And your database isn’t too different. It can do with a little airing out, too.
We have given a lot of advice on how to clean up your database, but today I want to focus specifically on cleaning up contacts by ID/status.
The ID/status field is often used to track a database user’s relationship to a contact, basically by labeling the relationship. This way, you can keep your vendors straight from your clients, and your prospects separate from your networking contacts, while keeping them all in the same, convenient place. This way you can then pull up contacts by ID/status and review the relationships you have, and review which contacts you should reach out to again, which need a new ID/status, and which you may not need anymore.
We recommend you consider doing this now in preparation for summer. Some businesses slow down this time of year, or people cut their hours to spend more time outdoors. If you fall into this category, cleaning your database and renewing some of your connections in your downtime, may be a valuable way to spend your summer.
For instance, run a search in your database for everyone labeled a prospect. This is something that should be done with frequency if possible, but if you don’t, now is a great time to pull up prospects in your database and think about which ones may benefit from a little more attention—perhaps they fell off your radar, or told you they would be in touch—now is the time to give them another call. And those who have told you they are not currently interested in your services should be marked as dead prospects, this way you know that they have told you no, so you do not risk becoming a nuisance they would not consider should they need services in the future.
After prospects are examined, networking contacts is another group who you may want to review. With whom have you lost touch who provides you with valuable leads and business advice? Schedule time to renew your networking relationships this summer.
Also think of reviewing your clients and vendors. If you haven’t worked with someone in a long time, are they still a client? Perhaps you may want to put some time and energy into reinvigorating some of those relationships. On the other side of the coin, if you know that a client is now firmly an ex-client, you would do best to mark them as such under ID/status, so you do not mistake them for active clients when you send out freebies, newsletters, and the like. And your vendors? You want to make sure that the ones you are actually using are marked correctly—that way you don’t mistakenly call the person you used 5 years ago rather than your current choice!
Have you reviewed your database by ID/statuses recently? What did you learn in the process? If you could use some help organizing your database, please give us a call, at 847-520-0560.