How Would You Rate the Integrity of the Data in Your Database?
If you are like most digital marketers, your database is full of incomplete or "dirty" data. I spend a lot of time scrubbing client's Eloqua contact tables to weed out bogus email addresses, properly and consistently format phone numbers and find other fields that lack necessary information pertinent to a successful marketing campaign.
Now I am not complaining, afterall it is job security, but wouldn't it be great if the data going into your database had checks in place to prevent adding useless or incomplete data?
"If you are not using good form validation to ensure required fields are being filled out or that emails and phone numbers are entered correctly and properly formatted, you are adding costs and inefficiencies to your marketing efforts."
Maybe you are not aware of form validation scripts, or perhaps you do not have the technical resources available in which to implement good validation. Whatever the case, the development team at Iron-Point Marketing is sharing its latest validation script to help you improve your data integrity. The best part is that it is easy to use and integrate with your marketing forms and you don't need to have any prior coding experience!
Customizable Options and Features
The Plug-n-Play Validator Script allows you to set custom error messages for any given field to override the default messages. When an error is detected on a field it will display the message inline underneath the field rather than being displayed in an ugly pop-up box. The script uses <h5> tags to contain the error message, so they are easily targeted with CSS to style them within your form design.
You will also have the option to simply display only the first error that is found in any given form submit. You can alternatively choose to display all errors found in the form on each submit.
Regarding each field in your form (text, textarea, select, checkbox, etc.), you can set them to be required or not. In addition, you can set fields to check for proper formatting on email addresses, urls and phone numbers. Your users will be able to enter phone numbers in a variety of formats (xxx.xxx.xxxx, (xxx) xxx-xxxx, etc.) but the script will format the input consistently before going into your database as (xxx) xxx-xxxx. You may also specify if you want to validate domestic, international or both types of numbers.
The script has other options to validate field input such as for alphabetical, numeric or alpha-numeric values only. It also contains an option to specify any custom character set that you might want to allow in your inputs.
Finally, a Plug-n-Play Form Validator Courtesy of Iron-Point Marketing
To see the script in action or download the complimentary Plug-n-Play Form Validator Script visit my blog.
Once you plug in the script the remainder of the setup takes place in the form's HTML. Now that was easy, right?