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Delivering Podcast Content From the Widen Collective®

by Molly Hamm, May 29, 2020

As businesses look for new and effective ways to engage customers, many are exploring how to advance their content marketing strategy into brand publishing. As publishers, brands form connections through high-quality stories created by talented journalists, photographers, videographers, and illustrators. Content is continually created and shared to cultivate a stable audience and build long-term brand awareness and growth. 

One distribution format that is gaining traction among brand publishers is podcasts — not only are they relatively inexpensive to produce, but they have growing consumer interest. According to Edison Research and Triton Digital, roughly 55% of Americans (or 155 million people) have listened to a podcast — up from 23% a decade earlier. And there are now over 800,000 active podcasts with over 54 million episodes available worldwide. From news and history to true crime and culture, podcasts span every subject and interest. 

But podcast distribution entails managing feeds to a variety of networks — including iHeart, Google, Spotify, Tunein, Stitcher, iTunes, and more — which can be time-consuming. Any Widen customer can use our digital asset management (DAM) software, the Widen Collective®, to streamline their podcast production process and publish content efficiently across various networks. To explain how, let’s look at an example from a Widen customer.

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Topics: Integrations

Portals Functionality and Best Practices

by Molly Hamm, May 18, 2020

The Portals app in the Widen Collective® offers a flexible, attractive, and easy way to share content within a branded environment. 

Our blog post Portals Examples and Use Cases showcases a range of creative and powerful ways that our customers are using portals to share assets, connect teams, and advance brand stories. In this article, we’ll share functionality details and best practices that will help you build a portal that meets your unique content and business needs.

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Topics: Creative, Portals, Brand management

Announcing Entries: A New Way to Manage Product Information | Widen

by Nate Holmes, May 4, 2020

Products are becoming whatever shoppers can read, see, and hear. They use everything from product descriptions and technical specifications to inspirational videos and detailed photographs to inform their purchases.

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Topics: Product Updates, Widen Collective, PIM

Cloud Storage Tools vs DAM: What’s the Difference?

by Sairah Mojib, May 1, 2020

In the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus, many of the world’s businesses have pivoted to working remotely and are looking to trim operational costs. This heightened focus on efficiency means that teams need to have access to the right digital technology. 

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Topics: DAM

Portals Examples and Use Cases

by Molly Hamm, April 30, 2020

The Portals app in the Widen Collective® allows users to easily present and share curated sets of assets with specific audiences. 

They can be used to share all kinds of content...brand guidelines, media kits, training content, HR resources, sales materials, product information, you name it! Our customers even rely on portals to distribute content that changes quickly, such as COVID-19 resources. 

With Portals, your teams or partners are able to access content without logging into the digital asset management (DAM) system. All asset activity is tracked to capture who is using which files, and how. And every portal can be customized to provide a fully-branded experience. 

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Topics: DAM, Portals

Getting the Most From Your DAM System With Widen’s Brand Management Maturity Model

by Lexy Spry, April 29, 2020

Managing your brand to deliver great customer experiences is no easy task. You need efficient content distribution, effective marketing automation, on point social media, relationship management, and so much more. A digital asset management (DAM) system helps teams create, organize, publish, and analyze content in today’s complicated marketing environment. It is the central content hub from which you can deliver top-notch customer experiences.

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Topics: Content Strategy, Brand management

What Are the Different Types of Metadata Fields?

by Brooke Emley, April 27, 2020

 
 

Many things you interact with everyday utilize metadata fields. Like filters on your favorite retail site, Netflix search results, and photo libraries. But what are metadata fields and why are they important? 

One simple way to understand metadata fields is to think about them in the context of a survey, which consists of questions and answers. The questions are essentially the metadata fields, and the answers are the corresponding data. Like survey fields, different types of metadata fields organize individual pieces of data.

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Topics: DAM

Working Through COVID-19: Supporting a Virtual Workforce With DAM

by Brooke Emley, April 22, 2020

COVID-19 precautions are requiring teams to work in new ways. Across the globe employees are working remotely for the first time, and many are without access to servers or tools they typically rely upon. 

While in the past the responsibilities of a digital asset management (DAM) admin might have been considered “nice-to-have,” in today’s world they are critical. You have the opportunity to help your team overcome the challenges of the present to create a better way forward for your company using DAM. 

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Topics: Widen Collective, Change Management

What to Look for in a Video Archive Solution

by Al Falaschi, April 20, 2020


Video content continues to grow in popularity and importance among marketers. According to research from Wyzowl, 89% feel video marketing results in positive ROI — up from 33% in 2015 — because it has the ability to increase traffic, leads, sales, and audience understanding. Further, faster connection speeds and improved hardware make daily video consumption the norm.

Because video assets are increasingly vital to current marketing strategies, this content needs to be managed effectively throughout its lifecycle. Let’s take a closer look at how the right technology can extend the reach and value of video content across phases — including archiving.

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Topics: Video

An Intro to the Five Foundations of Digital Asset Management

by Courtney Roe, April 15, 2020

First off, if you’re researching digital asset management (DAM) for the first time, welcome to the world of DAM puns. You’ll have plenty of DAM meetings, DAM calls, and DAM work to do.

You’ve likely heard that DAM provides benefits like increased brand control, improved productivity when finding and sharing content, and an accelerated time to market. But is that just marketing speak? If not, how do you make that a reality for your organization?

In an earlier article, we walked through the key abilities of a successful DAM admin. In this article, we’ll explore five core concepts that build out the value of DAM. These foundations lay the groundwork for businesses to realize its benefits.

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Topics: DAM

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