4 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Messy Garage of Data Before 2013October 31, 2012 By Maribeth Ross
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For marketers, this means hard bounces, inaccurate job titles and out-of-date phone information for your upcoming marketing campaigns.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.
2. Lose the Extra Weight.
Similar to the beach chairs and floaties that may still be cluttering the garage, your marketing database can often fill up with … well … junk. Are you aware of the targeting patterns across your database? Ensure that the profile of your prospects matches the profile of your target buyers and influencers. In other words, get rid of the records in your database that will not help you make a sale. You'll want to segment your marketing database—and perhaps get rid of some data sets—to enable you to deliver the most compelling message to your audiences.