The Ultimate List of e-Commerce Conferences

by Heidi Unruh on Dec 11, 2017

While e-commerce marketers live their workdays on the web, there is still nothing quite like in-person networking to refresh, regroup and renew. Check out our ultimate list of up-coming e-commerce ...


The Ultimate List of Digital Experience Conferences

by Heidi Unruh on Dec 11, 2017

Are you a Digital Marketer looking to up your digital experience game? It’s no small task given the speed at which this market is continuously evolving, but we’re going to make it a little easier for ...


Digital Experience Ecosystem: Healthy or Not?

by Heidi Unruh on Nov 1, 2017

As Gartner says, “experience is the new competitive battleground”. And ground zero of this competitive battleground is the technology that marketers use to enable the digital experience.


How To Connect With Millennials Using Digital Signage

by Heidi Unruh on Apr 20, 2017

Displaying information on a digital sign as it's posted on your channel lets your visitors know they matter to you and creates a psychological reward loop. It's literally a feel-good moment. ...


How to Become a "Digital Genius" Like Burberry

by Heidi Unruh on Mar 1, 2017

Here at e-Spirit, we love hearing about brands at the bleeding edge of digital. One such brand is Burberry, and although the company is not (yet) an e-Spirit customer, its digital strategy stands ...


FirstSpirit Included in Forrester Wave for the First Time

by Sebastian Glock on Jan 25, 2017

For the first time in its history, FirstSpirit has been included in the Forrester Wave™. The new research report, entitled “The Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems, Q1 2017 evaluates 10 ...


Three Key Takeaways From the CMSWire DX Summit

by Heidi Unruh on Nov 17, 2016

This week, e-Spirit was a gold sponsor at CMSWire’s DX Summit in Chicago where the buzz was all about customers, experiences, and digital dexterity. If you didn’t make the event, here three key ...


Turning Digital Content into Revenue

by Andreas Knoor on Oct 14, 2016

There’s a channel transformation at hand—known as the Internet of Things (IoT)—and its rapid rise is challenging C-suite marketers that are tasked with delivering seamless omnichannel brand ...


Best-of-breed content + commerce

by Heidi Unruh on Feb 9, 2016

Content-rich consumer experiences are only as good as the content and commerce solutions that power them, so choosing the right systems is essential. What should you look for from content and ...


How can you jump start digital transformation?

by Oliver Jaeger on Dec 3, 2015

For most companies, digital transformation is “more dream than reality.” An upcoming webinar will look at new research data and offer up useful tips and strategies to help companies move their ...


Digital transformation challenges by the numbers

by Oliver Jaeger on Nov 18, 2015

The results of our survey of more than 200 marketing, IT and business professionals about digital transformation challenges are in. Gain essential insights about the roadblocks to digital ...


Are your media files up-to-date? Apparently not.

by Oliver Jaeger on Nov 5, 2015

"Updating media files online fast enough" seems to be the biggest problem regarding managing digital content. On the basis of this result, Oliver Jaeger substantiates the efficiency of in ...


Why customer experience isn’t warmed over ERP

by Robert Bredlau on Oct 29, 2015

Forrester recently released a new “Wave” analysis of what it is calling Digital Experience Platforms (DXP), and the reports authors are now predicting that DXPs will one day become as commonplace as ...


Get your very own Corporate Content Cloud!

by Oliver Jaeger on Oct 21, 2015

Globalization, multi-brand management and personalization - today these are all topics and projects enterprises have to deal with and which they have to handle. But how can you manage such a wealth ...


Content development—follow the money

by Oliver Jaeger on Oct 12, 2015

A study funded by the CMO Club and IBM indicates that content development will make up the largest portion of the marketing budget. However creating new and exciting content is not all. How does that ...


Retail disrupted – Now is the time to get it right

by Robert Bredlau on Oct 1, 2015

Advancing technology is bringing disruption to the retail segment and transforming the way people consume. One of the hot topics at the Shop.org Digital Summit in Philadelphia will be how retailers ...


