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Mailing List Accuracy Becomes More Stringent

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Mailers face additional penalties in not meeting new Post Service regulations requiring valid, deliverable addresses


The newest wrinkle from the U.S. Postal Service impacts businesses with substantial mass mailing efforts. New Mail Update regulations are intended to limit an unacceptable percentage of wrong addresses, which are costly for everyone concerned.

The key word here is "unacceptable."

Be warned: The threshold at which the Postal Service measures adequate mailing-list accuracy and the way it does it are changing dramatically.

Bad addresses already are costing businesses millions. When a letter or bill, package or flat, gets bounced as undelivered as addressed (UAA), the business and its mail house are on the hook not only for penalties, but also for poor customer communications and marketing effectiveness, lagging account receivables, fewer sales, and more unhappy customers.

As for the Postal Service, it doesn't want to eat the cost of hauling the bad stuff back to the mail facility, sorting it again, mailing it back to the mailer, and so on. It's no wonder the Postal Service has been levying compensatory costs on mailers with bad databases.

Now, as of March 1, 2018, that cost promises to become increasingly onerous--or shall we say increasingly motivating.

The old rules mandated that addresses be screened via a machine with the ungainly name of Mail Evaluation Readability Lookup Instrument. It's acronym, MERLIN, implies a certain magical ability to detect bad addresses, but in reality all these machines have been doing was randomly checking a portion of a submitted mailing list. If a generous 30 percent or more of that sample was faulty, the mailer was hit with a fee of 7 cents per piece for the percent of bad addresses above that threshold.


Now, the Postal Service will be leveraging its Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) technology to check every single address a mailer submits in bulk for accuracy, not just a random sample.

Further, the allowable threshold of 30 percent of bad addresses is history. Now, if only 0.5 percent of addresses are faulty, failing to mirror Postal Services change of address (COA) records beyond a certain cutoff point, the mailer is hit with an 8 cent fee on each bad address beyond this vastly more stringent threshold.

The potential for thousands of dollars in penalties due to out-of-date mailing lists is now very real.


What are direct mailers to do to achieve 99.5 percent address list accuracy?

First, they should get current with all change-of-address requests ... if they can. Each year some 40 million Americans move, and only a portion bother to submit COAs, and those that are filed only gradually find their way into the Postal Service's system.

Further, mailers should assure that all addresses match official Postal Service formats of street address, apartment number, accurate city name, and the like. It's amazing how often an addressee himself doesn't know what town he lives in ("Is it Hollywood or Los Angeles?"), and these sorts of things can easily gum up a mailing list.

Yes, there are some Postal Service aids, but they're not particularly user friendly. One service allows mailers to electronically receive change-of-address information after a mailing--a little late to avoid penalties, wouldn't you say?--while another provides a database of 160 million "permanent" change-of-address records.

A "permanent" database? I saw you smile!

Fortunately there are easier, more accurate, and less bothersome solutions. 


·         Melissa's SmartMover cloud service provides fast, easy change-of-address processing for U.S. and international addresses that are accurate in real time. With SmartMover, direct mailers can be assured of staying on the right side of the Postal Service's new Move Update and COA regulations, while increasing customer lifetime value and mailing ROI.

·         Melissa's Address Verification Service verifies addresses in the U.S. and worldwide, also in real-time. We're talking complete, standardized, and accurate USPS addresses while correcting errors and adding in missing components like postal codes.

·        And Melissa's Personator cleans, verifies, standardizes, and completes names and addresses (as well as phone numbers and emails if you need those), matching names to addresses to authenticate the identity of a customer.


Staying on the right side of the U.S. Postal Service's new Move Update regulations is good business for direct mailers and mail houses. It avoids costly penalties while assuring optimal mailing accuracy and customer satisfaction.


And you'll want to do it with a partner who's the leader in data accuracy: Melissa.


Previously, Melissa has offered our Global Address web service in Contact Zone and Pentaho as a tool used to validate addresses in 240+ countries and territories. Because this product was only available as a web service in Contact Zone and Pentaho, there were certain limitations that had come with this method of consuming this service. These issues are now solved through the use of our on premise object.

