A challenging but critical brand marketing pillar
There are more glamorous and enticing creative activities than creating Product eContent assets for the online channel. It’s fairly mundane and laborious in comparison with creating a script for a new TV ad or shooting a YouTube campaign.
As a result, Product eContent is often bounced between Brand Owners, Trade Marketers, eCommerce experts – and just about anyone else that’s willing or able to reluctantly take it on.
But we firmly believe that Product eContent is a critical and foundational pillar of brand marketing.
It needs to be of a consistently high standard at all times – if not, the uneven quality of your content could act as an obstacle to a potential customer and sale.
Our expertise in this area
Since eBusiness Institute was founded in 2013, we have – among our other expert offerings – been helping brands to consistently create Product eContent that converts casual shoppers into active buyers of their products.
For instance, over the last three years, we have been helping one of the world’s best known FMCG brands and the brands under its umbrella to transform the way they approach Product-related Content across myriad communication channels.
Our methods have played a key role in significantly reducing their production costs, moving the organisation into a CGI factory approach and measuring success with increased sales at online retailers.
We are the people to come to if you’re looking for a world-class partner to create Product eContent assets – but also if you are looking for a step change in the way your organisation produces these vital brand assets internally.
A short-term solution
It’s not always necessary to make wholesale changes to your organisation in order to create high performing content that gives your brand a competitive edge. Not in the short-term, at least.
There is a highly pragmatic short-term solution that we have successfully helped brands introduce to their content creation approach.
eBusiness Institute’s Product eContent methodology allows us to understand where the content gaps are, evaluate what is available internally and then develop or repurpose only what is needed.
The goal in this short-term scenario is to only implement changes or create content where necessary, thereby saving time and costs.
But this is only a short-term ‘fix’ that is unlikely to be sustainable in the long-run.
The long-term approach – redesigning the organisation
Longer term, organisations must bite the bullet to develop an approach that results in all content assets being built following a rigorous process, standards and guidelines that help give your brand a competitive edge online.
This may well mean having to re-design the organisation.
As a starting point, it’s critically important to understand which people in your organisation do ‘What’, ‘When’ and ‘How’ in relation to the management and creation of Product eContent assets.
But identifying who is responsible for producing Product eContent in your organisation will depend on a series of factors.
eBusiness Assessment and Profiling
We and our clients need to understand what it is about their current Product eContent production process or approach that isn’t working, and how it can be fixed.
This requires ‘eBusiness Assessment and Profiling’ – in other words, the process we use to measure the maturity level of the identified global eBusiness assets.
eBusiness Profiling uses a mix of quantitative and qualitative inputs that help all parties understand important factors such as market or category background, and what successful or best-in-class Product eContent looks like in this space, where the client currently stands when benchmarked against the competition.
Critically, this assessment will give clarity in regards to how the organisation is currently set up to create Product eContent, what processes are in place, and where there are roadblocks that prevent progress.
Overall, this assessment puts us in a position to recommend ways to build capability tailored to specific needs, know how to drive synergies at a regional or global level and advise on how to maximise local market engagement.
What needs to change to achieve the end goal?
What is it that the client wants to achieve through its Product eContent, and how can we help them get into a position to be able to get there?