Guide to the Content Marketing Platform (CMP) Module in Sitecore Content Hub

Understanding Sitecore CMP to enhance content marketing through workflow management

What is a Content Marketing Platform (CMP)?

According to Gartner, Content marketing platforms are tools and services used by marketers to create, curate, collate and cultivate branded, user-generated and third-party content across multiple channels.”

A CMP offers a unified, collaborative space where local and global teams can synchronize their content initiatives and resources, enhancing the transparency of production timelines and campaign planning. By consolidating creative workflows in one centralized location, marketing teams gain access to tools that assess content impact, providing a comprehensive view of campaign performance and identifying opportunities for enhancement.

As a software platform, a CMP is built to integrate with your existing content storage systems, including Digital Asset Management (DAM), Product Information Management (PIM), and Marketing Resource Management (MRM), as well as with downstream marketing platforms. This integration facilitates efficient content distribution and enables large-scale personalization across various channels, maximizing reach and engagement.

Components of Content

Key Features of a CMP

  • Editorial Calendar and Planning: Enables marketers to plan their content strategy in alignment with key dates, campaigns, and marketing objectives.
  • Workflow Management: Streamlines the content creation process with customizable workflows, ensuring efficient collaboration among writers, editors, designers, and other stakeholders.
  • Content Creation and Optimization: Offers tools for creating various types of content and optimizing it for SEO to enhance visibility and engagement.
  • Distribution and Publishing: Allows for the scheduling and publishing content across multiple channels, including blogs, social media, and email marketing platforms, from a single interface.
  • Analytics and Performance Tracking: Provides detailed insights into content performance, helping marketers understand what resonates with their audience and adjust strategies accordingly.

Benefits of Using a CMP

  • Efficiency and Productivity: A CMP saves time and increases productivity among marketing teams by automating repetitive tasks and streamlining workflows.
  • Consistency and Quality: Ensures all content is consistent with the brand's voice and meets quality standards before publication.
  • Strategic Alignment: Helps align content with overall business goals and marketing strategies, enhancing the effectiveness of content marketing efforts.
  • Improved ROI: By enabling data-driven decisions, a CMP helps marketers invest in content that drives engagement and conversions, leading to a better return on investment.

Core Functionalities of Sitecore CMP

Sitecore CMP, the most recent module of Sitecore Content Hub, offers a range of tools and features aimed at improving the entire content process, from initial ideas to publishing and beyond. These functions are divided into four main categories, each essential for making content marketing efforts more efficient, improving content quality, and ensuring content aligns with business goals.

Area Description Functionalities
Ideation & Production

Streamlines the content lifecycle from initial idea generation to production.

Encompasses tools for collaborative content creation, workflow management to oversee the content journey from draft to publication, and capabilities for adapting content to various languages and cultural contexts, enhancing its relevance and reach.

Content Creation: Simplifies the development of diverse content types with easy-to-use tools and templates.

Content Collaboration: Facilitates real-time teamwork on content projects, enhancing quality through collaborative edits and feedback.

Workflow Management: Automates the process from creation and review to approval and publishing, ensuring efficiency.

Content Transcreation: Supports localization efforts to tailor content for different markets, boosting global engagement.

Powerful Search Options: Enables efficient content discovery and reuse with advanced search capabilities.


Crucial for aligning content initiatives with overarching marketing strategies and objectives.

Incorporates a structured approach to scheduling content, organizing campaigns, and managing content requirements from ideation to execution.

Content Calendar: Offers a visual overview of content schedules, helping teams plan and visualize content distribution over time for maximum impact.

Campaign Organization: Allows for the efficient organization and management of content campaigns, aligning them with marketing objectives and timelines.

Content Requirement Management: Supports the identification and tracking of content needs, facilitating the creation and prioritization of content ideas based on strategic goals


Ensures content production and distribution are consistent with the organization's strategic goals, maintaining quality and compliance across all activities.

Provides tools for visual analysis of content effectiveness, monitoring work and progress, and leveraging a robust permissions framework for content access and control.

Visual Analysis of Content Footprint: Enables a strategic overview of content distribution and performance, offering insights for potential strategy pivots and optimizations.

Monitoring of Work and Progress: Offers tools to track the progress of content projects and workflows, ensuring deadlines are met and content aligns with quality standards.

Reusability of the Core Permissions Framework: Utilizes a powerful permissions system to manage access and control over content, ensuring security and compliance with organizational policies.


Focuses on maximizing content effectiveness and streamlining content management processes.

Includes leveraging built-in modules for efficient content handling, automating content review processes, integrating with Sitecore Experience Manager (XM) for seamless content personalization and delivery, and utilizing flexible taxonomies to organize and categorize content effectively.

Built as a Module Inside Sitecore Content Hub: Seamlessly integrates with Sitecore Content Hub to provide a unified platform for content management and marketing operations.

Content Review Automation: Automates the content review process, ensuring content quality and consistency while reducing manual oversight.

Sitecore XM Integration: Enables tight integration with Sitecore Experience Manager for personalized content delivery across digital channels, enhancing user experiences.

