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Beyond the Basics: What to Look for in Your Next B2B Database Provider

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Mar 22, 2024

As a small business, whether you're refining your marketing strategy, launching a targeted campaign, or looking to expand your network, the foundation of your success lies in the quality and relevance of your B2B database. 

However, as the market becomes increasingly saturated with B2B database providers, the challenge of selecting the right one can feel impossible. It's not just about buying B2B data, it's about investing in a resource that will continuously fuel your business's growth.

More Than Words Marketing is a data provider and telemarketing company working directly with clients to support their direct marketing. Thanks to this first hand insight into every stage of the sales funnel, we understand the intricacies of the marketing world and the importance of going beyond the surface when evaluating potential B2B database providers. 

In this article, we provide an in-depth look at what to consider to ensure you partner with a provider capable of meeting, if not exceeding, your business needs.

Comprehensive Data Coverage

A quality B2B database provider goes beyond just offering extensive B2B data lists

It ensures comprehensive coverage across various industries and locations, providing you with a broad spectrum of targeted data across your entire chosen audience.

Look for providers that offer detailed information, including demographics such as decision-maker job titles, business turnover and location details, to empower your team with the insights needed for precise targeting.

Accuracy and Reliability

The bedrock of any B2B database is its accuracy. 

Research suggests that B2B databases of decision-maker contact information decay at approximately 22.5% every year. When choosing a data broker, look for companies that prioritise data accuracy and reliability. 

This means not only collecting data from credible sources but also regularly undergoing database cleansing processes to eliminate outdated or incorrect information. 

Verify their methodology for gathering, updating, and validating data to ensure that you understand and are comfortable with the ways in which they construct their data lists, and sell them onto clients like yourself.

Compliance and Privacy

With data privacy regulations tightening globally, it's imperative to partner with B2B database providers that adhere to legal and ethical standards. Compliance with GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) for telemarketing not only protects your business from legal consequences but also builds trust with your prospects and customers. 

Ask data brokers about how they source their data, and ensure compliance with data protection laws. 

Most good data brokers should have a GDPR policy they can show you, and this should put your mind at ease about the security of the data you are purchasing.

Customisation and Segmentation

B2B data is most effective when it is used sparingly, to send highly personalised messages to a highly targeted list of decision-makers.

Your B2B data provider should offer databases that contain only contact details for the businesses most likely to need your product/service, and who are most likely to have the budget and ability to make a purchase.

Data brokers may also include contacts adjacent to the most limited target audiences, to allow you the ability to customise and segment your B2B data list based on different criteria relevant to your business goals. 

This flexibility allows for more targeted marketing and sales efforts, improving the effectiveness of your campaigns and increasing ROI. 

When searching for a data broker that you can have a long-term relationship with, look for their capability to deliver tailored solutions that can be expanded or adapted over time.

Integration Capabilities

Even if your business is very new, it is likely that you already have some form of database and marketing technology. Ask your data broker how their data is provided, to ensure that it will seamlessly integrate with your existing CRM and marketing automation tools. 

A B2B database provider that offers easy integration helps streamline your workflows, ensuring that your team can access and use the data efficiently. 

This connectivity not only saves valuable time but also enhances the effectiveness of your data-driven strategies.

Support and Consultation

Beyond the data itself, the level of support and consultation offered by a data provider is crucial. 

Whether it's assistance with database cleansing, insights into using your B2B database more effectively, managed marketing campaigns or support with technical issues, a provider that stands by their service is invaluable. 

Look for partners who are committed to your success, offering guidance and expertise to help you maximise the potential of your B2B data.

Transparency and Trustworthiness

Finally, transparency in how a provider operates and communicates is key to establishing a long-term, fruitful relationship. 

Providers should be open about their data sourcing, updating processes, and how they handle database cleansing. Trust is built on clarity and honesty, and your provider should be an open book when it comes to their operations and the quality of their B2B database.

In Conclusion

Selecting the right B2B database provider is a pivotal decision that can significantly impact the success of your business. 

It's not merely about buying B2B data - it's about investing in a partnership that will allow your business to grow and thrive over time. 

At More Than Words Marketing, we look beyond the basics to ensure the data you receive is not just a list, but a powerful tool for achieving your business objectives.

In an era where data is the currency of success, partnering with the right B2B database provider is an investment in your business's future. 

Get in touch to explore how we can support your journey towards more informed, effective, and successful marketing and sales strategies.

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