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7 best CMS features for e-commerce websites

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Elevate your e-commerce game with the perfect CMS. Say goodbye to clunky and frustrating content management woes—easily edit, publish and manage all content, from product descriptions to promotional banners. Turn your catalog into an engaging story and drive sales. Don't miss out on these must-have CMS features!

Integration readiness

Unlock your e-commerce site's potential by choosing an integration-ready CMS that can seamlessly connect your proprietary data sources, digital experience platforms, and marketing tech software. Save time and money by utilizing your existing tools and processes with pre-built integrations that connect your storytelling and marketing capabilities directly to your inventory-management and point-of-purchase systems. Choose a CMS that can take your business to the next level.

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Omnichannel content delivery

In a modern world, it’s important to deliver content that’s optimized for all the channels your target customers visit, including digital, radio, television, print and even physical stores. Omnichannel e-commerce aligns content delivery across channels, providing a seamless and consistent experience throughout a customer’s journey. And with a modern CMS, you can easily create, optimize and distribute all your content from one place. Look for a platform that’s designed with native omnichannel capabilities, so you don’t miss an opportunity to engage consumers wherever they are.

Alistair Wearmouth
By Alistair Wearmouth
September 12, 2022
E-commerce is an increasingly critical aspect of nearly every organization that has products or services to sell. Combined with the right CMS, any organization—from retailers to corporate brands, independent businesses to media publishers—can create, manage and publish digital content to tell their story, engage their audience and market their products.
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Responsive delivery

As your customers spend more time on a variety of screens, you need a CMS that can adapt to a multi-device world. A fully responsive CMS is designed to work across many kinds of devices, delivering content across various digital touchpoints. Responsive themes provide your site with a consistent look and ensure that every page is optimized for any device. A good CMS for e-commerce should offer themes that include customizable content sections, drop-down navigation support, a sticky sidebar area, a grid layout and more.

Personalized content

If you want to convert users from prospects to customers, you need to harness the power of personalization. Once you know where your target customers research, shop and engage, you can create relevant content that educates and provides answers, maximizing your presence across those channels. Look for a CMS with technology designed to help you create personalized content and boost audience engagement. A good CMS can help you target site visitors using information such as geolocation, site activity and previous purchase activity, allowing you to segment your audience and deliver content that’s tailored to them.

Detailed analytics

When choosing a CMS, make sure it includes the features you need to achieve higher operational efficiency, drive time on site and improve conversion rates. The best content management systems have built-in analytics for measuring key performance indicators like where your target audience is located, what devices they’re using and how they’re interacting with your brand across devices and channels. If analytics aren’t built in, look for a CMS that offers integration with a tool like Google Analytics. A good CMS enables you to collect, process and interpret interaction data in real time, helping you understand where customers are in their buying journey.

Multisite and multi-language capabilities

If you want to compete in a global marketplace, your e-commerce site must be accessible in multiple languages. The best content management systems can translate text with just a few clicks, lessening the burden (and expense) on your team to create multilingual content. In addition, your CMS should have multisite capabilities so it can support as many different sites as you need (multisite capabilities extend to microsites for when, say, you need to create one-off marketing campaigns for a big new product launch). A CMS that has rules-based sharing of content, templates and modules can simplify the process. Just create content in one location, then push the content out to your other sites from that same interface.

Custom workflows

No two e-commerce companies are the same, so you need a CMS you can easily configure for your particular processes. The best content management systems adapt to the specific needs of your organization and allow you to quickly create custom workflows—all without heavy IT support. With configurable drag-and-draw workflows provided by your CMS, you can control and simplify processes across multiple users and team roles within your organization. Ultimately, this helps create consistent, high-quality content that can be delivered faster to customers researching and looking to buy your products.

Robyn Tellefsen
About the Author
Robyn Tellefsen
Robyn Tellefsen is a writer for Brightspot. She has 20+ years of experience creating and editing fresh, original content to help brands achieve their business goals. Robyn is a skilled communicator, with expertise across multiple verticals and media. When she’s not writing, you can find her absorbed in the pages of a novel.

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