Who is driving digital transformation?

by Oliver Jaeger on Aug 20, 2015

Digital transformation is happening now: more than 70 percent of companies have a digital transformation initiative underway, according to a recent survey. But who in the company is driving the ...


What is digital transformation anyway?

by Oliver Jaeger on Aug 4, 2015

Digital transformation is one of the hottest topics in marketing today, but what does it mean? As it turns out, even though organizations are pursing digital transformation strategies, there is no ...


How can marketers improve the customer experience?

by Oliver Jaeger on Jun 19, 2015

There was a time, not too long ago, that a majority of outbound marketing messages were mostly used on a company’s website. Of course, the sales and public relations teams needed to incorporate those ...


Integrating Google Services in your Intranet

by Stefanie Noeske on May 11, 2015

Google Services are high discussed. A lot of companies use them already and are more than satisfied while others are unsure or even against it. If you decide to use Google Services this blog shows ...


Upload Hooks

by Daniel Rüttershoff-Unger on May 6, 2015

Today a media object not only consist of the picture or the file. In digital pictures additional meta data like the camera producer, the camera model or the photographer are saved in the exchangeable ...


Turning Your Customers Into Brand Ambassadors

by Oliver Jaeger on Feb 3, 2015

Companies place so much emphasis on customer acquisition that I sometimes wonder if they’re missing the bigger picture. While customer acquisition is very important, securing the customer for the ...


Connecting the dots across the entire customer journey

by Oliver Jaeger on Jan 14, 2015

This post, which originally appeared on the IBM SmarterCommerce blog, provides useful tips on implementation of what we call a Customer Experience Engine that spans the entire customer journey from ...


Removing the IT Bottleneck

by Robert Bredlau on Dec 19, 2014

It should come as no surprise that marketing and IT often have different priorities. But according to Forrester analyst Anjali Yakkundi, companies are able to deliver the best experience when these ...


Personalization is important… when done correctly

by Oliver Jaeger on Dec 5, 2014

One of the hotter topics discussed this week at the just-ended Gilbane Conference in Boston was personalization and whether it's possible to have too much of good thing. Here's our tak ...


Content marketing vs. native advertising

by Oliver Jaeger on Nov 19, 2014

For B2C marketers, there apparently is some confusion about the line between the hot strategy known broadly as content marketing and so-called native advertising (long paid placements made to look ...


How Well Do You Know Your Customers?

by Oliver Jaeger on Nov 3, 2014

It’s scary to think that the holiday season is just around the corner. Where has the year gone? Suffice it to say that e-commerce vendors are gearing up for another season of incredible deals, ...


A Web CMS that creates harmony for marketing and IT

by Robert Bredlau on Oct 14, 2014

Forrester principal analyst Ted Schadler is concerned about the mismatch between customer-facing team looking to bring new services to customers and CIOs looking to reduce costs. One way to minimize ...


Why Wrestle With Contributing Content?

by Oliver Jaeger on Oct 3, 2014

When it comes to using technology, many people cite ease of use as one of the most important features. What’s the point of having great technology if only a few people can actually use it? With a CMS ...


Creating Sitemaps for Search Engines

by Christian Thomas on Oct 3, 2014

Web crawlers of search engines usually discover pages by following links within your site from one page to another. This approach can lead to search engines not finding

FirstSpirit <RULES> - Part 2

by Christian Thomas on Sep 30, 2014

In the first article about FirstSpirit <RULES> we described what rules or dynamic forms in FirstSpirit are and provided several useful examples on how they can help you solve common requiremen ...


Does CMS Give You A Competitive Advantage? You Bet

by Oliver Jaeger on Aug 25, 2014

In this blog we talk a lot about providing a great user experience. Whether that user is a content creator inside your company or a customer viewing your website, it’s important that your content ...


