Amazon SNS reviews from startup founders

3 reviews by founders
Nov. 4, 2015

Our product is hosted on AWS, so it was a no-brainer to use their push notification service, Amazon SNS. We use it for high-volume messaging within the product. And we send all transactional emails (e.g., password resets, account confirmations, bills, etc.) through Amazon as well. The transactional emails are just there, so there was no need to go to another product, like Mandrill.

Alex Cote

Founder & CMO - Cloze

Sept. 11, 2015

We have occasionally used Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), but so far we've been growing by word of mouth.

Alex Taub

Co-founder - SocialRank

Aug. 27, 2015

Within Amazon Web Services, we use Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) for push notifications.

John Papadakis

Founder & CEO - Pollfish

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Amazon SNS - Best Developer Tools for Startups

One tool within the Amazon Web Services arsenal, Amazon SNS (Simple Notification Service) is a messaging service that allows you to send bulk messages to large groups of recipients on a number of different platforms, including mobile devices, email and any HTTP endpoint. Amazon SNS has no upfront costs and its push notifications are particularly cheap ($0.50 for 1 million notifications), making it a cost-effective way to reach your users on their device of choice. The platform does come with a couple caveats: First, it requires a bit of setup--both from a technical standpoint and from a security perspective; and second, because Amazon SNS is so low-cost, a lot of spammers take advantage of it, so Amazon will put you on temporary probation if something about your account seems fishy.

How startups use Amazon SNS?

As an email marketing platform, Amazon SNS is dirt cheap compared to other email marketing options like MailChimp and SendGrid, which makes it popular among early-stage startups that are strapped for cash, and even large growth companies that want to send millions of emails a month without spending a fortune.

How much does Amazon SNS cost?

Amazon charges differently depending on the type of message you want to send, including back-end services like SQS queries and Lambda functions, but its most popular options for communicating with customers are push notifications and email. Push notifications cost $0.50 per 1 million, and emails go for $2 per 100,000. SNS also offers a free plan for the first year, with a limit of 1 million push notifications and 1,000 email notifications per month.

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