Random Things We're Thankful for this Thanksgiving

50 Random Things We’re Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Every year at Thanksgiving, we go around the table and say what we’re thankful for. Usually, it’s the same predictable themes mentioned such as family, friends, our health, finances, etc. Those things are without a doubt important, but there are so many other things that are overlooked, so without further au due, here are 50 random, small and somewhat unusual things LocateSmarter employees are appreciating this November.

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Data Sharing With Your Competition

*GASP* Data Sharing with Your Competition?

Litigation runs high in the collection world. The many regulations and regulatory bodies to contend with creates a minefield for agencies: FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, UDAAP, CFPB…

A lot of litigious action stems from consumer complaints regarding attempting to contact the wrong person. If an agency attempts to call a number 100 times and on the 101st attempt finds out it is not even the correct party, it can be setting itself up for an FDCPA claim. It would be much easier if the agency had the right contact information in the first place, but how can they reliably know it’s the correct information before they dial? If you’re collecting as a secondary tier agency, it might very well be that the agency who had the account before you knows exactly that.

But wouldn’t that mean data sharing with a competitor? Gasp!

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Brandon Huisman LocateSmarter Manager of Analytics

Meet Brandon Huisman, Analytics Manager

We continue our Meet the Team series with Brandon Huisman, Manager of Analytics at LocateSmarter. Brandon started off his professional career in the mortgage industry before moving to collections and data. His numbers-driven approach has helped to improve both our products’ performance and our clients’ collection and dialing strategies, resulting in more RPCs and operational efficiency. In this blog, Brandon talks about the importance of call/account disposition data, his role as Manager of Analytics, and why it took him three days to find his car in 2008. Continue reading to learn more about Brandon Huisman…

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How We Choose our Phone Append Data Sources

You’ve heard the phrase, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Well, a similar concept applies to our proprietary phone append product. (“Behind every great data product is great data sources.”)

The reason why LocateSmarter Phone Append is a great phone append product is because of our selective choice in data sources. Before adding a data source to our product, they undergo thorough testing and must meet our high expectations when it comes to quality, uniqueness, security, automation and price. Here are a few things taken into consideration:
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Famous Leadership Quotes

Best Leadership Quotes for National Bosses Day

With National Bosses Day right around the corner, I began searching for some inspirational quotes. It was apparent that there has been a shift away from the term ‘boss’ as it seems to have a negative connotation with it. As Simon Sinek stated, “A boss has a title. A leader has the people.” So, I focused instead on the best leadership quotes. Here are some of my favorite leadership quotes, in no particular order:

1. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

2. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader Continue Reading

Tyler Benson LocateSmarter Product Manager

Meet Tyler Benson, LocateSmarter Product Manager

We continue our Meet the Team series. This month, we introduce you to Tyler Benson, LocateSmarter Product Manager. Tyler got his start in the collections/data industry in 2010 facilitating analytics for a collection agency, and then began at LocateSmarter in 2014 serving in various roles in both sales and product development. Continue reading to learn what motivates him, what products are next on the LocateSmarter roadmap and which superhero Tyler repeatedly dressed up as for Halloween.

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U.S. Moving Trends

[Infographic] US Moving Trends

Every year, approximately 40 million US residents relocate from one location to another, meaning every year 40 million people’s addresses change. Check out our infographic to learn the #1 reason people move, the busiest month for relocating and other US moving trends. Continue Reading