Open Enrollment | Subscribe to Target Marketing HERE
Connect
Follow us on
Advertisement
 

Do You Know Your Data? 5 Data Governance Questions Every Marketer Should Ask, and Their Answers

July 6, 2012 By Peg Kuman
Get the Flash Player to see this rotator.
 
This is the first in a three-part series of tips and takeaways from DMA's Institute for Data Governance and Certification. The new, three-day certification course will be held first on July 18-20, 2012, at DMA's NYC seminar center. Check back next week for Part 2 on privacy policies.

Consider this: As marketers, we are living in a time of drastic change. We are migrating from a push marketing world to a pull marketing world. As that happens, new forces and factors will create new, innovative opportunities for marketers and new, more restrictive points of view from regulators. 

What to do? For starters, you must employ best practices in all that you do in using, sourcing, storing and managing data. 

Answer these five questions and think about what you do that's not so good, what you allow that's pretty risky, and how much you know about your data use: 

  1. Have you ever sent customer data via email?
  2. Have you ever received client data via email?
  3. Do you know the differences between how digital markers define personally identifiable information (PII), and how offline marketers define PII?
  4. Does your company have an information security policy? Does it address marketing data flow?
  5. Have you ever read the policy?

Your answers to these questions will define how you should change, improve or enhance your practices:

1. You should NEVER send any customer information via email.

2. You should NEVER allow clients to send any of their data or information via email—not a sample, not for a test, not for a free analysis. Plain email attachments are not secure. Zipping doesn't cut it. You should and can transmit data via secure portals, secure FTP, and when dealing with any sensitive data, you should require encryption.

3. Digital marketers define everything as PII, even names and postal address. They live in a world of complete disclosure, transparency and opt-out. Offline marketers also live in a world of complete disclosure, transparency and opt-out. However, they define PII as information that can do you harm, either by theft or by violating personal privacy. Some examples include: social security numbers, health-related information specific to the individual, and bank and financial information.

 

Companies Mentioned:

SPONSORED CONTENT

MORE ON DATABASE, LISTS AND CRM >>

FROM THE BOOKSTORE

Written by Millennials about Millennials, Cause for Change: Examines how Millennials communicate, volunteer, take action, influence their peers, and choose to give their time and moneyExplains how Millennials view their role in the workplace, and how their approach is re-shaping nonprofit culture from within Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement

Written by Millennials about Millennials, Cause for Change:
Examines how Millennials communicate, volunteer, take action, influence their peers, and choose to give their time and moneyExplains how Millennials view their role in the workplace, and how their approach is re-shaping nonprofit culture from within...

ORDER NOW

Reading The Ultimate  Insider’s Guide to Winning Foundation Grants is like peeking at someone’s  secret diary or personal email.  You feel  guilty.  This is privileged information.
Only in this case Martin Teitel WANTS to reveal everything  to you. A
 long-time foundation CEO, he’s fed up with the smoke and mirrors of  
grant seeking. Ultimate Insider's Guide to Winning Foundation Grants

Reading The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Winning Foundation Grants is like peeking at someone’s secret diary or personal email. You feel guilty. This is privileged information. Only in this case Martin Teitel WANTS to reveal everything to you. A long-time foundation CEO, he’s fed up with the smoke and mirrors of...

ORDER NOW

 

COMMENTS

Click here to leave a comment...
Comment *
Most Recent Comments: