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E-commerce success requires a thorough cleaning of product data

E-commerce success requires a thorough cleaning of your product data

Incomplete and poor product information is the greatest obstacle on the path to success with e-commerce. The first step past this obstacle is to get an overview.

What parts of the necessary product information are accessible, where are they located and how complete are they?

Get an overview

Make a product chart with the products on the y-axis and the necessary product information on the x-axis. Even in a simplified form and with a basic item like a pen, there will quickly be a need for displaying a range of product information in the webshop.

Get an overviewIf you make a similar matrix for your products, how many empty squares are you left with?

Product information for internal vs. external use

Manufacturing companies are often in possession of the basic information, but typically they will be spread across several systems. The basic data is in ERP, more product information might be in a database and several excel sheets while pictures are on another drive, etc.

Collecting all this information in a single system in a way that makes sense is a challenge in itself, but the real problem is that product information is usually created for internal use. Something as basic as the product name might easily be understood internally, but be entirely meaningless in the eyes of the customer.

Is your product data ready for B2B e-commerce?

The customer’s search behavior should be the starting point

It is critical that it is the customer’s perception and search behavior that are the focal point for what product information is displayed in the webshop, and in how specifically they take shape. If it isn’t possible for the customer to find precisely the information he or she needs in order to make a decision, and to find them quickly, then the company loses potential sales.

Product information from manufacturers can be a challenge
For wholesalers, the challenge is twice as big as they depend on getting the product information from the manufacturers. Gathering and structuring information from several different external sources that do not deliver product information the same way makes the job of succeeding with e-commerce even more complex. 

Data cleaning is worth the effort
– Download the guide

Ready for B2B e-commerce?In the “Ready for B2B e-commerce?” guide you learn about the 6 things you need to get a handle on in order to succeed with e-commerce.

You will also be guided through what to focus on in order to turn product information from an obstacle into a competitive advantage.

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