LONDON 1 March 2018

We are absolutely delighted that REaD Group CEO, Jon Cano-Lopez, has been confirmed as a member of the 2018 DataIQ 100 which profiles the most influential people in the data industry.

Announced at a Gala Reception at OXO Tower last night, Jon joins an impressive list of people acknowledged to have the influence, profile, experience and knowledge to drive the data-driven marketing industry.

I am delighted and flattered to be selected for the DataIQ 100.  It is an honour to be recognised and to be associated with such an impressive list of data and analytics professionals – particularly at such an exciting time for the data industry.

Jon has worked in the data industry all his career, with an impressive CV spanning more than 25 years – including leading some of the UK’s largest data companies – Claritas, Altwood Systems, Acxiom, Ai Data Intelligence, Communisis and currently and now, as CEO of REaD Group – Jon has built a reputation for driving innovation and success in data communications.

He joined REaD Group in 2014, as part of the company’s exponential growth and is responsible for the strategic direction and continued success of the business – including adding some top brands to its A-list client base.

At the heart of this strategy is his belief that data sits at the heart of everything and understanding and interpreting that data is key to any brands success

In addition to building on REaD Group’s position as market leader in data cleaning and quality, he has been instrumental in developing the company’s service offerings – including an enviable insight capability and winning contracts for the delivery of Single Customer View solutions reflecting a real benchmark for REaD Group.

An advocate of utilising technology to drive innovation and deliver optimum results for clients – Jon is the driving force behind the implementation of Data as a Service (DaaS) at REaD Group.  As well as raising the bar for data quality and provision in the industry, the implementation of the GDPR throws up significant complexities for data processors and DaaS provides an elegant and equitable solution to that challenge.

Jon has been an authoritative contributor to the direct marketing throughout his career holding positions on DMA’s Data Council, various working parties and the Institute of Direct Marketing Data Council.  A genuine industry influencer, he is sought after as a media commentator and trusted advisor on data marketing, privacy, compliance and the GDPR.

Congratulation to Jon for this much deserved recognition!

The full 2018 DataIQ 100  can be found here


The lack of clarity in the run up to GDPR has been shocking. This statement provides much needed clarity on how to remain on the right side of the legal minefield and make the most of the opportunity that GDPR really presents.

REaD Group have been involved from the very earliest stages of GDPR.  We have been at the forefront of negotiation, lobbying and discussion for the last six years.  Consequently, our knowledge of the regulation itself, the intended meaning and what it means for the Direct Marketing industry is unrivalled.

REaD Group is unequivocally supportive of the GDPR.  All the decisions we have made surrounding the permissions required to use third party data for direct marketing activity under GDPR have been externally validated by Bristows LLP, widely regarded as this country’s leading data protection lawyers.

REaD Group have been working towards becoming a GDPR ready business for the last three years. We have made significant changes to our own data collection methods and how we obtain, retain and maintain our data and data solutions.  Our contributor due diligence processes we believe are unparalleled and unique in the scrutiny of GDPR requirements and we have enhanced our internal IT solutions.

It is important to remember the purpose of GDPR is simple; to give consumers greater control and transparency over the use of their data. Most importantly, GDPR will change marketing communications for the better – more open, more honest and more transparent and in turn that will deliver a more positively disposed, aware and trusting consumer, which has to be good for us all.

Our Stance

REaD Group has enhanced its safeguarding processes to ensure every piece of personal data made available to you has been collected in a GDPR ready manner. This inevitably means there will be changes to our products as we ensure that all data has been lawfully processed in line with GDPR. No data is accepted into our data estate until our due diligence and auditing processes have been satisfactorily concluded. This includes adherence to a number of significant and mandatory GDPR rules established by our GDPR Steering Group.


In the recent weeks and months there have been conflicting opinions surrounding the level of consent required for data to be available for third party direct marketing post May 2018.

The issue of consent has created an enormous amount of confusion.  What is it? How is it obtained? What channels does it apply to?  Or indeed, do I need it at all?  Consent of course, is only one of six legal grounds to process personal data under GDPR, yet it has occupied a disproportionate amount of the airtime serving only to confuse further.

At REaD we prefer to ask – Do we have permission?  In other words, do we have grounds from one of the six processing purposes?  In most cases with our data assets permission means the processing of data collected either with consent or as a legitimate interest. Both of these grounds for processing are equally valid and our products will be selectable on either or both.

