While the use of Data.com Clean makes it easier to ensure data quality does not get compromised, there are still times that I need to quickly check to see if I need to merge records together. For those who haven’t needed to do this before, you may not be aware that a SOQL query can do this for you (no need for Excel).
One scenario I recently went through was checking for duplicate Contact records that users may have created prior to an integration pushing the same Contact’s master data into Salesforce. The first thing I checked in this case was for unique email addresses.
SELECT Email, COUNT(Id) FROM Contact GROUP BY Email HAVING COUNT(Id) > 1
This Aggregate query groups together all of the resulting records by the GROUP BY field, in this case Email, and displays the number of Contact records that match that Email. The HAVING clause filters out any unique Emails in the system, ensuring that the result set only shows duplicates.
While this query doesn’t give you the Contact Ids, it is a great way to quickly narrow down the faulty data for more specific queries. Similarly, you can check other fields by modifying the GROUP BY field and adding that field to the select statement.