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Data profiling: 100% accurate data? It’s a Hoax (And here’s why)

Data Profiling isn’t your average, “get that information and be done with it” type of job. The main reason why some companies offer Database it’s because they know that some companies will have a hard time in getting information over the net. And that’s because some business owners aren’t good at computers. But that’s only some.

When you think about it, 100% accurate can be tempting. The fact that you’ll be given a list that is somewhat perfect is a dream come true. But don’t let it fool you because it’s a hoax. To be honest, No one can give off a 100% data, not even experienced Researcher.

That 100% accurate data they are saying is just for attention, so that they can have has many views as possible, and what’s more is that some might even find it appealing. Who wouldn’t go for that 100%, when some companies can only offer 90% or 95% accurate lists.

100% Accurate Data? IT’S A HOAX!

There’s no such thing as 100% accurate data, just like there’s no such thing as magic. But of course, there’s such thing as ghost and demons. But let’s not dwell on that and focus why I said 100% Accurate Data is a hoax.

As an experienced Online Researcher, I could honestly say that. The only time you are given a 100% accurate list, is if you pay much more than what we ask of you. If you pay us below, you’ll be given only 50% accurate lists, and if you pay us by our asking price, you’ll receive 90%.

The truth is, our performance is based on how much our clients can give us. Even if it’s little, we will do the work 100%, but we won’t check whether some information is correct. But here at ContactDB, we put 100% of our time to finish the list on time.

WHAT YOU PAY IS WHAT YOU GET

I’ll be honest with you, give us more than what we ask for, you’ll receive 100% of our work. But if you give us less and treat us as such. Then you’ll be given only 50% accurate lists. But that’s

Is Phone Verification Worthless?

There’s one thing that most Online Researcher finds worthless, and that’s phone verification. You don’t really need to verify incorrect information, in fact, all you just need to do is simply change those incorrect information with what the client asked of you. For example, changing “Manager” to “IT Manager” just so you can finish the list on time.

But of course, I lied when I said “Most Online
Researcher Find it Worthless” Because it isn’t worthless, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Of course, there are some Online Researcher who doesn’t really verify incorrect data over the phone. But mostly, some of the Online Researcher relied on phone call to verify if they got the right information.

There are two types of information in the web, a helpful information and a deceiving one, and these two are the main reason why some Online Researcher will ask for a shorter deadline or a longer one. To be honest, Some Online Researcher knows that some information won’t be useful if it’s inaccurate and outdated. That’s why they are relying on Phone Verification and Email Verification.

IT ISN’T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE (Getting information on the web)

Yes, Information can be found on the web. Most of the information that Online Researcher rely on is basically on the Web. Which means that anyone can be an Online Researcher. But of course, only experienced Researcher are being trusted by some companies, but be cautious, because even though they are experienced, they can also be cunning and somehow unreliable. And trust me when I say this “Always verify their review before trusting them” you will never know if they’ll give you what they promised, Accurate and consistent list.

And also don’t trust what you always see on the internet. Sometimes, it can be deceiving, knowing that some information may be copied and edited and some might be outdated. That’s why some Online Researcher relied on calling that person to ensure they got the right information.

 

Phone verification can also be applied in Data Profiling, Data Verification and Data Cleansing.

3 Reasons Why We Offer a Data Verification Service

No matter what industry you cater, one thing is for sure, you need accurate and consistent information to get your business started, and to get that accurate and consistent information means you need to purchase it or make your own.

And we all know making our own data will take a lot of our time. So the only thing we can do for the time being is, to purchase a data list.

Although there are some companies that sells data, we aren’t quite sure whether these data lists are accurate and consistent. That’s why some are asking for a Verification service, which some database companies offer.

There are reasons why when you purchase a list, companies will also include a replacement service if there’s something wrong with the list you purchase. Of course, there won’t be an additional fee. Because they know that their lists aren’t perfect.

Of course, we also offer a Data Verification Service to our clients that will purchase some of our lists and here’s 5 reasons why we offer it

  1. We know that some of our Data will be inaccurate and inconsistent when we will take it out in our Database.
  2. We always give our best, but sometimes our best isn’t enough, so we try to make it up with our clients by offering them our Data Verification Service free of charge.
  3. By knowing what our clients really want, we can further our services by giving them accurate and consistent lists the next time they ask for a replacement.

When our client purchases a list, we try to make it to the point that every single list is accurate. We feel that our client deserved the best.

Data Profiling 101: Don’t stop searching for what they ask of you

Agreeing to be 100% accurate means suicide for the online researcher, that’s why some online researchers will say what clients wants to hear but gives them only 80% of its work. And the sad part of it, is that within these 80% record lists, some of them are inaccurate and duplicates, which isn’t part of the agreement.

Yes, data profiling isn’t that bad, but still, being an Online Researcher isn’t exactly what you call a trusty career. But of course, being an online researcher means that you can do it at home. But some professionals are doing it as a part-time job for extra income, which is perfectly fine if it won’t disturb your primary job.

