We are delighted that our data and insight work on The Big SHIFT project – with  our fantastic charity client, Marie Curie – has now also been recognised in the 2020 DataIQ Awards shortlist for the Transformation with Data category.

With two awards under its belt already, the Big SHIFT aka Services & Hospices Impacting Fundraising Teams represents a powerful data and insight project that is unique, collaborative and genuinely transformative.

The outcomes of the insight provided have fundamentally shifted assumptions within the charity and enabled greater collaboration between different teams and more informed decisions.

“We believe the Big SHIFT is the most robust and detailed insight project ever carried out by Marie Curie’s Fundraising division. Not only do we better understand the main drivers of fundraising, but we also have the capability to apply this understanding operationally at a local level.”

Executive Director of Fundraising and Engagement, Meredith Niles, Marie Curie

The awards ceremony is being held as an online event on 30th September.

Read our case study to find out more about this unique and transformational insight led project

Part of Rare Consulting’s COVID-19 Emerging Trends Series and with contribution from REaD Group’s Customer Engagement Director, Scott Logie, Grey Expectations: How Brands can Create Sustainable Growth with Consumers Aged 55+ explores why businesses need to get serious about targeting the older generations – particularly online, where many have shopped during the pandemic and now intend to stay.

This means showing more empathy of what marks them out as being different to other age groups; recognising their needs and desires; and understanding their choice drivers. Our findings have implications not just on how we communicate to them but also how we build services that create long-term value for brands and consumers.

“The industry talks about over-55s as being one group. But to treat 17 million people in the same way is madness. Segment and research them as a non-homogenous group of people.“There will need to be some experimentation with customer engagement and experience for this age group, depending on your product type. One of the things they still crave is human experiences. A challenge for retail and e-commerce is to humanise engagement. If they want to chat, they want to chat to a person, about price and options. You can’t yet do that with an automated chat function.”
Scott Logie Customer Engagement Director, REaD Group

Find out how empathy, engagement and customer experience are the keys to marketing to the over-55s

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Keeping your data clean and accurate has never been more important for your business. Removing deceased contacts and gone-aways is the right thing to do to to adhere to legislation and responsible marketing practices. Ensuring data is accurate will also improve campaign targeting, reduce costs and increase ROI. And it has never been easier to achieve  and maintain.

Here are just 10 good reasons to make data quality a priority in your business!

Your data is decaying at a faster rate than ever before – bad data is bad news for your business decisions, marketing campaigns and brand!

You MUST remove deceased contacts to avoid unnecessary distress to relatives and associated brand damage caused by continuing to contact deceased individuals.

It’s the law to keep your customer and prospect data clean and accurate! GDPR Article 5.1 (d) specifies explicitly that data must be kept “accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date”.

Clean, accurate and good quality data means better, more informed decisions and more targeted campaigns.

Good quality data is proven to improve campaign performance.

Reduce campaign costs and improve delivery rate by removing inaccurate data.

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It has never been easier to manage your data responsibly and maintain a high standards for accuracy and compliance. With a choice of providers and a range of services available to suit any requirements and frequency – managed, self-service, automated, integrated via API for real-time screening – there really is no excuse not to keep you data clean, compliant and ready for action!

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By Scott Logie

One of the outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic and daily reporting of related stats is that we have probably all become quite a bit better acquainted with data. At the very least I’m pretty sure that almost everyone understands what the ‘R rate’ is.

Given that all this data is available, it is a surprise then that few organisations seems to be using this data in a marketing context. Now, more than ever, tailored, sensitive and responsible marketing communications are crucial. And the point is that we have the data available to drive it.  Despite this, examples of organisations who are doing so seem to be few and far between.

For good example of how data can be a powerful driver for impactful decision-making – take what has happened in Leicester in the last week.

As has been widely reported, Leicester is the first city in the UK to have their lockdown status increased. This situation could potentially have been avoided had the data been available so that local authorities could have sent out early warnings to help to minimised the chances of infection and lockdown.  Having the right data to hand allows one to be reactive to an ever-changing situation and to make better decisions. 

The world has changed dramatically – with less face-to-face contact and a corresponding increase in digital services – at the same time many individuals are newly suffering from financial difficulties. More than ever, brands need to be targeting different audiences according to their different needs, and the data exists to help them do just that.

Research from Kantar shows that only 8% of consumers think brands need to stop advertising during the COVID-19 outbreak, but their expectations of how a brand should be helping them are huge: 78% believe brands should help them in their daily lives; 75% said brands should inform people of what they are doing and 74% said companies should not exploit the situation.

We’ve talk often about the power of direct mail to reach people at home. Mail reaches everyone, engenders trust and gives reassurance, has a tangible impact, drives interaction and gets people online – there is plenty of research and stats from the Royal Mail to back this up.

Direct mail should never be a ‘one size fits all’ approach. As with all communication, it should be tailored differently to different audiences – especially those who are vulnerable audiences, the recently unemployed, the furloughed and the self-employed. Each of these audiences has very different needs, and brands must be aware of these. And identifying these is now very easy, thanks to data!

Since April 2020, REaD Group data partner More Metrics has made available datasets that estimate COVID-19 risk factors and infection rates across the UK at a neighbourhood level. These datasets contain 20 different measures of risk at a range of local geographies, using open source and GDPR-compliant data from REaD Group.

Not only can this data give you a greater insight into your customer base at local and national level, enabling you to maximise marketing and sales opportunities and operational efficiencies, but as you prepare to come out of lockdown, you can now add to this the fundamental requirement of customer and staff safety: in other words, how to open and operate safely within a COVID-19 world.

This data is free to use for a range of geographical areas including Parliamentary Constituency, Ward and CCG. If more granular data is required, the data is available at Postcode and attached to over 50m individual consented consumers.

Find out how REaD Group can help you to apply this data to make sensible, sensitive decisions and inform your marketing strategy, supporting data-driven decisions and responsible marketing.  Get in touch today! 

Scott Logie is customer engagement director at REaD Group.