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A company without PIM: How it affects your ROI

The demand for PIM systems among business technology users shows a growth of 25.2% until 2027, and is one of the highest in the tech market.

With digital sales growing 49% annually since 2020 (compared to 15% of global sales across all channels), it's clear that businesses and product marketing teams need to be equipped with the right tools to meet the demand for online shopping in an efficient and agile way, such as a PIM system.

 

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  • Waste of time: Product data, catalogue production and reviews (both printed and digital) relies on spreadsheets and other traditional documents, which are less efficient because they multiply storage sources, manual actions to update data and the possibility of duplicate files and errors.

  • Errors: As mentioned above, working with product information without a PIM system specifically designed to improve content quality leads to more errors in data, in synchronisation between different channels, in communication between supply chain participants, and in general problems derived from manual work that are inexistent in an automated system.

  • Manual work: Working manually not only leads to errors, but also to less efficiency for the company, as more team members need to be employed on tasks that tend to take longer and require constant review and repetition. Keep in mind that time is the most valuable - and most easily wasted - resource when working in a team.

  • Lack of data enrichment: Even if the product data is correct in a spreadsheet, enriching it is a complex task that no company can tackle by hand. Especially when the catalogue expands to hundreds of products and a huge amount of metadata, images, videos, PDFs, descriptions, technical data, multi-language versions... have to be managed.

How to measure the ROI of a PIM system

Basically, ROI is measured using the following formula:

ROI = (Net Profit - Investment Costs) ÷ Investment Costs x 100

Besides from this mathematical operation, which can take some time to check if you wait to analyse half-yearly or annual profits, there are other useful metrics to evaluate the ROI of a PIM system in your company:

  • Total sales: Are they better than when you weren't using a PIM? It sure is. 

  • Sales conversion: Should increase, as the quality of product content improves and therefore customer satisfaction and average sales value.

  • Return rate: Should decrease by providing better product content to customers, with accurate data that avoids misunderstandings and purchasing errors.

  • Time-to-market: Will be speeded up by automating many catalogue generation tasks, allowing products to be brought to market faster. Our customer Powerslide went from doing only 2 launches per year to doing them every few weeks thanks to Sales Layer PIM.

  • Total costs: Generating catalogues traditionally or manually means more hours, people and systems. With a PIM, capable of connecting to hundreds of platforms and software programs such as InDesign, these processes are accelerated.

  • Updating time: Reviewing data, updating it, locating specific information, selecting and exporting certain products, connecting the right products to ecommerce channels... are tasks that a PIM streamlines and therefore helps to optimise working time within the company and response rates to other sales agents and customers.

 

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Types of ROI on PIM solutions

When measuring ROI on any system used in a company, the main objective is to see if it is generating more money and less costs.

However, this analysis can be done in two ways: quantitative and qualitative.

Quantitative analysis of the ROI of a MIP

  • Sales conversion: The most appetizing dish for the ROI of a PIM, as its benefits are perceived when this more efficient management translates into more sales and higher average sales value.

  • Order status: The number of product returns is a quantitative indicator of the impact of a PIM on the company's ROI. The lower the cost of handling exchanges, returns and complaints, the more effective the PIM is, as it generates more accurate product content for the buyer. 

  • Team productivity: A PIM system saves time on tedious manual tasks, so including one in the business will result in more tasks completed in less time and in speeding up the launch of new products or sales channels.

Qualitative analysis of a PIM's ROI

  • The shopping experience: PIM software improves the quality of product information, and this has a direct impact on the navigation and shopping process for customers. More than 30% of online shoppers abandon their purchases because they cannot find sufficient or reliable data.

  • Customer satisfaction: 41% of consumers consider product information as a key factor for brand image. A PIM enriches the content, provides the customer with the information they are looking for, and therefore builds better relationships with shoppers and helps build customer loyalty.

  • Market positioning: High quality product content makes products stand out in marketplaces and increases the chances of ranking higher in search engines such as Google. By improving the brand image, the company gets more visibility in the eyes of the competition and its target audience, and the PIM is generating a good ROI.

Not to mention an internal metric: by serving as a single source of truth to centralise all product data, the PIM allows the retention of talent within the team, as professionals work better, saving effort and time to devote to truly creative and productive projects.

 

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The positive impact of a PIM on your ROI

At this point it seems very clear how advantageous a PIM system is for any company, but let's reaffirm it with some conclusions. According to Forrester, companies using PIM generate 5 times more profit and 10.6 times more growth.

Increased productivity

By reducing the time spent collecting data, generating spreadsheets and making revisions, updates and requests manually, the team saves time, feels less burnt out on repetitive tasks, and can devote their efforts to branding and sales improvement actions.

Faster launches and better time-to-market

By speeding up the generation of catalogues, it is possible to launch new products or collections in less time, and therefore cope with competition and changing trends and demands in the market.

Reduced management and maintenance costs

A single, centralised, cloud-based PIM system for all product content costs far less than maintaining multiple systems on different computers, and having to perform regular in-person reviews. It also reduces training time for workers, as learning to use a PIM system is very quick. At Titanlux, they train new employees in less than 2 hours with the Sales Layer PIM.

 

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Improved data quality

The biggest goal of a PIM is to ensure that all the product information is correct, has all the necessary fields completed, without errors or inconsistencies, and allows it to be enriched and managed in all the languages needed.

A better shopping experience and higher customer satisfaction

With better product information at their service, shoppers trust brands more and find what they are looking for more quickly.

Loyalty

The world of online shopping is becoming increasingly vast, and that's overwhelming for most consumers who don't want to spend hours searching for and choosing a product. Finding the brand or shop that offers the perfect experience, which is rare these days, ensures a repeat customer in the future.

Higher average spending

It's a psychological effect: feeling more confident about the content a brand offers, the customer tends to spend more and choose complementary or slightly more expensive products if they have an advantage.

Fewer returns

48% of online shoppers who receive an unsatisfactory product return it instead of replacing it. Returns are a huge expense for businesses, and a PIM helps to reduce them because customers get more accurate product content, while avoiding the typical disappointment of receiving products that have nothing to do with what was advertised.

Ultimately, a PIM has a positive ROI for any company dedicated to selling products, as it improves the quality of product information, the shopping experience, brand reputation and sales generation. If it also has a positive impact on the team, reducing costs and improving overall productivity, the result can be spectacular.

Don't waste any more time and resources, and try Sales Layer PIM for free right here, or book a personalised session with one of our PIM specialists to analyse the current balance of your business and what solution you need right now.



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