Now, companies that could not have any data leave their premises can utilize our Global Address on premise object to validate their international addresses, as no data will be sent to our servers. In addition, if throughput is a large issue with our Global Address web service, then the on premise object can vastly improve record throughput, as the limitations would now be determined by the performance of the machine that the tool is being used on. Companies that also utilize our tool for a vast number of records or tend to run address records through our service repeatedly can now utilize our tool without being mindful of the record volume, as usage for our on premise object is not based upon record volume.


Processing through the web service is still available in this new release. Licenses will be determined by an on country basis. In other words, clients can purchase the countries that they think will be used most often and defer to our web service for the remaining countries.

If you are interested in more information regarding our new release in Contact Zone and Pentaho or would like a free trial, please visit our website here:

Introducing Business Coder for United Kingdom

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Melissa is happy to announce the release of our Business Coder service for UK, where you can verify, validate, and append firmographics for businesses in the UK. Originally servicing only the US, our webservice now expands to the UK as one of our more popular demands for business identification.

Our Business Coder UK webservice can help provide address cleansing and verification, along with business verification and appending of firmographic data. Our SIC Codes and Descriptions can help identify industries that the targeted businesses belong to, along with incorporation dates to help verify the correct businesses.

Similar to Business Coder US, our familiar result codes can help determine any issues with address or business validation. Ensure that the data returned along with our results help verify correct businesses in your data.

Powered by our Global Address engine, our address validation system thoroughly covers streets across the United Kingdom. With quality data ensured by experts and reliable sources such as the Royal Mail, be sure that you standardize and correct any addresses for your list of businesses to ensure that your deliveries do not go to waste.

And don't forget, this is only an announcement for our initial release. We're constantly striving to improve our webservice, as we plan to add additional fields and features to Business Coder UK. Check out our wiki and be on the lookout for new updates for the webservice!

Please note that for our release, Business Coder US and Business Coder UK will have separate URLs to make web service requests to. Additionally, Business Coder UK requires a separate subscription from Business Coder US. Please visit our wiki for more information on how to what to expect out of the new Business Coder.

Business Coder UK wiki:

By Kevin Ubay-Ubay, Sales Engineer

Global ID Verification is Melissa's powerful cloud service that gives one single, simple way to clean and verify your global contact data. Leverage our experience in name, phone, address, and email validation to gain comprehensive contact checking and identity-level verification.

Our web service may be applied to:

  • Age verification
  • Name-address verification
  • Anti-fraud applications
  • Online shopping cart & eCommerce platforms
  • FinTech/Banking

When you need your contact data checked and verified, Global ID Verification begins with standardizing and validating your records. At this stage, the service will parse and standardize your data as well as check for the following:

  • Name is in a valid format
  • Address is deliverable
  • Email address exists
  • Phone number is callable


  • Full Name: John doe
  • Phone: 8458692102
  • Email:
  • Address Line 1: 1 unicorn
  • City: norwich
  • Administrative Area: Postal
  • Code: NR33AB Country: GB


  • Full Name: John doe
  • Phone: +44 8458692102
  • Email:
  • Address Line 1: :1 Unicorn Rd
  • City: Norwich
  • Administrative Area: Norfolk
  • Postal Code: NR3 3AB
  • Country: GB

In the diagram above, you can see the final result of reformatting. Casings are changed and abbreviations are corrected. Continuing the process, you gain missing street suffixes, phone country dialing codes, missing state/province/administrative area info, and even typographical email domain corrections. For example, will be adjusted to

Next, Global ID Verification evaluates your data against trusted reference data in order to verify each individual's information so you can be confident that names and communication channels are current.

In this verification stage, the web service takes the standardized name, phone, email, and address from the previous stage and performs ID verification. Additional input, such as an individual's national ID, such as a social security number and date of birth can be verified as well; depending on the country of origin.


