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Data 101: How to unlock your most valuable asset and common mistakes to avoid

Data 101: How to unlock your most valuable asset and common mistakes to avoid

February 5, 2021

It’s 2021 and by now, we all know why we need to clean data and keep it up to date. Since GDPR came into action, data management has been a priority for firms across the UK. 

In a recent post, we spoke about the importance of data cleansing, but what value does clean data add to your business goals? In partnership with TMA Club, we recently delivered a webinar on this topic, read on for the key takeaways… 

Why should firms care about their data?  


In a recent survey, 33% of firms reported that their main motivation to cleanse data was to better communicate with clients. So, what is the relationship between clean data and happy customers? 

100% of the firms we work with have issues with their data. Does this sound familiar…? 

  • Lots of spreadsheets
  • Lots of gaps
  • Missing contact information
  • More spreadsheets
  • Expiry dates are wrong or missing
  • CRM incorrect status
  • Mis-keyed info
  • …and of course, more spreadsheets. 

The most common problem advisers face is missing and out-of-date data. Omissions, duplicates, and incorrect data can create expensive interruptions. In fact, even having just one missing data point can mean:

  • Your firm has a lower chance of contacting that customer before remortgaging
  • Your firm has zero chance of contacting that customer to remortgage
  • The Lender has a better chance of reaching your client to remortgage.

What is the cost of doing nothing? 


If you verify or standardize data at the point of entry, before it goes into your back end system, it costs £1 to standardize.

If you cleanse that data later, then it costs 10x that in time and effort expended.

When leaving that dirty data in your system and using it to make decisions, this cost becomes x100 the initial cost of cleansing data at the point of origin. 

As a firm- you are the data controller and the cost of doing nothing will explode over time. Dirty data can be mitigated more easily if it is caught before it’s used- at the point of origin i.e. your CRM

So, what are top-performing firms doing to unlock their data potential?


To set your firm up for success, prevention is key.

Make sure data is being addressed at the start of the sales process.  Otherwise, you may become overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to validate data.

Make data management a team effort. 

By applying this principle from the start,  you can enhance team buy-in. Make sure your staff gets training to make them aware of your data’s value as well as the consequences of data misuse.

Top performing firms proactively  correct their data.

Taking a proactive approach to data quality allows you to check and measure quality levels before it gets into your core systems.

Having automated help with data quality tasks allows users to dedicate more time to analysing insights when dealing with high data volumes and diverse data sources and formats.

Top performing firms recognise that their client bank is the key to their success, and in a digital age, your client bank is only as valuable as the data you have on them. Set yourself up for success by incorporating data management into your growth strategy. 

Ready for more tips on how to bolster your growth efforts? Read our blog post on top growth advice for firms.

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