But Your Data Is Fine, Trust Me ...
Data … that great big, hairy gorilla in marketing departments all across the globe. We have Legacy Data, Subscriber Data, Third-Party Data, Business Data, Personal Data, Master Data, Sales Data, Reference Data, Privacy Data, etc., etc., ad nauseum. Now, during the last few years, the latest and greatest—Big Data and its cousin SoMoBi (SocialMobileBig) data have entered the fray enough to make everyone's head spin.
No matter what you want to call it though, it just boils down to simple information. Information all you marketers crave. Information about your customer, your prospects, your products, your competitors and the trends that will steer you to hitting those numbers in the next and future fiscal quarters.
There is just so much of it, you say? No one here knows what to do with it, I hear? Every department controls a piece of it and refuses to share, is the excuse?
Maybe true. But, with a little time, effort and—of course—some of those ever-scarce budget dollars, you can create an environment where the grain can be separated from the chaff to build a healthy and robust universal silo of data which will benefit and streamline the efforts of every area of your organization efficiently and profitably.
There is no cookie-cutter data model for the business needs of every organization, despite the host of plug-and-play database tools and marketing automation processes available today. The information that makes your business research and marketing program successful is likely to be much different from what works for even your closest competitor.
At the core, your primary contact data for customers and prospects needs to be acquired and maintained as strictly as possible. My good friend, Bernice Grossman, along with fellow direct marketing legend Ruth Stevens, have a whitepaper I always refer to when providing guidance to anyone striving to establish or reorganize the variety of information that quickly begins to accumulate from different sources, in multiple disparate formats. Written as a guide for B-to-B organizations, the reasons and methodologies hold true for B-to-C. Even with the changes in data availability and the explosive growth of social data availability in the industry during the last few years, the white paper addresses the core data requirements for contact and communication.
Vince Pickett has 30 years of direct marketing data management expertise across multiple channels and industry verticals, utilizing a wide variety of management and analytic tools for both B-to-B and B-to-C success. Pickett has seen award-winning excellence and the good, the bad and the ugliest of practices used by clients where he and his teams have built or come to the rescue of client organizations. In his career with several service provider companies or as an independent consultant, Pickett advocates for clients to maintain the highest standards of complete and accurate information for every customer, prospect or lead being maintained within the marketing database. Above all else, clean data provides every marketer with the foundation needed to segment accurately for the most efficient programs that provide the greatest ROI.
This blog will look at recent findings, review the latest breakthroughs, ask questions about topics of debate and talk with industry leaders about what is on their minds. It will also, as the title suggests, keep things not quite so serious all the time.
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