Stories

Introduction

SeekWell's Stories let you write narratives about your data using SQL. Think of it as an always up-to-date Wall Street Journal article about your company automatically refreshed and delivered to your inbox daily. For example, using this SQL:

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You can write a story like this:

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Hitting = allows you to access all your SQL results and add them to the Story. The output is rendered below the editor as you type. You can format the Story (e.g. H1, H2, bold, etc.) and add HTML and JavaScript snippets.

Stories are great for short regular updates (e.g. daily metrics) or alerts (e.g. a canceled subscription). Stories can be shared via email, Slack, or in SeekWell Dashboards. Get started here.

Demo

Please pardon the "SQL query" phrase, that's what I get for going off script

Adding data (single data points)

Let's break this down a bit. Once you hit = you'll see all saved query results with exactly one row (Note: to save a result, simply title the block). Press return or click to select a data point and it will be added into the story.

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Adding Formulas and Javascript

You can do math (including references to data points) within the Story using double curly braces, {{2 + 2}} or logic (1 < 2) ? 'down' : 'up'

This will render .30239, see "Formatting" below to clean that up
This will render .30239, see "Formatting" below to clean that up

You can also condition on single data points by adding the single data point (see above) inside double curly braces, such as {{("total_sales"."sales_this_week" > "total_sales"."sales_last_week") ? 'up' : 'down'}}. If you had a block titled "total_sales" with columns "sales_this_week" and "sales_last_week", then this would render as 'up' when sales_this_week> sales_last_week, and 'down' otherwise.

JavaScript and HTML is allowed within braces, so you can get pretty wild:

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If 2 is greater than 1 then we celebrate! {{2 > 1 ? `<img height="200" src="https://media.giphy.com/media/doPrWYzSG1Vao/giphy.gif">` : '<img src="https://media.giphy.com/media/14aUO0Mf7dWDXW/giphy.gif">'}}

But if 2 is less than 3 we failed 😞{{2 > 3 ? `<img src="https://media.giphy.com/media/doPrWYzSG1Vao/giphy.gif">` : '<img src="https://media.giphy.com/media/14aUO0Mf7dWDXW/giphy.gif">'}}

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If you're new to JavaScript, the main thing you'll want to understand is how the conditional operator works. In short, the JavaScript code: value > 100 ? 'yes' : 'no' translates to: IF value > 100 THEN 'yes' ELSE 'no'

Formatting

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You can format results in SQL as a string, however, you won't be able to do math on those results while writing a Story

Commas

{{(1000000).toLocaleString()}} 

Currency

${{(1000000).toLocaleString()}}
OR
{{"$"+(1000000).toLocaleString()}}

Rounding

{{Math.round(1.1)}}

Round with decimal

{{(1.12523).toFixed(2)}}

Percents

{{Math.round(.3*100)}}%

Links

{{`<a href="https://example.com" target="_blank">Click here!</a>`}}

Images / GIFs

{{`<img height="200" src="https://media.giphy.com/media/doPrWYzSG1Vao/giphy.gif">`}}

Adding Tables / Blocks

You can add the results of any existing block to a Story. Make sure you've titled the block you want to add, it won't show up in the autocomplete otherwise. This is currently limited to 20 rows and 20 columns, contact us if you need more.

  1. Type = and start typing the title of your block
  2. To delete a block, highlight a cell in the table to bring up the menu and click the "Table X" icon (last button in image below)
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Add charts from Google Sheets

  1. Click "Publish chart" from the menu on the chart
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  3. Select "Image" as the type
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  5. Copy the link
  6. Replace YOUR_LINK_HERE with your link in the snippet below:
  7. {{`<img height="200" src="YOUR_LINK_HERE">`}}

Slack Mentions

You can mentions uses with <@userId> or <!here>