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You wouldn’t forget to clean your socks, so why not clean your data?

Data degrades over time. Our latest global research indicates that organisations suspect that an average of 30% of their customer / prospect data is inaccurate. Unless individuals (customers, citizens, staff, supporters) actively update their data on a regular basis, there will clearly be a degradation in usefulness and value of that data. In some cases, this fall in quality may lead to an increase in potential risk, which could lead to brand damage or regulatory action.

So, what can organisations do if they can’t be certain that everyone in their databases will regularly update their information if, for example, they move home, get a new mobile number or experience a family bereavement?  There are a number of simple steps you can take to remove this risk.  Here’s a roundup…

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Is poor data quality holding your organisation back?

Welcome to a new series of blogs we’re calling ‘back to basics’. I’ll be aiming to unpick the nitty gritty of data quality and, in simple terms, explain why it’s so critical to organisations, both large and small if they want to stay ahead of the curve. 

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Get yourself a customer for life this holiday period

I love online shopping. I wish I had a pound for every hour I’ve ever spent browsing shopping apps or online stores, looking for deals or unique items; I’d spend those pounds on more shopping. We are now less than a month away from Black Friday, the busiest shopping event of the year where millions of Brits will be jumping online to snap up limited-time-only offers.

Having accurate data. Or more specifically, making sure the data you already have is accurate and up to date and that the new data you’re collecting – address, email and mobile – is captured accurately.

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Eircode: why a short code can make a big difference

Charlotte Hill 5 minute read Address validation

Interestingly up until July 2015, Ireland was one of the few developed nations without a postal code system. So the need for more accurate address data was pretty clear and that’s why Eircode was created. It’s a brand new advanced postcode system which can locate every home and business address in Ireland. With Eircode you can locate every individual address in the country using a single code at the end of a current address, like postcodes in the UK, helping to accurately direct mail and services to Irish addresses.

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Global Intuitive - a worldwide buying experience for a worldwide customer base

Rebecca Hennessy 3 minute read Address validation

People today are used to a certain level of ease in their online buying experience. In particular, they expect processes to be completed as fast as possible, in as few steps as possible. In a recent study. 25% of consumers said they found the average website navigation too complicated and 20% claimed it took too long.

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Addresses, Addresses & more Addresses

Paul Malyon 4 minute read Address validation, Data quality

“Why is my new home not on ‘Grocery Website X’? I can’t get my shopping delivered!”

“Why do I keep getting the water bill for the flat downstairs?” (Or on the flip side, “Why am I not getting any water bills?”)

To solve these problems, Royal Mail offer two additional datasets that enhance the Postcode Address File - PAF®

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When location goes wrong

Location and address are really important for so many different tasks that we sometimes take it for granted. In fact, we only really think about it when it goes wrong... and when it comes to address data, a small mistake can have a big impact

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