Getting organized and intentional with your business’s data

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By Henry Brown

If you’ve been paying any attention to the technological improvements that have been driving and changing how we run businesses, nowadays, then you’ve probably noticed the role of data. More businesses are gathering it, using it, and allowing it to drive their own decision-making. Here, we’re going to look at tips on how to better use the data your business gathers, too.

Collecting it

If you really want to make the best use of data possible, then first and foremost, you have to collect it. Data collection can work in a wide range of ways for business. There’s the opportunity to ask directly for it, in surveys, focus group testing, and more. A lot of data can also be gleaned from how customers use your site, whether it’s tracking their browsing behavior or their transactional data. Look for opportunities to collect data and make sure you’re keeping what might prove some use.

Sort and qualify it

You should ensure that the data you collect is both good quality and easy to find. To that end, you should look at tools that allow you to sort all of the data you collect into usable insights. Develop methods to test the veracity and quality of data as well as possible, as you don’t want junk entries in there making it harder to use.

Develop proper analysis tools

Most importantly, you have to make sure that you have the ability to analyze, read, and use the data you collect. If you don’t have a team of data scientists in your employ, then you’re going to want to look at third-party options like You can learn the methodology to improve your internal data analysis measures, while also ensuring that you’re getting the kind of insights that you should.

Do what you need to protect it

If you’re capturing any kind of data, especially data that is related to customers and can be used to identify them, then you simply must invest in the right data security. Data breaches have been making the news lately, not only because of the damage they can cause to customers, but because of the legal liability, fines, and suits that can follow. If you want to make sure that financial ruin doesn’t stalk your business, preventing breaches is key.

Stick within the bounds of the law

It might seem like an obvious point to make, but you want to make extra sure that you’re not doing anything illegal in how you collect or use data. Keep up to date with modern business data compliance, even if you need to hire a lawyer to help you stay on top of it. Business privacy and management is a tricky subject, so don’t assume that you’re fully compliant until you know for sure.

Nowadays, if you’re not using the data that your business collects, you are missing out. Every business’s data strategy is going to look different, but hopefully, the tips above give you an idea of where to start.

Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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