Product Advisory – Business Coder & Business Search

Beginning January 20, 2021, Business Coder will no longer accept inputs that have only the company name and a general location. Here are some examples of request parameters that will no longer be accepted by the Business Coder service versus what is still currently accepted.

NO LONGER VALID:

Company and Zip Input

INPUT Parameter Value
&comp= Melissa
&a1=
&a2=
&city=
&state=
&postal= 92688

 

Company and City/State Input

INPUT Parameter Value
&comp= Melissa
&a1=
&a2=
&city= Rancho Santa Margarita
&state= CA
&postal=

 

VALID:

Company and Full Address Input

REST Parameter Value
&comp= Melissa
&a1= 22382 Avenida Empresa
&a2=
&city= Rancho Santa Margarita
&state= CA
&postal= 92688

 

Company and MAK Input

REST Parameter Value
&comp= Melissa
&a1=
&a2=
&city=
&state=
&postal=
&mak= 8008006245

If you are using request parameter combinations that will no longer be accepted by the Business Coder service there is a separate service that Melissa offers that can be used as an alternative. It is a separate web service called Business Search. This service enables users to retrieve results from Melissa’s business database using limited input information, such as just a company name.

For additional information on this Business Search web service, you can visit our wiki page.

If you have any questions about this update you can reach out to our Tech Support department or email at tech@melissadata.com.

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