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Jake Athey

Jake Athey

I’m Jake Athey+ and I’ve been with Widen since May 2004. I work with a variety of marketing people, marketing technologies and marketing practices every day. That might sound a bit mundane, but if you’re reading my blog you know better! We are in the most exciting time to be in marketing. I’m privileged to be the user and administrator of several popular marketing technologies including customer relationship management, campaign management, digital asset management, email marketing, blogging, and social media management platforms. (If you’ve landed on my blog on purpose, I’m sure you can relate to some the same challenges and experiences...) While the abundance of marketing channels and globalization continue to be key challenges for every organization, the amount and types of digital content is rising exponentially as new marketing channels emerge. This makes effective management and efficient use of content critical to maximizing return on marketing investments. My blog focuses on the technologies that allow marketing departments to capture, store, retrieve, manage and apply digital content. Here, you’ll find commentary and resources about digital asset management, marketing trends, news and events with Widen and the world around us.

Recent posts by Jake Athey:

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

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

Our Look Back at 2017

by Jake Athey, January 3, 2018

As we jump into 2018, we wanted to take a look back at 2017 with you. We’ve made new friends, engineered new functionality, hosted events, and even won awards for our software and company culture. We’re so grateful for all the hard work and collaboration our teams and customers put into 2017 to make it the success it was.

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Your Auto-tagging Recipe for Success

by Jake Athey, December 15, 2017

Artificial intelligence, once the invention of science fiction, is quickly changing the status quo for entire industries and businesses, including the world of digital asset management. DAM users of today can now use image recognition technology to help relieve the burden of manually tagging their images. There are many auto-tagging integration options available to DAM vendors, but at Widen, we’ve approached things with our very own special spin.

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Topics: DAM, Integrations, Image recognition

Widen gives thanks

by Jake Athey, November 22, 2017

How often do you take time in your day to be thankful? Or make an effort to express gratitude? When there’s a long list of to-dos, for work and personal life, it can be a challenge. That’s why I wanted to ask my fellow Wideneers what they were thankful for during the week of the US Holiday, Thanksgiving Day.

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Topics: Culture & Company

The DAM, Creative Work, and Content Operations Trends Driving Us Into the Future

by Jake Athey, November 14, 2017

A month ago at the Widen Summit, we revealed how your feedback and aspirations have shaped the future of DAM. We also showed how the most important trends in content, creative operations, and data have informed our product roadmap. If you missed the Summit, don’t worry: below, you can find out how we’re evolving Widen’s Software-as-a-Service experience to help your brand reach its highest potential.

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Topics: DAMsters, DAM

Being a DAM admin isn’t just another task

by Jake Athey, November 2, 2017

Would you invest in a state-of-the-art boat and fill it with precious goods, just to let it bounce around the ocean without a captain?

Probably not.

So, why would your digital asset management (DAM) system be any different? If you invest your time, money, and energy in a powerful solution and valuable digital assets, you need a qualified and dedicated individual to steer it toward success.

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Topics: DAM

Widen delivers the complete Software-as-a-Service experience

by Jake Athey, October 16, 2017

The martech space loves acronyms! The digital asset management (DAM) industry takes the acronym soup to a whole new level with marketing asset management (MAM), media asset management (MAM), brand asset management (BAM), and WAM – that’s Widen Asset Management, our internal DAM system!

Widen brings you another new acronym to remember: SaaSX, or Software-as-a-Service experience. That’s a nod to Elon Musk and SpaceX. Widen is not only a different kind of company, we create a different kind of customer who is knowledgeable, empowered, and prepared for any obstacle or opportunity working with content. Those human and educational elements are why we think we’ve surpassed just offering SaaS but a SaaSX.

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Do DAM Professionals Think Image Recognition is Finally Ready for Digital Asset Management?

by Jake Athey, October 13, 2017

The use of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) has received a lot of hype in the digital asset management (DAM) community, and rightfully so. One of the biggest pain points for DAM software users is finding time to tag their growing library of digital assets with accurate and clear metadata so they can easily search for and find their visual content.

With more and more DAM software providers rolling out image recognition and auto-tagging tools, we can’t help but stop and wonder – Is image recognition technology finally ready for DAM?

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Topics: DAM, Image recognition, Survey

DAM Lessons from Progressive Insurance, Trunk Club, and Cornell University

by Jake Athey, October 12, 2017

This September, the Henry Stewart digital asset management (DAM) conference took to the Windy City of Chicago, and with it came leading companies and experienced DAM professionals from throughout the nation.

Amongst a rockstar lineup of speakers and panelists, four of our customers from Progressive Insurance, Trunk Club, and Cornell University took to the stage to share lesson-packed stories and advice about DAM.

Here’s what they had to say!

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Topics: DAM

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