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By Andrew Lomas on Nov 30, 2023 11:51 AM

What elements define omnichannel content management?

Thirty years ago, marketing content primarily existed on printed materials like magazines and billboards. Today, we see it just about everywhere in our daily lives. Ads on social media serve up relevant advertisements, storefronts flaunt the latest products, and our email inboxes receive a healthy flow of promotional material linked to offers and personalised suggestions of what we might like to consume that suit our interests and choices.

When you think about it, you expect consistent, engaging and personalised experiences across all these mediums, and so do your customers. But, curating and delivering content for each platform, tailored to each individual personal preference, is no easy undertaking. Too often, the management processes include copying and pasting information or making small changes to images and text to suit each channel. Hubspot’s State of Marketing report found that the average marketer spends 6 hours daily manually completing administrative or operational tasks similar to these.

To meet customer expectations and overcome time-wasting challenges, you need a new approach to content management. This is where an omnichannel content platform (OCP) comes into play. With it, teams can plan, curate, manage, localise, and distribute content across multiple channels from a centralised location. This is referred to as headless content delivery. What elements define this solution?

By Michael Coorey on Oct 20, 2023 11:30 AM

What data integration challenges occur during an M&A?

Australian Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) saw a record high in 2021, with the deals announced exceeding the average of the preceding five years. By comparison, 2022 appeared to be a slower year, but a survey by PwC found that 58% of CEOs were not planning to delay deals despite concerns over economic challenges.

For companies completing an M&A, addressing integration challenges must be high on the priority list. An M&A is more than acquiring customers and services; you also acquire the data and processes that support the business. Legacy systems or data silos likely already exist. If these remain unaddressed when merging, they could generate more problems that impact how the new business serves customers, delivers services or completes processes.

In M&A, I often see five data integration challenges arise. Have you accounted for these?

By Michael Coorey on Aug 31, 2023 09:30 AM

5 ways workflow integration supports your marketing team

How many platforms does your marketing team use daily? From instant messaging to task management, the average business process runs across five or more systems. While adding more platforms over the last decade has undoubtedly brought more granular functionality to businesses (such as financial reporting, e-commerce, and CRM), if these platforms do not communicate, they can become major productivity blockers.

Perhaps your marketing team uses Wrike to plan projects and assign tasks, but do they use a different platform to report on progress? Do they have to access the content relevant to these tasks on a different platform?

If your answer to both of these questions is ‘Yes’, your business might greatly benefit from workflow integration (a.k.a. systems integration) to bring together all these platforms and processes. What are the benefits of such a solution?

By Andrew Lomas on Jul 25, 2023 10:30 AM

Headless Content Delivery: A game changer for scaling personalised content

Today, we live in a multichannel world where there are more ways to share content online and offline. You have likely seen a campaign printed on the side of a bus that you later saw in the sidebar of a website, recognisable due to the consistency of the advertisements and messaging. Perhaps the ad even mentioned the name of your city.

For a team to achieve this level of consistency and personalisation, they need full visibility of all content over online and offline channels. Yet, these systems are often disconnected from the content operations mechanics and require manual coordination between the marketing team, third-party providers and digital content creators.

Headless content delivery is one solution to this persistent problem. So, how does it work? And why is it a game-changer for scaling personalised content?

By Michael Coorey on Jun 19, 2023 01:00 PM

Integrated CX: The role of strategic planning when adopting a new platform

With any modern business, there’s an expectation that customers can interact with your brand across multiple touchpoints (which includes devices and platforms). The cross-platform personalised experience has moved from a ‘nice to have’ to a minimum standard. Therefore, all those touchpoints within your business need to have that customer data readily available. But this is often not the case.

Adopting a new customer experience (CX) platform is an opportunity to enhance these customer interactions. But its real potential goes beyond the capabilities of the platform itself. The true value lies in its ability to connect all your existing customer touchpoints and enhance them. Too often, companies will adopt a new CX platform without first considering how it will fit within the current ecosystem, inadvertently creating more work for already busy teams as they work with disconnected platforms.

In this blog, I’ll suggest some key consideration points when adopting a new CX platform and common challenges to avoid.

By Andrew Lomas on May 26, 2023 09:00 AM

What role does content management play in business process transformation?

The business landscape feels like it’s constantly changing around us. We have more functional, specific platforms at our fingertips; integration and automation are necessary, and AI tools have saturated the market. All of this creates the expectation that a business should be able to do more with less without sacrificing the quality of operations. As such, many leaders have one or many business transformations high on their priority list.

If you're among these leaders, it's important to consider the role of content in achieving process transformation. Whilst your marketing teams must efficiently produce reusable content that can be personalised for different audiences and channels for customer experience, it's also important to realise that content supports staff experiences in various business processes. Across sales, customer service, product support and maintenance, your business needs content to effectively function and to continue delivering the experience that the marketing team started at the inspiration stage.

Content management tools can help achieve these objectives by reducing manual steps and sharing content across systems, which help reduce operational costs, and ensure consistent and fast delivery of information to all teams, making it an essential consideration for any organisation undertaking process transformation.

By Michael Coorey on Apr 26, 2023 10:30 AM

Unlock business agility with SiPHON: A modular integration platform built on serverless

For your business to adapt (or pivot) as market forces demand, you must be able to change your processes quickly. Your core systems generally stay intact, but how you use those core systems might need adjusting. You may also need to adjust how those systems interact with each other or with external systems.

By Andrew Lomas on Mar 29, 2023 11:30 AM

From chaos to clarity: How to define your content production process

With digital channels becoming the key platform to reach your target audience, creating high-quality content for omnichannel content delivery is more important than ever. Yet, managing content across these channels is challenging, especially without transparency and a centralised, overarching view of all the content at that stage.

Many content teams struggle with disjointed and chaotic processes. Different teams and individuals might work in isolation, using various tools and methods and lacking clear roles, responsibilities, and communication channels — the result is duplicated efforts, inconsistent quality, misaligned messaging, and wasted resources.

What’s the solution to problems like these? You need a transparent and standardised approach to content creation, distribution, and measurement to streamline workflows, improve collaboration, enhance relevance, and ultimately drive better results for your business.

By Andrew Lomas on Feb 28, 2023 03:33 PM

Comparing PIM vs PCM: A closer look at the distinctions

Think for a moment about how you go about shopping online. You likely analyse product images and rely on descriptions to gain a clear understanding of the brand and product you might want to purchase. If you visit two e-commerce sites to compare prices, you might have noticed that occasionally the same branded product has different images on different e-commerce sites, and perhaps the product description is different too, or there is more information. One site might also contain more supporting content, such as ‘How to use guides’ or technical manuals, and others don’t.

By Andrew Lomas on Jan 30, 2023 03:12 PM

What are the benefits of Product Content Management for Manufacturing?

A recent Deloitte report listed ‘Investing in advanced technologies to help mitigate risk’ as a key priority for the US manufacturing industry. Though this insight came from the US market, case studies from WoodWing have also revealed that European manufacturers have focused on digitalisation in recent years. As such, this priority should also be a key focus for the APAC region's manufacturing sector.

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