The success of a database driven consulting business may depend on the accuracy of the data collected and the relevance of the reports provided. Lists of potential clients can be generated with the click of a button. But how up-to-date is the information on the list?
Databases in general are only as accurate as the input information. It all starts with the designer. A well-designed system can serve you well for years to come.
Poorly designed databases may have to be replaced. It could be necessary to have someone come in and input new information by hand. That is costly and time-consuming.
With the technology available today, it is possible to keep your databases updated automatically. The technology must be in place at the time the system is installed or the applications will need to be added in the future.
No one can see into the future. Changes in software applications could make it necessary to upgrade, update or revamp your system at some point in the future. By the same token, changes in your business could require changes in your existing software applications.
It is always possible that you will have to call your designer back in to the office in years to come. The best you can do is to try to keep your future costs to a minimum by planning carefully today.
One of the ways that a database driven consulting business can keep costs to a minimum is to be sure that all available applications for updating client information are installed in the beginning. One of the ways to ensure the company’s success is to customize the data collected.
The days of direct mail marketing are coming to an end. Success with that kind of blanket advertising is minimal for any company. Consultants cannot find clients in that way.
These are the days of the customized database driven consulting business. Instead of lists of random names, addresses and phone numbers, you can generate lists of people who are interested in what only you can provide.
The first step could be to identify your potential clients. What do they do for a living? Where do they live? What is their income level or their educational level? Do they have kids, pets, cars or houses?
It is possible to access that kind of specific data and generate reports based on it. Customization is really the key to success with a database driven consulting business.
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