Migrating Data To Infusionsoft
It may seem daunting if you have a lot of data to transfer over into Infusionsoft. Taking the time to plan the data migration is the most important step you can take to help ensure a smooth transition. Planning begins with making a few decisions and completing a few tasks:
What data should I import?
Take the time to be thorough. Have an in-depth understanding of exactly what data you currently have. Typically, you only want to bring actionable data over from a previous system. Any data that is not actionable now or in the foreseeable future, should be scrutinized. If the data does not provide value to your organization, don't import it. The more data you bring over, the more complex the migration will become.
Clean up your source data.
Make sure to spend time preparing your data for the migration. Following this guide will help you avoid common mistakes. This is also a good time for a self-assessment. If you have data spread across multiple spreadsheets, you will likely need to use functions like Microsoft Excel's VLOOKUP and/or Text To Columns to format your data accurately in excel. If these functions seem overwhelming, it may be a good time to turn this over to experts.
How do I build the structure in Infusionsoft (Tags vs. Custom Fields)?
Now that you know what data you want to keep, it's time to figure out how to effectively import this data into Infusionsoft. The most daunting part of a migration is setting up a new system to house your current data in the best format possible. Data can be stored in Infusionsoft in many different ways. Knowing what options you have up-front, along with a little best-practice know-how, will empower you to make great decisions on how to store your data effectively in Infusionsoft. When your deciding on what method to use to segment data, first ask yourself how you plan on searching for the data and what type of reports would you like to create.
- Tags are labels that you can apply to contact records in Infusionsoft. Tags are visible when looking at the contact record. Tags are used as filters in search queries. Many different types of reports allow you to filter by tag. Tags are the most commonly used way to segment data in Infusionsoft. For example, you could search for everyone in your database that has tag x, but does not have Tags y and z.
- Custom fields allow a ton of flexibility. You can create many different types of custom fields and merge custom field data into emails to personalize them. If you want to store data in custom fields, take a look at all of the available field types and decide which field type a particular piece of data should use. The best way to determine what type of field to use is to think about how you want to search for that data when you build a report. For example, if you are importing a date, you wouldn't want to import dates into text fields or as individual tags; you would want to import them into date fields so you can perform searches based on date ranges. You can add up to 100 custom fields per record type (contact record, opportunity record, etc...) It's fine to build custom fields and import some sample data to see if it meets your needs. You can always delete custom fields and rollback imports. Take the time to test things out to find the optimal way to store your data.
Import your data
You may want to import tags, create company records, etc... Just glance through the articles in the import data section to get your questions answered.
Quality check your data
Search through your data and evaluate the results. If you've made a mistake, or just aren't happy with the results, you can always rollback your imports and rebuild your custom fields and tags. Taking the time to do this right will give you the power to effectively and efficiently slice and dice your data when that time comes.