How Do We Clean your Database?

How Do We Clean Your Database?

As we’ve mentioned previously on this blog, it’s incredibly important to ensure that your database is clean. If your database is clean, your marketing campaigns have a much greater chance of being successful. On the other hand, data that isn’t cleaned will hold even the best of marketing campaigns back.

In this blog post, we’ll explain the basics of what database cleaning is before explaining the steps that we undertake to clean data.

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    Quick Overview: What Is Database Cleaning?

    Before we break down the steps of cleaning a database, it’s important to first understand what it is.

    The process of combing through data, detecting corrupt, inaccurate, and incorrectly formatted records and either correcting or replacing them. So, for example, you may remove emails from your mailing list that are no longer active, or you might correct entries in your database that are incorrectly formatted.

    Data cleaning is absolutely essential. If you don’t regularly clean your database, it won’t produce results for your business.

    Now we’ve covered that, let’s have a look at how we actually clean your database.

    How Do We Clean Your Business Database?

    Here at Data Bubble, we’re experts when it comes to database cleaning. We follow a tried and tested process to ensure the data we offer is accurate.

    Step #1: Audit

    First and foremost, we must perform an audit to identify problem areas with your database. It’s important to take a good look at your data and determine which data entries need to be edited or removed altogether.

    Auditing is a very important step that must not be missed. And as part of the audit process, you should determine some outcomes ahead of performing the rest of the process.

    Step #2: Remove Duplicate and Irrelevant Database Entries

    Before correcting structural errors, you must remove duplicate and irrelevant data. It’s illogical to correct the formatting and structure of data entries that you’re going to remove afterwards, so that’s why this step comes first.

    Once you have removed duplicate and irrelevant entries, the task of fixing structural errors won’t look so insurmountable anymore.

    Step #3: Fix Structural Errors

    Once you’ve removed duplicate and irrelevant database records, you can take the time to fix structural errors. Here’s what we mean by structural errors:

    – Unique naming conventions that don’t match up with the rest of the database entries
    – Obvious typing mistakes that need to be corrected, such as incorrectly spelt names
    – Numerous categories that mean the same thing. For example, N/A and Not Applicable, which obviously have the same meaning.

    Once you have fixed the structural errors, it should be easy to decipher your database and find data entries should you need to. Consistency is very important, to ensure that all entries are formatted identically at this stage.

    Step #4: Assess Your Efforts

    Once we’ve done all of the above, it’s time to assess our efforts and ensure all of the following is correct:

    – The data makes sense
    – The data is all formatted identically
    – You only have database entries that you require

    It’s important to assess your efforts at the end of database cleaning to make sure your efforts have the result that you’re wanting. And that’s the 4 steps, put simply. Data cleaning is a long, intensive process that can be very complicated, but we’re here to help you clean your data. Please contact us today if you would like to find out more about our data cleaning services.

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