January 15, 2021

Table + real time data = ✨  magic ✨

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It's 2021 and as the saying goes, new year, new features. We're excited to introduce Sources, a brand new feature currently in beta, as well as share some of the wonderful feedback we've incorporated this month πŸ₯°

Meet Sources

The Clay table experience has been described by many of you as ✨magic✨, but sometimes finding the data source to get started is half the battle (and without frequent bulk imports, data can quickly become stale).

‍Meet Sources, real time data in your table. Sources are designed to stream in data that's important to you, as it happens on the web and in your tools. Pull in historical data, subscribe to changes on the web or periodically pull in the latest from your analytics and CRM.

Curious? Check out this quick Loom explaining where you can find Sources, how to set one up, and documentation on configuration.
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And here's a list of early examples you can now do with Sources:

  • Stream in all followers of a specific Twitter user or all tweets containing specific keywords.
  • Stream in all stargazers of your Github repository or mentions of a specific technology.
  • Stream in your last interactions with customers in Slack or all members for a given workspace.
  • Sync with existing databases and CRMs (including Airtable).


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For the tinkerers: We're experimenting with rollups and pivot tables internally and would love to show you how you create more customized high level analytics on your data using Sources.

πŸ’Œ For the adventurous: Sources you'd like to see that we don't currently support? Request it here!

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πŸ” The view from above

We always appreciate your feedback and have some refreshed interactions for views to share that won't disappoint.

  • Exporting a table now maintains the view's column ordering
  • Delete or rename views that you aren't currently in from the dropdown menu
  • See the view you are currently working from in the dropdown menu

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🎬 Lights, camera, action

  • Actions and formulas can now be filtered by whether or not they returned data
  • Check if a store is Shopify-hosted without also pulling in all of the store data using our new, simplified Check Shopify Status action.

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🧹 House cleaning

We're continuing to clean up little bugs here and there that make all the difference, most notably:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented users from seeing the bottom of the menu when adding a new column.
  • Fixed a bug when copying and pasting multiple cells in a table.


Stay tuned for more exciting changes from the Clay team coming soon and, as always, for any suggestions, comments or questions find us at friends@clay.run!

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December 23, 2020

πŸ₯‚ Clay in 2020

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We're feeling nostalgic here at Clay and wanted to reach out one last time this year to say a huge thank you and happy holidays β€” you've played an important part in molding Clay so far and we have a lot of new things in store for 2021.

2020 was a big year for us! Here are a few highlights from the last 12 months ✨

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πŸ“ Page to table

We introduced the Clay Chrome Extension β€” hard to believe we started the year without this fan favorite. Β No more copying and pasting from countless tabs or writing custom scrapers. Whether it's lists of people and companies from directories, search engines or any information on any website, we helped you turn pages of unstructured data into structured data directly, with a couple clicks.

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πŸ€“ Formulas rule everything around me

One of the most powerful features in any table (and my personal favorite!) is the ability to calculate numerical information and create conditional statements using formulas. Clay's new Formula column brought a whole new meaning to moldable software.

🌟  You'll find our cheat sheet to get up to speed right here.

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πŸ—’οΈ A leg up to start up

We introduced an early library of templates, based on some of our communities best workflow enrichments. Built to help you get started adding structure and data to your workspace, there is more to come! Keep your eyes peeled.

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🎬 Actions galore

We added 100+ actions to our ever growing library this year that helped teams track Shopify SKUs, pull data from social media sites like Twitter and Instagram, find emails for relevant employees at prospect companies, and sync straight to their systems of record, whether Hubspot, Airtable or more. See our full list of integrations right here.

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πŸƒ Stop. Drop. Run.

And last but not least β€” we introduced new action trigger settings to differentiate which rows run in your table and when. Whether you want to configure a whole table to run on a specific schedule, or only upon the click a button, our new run settings were designed to help you feel more in control.

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On top of the old, we wanted to share a bit of the new. In the new year, we'll be sending exciting updates as we ramp up on a whole host of new developments. A few highlights from the last sprint of the year...

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β˜„οΈ Blazing fast

In the past, some 3rd party APIs strict rate limiting meant that large tables could take hours to complete. With changes in store to significantly speed up run times, we will continue to improve actions' performances into the new year.


πŸ› Bug fixes

As the end of the year draws to a close, we looked back at how much we've evolved in the last twelve months. While we pride ourselves on shipping fast, a few bugs have crept up that just won't do.

Here's a list of things we fixed:

  • Fixed a bug that reordered columns when creating a new view.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing Clay's enrichment actions to return partial data.
  • Fixed a crash when mapping to fields twice in a row.
  • Fixed a bug when running a subset of formula rows.
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πŸ¦‹ UI improvements

We're working towards having Clay feeling so fresh and so clean, and appreciate the feedback you've shared.

Some rough edges that have been tidied up:

  • Smooth date picker when filtering records by date.
  • A simple switch for action inputs that require a simple yes or no.
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πŸŒ€ Coming soon...

While the Clay table filling itself has been described by many of you as magic, we think there's even more magic in getting rid of bulk imports that can be tedious and leave you with stale data. Our new feature Sources will allow you to stream in data thats important to you as it happens β€” pull in all historical records and subscribe to new for anything imaginable.

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And, on that note, thank you for being a brilliant Claymaster. We hope you have happy holidays and a relaxing transition into a brand new year! It's going to be a good one.

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