  • Full Name: John Doe
  • National ID: HJDO840230HVZRRL05
  • Date of birth: 2/30/1984
  • Phone: +56-222-226-8000
  • Email:
  • Address Line 1: Paseo De Los Conquistadores 2000
  • City: Guadalupe
  • Administrative Area: NL
  • Postal Code: 67170
  • Country: MX


  •  KV01 - Address matched

  • KV02 - National ID matched

  • KV03 - First name matched

  • KV04 - Last name matched

  • KV05 Phone number matched

  • KV06 Email matched

  • KV07 Date of birth matched

The diagram above shows how the service will return result codes indicating which information has been matched. By observing what kinds of result codes are returned, you may determine how reliable your data is.

Global ID Verification will be available as a web service hosted on our servers - which means you won't have to worry about updates and maintenance. Information about the countries supported and the level of coverage may be found on our wiki at Sample code and documentation is also provided to help you get a jump start on building applications and services incorporating our ID Verification technology.

By Samuel Chung, QA Programmer

Microsoft Dynamics® CRM has served as an important tool for many organizations to keep track of various key details such as Contacts, Leads, Competitors, and Invoices--in order to maintain overall business success. With Melissa's Dynamics CRM plugins, you can easily verify contact information at the click of a button.

Our plugins are easy to install, configure, and use. Know your contact information is clean and verified when you choose our data quality solutions. Install Global Verify, Personator, or Business Coder and ensure that your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.

Global Verify

Do you have data in your Dynamics CRM environment that requires validation on the global scale? Then, our Global Verify Solution may fit your needs. Global Verify validates names, email addresses, phone numbers, and addresses for over 240 countries.

Here is an example of our service in action: input with a name, email, phone number, and an address into the contact record.


After running our service, the results are as shown:


Scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can see more detailed results as returned by the service. Here is an example of our phone and address details.


In addition, our premium Global Email and Global Phone services offer options such as live validation of those inputs. These services come at an additional cost, but will give you results in real-time. To activate, change your configuration from "Express" to "Premium" for each respective service.


The Personator web service will help you enrich your data for records within the United States and Canada. If your contact record is incomplete--say you only have a name and address--Personator will enrich your record by appending contact data such as an email address or phone number. In addition, it can also append demographics as well as census data.

Here is Personator at work:

After the input has been analyzed, here are the results:


Again, if you would like to see the details of the response, please scroll down to the details section of the page.


For a full list of all possible outputs, please visit the wiki page for each service.

Business Coder

Our Business Coder Solution will append firmographic information, such as revenue, number of employees, SIC/NAICS codes, and business phones. Input using various options, such as website, stock ticker, or address details. Choose which information you want to display or hide.


Dynamics CRM Options

In order to allow users to have more control over how our solutions might work in their environment, we have put certain options in the Configuration of each of our solutions.

Limiting Output

Often, you may not require every single service or field that our solutions offer. For example, if you are using our Global Verify Solution but do not require the use of service outside address verification, you can choose not to run those services. 

In the Configuration tab in the solution explorer, you can uncheck the undesired services at the top. Once unchecked, these fields and tabs will be hidden on the form in order to prevent users from being overwhelmed with unnecessary information. 

This is also true for our Personator and Business Coder solutions. In the section titled "Output Options," you can select which columns to output. The output options that are left unchecked will be hidden on the form as well. All of the output options that are left unchecked will not be sent to the web service. In other words, you will not be charged for fields you do not need on your subscription. 

Here we have a contact with all the output fields available.


We disable some of the options that we do not need:


And all the corresponding fields are now gone from the output.


Verify On Save and Hide Button


These two options work hand in hand. The "Verify On Save" option will allow users to fire the desired service, such as Personator, every time a record is saved. The "Hide Button" option will allow users to hide the "Personator" button that is present on the command ribbon when creating or editing a record. This will allow users to customize their use of these services; particularly if they find certain options undesirable.

Overwrite Input

This option will allow users to choose whether or not they would like our services to fill in the out-of-the-box fields in Dynamics CRM. For example, if a user would like to correct the user input for the address using our Personator service, they can leave this option checked in the configuration. In addition, this will allow users to fill in other out of the box fields wherever applicable, such as the longitude and latitude fields when using our Personator or Global Verify solutions. As you can see in the image below, the phone number was added to the Contact as well as the Street Name corrected from "Glenmont" to "Glenmont Dr."


