We built a web-based Covers Portal for Macmillan Education to upload and access designs on the move

Macmillan Education

Before their merger with Springer Nature, Macmillan Education was a leading educational publisher based in Oxford. The business operated in over 40 countries worldwide and was one of the world’s leading English language learning publishers, involved in traditional and digital publishing globally.

As part of our long-standing relationship with Macmillan Education, we created a bespoke web-based portal to manage cover designs across departments and devices.

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The problem

Front cover images are essential for the marketing and data storage of published books or digital products. The storage of front cover images at Macmillan Education wasn’t initially centralised, which became very inefficient for many departments, including travelling sales reps. Cover images were being misplaced on internal drives across the business and weren’t being uploaded to Macmillan Education’s title management system. These process failures led to a breakdown in productivity and frustration among team members.

The solution

Ribbonfish’s solution to the problem was to create the Covers Portal. We developed an external website using the DotNetNuke framework in order to display all published front covers. This meant that designers could upload their designs directly to the portal, where the sales and marketing team could access and download the images. The innovative tile design provides a superb user experience, whilst the filtering process allows excellent ease of navigation.

The results

Macmillan Education was provided with a solution which created centralisation of all front covers of published products. Utilising front covers were no longer a pain, but a benefit to the business. Sales reps could do their job more efficiently by accessing the Covers Portal through their laptop or tablet remotely, and the marketing team could easily maintain detailed records of products and their covers.

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