Scrape Data from AliBaba

Extracting data from e-commerce portals like Alibaba can open up a host of opportunities for competitors, market research firms and price comparison websites. Being one of the leading e-commerce portals out there, the product catalog of the site is enormous and open to anyone looking to extract the data. However, getting hold of the data available on AliBaba might turn out to be a challenge if you lack the right resources and manpower required to carry out web scraping. Outsourcing your AliBaba data requirement to a dedicated data provider like PromptCloud will relieve you of the complexities in web crawling.

Scrape alibabaKey benefits of our web crawling solution

PromptCloud offers fully customizable web data extraction solution that’s scalable enough to cater to the data requirements of large enterprises. Quality and consistency are of prime importance as far as web crawling is concerned. Although there are DIY tools and the option of scraping via in-house resources, there are many key differentiators that set us apart in the big data space. Here are some:

Fully customizable

Not every website is made alike and there’s just no one size fits all tool to scrape websites. This is why we have built an infrastructure that is flexible and customizable according to our clients’ varied requirements. This level of customization makes it possible to crawl sites that use complex and dynamic coding practices.

Multiple data delivery options

We understand that the consumption of data is done differently across organizations. This is why we deliver the data in multiple popular formats like JSON, CSV and XML via REST API The data can also be delivered to Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3 or your own FTP server. With such a host of delivery options to choose from, consuming the data should be a cakewalk.

Fully managed solution

The biggest challenge with web crawling is the maintenance of the crawler setup. Since websites keep getting updated on a constant basis, there should be a prompt monitoring system in place to look out for the site changes that can affect the data retrieval. We handle this with an automated monitoring system that sends out alerts upon detection of site changes. The crawler setup is promptly modified to ensure continued functioning of the extraction task. Since we take end-to-end responsibility of the web crawling process, you get the data you need without any interruptions.

High quality structured data

The quality of the delivered data should be one of the biggest priorities when it comes to web data extraction. This is because the data quality can make or break your data project. At PromptCloud, we process the data using refining mechanisms like deduplication, noise cleansing and structuring. The output is clean, structured data of top notch quality.

What you can do with data extracted from AliBaba

Web data has the potential to help businesses fill the intelligence gap in the organization. Here are some things you can do with the data extracted from AliBaba.

Fuel your price comparison engine

Price comparison engines need data to compare and display it to the users and AliBaba being one of the most popular ecommerce destinations, it makes sense to include AliBaba in your price comparison portal.

Cataloging

If you are an Ecommerce website, it goes without saying how important cataloging is to your business.  An updated and comprehensive product catalog is crucial for dominating the ecommerce market. You can easily use web crawling to fetch data from the catalogs of your competitors which in turn helps you identify new categories and products that should be included in your ecommerce portal.

Analyses

If you are a market research firm or a manufacturer trying to gain insights from the consumer’s side, extracting reviews and ratings data from Alibaba can help you. Since these reviews are user generated content, you get a clear picture about how consumers are perceiving a particular brand or product. This information can be used in improving the existing products and coming up with new ones to cater to a rising demand.

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Software Engineer – Full time

We’re a team of high-tech Engineers working on fresh big data problems. An integral part of our offerings is web-scale crawl and extraction using cloud computing and machine learning techniques. We’re on a quest for innovative ways to solve the business problems of data acquisition and normalization on the web. Our vision is to make PromptCloud a one-stop brand for data and our growth is geared towards that.
Where we are at PromptCloud- We are a bootstrapped company in the mid-growth phase and are planning to quickly expand (not much in terms of personnel) but heavily with respect to the solutions we can provide to big data problems in the market. We started off with international clients and we have pretty much covered the globe at that.

What PromptCloud expects for this role:

– Sound knowledge of Algorithms and OOP concepts
– Proficiency with Linux/Unix (required)
– Knowledge of any one of the scripting languages – Ruby/Perl/Python
– Graduated from a tier-1 college (IITs, NITs, IIITs, BITs) or you’re dead smart to blow us away with your tech skills
– 1 to 3 years of industry experience in a tech role
– Prior experience with a startup or Big Data technologies is a plus
– Prior exposure to web technologies, Rails, Django is a plus
– Energy and passion for working in a growing company
– Sense of ownership and attention to detailsDevOps experience
– An entrepreneurial and experimental mindset

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

Ruby on Rails Developer – Full time

We’re a team of high-tech Engineers working on fresh big data problems. An integral part of our offerings is web-scale crawl and extraction using cloud computing and machine learning techniques. We’re on a quest for innovative ways to solve the business problems of data acquisition and normalization on the web. Our vision is to make PromptCloud a one-stop brand for data and our growth is geared towards that.
Where we are at PromptCloud- We are a bootstrapped company in the mid-growth phase and are planning to quickly expand (not much in terms of personnel) but heavily with respect to the solutions we can provide to big data problems in the market. We started off with international clients and we have pretty much covered the globe at that.