Out-of-the-Box Curated Taxonomies with Easy Extensibility: Offers pre-defined taxonomies for content organization and allows for easy customization to meet specific business needs, improving content discoverability and usability.

Core Sitecore CMP Concepts

Screenshot of the CMP menu in Sitecore CMP


The Work page provides a detailed summary of tasks specifically allocated to the current user, along with the current status of the content within the context of the CMP's workflow. This overview allows users to quickly assess their individual responsibilities and understand how their work fits into the broader content production process managed by the CMP. It serves as a personalized dashboard that highlights pending tasks and their progress and situates these tasks within the larger framework of the content lifecycle, from creation through distribution. This functionality ensures that users are always aware of their contributions to the team's efforts and can efficiently navigate through their assigned tasks, understanding their impact on the overall content strategy and workflow.

Screenshot of the Work Page in Sitecore CMP

The Search page within the platform is designed to streamline your ability to locate and access content items efficiently. It provides users with two main search modes: a quick search for rapid, on-the-fly content retrieval and an advanced search option for more detailed, criteria-specific searches. This functionality ensures that users can easily find exactly what they're looking for, whether they need to access content quickly or conduct a more thorough search based on specific parameters or attributes of the content items.

Screenshot of the Search Page in Sitecore CMP


The Calendar page enables you to quickly see when content is scheduled for release to support strategic planning and coordination of your publishing efforts. It’s a straightforward tool that blends simplicity with functionality, offering a snapshot of your content's distribution over time.

Screenshot of the Calendar Page in Sitecore CMP


The Strategy page provides a strategic framework, aligned with the five Ws, to ensure every piece of content serves a specific purpose and aligns with your broader marketing objectives:

  • What or Type: Specifies the kind of content you're planning, such as blog posts, videos, or social media updates.
  • Who or Audience: Identifies the target audience for your content, ensuring it resonates with the right demographic.
  • Where or Channel and Region: Determines the platforms (social media, email, etc.) and geographical locations where your content will be distributed.
  • When or Publication Date: Sets the timeline for when your content will go live, aligning with your marketing calendar.
  • Why or Brief: Provides a concise overview or rationale behind the content piece, guiding its creation and objectives.

This Sitecore Content Hub also allows for uploading brief assets to verify that all necessary information is included and properly linked.

Screenshot of the Strategy Details Page in Sitecore CMP


Ideation is the process of generating new ideas — an essential step in content strategy development. For example, let’s say you’re planning a Saint Patrick’s Day event. An idea might be to send a reminder email or schedule ads.

Screenshot of the Ideas Page in Sitecore CMP

Within Sitecore CMP this ideation process initiates with the submission of an idea in the form of a draft. This idea then undergoes a review phase, where it is either approved for further development or rejected:

On approval, the idea transitions into the content creation stage. This signifies that the initial concept, perhaps the reminder email, is ready to be developed into substantive content with assets and copywriting.


The Campaign page enables users to initiate, organize, and monitor campaigns. Users can strategically plan and oversee content associated with specific campaigns using a campaign calendar, ensuring an organized approach to content deployment. Sitecore CMP facilitates the evaluation of campaign effectiveness through a comprehensive dashboard that integrates performance metrics and KPIs to ensure objectives are met.

CMP allows for creating campaign templates to enhance efficiency and maintain brand consistency. These templates streamline the process of launching new campaigns by providing a standardized framework that can be reused, ensuring a uniform approach across multiple campaigns.

Screenshot of the Campaign Details Page in Sitecore CMP

Content Collections

Content collections in Sitecore CMP group together content that shares a common theme or goal. This allows you to easily create, manage, and share content that's designed for specific channels, making it simpler to reuse. By organizing your content this way, you can quickly find what you need for different platforms, ensuring your content stays organized and can be used more efficiently

Screenshot of the Content Collections Page in Sitecore CMP


The Reporting page provides a summary of your content activities using numbers, charts, and tables, giving you a clear view of how your content is performing overall.

Screenshot of the Reporting Page in Sitecore CMP

Enhancing Content Marketing Operations With a CMP

Sitecore CMP offers a suite of tools that cater to every aspect of content marketing. As we've explored, the functionalities of Sitecore CMP span across ideation and production, planning, governance, and utilization, ensuring that content marketing efforts are more efficient and effective. By leveraging Sitecore CMP, organizations can enjoy a host of benefits, including enhanced efficiency, consistency in content quality, strategic alignment with business goals, and, ultimately, an improved return on investment.

Meet Robyn James

Content Marketing Strategist | Sitecore Strategy MVP


Robyn brings over ten years of experience crafting impactful content marketing and communications solutions for a number of high-profile brands. With diverse sector experience—including healthcare, energy, tourism, hospitality, and telecommunications—she has a deep knowledge set and the ability to easily adapt to differing industry needs.

Robyn is adept at blending data-driven research with a pragmatic approach to creativity, delivering results that inform audiences, change perceptions, or inspire action. In her spare time, she enjoys digital painting, reading, and being a pet mom to her fluffy brood of three.

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