Two free ways to use DAM for Salesforce and one paid connector

by Nate Holmes, March 13, 2017

Salesforce integration with digital asset management on laptop

Content is a powerful sales tool. 87% of buyers surveyed said that the solution provider they chose provided ample content to help them through each stage of the decision-making process (via DemandGen Report). Are your teams equipped to provide your buyers ample content throughout the decision-making process?

While an automated email campaign can be an efficient means to distribute resources to buyers, a personal email sent from a salesperson is the most impactful. Why? The salesperson is building a relationship with the buyer. Through emails and calls, they’re able to understand the buyer’s business, challenges, and timeframe. That understanding can help the salesperson know what content will be the most helpful for the buyer and how to frame it up.

But that effectiveness comes with a challenge, giving your sales team quick access to the right content. When the inbox is stacking up and there’s a sales call in five minutes, the last thing your sales team wants to be doing is digging around, frantically looking for files. 

Set your sales team up for success by providing easy, curated access to valuable sales content with your digital asset management system and Salesforce. 

Before you connect Salesforce and DAM

Meet with your sales team and curate your visual content before you connect your systems.

Meet with your sales team

Meet with your sales team to understand what content they need and when. What are the most important triggers for sharing a resource? Hopefully this information was identified during your planning of the content but it doesn’t hurt to have a follow up to make sure marketing and sales are aligned with what content is for what stage of the buyer’s journey.

Ask your sales team about their experience with your DAM system. What’s working for them? What could use improvement? Is there anything they find confusing?

Curate visual content for the sales team

Before linking your DAM system to your Salesforce account, curate your visual content (assets). Pull your most valuable, frequently shared content into a Collection or Portal. Consider including customer success stories, strategy workbooks, ROI documents, product overview sheets, competitor comparison matrices, and other resources that help your buyers solve the problem at hand.

If your teams work with a variety of buyer personas and industries, it might be worth segmenting your content more granularly.

While curating your content, make sure it’s on-brand and up-to-date. It’s critical your sales team can access the resources and share it confidently, without hesitation for being outdated or off-brand. Salesforce integration with your DAM system makes this process more efficient — and more accurate.

Connect your DAM system and Salesforce

Once you’ve curated visual content for your sales team, it’s time to make them accessible in Salesforce. There are several different connection options. Two free ways pair Salesforce’s iframe and link functionality with the DAM system’s ability to distribute content. Both option one and two provide access to assets to be viewed, downloaded and/or shared. The third way uses a custom built Salesforce connector for a more integrated experience. In addition to being able to view, download, and share assets, the third option allows Salesforce to communicate with the DAM system and track.

Option one: “Custom tab”

The Salesforce Administrator can create a custom tab that links to a Portal or Collection. Once a tab has been created, your sales team can access that content, grab a share link, and include it in an email without ever leaving the Salesforce window.

Salesforce DAM System Integration

Create tab

  1. App Setup
  2. Create
  3. Tabs
  4. Web Tabs — Click “New”
  5. Follow steps in Salesforce to use your Portal link or collection share link to populate the tab

Salesforce users can add the new tab

  1. Click add tab
  2. Customize My Tabs
  3. Move Available Tab to Selected Tab

Since this option puts your assets right into the top navigation for Salesforce, it’s a great spot for your most common, frequently shared assets. These assets will likely last longer than specific campaigns or accounts.

Option two: “Custom link”

The “Custom link” method is built on an object level: accounts, opportunity, contacts, campaigns, leads. This method shines when you’ve gathered all of your visual content for a specific use, like a campaign, and then you link that portal to the campaign in Salesforce.

  1. Navigate to the desired object level
  2. Add link
  3. Paste Portal or Collection URL
  4. Add a link name and description

Since this option ties your selection of assets to a specific object, it works best for content that’s more specific to your campaigns and accounts.

Option three: “Widen’s Salesforce Connector”  

In addition to all the functionality of the first two options, our Salesforce Sales Cloud Connector adds a more robust integration with your digital asset management system, helping teams access sales materials, data sheets, product brochures, and training videos directly from your Salesforce Contacts, Accounts, and Opportunities.

In addition, you get the added benefit of leveraging Salesforce record information and asset metadata together. This happens by tying a particular Salesforce field to your default search results for the Widen Assets collector. For example, you can assign the Industry field as the default search parameter. If your sales team is seeking sales materials for a food & bev company, the search connector will automatically present them with assets tagged with food & bev metadata. And without any effort at all, your sales team will get your food & bev case studies right at the time they're emailing their champion.

DAM as a Salesforce Connector

Track assets that were shared with the Widen Asset Record table. Each asset record has details on which salesperson shared the asset, if it was copied or downloaded, and a link to the Asset Details page in Widen Collective. No more digging through email chains to see what resources you’ve shared with a buyer. Now, there’s an easy-to-track record of what you’ve sent to a contact.

Whichever option you choose, digital asset management and Salesforce is a powerful combination to get relevant, timely content in-front of your buyers.

Feel free to request a demo to see how the Widen Collective works.

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Topics: Marketing, Integrations

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