If your company has decided to utilize mailing lists to help grow sales, you probably already know that mailing lists are becoming one of the most efficient means to obtain business and consumer contact information.In fact, so many businesses have realized the value in purchasing mailing lists that the companies that provide them have become more efficient themselves in their services. You can have a customized mailing list created just for the contacts that your company is searching for.Purchasing these customized lists can save your company time and money and get your sales teams following leads sooner. However, here are a few tips to save you even more time and money before your purchase your mailing lists.Determine your demographics. If your company caters to other businesses, then you will need a business mailing list. These lists contain vital information for the businesses you want to sell to including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and contact names.You can have these lists customized to businesses within your geographic area, businesses with a certain number of employees, businesses in certain industries, etc. By evaluating exactly what type of business you want to sell to, you can avoid paying for lists that you don’t need.If your company offers products and services for individual consumers, then you will need a consumer mailing list. These lists will contain the same information as business mailing lists except instead of the vital business information you’ll have the consumer information.Once you determine which type of list you’ll need and geographic area, you’ll want to consider a few other specifics. Does your product cater to households with children? Do you offer a service to non-profit organizations? Is your product specific to one industry or one demographic?All of these questions should be considered so that when you purchase your lists, you are prepared with all the information the mailing list provider will need. These providers have millions of contacts in their databases, so the more information you have, the more efficient they can be in creating your mailing lists.And the better your mailing list is, the better information your sales team has to work through the contacts, follow up on leads, and ultimately, make the sales. Another tip: you can use your mailing lists in direct mail campaigns, telemarketing and more. Additionally, your mailing lists can be used to organize and compile your sales information so you can track your success.