The Origin Story of Selectabase

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A Blast from the Past

Picture it: December 1995. The Spice Girls were dominating the charts, the Internet was still a novelty, and everyone was desperately trying to figure out what to name their newfangled email address. Amidst this backdrop, our fledgling company was wrestling with an equally monumental decision: what should we call ourselves?

In those days, the direct marketing world was a veritable Wild West. There were hundreds of list owners and brokers, each vying for a piece of the pie. The market was awash with offers to buy mailing lists of every conceivable kind. The one thing they all had in common? A hefty minimum order. If you wanted to dip your toes into the direct marketing pool, you had to be prepared to shell out for 5,000 or even 10,000 records. And that’s not to mention the minimum spend of £1,000—over £2,000 in today’s money! It was an all-or-nothing game, and not every business could afford to play.

A Revolutionary Idea

Enter our plucky band of innovators. We believed that direct marketing should be accessible to everyone, not just the big players with deep pockets. Our mission was simple: to democratise the world of list brokering. We wanted every business, no matter how small, to benefit from the power of direct marketing. Whether it was postal marketing, telephone marketing, or the then-fledgling field of email marketing, we wanted to make it available to all.

So, we set out to do something radical. We introduced ourselves as list brokers with no minimum order and access to all commercially available lists (databases). It was a bold move that flew in the face of industry norms, but we were convinced it was the right thing to do. We believed in the power of direct marketing, and we wanted to share that power with businesses of all shapes and sizes.

What’s in a Name?

But what to call ourselves? We needed a name that captured our essence, a name that was both descriptive and memorable. We brainstormed, we debated, we had more cups of tea than you can imagine. And then, it hit us: Selectabase.

It was perfect. Simple, straightforward, and clever in its own way. Selectabase—because we were all about helping our clients “select a database” that met their needs, without any of the usual constraints. It was a name that spoke to our core values of choice, accessibility, and innovation.

The Journey

Since that day in December 1995, Selectabase has gone from strength to strength. We’ve seen the rise of the Internet, the explosion of social media, and the advent of data analytics. Through it all, we’ve remained committed to our founding principles. We’ve continued to offer flexible, affordable access to high-quality marketing lists, helping businesses of all sizes to reach their target audiences.

We’ve also expanded our services to keep pace with the changing times. Today, in addition to our core list services, we offer a range of postal fulfilment solutions, trigger data, data cleansing, and of course GDPR compliance. But no matter how much we grow and evolve, our mission remains the same: to make direct marketing accessible to everyone.

Speak with Our Team

Inspired by our story and ready to make the most of your marketing efforts? Our team at Selectabase is here to help. We offer a consultative approach to ensure you get the best solutions tailored to your needs. Contact us now to start selecting the perfect database for your business success.

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Big Results, Small Budget: Achieve Marketing Success Without Breaking the Bank with Selectabase

Let’s face it, marketing budgets can feel as tight as a drum these days. But what if we told you there’s a way to reach your target audience and achieve impressive results, all without blowing your entire marketing budget? Here at Selectabase, we’re all about making direct marketing accessible to businesses of all sizes, and that means helping you stretch your marketing budget further than ever before.

Here’s how Selectabase can help you achieve big results on a small budget:

  • Targeted Marketing: Gone are the days of scattershot marketing campaigns. With Selectabase, you can access highly targeted databases filled with potential customers who perfectly align with your ideal buyer persona. No more wasting money reaching people who have no interest in what you offer.
  • No Minimum Orders: Unlike some other marketing providers, we don’t believe in hefty minimum orders. With Selectabase, you can purchase only the data you need, allowing you to experiment and find the perfect fit for your campaign without a significant upfront investment.
  • Flexible Solutions: We understand that every business is unique. That’s why we offer a variety of data options and campaign solutions to fit your specific needs and budget. Whether you’re looking for a one-time email marketing campaign or a multi-channel marketing strategy, we can help you find a budget-friendly solution that delivers results.
  • Data Expertise: Using the right data is key to a successful marketing campaign. At Selectabase, we have a team of data experts who can help you select the most accurate and up-to-date data sets for your target audience. This ensures your marketing message reaches the right people, maximising your return on investment (ROI).
  • Measurable Results: With Selectabase, you can track the performance of your marketing campaigns in real-time. This allows you to see what’s working and adjust your strategy accordingly, ensuring you get the most out of your marketing spend.

Big results don’t have to come with a big price tag. Selectabase empowers businesses of all sizes to achieve their marketing goals without breaking the bank.

Ready to see how Selectabase can help your business thrive? Contact us today and let’s discuss your marketing goals and budget. We’ll help you develop a data-driven strategy that delivers the results you’re looking for, all within your budget constraints.

Achieve Marketing Success Without Breaking the Bank with Selectabase