps:

  1. set up SurveyMonkey as a source connector (using Auth, or usually an API key)
  2. set up MySQL as a destination connector
  3. define which data you want to transfer and how frequently

You can choose to self-host the pipeline using Airbyte Open Source or have it managed for you with Airbyte Cloud.

This tutorial’s purpose is to show you how.

What is SurveyMonkey

Survey Monkey uses the power of the web to enable individuals and companies to reach unprecedented numbers of respondents to gain insights into almost anything. An experience management company, Momentive Inc. (formerly SurveyMonkey Inc.) uses a cloud-based software to provide service solutions for businesses and individuals needing brand or market insights, information regarding consumers’ product experiences, employee and customer experiences—information of any kind for which surveys can provide useful information to improve products, events, experiences.

What is MySQL

MySQL is an SQL (Structured Query Language)-based open-source database management system. An application with many uses, it offers a variety of products, from free MySQL downloads of the most recent iteration to support packages with full service support at the enterprise level. The MySQL platform, while most often used as a web database, also supports e-commerce and data warehousing applications, and more.

Prerequisites

  1. A SurveyMonkey account to transfer your customer data automatically from.
  2. A MySQL account.
  3. An active Airbyte Cloud account, or you can also choose to use Airbyte Open Source locally. You can follow the instructions to set up Airbyte on your system using docker-compose.

Airbyte is an open-source data integration platform that consolidates and streamlines the process of extracting and loading data from multiple data sources to data warehouses. It offers pre-built connectors, including SurveyMonkey and MySQL, for seamless data migration.

When using Airbyte to move data from SurveyMonkey to MySQL, it extracts data from SurveyMonkey using the source connector, converts it into a format MySQL can ingest using the provided schema, and then loads it into MySQL via the destination connector. This allows businesses to leverage their SurveyMonkey data for advanced analytics and insights within MySQL, simplifying the ETL process and saving significant time and resources.

Step 1: Set up SurveyMonkey as a source connector

1. First, navigate to the Airbyte dashboard and click on "Sources" on the left-hand side of the screen.
2. Click on the "Add Source" button in the top right corner of the screen.
3. Select "SurveyMonkey" from the list of available sources.
4. Enter a name for your SurveyMonkey source connector.
5. Enter your SurveyMonkey API token in the "API Token" field. You can find your API token by logging into your SurveyMonkey account and navigating to the "My Account" section.
6. Click on the "Test" button to ensure that your credentials are correct and that Airbyte can connect to your SurveyMonkey account.
7. Once the test is successful, click on the "Create" button to save your SurveyMonkey source connector.
8. You can now use your SurveyMonkey source connector to create a new pipeline or add it to an existing pipeline in Airbyte.
9. To use your SurveyMonkey source connector in a pipeline, simply select it from the list of available sources when creating a new pipeline or editing an existing one.
10. Follow the prompts to configure your pipeline and start syncing data from your SurveyMonkey account to your destination of choice.

Step 2: Set up MySQL as a destination connector

1. First, you need to have a MySQL database set up and running. Ensure that you have the necessary credentials to access the database.
2. Log in to your Airbyte account and navigate to the "Destinations" tab.
3. Click on the "Add Destination" button and select "MySQL" from the list of available connectors.
4. Enter the necessary details such as the host, port, username, password, and database name. Ensure that the details are accurate and match the credentials you have for your MySQL database.
5. Test the connection to ensure that Airbyte can successfully connect to your MySQL database. If the connection is successful, you will receive a confirmation message.
6. Once the connection is established, you can configure the settings for your MySQL destination connector. You can choose to enable or disable certain features such as SSL encryption, bulk loading, and more.
7. You can also set up the schema mapping for your MySQL database. This involves mapping the fields from your source data to the corresponding fields in your MySQL database.
8. Once you have configured the settings and schema mapping, you can start syncing data from your source to your MySQL database. You can choose to run the sync manually or set up a schedule for automatic syncing.
9. Monitor the sync process to ensure that data is being transferred accurately and efficiently. You can view the sync logs and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
10. Congratulations! You have successfully connected your MySQL destination connector on Airbyte and can now start syncing data from your source to your MySQL database.