Securing a Great Global User Experience

by Oliver Jaeger on Jul 23, 2014

Does your Web CMS vendor truly understand the big picture and the importance of providing a great user experience -- not just for for your customers but for content creators as well? Read this blog ...


We’ve got your back, content creators!

by Oliver Jaeger on Jun 18, 2014

The launch of FirstSpirit 5.1 has been gratifying for us in that one of our guiding principles—creating a great global user experience—continues to gain traction with a wider audience. We’ve always ...


Creating Search Engine Friendly URLs - Part 1

by Daniel Leinich on May 19, 2014

When putting a lot of effort into creating content for the visitors of your website, you definitely want them to actually find it. As potential buyers and other interested parties use search engines ...


WCMS Options: Separating the Men from the Boys

by Oliver Jaeger on May 8, 2014

Creating a great company website that is not only attractive to the eye but one that is geared to your customer’s individual interests can be a challenge. Most Web content management systems do a ...


Legal education service BARBRI Selects FirstSpirit

by Robert Bredlau on Apr 8, 2014

Unless you or a family member is in the legal services industry, chances are that you have never heard of BARBRI, Inc. But for the lawyers among us, there’s a very good chance that BARBRI played a ...


Welcome to our new website!

by Oliver Jaeger on Mar 4, 2014

As you most likely have already noticed, the e-Spirit website for the Americas has been completely re-designed for 2014 from the home page to the closing credits. This is far more than a face lift, ...

FirstSpirit <RULES>!

by Christian Thomas on Feb 22, 2014

One of the great new features of FirstSpirit 5 is the possibilty to create dynamic forms. This article will help you get started with this feature and gives examples ranging from enabling/disabling ...


Connecting read-only Databases in a Multisite Scenario

by Raphael Richter on Jan 23, 2014

In FirstSpirit there are several possibilities to transfer content from one or more master projects to different so called target projects. This could be country websites that use central content ...

Offline Manifests with FirstSpirit

by Christian Thomas on Dec 13, 2013

This article shows a way to create offline manifests for your projects. Offline manifests - also called appcache or cache manifest - are a feature of HTML5 which instructs the browser on the client ...

Search Engine Optimization using Canonical Tags

by Michael Bergmann on Nov 23, 2013

Duplicate content on websites has a negative impact on the ranking in search engines like Google. But there are cases in which you simply can not avoid it due to technical needs. In this article we ...

Creating Engaging Content

by Oliver Jaeger on Sep 19, 2013

Earlier this week I wrote about the importance of getting readers to come back to your website on a regular basis. While having compelling content is the primary issue, it’s important to remember ...

Keep Them Wanting More

by Oliver Jaeger on Sep 16, 2013

Recently I discussed the importance of having compelling content on your company’s website to attract online viewers. So once you’ve hooked the person to visit your website, how do you keep them ...


Handling High Resolution Images with FirstSpirit

by Sebastian Glock on Sep 10, 2013

After a tremendous growth of mobile internet access in the recent years, most web projects nowadays have to cope with mobilizing their content in one or another way. There are numerous approaches of ...

Powering Your E-Commerce Site

by Oliver Jaeger on Sep 9, 2013

For traditional brick-and-mortar stores, it may be hard to establish an e-commerce site. Why is that? Well, one reason is because selling merchandise that you can touch and feel is very different ...

What’s Compelling About Your Content?

by Sandra Hoegemann on Sep 5, 2013

What’s that old real estate saying? The most important three things in real estate are location, location, location. For marketers who run their company’s website it should be content, content, ...

Let's have a deep look inside FirstSpirit!

by Daniel Leinich on Aug 22, 2013

Equipped with experience from hundreds of projects we want to use this new Inside FirstSpirit blog to describe best practices on how to implement various requirements. Inside FirstSpirit is made for ...

Content Marketing: It’s About The Customer Experience

by Oliver Jaeger on Aug 8, 2013

The other day a friend of mine asked me about Content Marketing. I discussed Content Marketing in an earlier blog post so I don’t want to rehash the basics here. But my friend asked an interesting ...