But the main point to this Blog/Article is that, why do we have to make a perfectly made lists if they will only buy it for a low price? Well, if you think about it. Yes, they will pay you like .50 to 2 dollars per record, and it’s a lot for someone who’s just doing it as a part-time. The reason why clients pay you low or below what you are expecting is that, they know some of the Online Researchers will only give them inaccurate and duplicate lists.

Searching for the right information can help you get better results as well as getting a name in the marketing industry and here’s some tips for you, in order to attain/obtain a name in the marketing industry.

GIVING OFF ACCURATE LISTS CAN HELP YOU GET MORE CLIENT

Accurate lists are what makes businesses grow, without accurate data’s, some businesses will have a hard time launching their business in the marketing industry. But if you give off accurate list, they’ll surely recommend you to another company that is looking for a list to help them launch with a positive result.

YOUR PRICING SHOULD JUST BE ENOUGH TO BE NEGOTIATED

What clients often seek are how much does your records/lists cost. If your price is too much, then no clients will ask for your lists, even if its 100% accurate. But if your pricing is just enough to be negotiated, your clients will lend their ears to you.

DON’T STOP SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT INFORMATION

Some data’s aren’t easy to find. Some information might take you, three to five minutes before you find the right one. It will take up your time, but it will be rewarding at the end.

Although some might still doubt your capabilities in online profiling, it doesn’t mean that you should quit. It means that you need to show them that you are the best online researcher there is.

What makes Data purchasing worth every penny

With every purchase, we tend to rethink our decision. Whether or not our decision will be worth every penny we’ve spent. But as time passes by, our way of thinking became more rational. We often hear ourselves ask this type of question “Is this going to help me?” “Will this guarantee my business success?” “Will this last long?”  if we will purchase or not the item we need or want.

When it comes to Data purchasing, we are unaware whether it can help our business grow. We are gambling, whether this data can provide us with useful information or not. But nevertheless, we take on that gamble and with only 50% chance of having a 75% working data, we still push on our gamble to find out whether we can use the 75% of the data we purchase. But nonetheless, we are still trying to find out what makes a data purchasing worth every penny, if we are only given an 75% accurate Data.

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Don’t be Satisfied with Past Information, settle with sufficient and correct Data

When you Data Profile, you need to know how to get the information correctly. It isn’t about just getting all the information on the internet without reviewing it, this may cause confusion for the client once they got the information you provide, if they found out that the information you’ve given is incorrect or out of date.

Many of us might have the same problem regarding in obtaining profiles from the internet. Although you have Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin as a source, it doesn’t mean that it’s accurate enough for you to profile. Some might be a dummy account to cause confusion to Online researcher.

Being satisfied with information that is outdated, isn’t a promising effort to be honest. If you’re satisfied with outdated information, might as well give it for free. You need to know when to say “This is all I could do, I hope this will be enough” when you finished profiling.

Having said this, there are some few things I want to share with you that might help you with Data profiling.

You can’t easily copy and paste the information on the web

Like I said before, copying information that isn’t well studied or well researched and inputting it in your database  can bring chaos in your database. You need to study what you’re searching for before encoding it.

Outdated Data can destroy your database

Data’s which you’ve handed out to clients can be returned with an add on note that some businessman don’t want to receive and that note is, REFUND and REPLACEMENT. And if that happens, you need to go back to all your database and start all over again.

You need to remember three things before inputting the acquire data

  • Company names can change anytime or yearly, so keep an update on every company you’ve encoded in your database
  • C-Level Decision makers doesn’t show their domain and company email in their website or social media page, if you want to get it. You must call them first, and this will be an added work for you
  • You shouldn’t be satisfied if what you searched for came up right away, you need to further analyze the information before you input it in your database

N.T.K about Data Purchasing: Don’t Expect for a perfect Data List (And Here’s Why)

I bet you’re wondering what’s N.T.K  and here what it means Need To Know, and I bet all of you have that same question going through your mind every time you’ll think about purchasing a Data List. “Will it be accurate or Will it be Perfect?” but as an Online Researcher, I could honestly say, “Don’t expect much on your requested list”

Email list or Phone list is essential when you’re into email marketing and telemarketing, without these lists, you’ll be the one searching for it and prepare the necessary adjustment. With that being said, you definitely think about data purchasing, but you also need to know that some of what you’ll ask will not have the same result as you wished and here’s why:

  • Industries in a certain place/country are limited
  • Not all company’s personnel give personal/private information

INDUSTRIES IN A CERTAIN PLACE/COUNTRY ARE LIMITED

Yes, you read that right. There are industries in a certain country that are limited to profile. If you’re lucky, you can get a hundred or more data records. So don’t expect too much of that industry in a certain place, just limit your request into a maximum of 550 records. But if you can ask them how much they can give you, then go for it. But still, don’t expect for it to be a perfect set of Data.