Melissa provides numerous APIs to handle the standardization, cleansing and verification of various data elements such as addresses, names, phones and emails. Often times we get asked by our customers as to what are some ways to improve the speed when processing records using our APIs. Below are some performance tips to consider when implementing our APIs:



The type of medium where the data files are stored may have an impact on processing speed. We recommend the use of solid state drives to store our data files as they have faster seek & read times compared to spinning disk drives.

We have also sometimes seen clients store the data files on a network share which we definitely don't recommend. Typically, trying to access the files over a network introduces latency which impacts the processing speed when blocks of data need to be fetched quickly. Data files, therefore, should often be stored locally on the machine.



The amount of memory available and speed can also affect processing. While using the APIs, once data is read from the hard drive, the data is cached and stored temporarily into memory in case the data needs to be accessed again shortly.


A simple example below, we have a list of phone numbers that were verified using our Phone Object API along with the times in milliseconds indicating the amount of time to verify the phone number.


When the Phone Object API encounters a phone number in a new area code, there are spikes in the verify times as the Phone Object now has to go back and fetch a new block from the data files stored on a hard disk and cache it into memory. The more memory available on the system, the more that can be cached into memory as the API reads more blocks from the data files on the disk. And, as discussed in the previous section, having a faster hard drive will help keep those disk read times low when those data file reads occur.



Processors with more than a single core are now common these days. If multiple cores are available on the system, we highly recommend that developers take advantage of that. When multithreading with our APIs, we suggest having each thread contain its own object instantiation for our APIs. 

For example, if you have 8 cores, you may want to create 8 threads with our API instantiated 8 times: once per each thread. Ideally, you would want to create a pool of threads that have our API instantiated already, and therefore ready for processing. If you keep reinitializing/instantiating our API, that will introduce some overhead in the processing.


The graph and table below shows some multithreaded testing of our own with our Global Address Object® API with UK addresses and, as shown, there as substantial speed increases that can be obtained through multithreading:


Melissa's Improvements in Dynamics CRM

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Dirty data, in all forms, is bad for business. Here at Melissa, our primary concern is cleansing it from all of your platforms, including Microsoft Dynamics® CRM. Melissa currently offers many solutions for Dynamics CRM in order to combat problems with bad data.


We offer the Personator® solution in order to cleanse and enrich your U.S. and Canadian data. We offer the Global Verify solution to correct and verify your addresses, phone numbers, names, and email addresses on an international level. Soon, we will release the Express Entry® solution in order to prevent bad data from entering your environment. As we strive to offer you the best solutions, Melissa constantly seeks to improve its solutions to better suit your needs.


Coming in a future update, we will offer the following new features to our Express Entry service:

•          Personator Workflows

•          Reverse Lookup for Express Entry

•          Express Entry Integration into Global Verify

Personator Workflows

Dynamics CRM is utilized in many different ways in the business world. The creation of contact, account, and lead records is handled through many different environments that may not leverage the standard form. In addition, sometimes users may forget to use our services to cleanse and correct information before saving and storing a record. 

To address these issues, we have created workflows for the Personator solution for the currently supported out-of-box entities. These workflows can be activated to leverage our Personator service on records automatically, such as upon creation of a new record. This will allow users to create records from a different environment, such as a separate portal, to have their information automatically validated through our workflows.


Reverse Lookups for Express Entry

Different users enter address information in different orders. With Dynamics CRM's ability to customize forms, it is apparent that not everyone will start by entering a street address. With our new feature, Reverse Lookups, users can enter information starting from the most general piece of information down to the most specific. For example, now a user, after entering his or her default country, can begin by entering the postal code to determine the city and state of the particular record. After filling out these fields, the user can then enter in the street address and select from a list of addresses only in that particular city, state, and postal code.


Express Entry Integration into Global Verify

Many customers require different methods of verification. In order to address these concerns, we have integrated our Express Entry service into our Global Verify solution. Now, you can utilize the Express Entry service to autocomplete addresses when entering data as well as verify phone and email with the click of a button.

