Improve Data Quality
- Name the data standards defined in a typical management plan.
- List ways of using Salesforce to implement a data management plan.
Develop a Data Management Plan
You now know how important data quality is to business growth. Bad data is linked to lost revenue, missing insights, and reputational damage—to name just a few things. Good data, on the other hand, is the cat’s pajamas. It lets your company do things fast and accurately, like prospect and target new customers, identify cross-sell opportunities, and plan territories.
Your director of sales asked you to lead the effort to improve data quality at Gelato. It’s time to turn your knowledge into action.
From your research, you remember the first step to improving data quality: Develop a data management plan.
Fortunately, you already know which customer data is needed to support Gelato’s business objectives. You already know who’s using the data and how they’re using it. All that’s left is to create a plan.
A typical data management plan includes standards for creating, processing, and maintaining data. Check out this useful reference table.
|Naming||Set naming conventions for records. Always include suffixes (Inc., Corp.)? Abbreviations?||Make sure that company names are never abbreviated except when the abbreviation is the standard name.|
|Formatting||Figure out how dates and money are represented.||Use dd/mm/yyyy for all date formats.|
|Workflow||Determine processes for record creation, reviewing, updating, and archiving. Determine all the stages a record goes through during its life cycle.||Route service requests associated with California companies to reps in California.|
Set appropriate standards for data quality, including the ability to measure or score records. Put a value on age, completeness, usage, accuracy, consistency, and duplicates, along with any other quality or value metrics specific to your business.
|Active leads are updated at least once per month.|
|Roles and Ownership||Determine who owns records, who’s accountable for changes to data, and who’s notified when there are changes to data.||Assign leads associated with California companies to sales reps in California.|
|Security and Permissions||Determine the appropriate levels of privacy for data. Make sure to comply with regulatory, legal, and contractual obligations.||Make sure that only regional team members can view confidential information on their leads.|
|Monitoring||Outline a process for ensuring quality control of data. Determine the frequency, scope, owners, and checks, including ways for updating data, preventing duplicates, merging records, adding records, and archiving records. Determine metrics that can be easily monitored in a dashboard.||Review leads without industry information on the first day of each month.|
You show your plan to the director of sales. She loves it, but she wants to know one thing: “Just how can this improve our data?”
Implement Your Data Management Plan in Salesforce
The final countdown. You’ve learned how important data quality is to a business. You’ve assessed your company’s data quality. And you’ve put together a great data management plan. That’s certainly hunky dory, but all that knowledge and planning isn’t worth as much as an umbrella on a submarine if you can’t put it into action.
How do you do it?
The answer: Salesforce.
The power of Salesforce lies in its flexibility. You can easily customize Salesforce to support your company’s data management plan.
Make Salesforce work for you! Specifically, make it easier to create, update, and maintain customer data with a few key Salesforce features. (For specifics on how to set up these features, check out the Resources section.)
You already know which fields are necessary to support Gelato’s business objectives. It’s in your data management plan. Make those fields required. For Gelato’s leads, you make several custom fields required, including fields related to important dates and industry information. Then leads can be properly scored, assigned, and converted.
Data Enrichment Tools
After implementing your data management plan, you meet with the director of sales. She reviews all of the new processes. With a smile on her face, she has just one thing to say: “Promotion?”
After basking in the glow of everything you accomplished, you spend two glorious weeks on a tropical vacation, away from the hubbub of Gelato. You’re struck by how sand gets into everything you touch. You realize that data is a lot like that. It touches everything—every part of your business, in places you didn’t think about before.
That’s why it’s key to foster a data-centric culture. Luckily, Salesforce is here to help. You’ve achieved much success. The director of sales loved your implementation, reps and managers across Gelato showered you with praise, and you earned a huge promotion. Wonderful! Yet the work to improve data quality never stops. In fact, you’ve got a few more ideas you want to implement.
- Guide: Introduction to Data Governance and Stewardship
- Guide: Get Data Strong: How How Data-Centric Teams Drive Business Success
- Help: Require Field Input to Ensure Data Quality
- Help: Validation Rules
- Help: Customize Page Layouts with the Original Page Layout Editor
- Help: Build a Dashboard
- Help: Help Your Users Minimize or Merge Duplicates
- Help: Set Up State and Country Picklists
- Help: Use Custom Field Types
- Blog: How Sales Ops Use Data to Drive Revenue