NOT ALL COMPANY’S PERSONNEL GIVE PERSONAL/PRIVATE INFORMATION

The thing about personal information such as Emails and Phone number both company and personal are sometimes hidden within the person itself. You don’t expect for it to be placed in plain sight, and if that’s the case, then profiling would be a piece of a cake kind of job wouldn’t it? But let’s go back to the topic, personal information must be directly asked by a caller that can profile correctly, and if you only ask for an online researcher to do a calling job, then don’t get mad if you receive it late, because that list must be perfect and it takes time.

Expecting a perfect list takes time and it takes a well-trained researcher to do it, but of course, you can’t possibly expect a list to be that perfect, and be reminded that some of those companies might not want to get an email or call from you or us.

Data Profiling Tip: Clean your mind from distractions

Data profiling or Data gathering isn’t all that if you think about it. It’s basically all about searching for something that your client asked of you, and if you gave a wrong set of records or list, then it’s your fault for handing out useless lists not the client. Being an Online researcher suck doesn’t it? But what if I told you that what you’ve read is just a distraction to keep your mind wonder if it’s true or not?

It’s true that it doesn’t give you anything in return. In fact, it just gives you stress. But what we don’t know that each time we search for a certain topic or information, you’ve gained a little insight on what that topic or information is all about. Although you might not realize it at first, it will slowly help you out when you need it the most. For instances, A student who read a certain topic doesn’t really learn it that day, but after a day or weeks, that student will recall what he/she have studied.


HALF A MIND, A BIG NO!

It’s a big NO if you think you can profile using only half of what you’ve been using. Our mind isn’t at its full capacity if we rarely use it, of course, there’s no doubt we use it all the time. But let’s not kid ourselves, Sometimes we always wonder “Are we using our mind to its full potential?” of course, there are instances that we use its full potential, but that is when we are in danger.

THE 10% MYTH

I just watched the movie “Lucy” last night and I was fascinated with their theory, and that is, “we only use 10% of our brain”. Of course, I know that it’s just a movie and the fact that we only use 10% of our brain is just a myth (Researched), but what if this myth is real? Would we be able to accept it?

Well, honestly, there’s something that our mind can do that we don’t know, yet. You might wonder “What is he saying?” Well, our mind can produce something that we are unaware of, but that’s another blog.

Data Profiling: One does not simply profile (And here’s Why)

When you’re in a Data profiling job, you will always hear some clients asking for something like this,

Can you produce 200 records daily?

I’m looking for 4000 record list that only consist of… The specs are in the email I sent to you

Well, it isn’t that hard of a job when you don’t really have a deadline to catch, but when the deadline is only within a day or two. Then this job will need everyone in your team to work hand in hand.

Data profiling isn’t what I could say a “Piece of a cake” kind of job. Although we have some guidelines to follow, we seldom do it by what we know and that is, Double check some data’s and correct some.

Understanding how profiling works.

Understanding how profiling works is one thing that every customer or client need to know. Why? Because customers or clients need to be fully aware that some of the missing data can’t be found or some of their specifications aren’t that free or searchable.

Some data’s like personal emails or mobile number are personal, so it is set in private by that person. Data profiling doesn’t only depend on LinkedIn, Facebook or twitter to gather data from people within the list. It usually depends on the person who is working and this is why data profiling takes a lot of time.

It depends on how a person does its job on the given list.

When a prospect or client gives out its specification, it is given to two to three persons. This means that on every data profiling project, two or three people are working on it. And once the list is done, the team leader or the one who assigns to finalize everything will double check the list, to avoid duplicates or fill out what is missing.

Data profiling requires a lot of time and accurate research, but more importantly, it requires personnel that is good at finding information that can’t be research by its fellow profiler.

How to Bake the perfect Email List! (A not so step by step procedure)

Baking a fresh batch of muffin in the morning is one of the best feeling you can ever feel. Why? Because of the aroma of the ingredients is still fresh and can be easily smelled right after you take it out of the oven. Isn’t that what some of us dream of?

Well, there’s no doubt that if you’re inquiring or buying an Email list, you want a freshly profiled batch of Lists.  But if you think it’s easy like baking a muffin, I have bad news for you, It doesn’t!

BAKING THE PERFECT LIST

Data profilers are like pâtissier, but instead of pastries, they’re baking a freshly made Email list!

Baking the perfect list is something that Data Profilers are looking forward to, In hope that what they bake can make their clients happy. Whether the aroma of the list still lacks what some clients can sense, “Freshness”. Still, what clients really look forward to is the complete set of list ready to use.

HOW TO BAKE THE PERFECT LIST!

I bet you’re wondering “Why Bake?” or “Can we really compare baking to data profiling” Well, of course we can, but it truly depends base on how you see things. So how can we bake the perfect Email list? Well, I’ll give you a rundown on how to bake
the perfect list

Step one: Prepare what is needed in your list – It may consist of the following, Name, Company, Email Address or any Specs that your client asked for

Step two: Choose who would be the pâtissier – choosing a data profiler can be tricky, so you might want to hold on to someone with more experience.

Step three: Start baking! – Well, here’s the tricky part. If some of the information lacks some specs you better need to search high and low for that spec.

This are the few things  you should know when you’re thinking of baking a perfect list.