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Step 3: Set up a connection to sync your SurveyMonkey data to MySQL

Once you've successfully connected SurveyMonkey as a data source and MySQL as a destination in Airbyte, you can set up a data pipeline between them with the following steps:

  1. Create a new connection: On the Airbyte dashboard, navigate to the 'Connections' tab and click the '+ New Connection' button.
  2. Choose your source: Select SurveyMonkey from the dropdown list of your configured sources.
  3. Select your destination: Choose MySQL from the dropdown list of your configured destinations.
  4. Configure your sync: Define the frequency of your data syncs based on your business needs. Airbyte allows both manual and automatic scheduling for your data refreshes.
  5. Select the data to sync: Choose the specific SurveyMonkey objects you want to import data from towards MySQL. You can sync all data or select specific tables and fields.
  6. Select the sync mode for your streams: Choose between full refreshes or incremental syncs (with deduplication if you want), and this for all streams or at the stream level. Incremental is only available for streams that have a primary cursor.
  7. Test your connection: Click the 'Test Connection' button to make sure that your setup works. If the connection test is successful, save your configuration.
  8. Start the sync: If the test passes, click 'Set Up Connection'. Airbyte will start moving data from SurveyMonkey to MySQL according to your settings.

Remember, Airbyte keeps your data in sync at the frequency you determine, ensuring your MySQL data warehouse is always up-to-date with your SurveyMonkey data.

Use Cases to transfer your SurveyMonkey data to MySQL

Integrating data from SurveyMonkey to MySQL provides several benefits. Here are a few use cases:

  1. Advanced Analytics: MySQL’s powerful data processing capabilities enable you to perform complex queries and data analysis on your SurveyMonkey data, extracting insights that wouldn't be possible within SurveyMonkey alone.
  2. Data Consolidation: If you're using multiple other sources along with SurveyMonkey, syncing to MySQL allows you to centralize your data for a holistic view of your operations, and to set up a change data capture process so you never have any discrepancies in your data again.
  3. Historical Data Analysis: SurveyMonkey has limits on historical data. Syncing data to MySQL allows for long-term data retention and analysis of historical trends over time.
  4. Data Security and Compliance: MySQL provides robust data security features. Syncing SurveyMonkey data to MySQL ensures your data is secured and allows for advanced data governance and compliance management.
  5. Scalability: MySQL can handle large volumes of data without affecting performance, providing an ideal solution for growing businesses with expanding SurveyMonkey data.
  6. Data Science and Machine Learning: By having SurveyMonkey data in MySQL, you can apply machine learning models to your data for predictive analytics, customer segmentation, and more.
  7. Reporting and Visualization: While SurveyMonkey provides reporting tools, data visualization tools like Tableau, PowerBI, Looker (Google Data Studio) can connect to MySQL, providing more advanced business intelligence options. If you have a SurveyMonkey table that needs to be converted to a MySQL table, Airbyte can do that automatically.

Wrapping Up

To summarize, this tutorial has shown you how to:

  1. Configure a SurveyMonkey account as an Airbyte data source connector.
  2. Configure MySQL as a data destination connector.
  3. Create an Airbyte data pipeline that will automatically be moving data directly from SurveyMonkey to MySQL after you set a schedule

With Airbyte, creating data pipelines take minutes, and the data integration possibilities are endless. Airbyte supports the largest catalog of API tools, databases, and files, among other sources. Airbyte's connectors are open-source, so you can add any custom objects to the connector, or even build a new connector from scratch without any local dev environment or any data engineer within 10 minutes with the no-code connector builder.

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Hope you enjoyed the reading. Here are the 3 ways we can help you in your data journey:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What data can you extract from SurveyMonkey?

SurveyMonkey's API provides access to a wide range of data related to surveys and responses. The following are the categories of data that can be accessed through SurveyMonkey's API:  

1. Survey data: This includes information about the survey itself, such as the survey title, description, and questions.  
2. Response data: This includes information about the responses to the survey, such as the respondent's answers to each question.  
3. User data: This includes information about the users who created the survey, such as their name, email address, and account type.  
4. Team data: This includes information about the teams that the user belongs to, such as the team name and members.  
5. Template data: This includes information about the survey templates available on SurveyMonkey, such as the template name and description.  
6. Collector data: This includes information about the collectors used to distribute the survey, such as the collector type and status.  
7. Analytic data: This includes information about the survey results, such as the response rate, completion time, and average score.  

Overall, SurveyMonkey's API provides access to a comprehensive set of data related to surveys and responses, which can be used to gain insights and make data-driven decisions.

What data can you transfer to MySQL?

You can transfer a wide variety of data to MySQL. This usually includes structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data like transaction records, log files, JSON data, CSV files, and more, allowing robust, scalable data integration and analysis.

What are top ETL tools to transfer data from SurveyMonkey to MySQL?

The most prominent ETL tools to transfer data from SurveyMonkey to MySQL include:

  • Airbyte
  • Fivetran
  • Stitch
  • Matillion
  • Talend Data Integration

These tools help in extracting data from SurveyMonkey and various sources (APIs, databases, and more), transforming it efficiently, and loading it into MySQL and other databases, data warehouses and data lakes, enhancing data management capabilities.