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Setting up a database

Copernica works with multidimensional databases, which you can structure yourself. Multidimensional databases give you enormous flexibility and freedom, because you can determine which fields and how many layers you want to add to your database. There are almost no restrictions given for a certain database design. It's for example perfectly possible to just set up an easy to grasp firstname-lastname-emailaddress-structure or to make it slightly more advanced by using a nested database to store purchase history and abandoned shopping carts. However, in the beginning it's wise to just keep things simple. You can always add fields later on.

Fields, interests and collections

A field in a database can encompass an interest or collection. An interest can only consist of the value "yes" or "no". Collections are a little more complicated, because you kind of add a new layer to your database. In a collection you can add multiple items like: "first name", "last name" en "email address". Concluding, collections are structure-wise more or less identical to databases.

Database intentions

There are various things to set up when designing databases. One is database intentions, in which you can specify whether a database is suitable for sending mailings. You can also set a variety of rules to which data must comply in order to be added to the databases. You can do this with database intentions.

Creating profiles

Databases need of course data to be of any value. The sets of data you acquire are called DATABASE & PROFILES inside Copernica. You can get a grasp of how to work with profiles by making a profile with your own details.

You can test your emails constantly by sending an email to a pre-determined test destination. This is a profile from the database that is marked as the profile for test emails. This email address is most likely your own.

More information

Want to know more about how to maintain your database and make effective selections? Or about your reputation and how it affects the deliverability of your emails? See the links below!

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