This means if you are planning a postal marketing campaign, you won’t need consent. You can rely on using legitimate interests, if you can show how your use of the consumer data is proportionate, has a minimal privacy impact and the consumer is unlikely to be surprised or object.  To be clear, within GDPR itself, Direct Marketing is specifically singled out as a legitimate purpose.

Being GDPR ready is about balancing risk.  When you decide to use REaD Group data, we advise you to conduct the necessary balancing exercise between your interests in direct marketing and the rights of the consumers. REaD Group will have conducted this exercise ourselves under our obligations as data controller.  We also advise you to ensure that consumers know exactly how you intend to use their data.  Our experience tells us that the more open and honest you are the better it is received by consumers.

Of course, our in-house experts will be more than happy to talk you through this note as well as your specific concerns or campaign ideas.  We have done the vast majority of the work for you in building a GDPR ready data asset so we can all market ourselves confidently and securely.

Want to talk GDPR?  Contact our team today.

30th January 2017

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dean Standing to the role of Client Services Director. Dean will be responsible for leading the client services team, ensuring the delivery of the very highest levels of service to REaD Group’s clients, while also expanding the company’s extensive portfolio.

Dean has been integral to REaD Group’s growth since joining as a graduate over 10 years ago and will now be key part of its future. His aptitude for understanding client challenges and building relationships has resulted in numerous accolades over his decade-long career at REaD Group. He was awarded employee of the year in 2009, shortly before being promoted to Bureau Sales Manager. He also won the Database Marketing Rising Star Award in 2011 whilst working as Head of Bureau Sales.

Dean joined REaD Group in 2006, taking up a graduate position in its meta-morphix division.  He progressed quickly, carefully nurturing high profile clients through the global crash and worked his way up through the company. He worked particularly closely with Macmillan Cancer Support and a number of supermarkets and was a key figure in implementing meta-morphix’s unique automated data processing software, INLINE.

Jon Cano-Lopez, CEO at REaD Group, said: “Dean is one of those rare people who has the ability to identify the challenges facing clients and quickly and efficiently get to the solution.  With over a decade’s experience under his belt, he really understands data and how it can deliver the best possible results for his clients.  Dean is a huge asset to the company and his experience and dedication will continue to serve us as he takes on his new role as Client Services Director.

“At REaD Group, we are committed to creating an environment that nurtures talent and supports career development and Dean’s progression is a perfect example of this. It’s been a pleasure to watch him rise through the ranks since joining at entry level over a decade ago.”

Dean Standing, Client Services Director at REaD Group, said: “Having worked at REaD Group for over a decade, I continue to be passionate about delivering the best possible results and service to our ever growing client base. The next few years are to going to be extremely challenging for brands and REaD Group is ideally positioned to help advertisers maximise the asset that lies dormant within their database. I can’t wait to get started.”


31st December 2016

REaD Group are delighted to announce that one of our in-house Insight team, Andrea Baroni, has been recognised as a SAS software award winner!

Graduating with a Distinction MSc in Management Science and Marketing Analytics from Lancaster University, Andrea was awarded the SAS Prize for achieving the best marks in the SAS Programming module and also for best use of SAS in a final project submission.

Having joined REaD Group’s Insight team in August 2016, Andrea is already utilising his award winning SAS skills to provide exceptional insight for our clients, including customer profiling and segmentation analyses.

Congratulations Andrea!

In a world of sophisticated and digital savvy consumers, using effective Insight to turn raw data into meaningful and profitable action is no longer a nice to have.  Using SAS, and other advanced analytical tools is driving our ability to provide powerful analytical support .

Talk to us today about our Insight services

30th September 2016

REaD Group are delighted to named as winner of the Outstanding Data Focused Agency award at 2016 Database Marketing Awards. Celebrating the very best of data-led marketing, the award was presented to CEO, Jon Cano-Lopez at a glittering ceremony hosted by Bill Turnbull.  Organised by Database Marketing magazine, the oldest and now only specialised title serving the industry, the Awards are a well-established highlight of the calendar.

Being recognised as the best in class for data-focus is the culmination of a period of reinvention, innovation and drive for excellence at REaD Group – driven by the evolution of the data marketing landscape and the changing needs of our clients.

So why did we win?

