<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=900067807144166&amp;ev=PageView &amp;noscript=1">

Most companies use Excel to organize information in product catalogs. It's a fairly common solution, but not always the most efficient. In this post you will find five reasons why Excel is not a good image manager.

1. It doesn’t allow you to work with rich content

In the worksheets you can manage only text and numbers; you can’t manage the product images. As you’ll see in this post, the product images are really important to draw your customer’s attention.

2. Managing a large amount of data is difficult

Spreadsheets, regardless of the number of rows, are OK when you work with a few columns. The product information often has many fields that are lost by working them in this way.

3. You can’t connect it to another management program

Although your company uses other product information management programs such as ERP, if you work with a spreadsheet, you're forced to re-enter the data. There is no way to connect Excel with these programs. The repetitive tasks of this work style constitute a major inefficiency in the company and it’s also killing creativity.

4. The damn document versions

Each information update forces you to create new versions of the document that you must name and meticulously manage in order not to lose it. The main disadvantages of this are:

  • It hinders teamwork: If working with different versions of the documents is complex for a single editor, having several people working on it, is a nearly impossible task.
  • Increases the risk of data loss: If you work with other people, it's very easy to overwrite the changes that each of them have done.

5. It’s not designed for it

Each tool and application is designed to accomplish an objective. The spreadsheets are ideal for working with numbers and graphs, any use outside of this purpose, causes them to lose their effectiveness.

Moreover, are you going to allow your product information - your sales engine - to rely on a simple Excel file?

 

New Call-to-action

Related articles

Illustration of a robot making toast on an electric toaster
Catalog Management

Tips for creating automated catalogs on any platform

The advantages of automating the creation and management of your product catalogs.

Frans Bonhomme logo
Catalog Management

How to manage orders from large buyers with a PIM - The success of Frans Bonhomme

Frans Bonhomme success story: process large customers orders faster with PIM.

Illustration of an online product catalog
Catalog Management

How to Make the Best Online Product Catalog

Tips for creating the best online product catalog.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Get all the latest news and trends about product experience direct to your inbox.