Thomas Connect

Product Experience Management for Industry.TM

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Today's buyers expect products to be easy to find online, with detailed information that makes it simple to evaluate and compare that product with similar and competing products. 

Unfortunately, many small and midsized distributors simply don't have the capacity or the data needed to build a robust e-commerce presence that delivers an optimal product experience. Similarly, many industrial OEMs lack the resources to provide their distributors with consistent, high-quality, up-to-date-data.

Thomas Connect, built upon a proven product experience management platform that has helped OEMs and distributors sell millions of products and components online, helps level the online playing field for small and midsized suppliers.

OEMs
Easily power all of your sales channels with consistent, up-to-date product data.

OEM

Thomas Connect is an easy and effective way to create and maintain detailed product information, publish it online, and syndicate it to your sales partners. 

Thomas Connect makes it easy to: 

  • Increase market reach by delivering current, accurate product data/CAD/BIM files to your distributors, your website and your Thomasnet.com profile
  • Improve interactions with your distributors and buyers by enhancing their online experience with your detailed product data
  • Convert product data from your print catalogs, spec sheets, Excel files, etc. into rich content that meets your distributors’ specifications, and helps you rise to the top of search results
  • Control your data to deliver information on the specific products required by each sales channel 
  • Update your product data once, and have it automatically update in real-time across all of your sales channels
  • Deliver data that is verified and optimized to meet the unique product data guidelines of major distributors such as Motion, Kaman, Fastenal, and more

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Distributors
Take your website to the next level with real-time, OEM-approved data.

Distributor

Thomas Connect is a simple, powerful way to have your OEMs automatically populate your eCatalog with the detailed product data today’s online buyers are looking for.

Thomas Connect makes it easy to: 

  • Seamlessly integrate our dynamic eCatalog solution with your website
  • Have your online catalog automatically receive up-to-date, approved data from all of your Thomas Connect partner OEMs
  • Centralize and manage all product data from your many OEMs, and present it in a consistent manner
  • Give users the ability to search, sort, compare and download product data
  • Level the playing field with larger distributors by giving buyers and specifiers an optimal user experience on your website
  • Invite your approved OEMs to provide their data through the Thomas Connect platform

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Analyze Your Content’s Performance on Your Distributor Partners’ Websites

Analyzing where, how, and when your data gets the most engagement is critical when it comes to effectively marketing your business in an increasingly digital landscape.

Thomas Connect Analytics

With Product Data Analytics from Thomas Connect, you can effectively monitor how well the product data you syndicate to your distributor partners are performing in terms of views, engagement, and conversions. These tools create a clear view into which partners are taking steps towards effectively promoting your products and which ones could use helpful input. 

FAQs

  • What is Thomas Connect?

    Thomas Connect is an easy way for OEMs to deliver their approved product data across their various sales channels. It enables them to create and maintain that data, publish it online, and syndicate it to their distributors and their Thomasnet.com profile. In doing so, Thomas Connect makes it easy for distributors to populate their websites with real-time, OEM-approved data.

  • How does my product data get into the Thomas Connect platform?

    Thomas Connect features an easy, intuitive online interface for entering/creating your data; you can also batch upload your data via comma-delimited format.

  • What if my product data is not yet digitized?

    If you don’t have the resources in house to convert the data in your product catalogs, spec sheets, Excel files, etc., and enter it into the Thomas Connect platform, Thomas can quote a price for converting and uploading all of that data for you.

  • I’m an OEM; do my distributors need to be in the Thomas Connect network?

    Yes, your distributors must be a part of the Thomas Connect network to receive your syndicated product data. We make it easy for you to invite your distributors to join Thomas Connect.

  • I’m a distributor; do my OEMs need to be in the Thomas Connect network?

    Yes, only OEMs that are part of the Thomas Connect network can send you their product data via our platform. We make it easy for you to invite your OEMs to join Thomas Connect.

  • How do I invite my OEM or distributor partners to join Thomas Connect?

    Inviting someone to join Thomas Connect is similar to sending an invitation to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can search for your existing partners from within Thomas Connect’s huge database of OEMs and distributors, or you can create a new business listing for them in our database. Once you’ve identified all of your target partners, one click sends them all an automated email invitation to join Thomas Connect.

  • How much does Thomas Connect cost?

    Thomas Connect starts as low as $900 per year for up to 3 manufacturers, which includes the creation of up to 3,000 SKUs per manufacturer.

How To Guide

The Manufacturer’s Guide To Building Effective Online Product Catalogs

The Manufacturer's Guide to Building Effective Online Product Catalogs

Engineers, sourcing professionals, and purchasing managers are demanding richer product data like CAD models, drawings, and spec sheets. How can you meet their needs and deliver rich data while creating more revenue for you?

This guide discusses how a dynamic eCatalog improves your customers’ ability to search and find your products on your website and your distributors’ sites.

Level the playing field by optimizing your online product data.

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