Online Retailers Are Smiling…All The Way To The Bank

by Oliver Jaeger on Jul 17, 2013

I just love infographics. They can really help get a point across by painting a picture rather than just simply listing raw data. This week I came across an amazing inforgraphic developed by Invesp ...

Help Your Company Portal Reach Its Full Potential

by Robert Bredlau on Jun 21, 2013

No matter what technology is being discussed, the term “rip-and-replace” doesn’t conjure up positive images. It can be a nightmare for the IT department as well as company employees. But when you ...


How companies should treat personal customer information

by Robert Bredlau on Jun 14, 2013

After I read the news about Edward Snowden leaking classified documents about the U.S. National Security Agency’s classified surveillance program, I shifted over to an e-commerce site to order some ...

The Holistic Approach To Marketing

by Oliver Jaeger on May 28, 2013

Marketing can be a tricky thing to explain. The marketing team doesn’t necessarily produce a “product”, but, for example, creates collateral for the company website. The team doesn’t generate ...

Portals – Alive and Ready for an Upgrade

by Robert Bredlau on May 3, 2013

One of the more interesting Tweets from the Gartner PCC event in San Diego that I attended this week came across from Gartner Research Director Jim Murphy (@jimlmurph):

Why Content (Marketing) is King

by Sandra Hoegemann on May 3, 2013

Content Marketing is capturing a lot of headlines these days. I see the topic being written about in many industry magazines and websites. So why is content marketing so big right now? Whenever I ...

We’re Hiring!

by Robert Bredlau on Apr 25, 2013

If you like sitting around updating Facebook and texting your friends, chances are you won’t like working for e-Spirit. But, if you’re motivated to succeed and like working hard with smart people, ...

What’s Your Strategy For Tailoring Local Content?

by Oliver Jaeger on Apr 9, 2013

Globalization is a word that’s used quite a bit in business. What could be better than opening the doors to potential customers in other countries? Well, for those people who manage company ...


Why is the Cloud So Cool?

by Oliver Jaeger on Mar 29, 2013

Everywhere you look these days in the high-tech world you will see … The Cloud. Cloud computing has come of age and has infiltrated companies’ business strategies, products, conversations, marketing ...

Why Is Integration So Important?

by Robert Bredlau on Mar 27, 2013

Integration is a buzzword that can be overused in the technology world. However, in the Web Content Management (WCM) space, understanding integration issues can mean the difference between success ...

Are You Obsessed With Your Customers?

by Oliver Jaeger on Mar 19, 2013

Obsession is one of those words that can have two meanings. For today’s discussion we’re talking about the positive use of the word, not the Fatal Attraction type of obsession. While most ...

Why did we call our blog ‘Content Unlocked’?

by Oliver Jaeger on Mar 15, 2013

The naming process for a new blog is always an interesting endeavor. What to call it? What blog name would truly represent our company, our products, and make our brand come to life? What catchy ...


e-Spirit, Partners Kick into Gear at CeBIT 2013

by Oliver Jaeger on Mar 14, 2013

Last week was quite a busy week for the e-Spirit team. We went to Hannover, Germany and exhibited at CeBIT which is known as “the world's largest trade fair showcasing digital IT ...

If “Content Is King” then “Integration Is Queen”

by Robert Bredlau on Mar 12, 2013

Earlier this week we had the pleasure of presenting a joint webinar with Forrester Research Principal Analyst Stephen Powers. The webinar – Unlock the Secrets to a Better Multichannel Web User ...

Welcome to Content Unlocked!

by Oliver Jaeger on Mar 11, 2013

A recurring theme we find with many e-Spirit customers centers on content. Specifically, because our FirstSpirit CMS makes it so easy for non-technical people to update and publish content on the ...

Why customer experience isn’t warmed over ERP

Forrester recently released a new “Wave” analysis of what it is calling Digital Experience Platforms (DXP), and the reports authors are now predicting that DXPs will one day become as commonplace as ...