Data sits at the heart of everything that we do. Our UK consumer knowledgebase, developed over the last two years, The Oracle, has taken data understanding to a whole new level. A data source that compiles the industries most respected data sources into one place – Active, Acxiom, two consumer information services and many others. That data is fixed at the most robust place – the home address – then extrapolated across email, social media, mobile, direct mail and web behaviour.
Our data has transformed the way in which our clients are able to view and understand their customers and prospects.
We have built technology that exploits our award winning hygiene suite, Qinetic, so that our data asset self-perpetuates with new occupiers, move to addresses and the flagging of deceased and Gone Aways from the file.

The result being the most up to date and accurate collection of data in the UK.

We delivery an analytical solution that influences, with confidence, our clients’ communication strategies. This allows our clients to truly integrate campaigns, interpret that reaction and actions from one channel across to another, whilst using this data to deliver better outcomes for consumers and brands.

Retention is more important than ever – our insight allows our clients to treat every customer as an individual, driving engagement and adding value.

Combining these robust services represent the bedrock of modern database marketing and ideally positions REaD Group to provide bespoke solutions across many sectors and brands.

Contact our team today to find out how we can help you achieve success from your data.

bereavement register

10th June 2016

It is estimated that in the twelve months following an individual’s death, a whopping 110 items of marketing can be received in their name. With upwards of 580,000 people dying each year in the UK (based on ONS figures), this amounts to nearly 64 million pieces of unnecessary and damaging, direct mail landing on doormats and in inboxes annually.

Receiving this mail not only upsets the family and relatives of the deceased individual, but also increases the risk of brand damage for an organisation, and creates environmental harm and monetary waste.

To tackle this problem, REaD Group launched The Bereavement Register in 2000 – a continuously evolving marketing suppression list of deceased individuals in the UK. Since then, our team of dedicated TBR heroes work hard to ensure we the UK public is protected from this upsetting side to direct mail.

Since its origin, we have estimated that The Bereavement Register has prevented upwards of half-a-billion items of post being sent to the deceased!

“I understand first-hand the distress caused to bereaved families when direct mail is received after a person has died. I continued to receive mail address to my late wife, Sarah, months after her death. This was upsetting for me, but especially for our young children,” explains Mark Roy, Chairman. “I was in the perfect position to do something about it, and subsequently, TBR was born.”

The service is now used to screen over 70% of all direct mail sent in the UK, and is continuously growing.

TBR has a consumer website and phone number to call, as well as our FREEPOSR TBR Folders, which are distributed to UK Registrars, funeral directors, hospitals, hospices, police liaison officers, solicitors, charities and coroners.

To find out more, please visit

Andy Bridges

14th May 2016

1 – Tell us about yourself – what’s the story so far?

I’ve been involved with data for around 20 years,  staring at a business publishers in SOHO rising to Data Governance lead at one of the leading loyalty companies in the UK .…When I started in data I used  floppy disks that had a mass storage of 240mb!! Not sure if the younger generation know what those are….

2 – Tell us about your role at REaD Group – what does compliance really mean?

Compliance to me is making sure the information we collect , manage and distribute is something we can trust and is fully transparent, in turn that gives our clients confidence, I suppose I’m the ‘ rules and regulation’ man… but let’s be clear I’m not an Auditor!

3 – What changes in the industry can we expect to see in 2016?

We will be hearing more about cybersecurity with cyber-attacks becoming ever more frequent and increasingly damaging. In addition we will also see mobile commerce grow as the desktop loses its primary place.  I also believe the retention, interaction and long-term engagement of consumers will be an even smaller target to hit as we see the rise of the savvy consumer….and what’s going to gain real momentum in 2016 is the impending GDPR.

4 – What inspires you?

People with drive, determination, positive attitudes and to be honest my Dad – he never sits down and just keeps going.

5 – Who has been your business mentor?

There’s a few to mention, so I won’t pick just one… One of those mentors said ‘knowledge is power’ (yes it sounds corny….) but boy has it been true over the years.

6 – What attracted you to the REaD Group?

I’ve had a business relationship with the REaD group for many years and have always been impressed with their skill to keep moving forward and create valuable data driven marketing services for it clients.

7 – What do you like to do in your spare time?

As most people have noticed in the Office – Road Cycling. I love the open road and if I had a time machine I’d go back and be part of the pro peloton!