4 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Messy Garage of Data Before 2013
Though many of us may still be scratching our heads and wondering what happened to summer, we're already kicking off Q4 and it will be 2013 before we know it. As you look ahead to meet revenue targets, you're undoubtedly lining up some killer content, planning timely outreach around this falls' in-person events, preparing the perfect cross-channel marketing calendar and perhaps designing some targeted direct mail. But before you launch one more landing page, don't forget to address what's driving all of your activity: your marketing database.
Marketing data are at the core of each of your marketing initiatives, and Q4 is a great time to get your data ducks in a row to ensure you're set up for success when the weather starts to cool down and into next year. Here are four database tips to make sure that you don't fall behind your goals this October:
1. Run an Analysis of Your Quality Situation
Your marketing database is full of contacts from various sources, including registration forms, data vendors, trade shows and other activity. The problem with this data is that it changes as often as the seasons. Consider this:
- By this time last fall, nearly 48 percent of the workforce changed jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- NetProspex phone-validation research shows that the lifespan of any given business contact is typically two years.
- That information you're collecting from whitepaper landing pages? About 88 percent of buyers admitted to giving incorrect profile information on registration forms, according to Janrain and Blue Research.
For marketers, this means hard bounces, inaccurate job titles and out-of-date phone information for your upcoming marketing campaigns. Is poor data threatening the success of your marketing results? Finding the current state of your marketing database is critical to making the right decision about data hygiene and start removing dead data.