Only 38% of companies believe their content management system (CMS) facilitates a brand-enhancing digital presence, according to new research published today.

This is a key finding from the latest Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing published this week by Econsultancy and Adobe which highlights the growing need for companies to deliver a compelling customer experience across digital touch points including the web, tablet, mobile and social.

The report, entitled ‘From Content Management to Customer Experience Management’, is based on a web content management survey of more than 1,000 business professionals spanning marketing, web development and other business departments, carried out in March 2013.

The vast majority of respondents believe that content management should help companies ‘improve user engagement and customer engagement’ (87%) and ‘build the brand through positive experiences’ (78%).

But only 23% of companies rate their CMS as ‘good’ for improving user engagement and only 29% of companies rate their CMS as good at brand-building through positive experiences.

Other key findings include:

-) 70% of organisations surveyed agree that ‘delivering optimal experiences across all screens and devices is a major challenge’.

-) Only 14% of responding businesses say that their ‘CMS enables them to have a complete view of engagement across all channels’.

-) A third of respondents (33%) say that mobile website functionality and responsive design is the one feature they would ‘add to their CMS right now’, more than twice as many as for the next most sought after feature (targeting / segmentation).

-) Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents agree that managing and measuring social media activity within their CMS is difficult.

According to Neil Morgan, Senior Director, EMEA Marketing, Adobe Marketing Cloud: “We are seeing a growing number of companies re-platform so they can use their content to create relevant and meaningful digital experiences across channels and devices. Given this, it is concerning that a minority of this survey’s respondents agree that their Content Management System facilitates a brand-enhancing digital presence. Companies that are slow to embrace a more strategic use of content management will lose to competitors creating more impactful digital experiences.”

According to the report, marketers are increasingly taking ownership of both creation of content and delivery of content in a range formats across both online and offline channels, becoming key stakeholders in content management systems along with colleagues in other parts of the business such as IT and web development.

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Linus Gregoriadis, Research Director, Econsultancy
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Published on: 10:50AM on 10th May 2013