We’re looking for a Ruby on Rails developer to take over various responsibilities in design and development of rails application. The role involves client side as well as server side expertise.

What PromptCloud expects for this role:

– At least 1-2 year experience working with Ruby on Rails (or Django) and MVC
– Experience working with HTML5, CSS3, JS, jQuery, AJAX, and other web technologies
– Experience working with Linux
– UI/UX Design and front end development experience
– Ability to write well-abstracted, reusable code for various UI components
– Should be willing to work independently and take end-to-end ownership with minimal guidance
– Excellent time-management, multi-tasking, communication and interpersonal skills.
– Must have great design and good documentation skills

Applicants having the following skills will be given preference:

– Knowledge of open source tools such as Firebug, Chrome developer tools
– Experience working with Twitter Bootstrap & Node.JS
– Work independently and end-to-end with minimal guidance
– Ability to write well-abstracted, reusable code
– Excellent time-management, multi-tasking, communication and interpersonal skills
– Must have great design and good documentation skills

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

DevOps Engineer – Full time

We’re a team of high-tech Engineers working on fresh big data problems. An integral part of our offerings is web-scale crawl and extraction using cloud computing and machine learning techniques. We’re on a quest for innovative ways to solve the business problems of data acquisition and normalization on the web. Our vision is to make PromptCloud a one-stop brand for data and our growth is geared towards that.
Where we are at PromptCloud- We are a bootstrapped company in the mid-growth phase and are planning to quickly expand (not much in terms of personnel) but heavily with respect to the solutions we can provide to big data problems in the market. We started off with international clients and we have pretty much covered the globe at that.

Responsibilities:

– Ensure 100% availability and reliability of our service,
– Help the company make optimized infrastructural choices.
– Create and implement tools that manage infrastructure.
– Work independently and end-to-end with minimal guidance.

Skills:
On the system side
– Experience with Puppet/Chef/Ansible, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Git, Graphite and related tools for large-scale systems management
– Experience working with linux system monitoring and analysis
– Good understanding of distributed computing environments
– Open to working non-standard hours in critical situations
– Replication of databases (both relational or NoSQL) across geographical regions using various consistency models
– Experience with package management systems such as APT or RPM
On the development side
– Basic coding/scripting ability in Ruby, Python or any other scripting language
– Write clean, elegant and reusable OO code. This is not a sysadmin job.
– Ability to write well-abstracted, reusable code and good documentation skills
– Some understanding of REST and other web technologies is a plus.
– The ideal candidate for this position should have good attention to details, along with excellent time-management, multi-tasking, communication and interpersonal skills.

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

Marketing Manager – Full time

PromptCloud is looking for a growth hacker to take over responsibilities in developing and executing strategic marketing programs to meet growth objectives, develop market awareness and communicate client results. The analyst works with the Digital and Inbound Marketing Manager and other business segment executives, product management and sales leadership in supporting sales tools to attract, win and retain clients. Essentially, this profile touches all aspects of marketing and business development, thus evolving into being a successful growth-in-charge for the organization.
He/she partners with all functions within marketing as well as key external departments to drive successful, cross-functional marketing and sales initiatives and contributes towards the successful development and maintenance of key performance indicators that lead PromptCloud to 5x growth in the next 3 years.

Desired Skills and Experience:
– Tech (CS) along with an MBA degree from a top B-school
– Minimum 2 years of experience in a marketing/business analyst role
– Good experience in top and bottom level funnels
– Strong business acumen, highly developed analytical skills and recognized for innovative and creative approaches to problem solving
– Inherent empathy for the customer
– Highly professional written and verbal communication skills, along with interpersonal skills
– Hands-on experience with blogging, copywriting, content marketing & PR
– Experience in social media marketing (planning and execution) is a plus
– Experience working with a B2B/enterprise startup is a big plus
– Excellent time-management, multi-tasking and interpersonal skill

Responsibilities include:
– Understanding PromptCloud’s technology well as you progress, and using it to ideate on marketing strategies across geographies
– Performing timely market researches driven towards opening newer marketing and revenue channels that would directly affect technology roadmap (essentially growth hacking) and tracking various growth and marketing initiatives using key metrics customized to PromptCloud’s environment.
– Growing a community of big data enthusiasts on social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter, and the technology ecosystem, and prospecting within the group
– Coordinating with vendors on collated improvements to company website via A/B testing, etc. and maintaining the same
– Collaborating with the SEO team on launching and monitoring PPC campaigns
– Creating content for various online and offline channels, and further coordinating with vendors towards this goal
– Publicizing content generated on various online and offline channels, as deemed appropriate with regular research
– Taking end-to-end ownership of tasks with moderate to minimal guidance.