How to Do It All with Melissa

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With Melissa, you can do it all - see for yourself with the brand new Solutions Catalog. This catalog showcases products to transform your people data (names, addresses, emails, phone numbers) into accurate, actionable insight. Our products are in the Cloud or available via easy plugins and APIs. We provide solutions to power Know Your Customer initiatives, improve mail deliverability and response, drive sales, clean and match data, and boost ROI.


Specific solutions include:

·         Cleaning, matching & enriching data
·         Creating a 360 degree profile of every customer
·         Finding more customers like your best ones with lookalike profiling
·         Integrating data from any source, at any time

Other highlights include: global address autocompletion; mobile phone verification; real-time email address ping; a new customer management platform; as well as info on a wealth of data append and mailing list services.


Download the catalog now:


MAILERS Online: On Demand & In the Cloud Presorting

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Say hello to a no-contract, end-to-end mailing solution that's in the cloud and easy to use. MAILERS Online is a one-stop-shop for all your mailing and presort needs, where you can upload your text or Excel® files to our server and let Melissa take it from there. We'll presort your list, based on your selected parameters, to get you the lowest postage rates! MAILERS Online is a flexible, on-demand, software as a service (SaaS).


There is nothing to install and MAILERS Online never requires disks or updates. Use on a list-by-list basis--with no contract or subscription, you're never locked in. Use NCOA to locate customers who've moved; clean and verify address data to reduce undeliverable-as-addressed mail; and append missing data like ZIP® Codes, carrier routes, and suite numbers for stronger targeting and more efficient processing and delivery.


Find out what can MAILERS Online do for you today:

Introducing the New and Improved Global Email Web Service

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How It Can Protect and Increase Your Email Reputation Score

By Oscar Li, Data Quality Sales Engineer/Channel Manager for Global Email

Melissa Data recently introduced several improvements and new features to its Global Email Web Service - an all-in-one real-time email mailbox validation and correction service. Here's a quick list of our latest improvements:

  • Improved fuzzy matching of domain corrections
  • Updated our TLD database with the newest ICANN info
  • Increased control over the freshness of data returned
  • Better unknown status detection capability

In terms of the service's new features, Global Email now offers two validation modes: Express and Premium.

Express can be used in time-sensitive situations and will give back a response in one or two seconds. Premium will actually perform a real-time validation of the email address and can take up to 12 seconds to receive a response back.

If you want to reduce the time taken in premium mode, we offer an advanced email option which will reduce the freshness of the data return in order to increase speed.

Global Email Verify

Using the Global Email Service to Protect & Increase Your Email Reputation Score

What does email reputation mean? A big part of a marketer's campaign is email marketing campaigns. It is important to watch your email reputation with a tool such as senderscore. Once you are blacklisted, your email deliverability will suffer, and as a result, you will have trouble sending out emails in the future as most mail servers subscribe to a spammers list.

Integrators should consult with our data quality experts in order to understand what they need to look out for to avoid a bad campaign, and why certain emails should be flagged/inspected. Even if you avoid spam traps, sending out too many invalid emails will cause the mail server to flag you as a potential spammer. Email marketing campaign servers with a low email reputation score will typically experience aggressive filtering.

On the other hand, maintaining a high reputation score will see less intrusive filtering only applied to individual emails and email campaigns instead of blanket IP addresses. It would be definitely prudent to not allow other users to influence your email reputation.

For example, if you are on a shared server - other companies/users could be sending out their own campaigns without filtering emails through our service. It would be a waste if you spent all the time and investment controlling your email campaigns and another user is email blasting without mailbox validation causing the entire IP to be affected.

How do I improve my email reputation score?

If your reputation scores are already dismal for your current existing email campaign server IPs, it might be beneficial to do email campaigns on a new or more reputable IP to see better return on investment. This would start your email reputation on a clean slate. As a disclaimer, we are not sure how feasible this would be for everybody, but your team will need to discuss internally.

However, using our service on existing IP should raise the reputation score for that specific IP. On IPs with pre-existing high volume campaign history, the scores will be slow to change. You can now see why it is extremely prudent to invest in an email validation system early on and why Global Email is a valuable tool to utilize.

If you would like to learn more, please visit our website!