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June 4, 2014
Ruth Stevens 5 Steps to Customer Data Hygiene: It's Not Sexy, But it's Essential
By Ruth Stevens
Are you happy with the quality of the information in your marketing database? Probably not. A new report from NetProspex confirms: 64% of company records in the database of a typical B2B marketer have no phone number attached. Pretty much eliminates phone as a reliable communications medium, doesn't it? And 88% are missing basic firmographic data, like industry, revenue or employee size-so profiling and segmentation is pretty tough. In fact, Netprospex report concluded that 84% of B2B marketing databases are "barely functional." Yipes. So, what can you do about it?

This is not a new problem. Dun & Bradstreet reports regularly on how quickly B2B data degrades. Get this: every year, in the U.S., business postal addresses change at a rate of 20.7%. If your [...]

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