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

(This position is currently inactive, you can still apply if you’re interested.)

PromptCloud is looking for an ambitious content marketing all-rounder who would be responsible for writing well-researched and informative content for the blog, website and other marketing collateral. The person should be an auto-pilot and self- thinker and have strong convictions along with efficient proofreading and paraphrasing skills. There will be a steep learning. As a company, we like to work with people who are smarter than their years, fast learners, and quick thinkers. Responsibility-shirkers need not apply. This is an amazing place to grow rapidly and make a real impact. If you’re someone who doesn’t tolerate low expectations, then you might be the right person for our team.

Job Responsibilities:
– Responsible for generating new opportunities: key business function is prospecting new accounts and also to manage and execute research activities as required to compile successful campaign target lists.
– Responsible for segmenting and identifying qualified outbound leads via various communication channels through in-depth understanding of their use case.
– He/she will assist in expanding the company’s database of prospects.
– He/she will be responsible for retargeting of outbound leads and launching various client-nurturing campaigns and account management including up-sell and cross sell.
– He/she will be responsible for arranging various outbound campaigns for increasing brand awareness and revenue.
Establish annual, quarterly, monthly, or weekly sales and collection plans and prioritize and schedule own –
activities so these targets are met.
– Responsible for responding to RFPs and other queries from outbound leads.
– Advising customers on forthcoming product developments and discussing special promotions.
– Understand PromptCloud’s technology well enough.

Desired skills and experience:
– Should be an MBA with a tech background.
– 2 – 4 years of experience in a similar role.
– Experience of software sales/ business development.
– Should be a Techno functional who can map Technology to Business Processes.
– Excellent written skills and ability to communicate well with clients from various geographies.
– Should have experience in handling customer queries.
– Excellent listening skills.
– Ability to understand customer’s industry and core business processes, and then identify the problems they are facing.
– Ability to understand and describe how solutions and features can address the business issues that customers are facing.
– Target focused individual contributor.
– This is an independent role with minimal guidance / interference so give us a shout only if you can ideate as well as execute end to end.

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

(This position is currently inactive, you can still apply if you’re interested.)

Content Writer & Social Media Marketer – Full time

PromptCloud is looking for an ambitious content marketing all-rounder who would be responsible for writing well-researched and informative content for the blog, website and other marketing collateral. The person should be an auto-pilot and self- thinker and have strong convictions along with efficient proofreading and paraphrasing skills. There will be a steep learning. As a company, we like to work with people who are smarter than their years, fast learners, and quick thinkers. Responsibility-shirkers need not apply. This is an amazing place to grow rapidly and make a real impact. If you’re someone who doesn’t tolerate low expectations, then you might be the right person for our team.

Desired Skills and Experience:
– Excellent written communication skills
– 1-2 years of full-time experience with content writing
– Should have exposure in public writing, blogs
– High attention to detail
– Hands-on experience with blogging, copywriting, content marketing & PR
– A good hang of the nuances of English language and grammar rules
– Experience in social media marketing (planning and execution) is a big plus
– Ability to learn and adapt to the latest online marketing trends
– Experience working with a B2B/enterprise startup is a plus
– Excellent time-management, multi-tasking and interpersonal skills

Responsibilities include:
– Writing engaging content for the blog, website and emails
– Creating newsletters targeted towards a B2B audience
– Generating SEO-friendly content across sources and sharing them on social media channels
– Independently coming up with GREAT content from time to time
– Developing measurable content marketing strategies
– Growing a community of big data enthusiasts on social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter
– Understanding PromptCloud’s technology well as you progress
– Taking end-to-end ownership of tasks with moderate to minimal guidance
– Should have understanding of promotion of own articles on various platforms
– Should be familiar with keyword research and ROI on content in terms of visitors, likes, comments, leads etc
– Take ownership of on-page SEO and content promotion on various platforms including but not limited to blogs, forums and social media sites
– Have a basic understanding of Google webmaster and Analytics
– Assist in content strategy and keyword strategy to increase traffic for the website
– In-depth knowledge of and enthusiasm for social media along with demonstrated awareness of social media trends/developments
– Ability to work in a fast-moving and team-oriented environment
This is an independent role with minimal guidance / interference so give us a shout only if you can ideate as well as execute end to end.

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

(This position is currently inactive, you can still apply if you’re interested.)