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Product Information Manager (PIM)

Manage, sychronize and distribute product information to all internal and external consumers.

  • Create one central catalog for all your product information
  • Send product information through multiple channels
  • Keep your website automatically up-to-date with the latest product data

Northwoods PIM Software

Northwoods' PIM software is called IO. IO is perfect for small to medium-sized B2B manufacturers who want to make web catalogs and want to take more control of the management and distribution of their product data in the market. IO is implemented by consultants at Northwoods who are experienced in solving complex product data management problems.

Intuitive product search and information entry.

Northwoods has spent years working with clients to make IO's interface deceivingly simple to use. But don't let the ease of use fool you - our PIM can handle very complex product data and family relationships.

IO's fast search and simple, tabbed product information entry will go a long way in helping you clean and maintain your product data.

On-the-fly creation of fields, tags, families, categories, and channels.

Northwoods consultants will work with you to establish a sound product data architecture. But if you haven't organized your data at this level before, chances are you won't get it all perfect the very first time.

IO gives you the control to refigure everything from your categories to your families to your tags and assets - all on your own (though we are happy to help!) 

Built-in Digital Resource Manager.

When you talk about a product's data, you also have to talk about it's associated images, PDFs, videos, interactive web pages, and other assets. A PIM without an asset solution would only be half a solution.

IO has a built-in Digital Resource Manager that's simple and powerful. This will allow you to manage your product-related assets as well as build resource libraries for all internal and external stakeholders to access.

On-demand data export.

Imagine one of your distributors is rebuilding their website and they ask you to send all your product data and associated marketing assets. Well, now you can.

With the click of a button, IO exports all your product data and assets together into a convenient .zip file and gives you a download link to send to a third party. Your customer will have your complete product information in their files before your competitors can even get through their initial panic attack.

Experienced, value-driven consulting.

Northwoods consultants specialize in the B2B manufacturer space, where large numbers of products, complicated product schemas, and mixtures of stock and custom products are par for the course. Our experience will serve you well to find the most efficient, practical, and cost-effective solutions.

Organization

Intuitive product search and information entry.

Northwoods has spent years working with clients to make IO's interface deceivingly simple to use. But don't let the ease of use fool you - our PIM can handle very complex product data and family relationships.

IO's fast search and simple, tabbed product information entry will go a long way in helping you clean and maintain your product data.

Administration

On-the-fly creation of fields, tags, families, categories, and channels.

Northwoods consultants will work with you to establish a sound product data architecture. But if you haven't organized your data at this level before, chances are you won't get it all perfect the very first time.

IO gives you the control to refigure everything from your categories to your families to your tags and assets - all on your own (though we are happy to help!)

Asset Management

Built-in Digital Resource Manager

When you talk about a product's data, you also have to talk about it's associated images, PDFs, videos, interactive web pages, and other assets. A PIM without an asset solution would only be half a solution.

IO has a built-in Digital Resource Manager that's simple and powerful. This will allow you to manage your product-related assets as well as build resource libraries for all internal and external stakeholders to access.

Data Export

On-demand data export.

Imagine one of your distributors is rebuilding their website and they ask you to send all your product data and associated marketing assets. Well, now you can.

With the click of a button, IO exports all your product data and assets together into a convenient .zip file and gives you a download link to send to a third party. Your customer will have your complete product information in their files before your competitors can even get through their initial panic attack.

Consulting

Experienced, value-driven consulting.

Northwoods consultants specialize in the B2B manufacturer space, where large numbers of products, complicated product schemas, and mixtures of stock and custom products are par for the course. Our experience will serve you well to find the most efficient, practical, and cost-effective solutions.

Why Do I Need a PIM?

“Big data” has been a “big” issue for several years, and for good reason. The ability to keep product information updated and effectively push it through the distribution chain directly affects your bottom line. By making your product data current, complete, and highly accessible, you can:

  • Become faster and easier to do business with than your competitors
  • Get on top of search results in web browsers and distributor websites
  • Provide your sales people with better access to product information
  • Create more impactful marketing assets, more efficiently
  • Free your staff from product data spreadsheets and put them on higher-value projects

Product Information Manager software helps you accomplish all of these things by providing a system to manage, synchronize, and distribute product information to all internal and external consumers.

Shopping for a PIM System

PIM systems are not one-size-fits-all. Buying a system with more features than you need will actually create a problem, because a) you’ll have to devote excessive hours to managing the system itself, and b) it will be tedious for users to perform basic functions.

Before you even start shopping for a PIM, list the specific functional problems you want to solve. Commit to a scope and budget before shopping around. If you aren't careful you can end up going way over budget, only to find yourself with a bunch of bells and whistles that you don't need.

The Full Solution

Software is of little value without good management. With intelligent planning you can get good results even out of a lackluster system. But with poor planning, even the most expensive system will just further complicate the mess you already have.

Our goal at Northwoods is always to find you a solution that is the right fit for your particular problem. We have evolved our combination of PIM, CMS, and consulting services to help you take control of your data and become empowered within the markets you serve.

Ready to Learn More?

Contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

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