Braze: Set Up Guide

The Mixpanel Braze integration exports Mixpanel Cohorts into Braze. This allows you to send Braze campaign messages to targeted cohorts that are created in Mixpanel. You can also send your Braze events into Mixpanel to apply deeper analysis. 

Export Types

This integration supports two types of exports: one-time export and dynamic sync.

One-Time Export

In a one-time export, Mixpanel sends Braze a static export of users who currently qualify for the cohort. The cohort data will not be updated in Braze after a one-time export.

Dynamic Sync

In a dynamic sync, Mixpanel initiates a sync between a cohort and Braze every 15 mins. The exported cohort will be updated every 15 mins to reflect the most recent list of users in a cohort.

When you generate a one-time export or a dynamic sync, it overwrites the previous export with an updated export that reflects users who qualify for the cohort at the time of export.

Getting Started

Set Up the Braze Integration

Integrating Mixpanel and Braze requires obtaining the required credentials from Braze, and then configuring the integration from a Mixpanel project.

Required Credentials

In order to set up the integration, you must use a Data Import Key and a Braze Instance URL to connect a Mixpanel instance with a Braze instance.

A Braze project stores the Data Import Key and Braze Instance URL. You can find these two values in from within Braze. Use the Braze documentation to learn how to obtain the Key and URL

Set Up the Integration

Enter the Mixpanel project where the integration is to be performed, then:

1. Click Data Management at the top of Mixpanel and select Integrations.

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2. Select the Braze integration tab. Click Connect.

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If you've set up a Connection already, you have the option of reconnecting the existing Connection. 

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You also have the option of adding a new Connection by clicking the dropdown on the left hand side of the row, and clicking "+ Add Connection".

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3. Enter the Data Import Key and select a Braze Instance. Note Braze hosts their application on multiple clusters throughout the US and EU.  

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4. Click Continue.

Export a Mixpanel Cohort To Braze

To export a Mixpanel cohort, you must create a cohort. To export a Mixpanel cohort to Braze:

1. Click Data Management at the top of Mixpanel. Navigate to Cohorts.

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2. Select the cohort to send to Braze. Select Export to Braze. If you have multiple Connections, they will be differentiated by the Connection Name in the parentheses after the Integration Name.

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3. Select a One-time export or a Dynamic sync. Click Begin Sync.

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Use the Mixpanel Cohort to Create a Segment in Braze

A new Braze segment can be built using a Mixpanel cohort after exporting a cohort from Mixpanel to Braze.

In order to build a Braze Segment after importing a cohort:

1. Select Segments tab under Engagement.

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2. Click Create Segment.

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3. After naming the Segment, click Select Filter from the dropdown.

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4. Select "Mixpanel Cohorts".

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5. Select the “includes” value from the dropdown. Click Search for a value from the dropdown.

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6. The exported Mixpanel cohort isvisible in the dropdown. Select the cohort.

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7. Click Save.

Matching Mixpanel and Braze Users

In order to match Mixpanel users to ones on Braze's end, the user in Mixpanel should have a profile property named $braze_external_id with the value you have assigned in Braze to the same user as external_user_id.

The recommendation would be to insert code after the user authenticates that sends a people.set operation to the $braze_external_id property with the string value so it is stored in the Mixpanel profile. This could be when they sign up (or just log in if they already had an account). By setting the property each time the user authenticates you would ensure users who have signed up previous to this code changes also have it.

If you are planning to also enable sending engagement events from Braze to Mixpanel, and the Braze external_user_id differs from the user_id you identify the user with in Mixpanel, you can also alias the Braze external_user_id to the distinct_id you identify users with after they authenticate. Often times, you use the same user ID for both the external_user_id in Braze, and the ID you identify with in Mixpanel, so in that case, aliasing would not be needed.

Note: SDK versions older than Android v5.9.6, Swift: v2.10.4, and Objective-C: v3.9.2 automatically created both the profile property and the alias mentioned above. This has since been deprecated due to possible ID management issues in some use cases, so on the SDK versions cited (or above), you should set the $braze_external_id profile property and alias when applicable.

Braze Events into Mixpanel & MTU exemptions

You can export events from your Braze integration to Mixpanel to perform deeper analysis. For detailed instructions on how to do this, please refer to Braze’s Technology Partner’s documentation.

Events coming from Braze are marked with the property "$partner_id".

Mixpanel will exempt certain messaging outreach events from MTU calculations, meaning you're free to send campaigns to dormant users without them counting towards MTU billing (only once a user engages with a message will they then be counted towards that tally).

The following events are exempt from MTU calculations:

  • Canvas Entry
  • Email Send
  • Email Delivery
  • Email Bounce
  • Email Soft Bounce
  • Email Mark As Spam
  • Email Unsubscribe
  • Push Notification Send
  • Push Notification Bounce
  • Webhook Send
  • SMS Send
  • SMS Delivery
  • SMS Delivery Failure
  • SMS Rejection
  • SMS Send to Carrier
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