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A four month DAM implementation | Michael Shattuck on the Widen Implementation Podcast

by Nate Holmes, February 21, 2018

“I think that the biggest fear was probably that we would end up in the same place that we had been at that current time.” - Michael Shattuck

In episode one of the Widen Implementation Podcast, Bill Banham and guest Michael Shattuck discuss what it took to implement a new DAM system with around 60,000 assets to approximately 1,000 global users in under four months. Michael shares how he and his team successfully selected, migrated to, and launched the Widen Collective®.

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Topics: DAM, DAM Implementation Podcast

The Trifecta of MarTech: How to Market Better and Faster with SalesForce, HubSpot, and the Collective

by Jake Athey, February 15, 2018

All good things come in threes, or at least that is what history tells us. After all, genies give three wishes; there are three little pigs not four, and of course who would go to a two-ring circus? But superstitions aside, at Widen, we found our MarTech sweet spot in this number.

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Topics: MarTech

Three Ways to Engage DAM Users From Best DAM Contest 2017 Winner, Jane Leuchter

by Laurel Norris, February 9, 2018

Last October at the Widen Summit, an annual event for customers, we hosted the first-ever Best DAM contest. The contest featured five outstanding administrators that advanced digital asset management at their organization. During the contest, each admin shared information about their system, users, structure, and creativity during an eight-minute presentation in front of 200 industry professionals and four judges. Audience members and judges voted on a winner.

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Topics: Widen Summit, Customer Stories, DAM

DAM Pros Share Their Implementation Stories in a New Podcast Series

by Nate Holmes, February 7, 2018

Purchasing and implementing a digital asset management system can feel overwhelming. There are new concepts to learn, stakeholders to educate, budget to earn, and aggressive timelines to meet, all while there’s a lingering fear of what happens if we invest in process and system changes and end up in the same disorganized, convoluted place we are right now.

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Topics: DAM

The Ultimate Brand Management Checklist

by Nina Brakel-Schutt, February 6, 2018

As a marketer, you know firsthand how important it is for your potential and existing customers to feel good about your brand. If your images are fuzzy, your emails riddled with typos, and your messages contradictory, you are not exactly painting a picture of trust, authority, and excellence. But, with so much to juggle, how can you ensure that every single piece of content you touch is on-brand?

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Topics: Brand management

Widen Establishes European Headquarters in London

by Jake Athey, February 5, 2018

While we’re actively supporting Widen Collective customers and users around the world, we’re thrilled to be enhancing that support by opening our European Headquarters in London, England. This new location will expand support hours and professional services for customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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Topics: Culture & Company

Why Brand Management is a Key Success Factor for Modern-day Marketers

by Nina Brakel-Schutt, February 2, 2018

Regardless of funding, revenues, or company size, one of the strongest differentiators an organization can have is its brand. But brand strength doesn't happen on its own. It's a competitive advantage that needs to be earned. It takes organizational self-reflection, focus, and discipline to create a brand that customers prefer over competitors. So it must be tended to and carefully managed. It must have rules placed around it to be easily upheld and presented appropriately. And it needs to be considerate to a quickly changing world with numerous cultural nuances.

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Topics: Brand management

The DAM Data Report of 2017

by Nora Gehin, January 31, 2018

Admins spend a lot of time in the Widen Collective®. Whether they’re auditing the system, doing some clean up, adding metadata, or sharing a collection with a colleague, we know they take pride in a well-oiled digital asset management machine. But have you ever wondered what all that DAM work adds up to?

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Topics: Content, Integrations, Content Analytics, Big Data, Portals

Balsam Brands Increases Efficiency of Displaying Product Imagery on E-commerce Site

by Nate Holmes, January 25, 2018

To compensate for the lack of other senses, e-commerce shoppers make decisions based on compelling, detailed photography. It used to take Balsam Brands weeks, if not a month, to make product photography accessible. With the Widen Collective®, photography is available in a day.

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Topics: Customer Stories, DAM

Minnesota Vikings improve access and experience of delivering brand-critical imagery

by Nate Holmes, January 19, 2018


The Minnesota Vikings brand relies on powerful, quality imagery, generating thousands of photos every game. With their old digital asset management system, it could take up to three months to make those widely accessible. With the Widen Collective, those gameday images are available in 24 hours.

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Topics: Customer Stories, DAM

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