There are roughly 55,000 lists for rent today. About 24,000 lists are business and government focused; response, subscription, and compiled files. The mailers and list brokers I have worked with often talk about the compiled files as commodities. Different business-to-business lists characterized by similar demographics such as: standard industry classification (SIC) codes, employee sizes, annual sales, and geographic regions are expected to perform equally well.
The pressures of promoting and fulfilling peak-season sales can overwhelm the subtleties of tracking exactly where those sales are coming from. If you have a real-time tracking system or already analyzed your holiday results, you should have a good idea. If you don’t and you didn’t, now is the time to set up your analysis to inform you of what happened and to prepare you for when you’re in the thick of the holidays again.