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:

MarTech Meets AdTech: How Sargento’s Award-Winning MarTech Stack Came to Be

by Jake Athey, June 6, 2019

We’re always proud to share the good news about our customers, especially when they’re doing great things with our technology!

Sargento recently won a 2019 MarTech Stackie Award for best marketing technology stack design. While MarTech Today spotlighted the story of how Sargento cooked up their stack, I had the chance to meet with Cami Schenck, the senior marketing manager of media and digital at Sargento Foods to learn more about the secret ingredients.

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Topics: Customer Stories, MarTech

What We’re Up to in 2019 and Beyond

by Jake Athey, January 22, 2019

We spent a lot of quality time together in 2018 between Widen events, customer success conversations, UX field research, and more. All of these interactions gave us a lot of great insights into how we can continue to improve our products and services this year. So, if you like what we did in 2018, you’re going to love what we have in store for 2019!

Here’s a rundown of the things we’ll do, the places we’ll go, and the experiences we’ll create together this year.

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Topics: Culture & Company

How DAM Will Impact the Future of Digital Marketing

by Jake Athey, January 16, 2019

 
The world of marketing is moving at lightning speed. In just a short time, brands have embraced big data, personalization, and customer experience. The adage about serving the right content, to the right person, at the right time, on the right channel is no longer exceptional. Fast forward five years and online marketing will evolve into a largely immersive experience powered by visual, audio, and tactile content. Consumers will inevitably “live” marketing, rather than be “targets” of it.
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Topics: Featured, Marketing, DAM

Widen’s 2018 Year in Review

by Jake Athey, December 27, 2018

2018 was a phenomenal year of growth for Widen and our Collective community! We celebrated 70 years of business and are ready for the next 70 as we work to become the most admired company in the world. We welcomed over 40 new Wideneers to the family between our North American headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin; and European headquarters in London. Our teams are proud to serve hundreds of the world’s most influential brands and a global community of 500,000 marketers, designers, salespeople, and technologists.

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Topics: Culture & Company

Why Choose a SaaS Digital Asset Management Solution

by Jake Athey, December 10, 2018

Businesses are creating more content to meet the demands of new channels, products, and markets. More content means more challenges. Marketing and creative teams are dealing with questions like: What content do we have? Where is it stored? Can I reuse it? Do we have it translated in German? Is this graphic available in PNG format? Is this the most recent version? While file storage tools can work as a temporary fix, more and more businesses are using a digital asset management (DAM) system to centralize, organize, govern, and distribute content.

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Topics: DAM

Does Your Business Need Work Management Software?

by Jake Athey, November 29, 2018

We’re all faced with a challenge, how can we do more with the resources available? The reliance on content to communicate, build an audience, and sell has turned up the pressure on marketing and creative teams. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help do more with the same. Workflow management software not only seeks to improve productivity but to do so while removing friction to managing and reviewing work before it’s published.

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Topics: Workflow

Digital Asset Management White Paper: What to Know Before You Go!

by Jake Athey, November 5, 2018

Editor's note: This post was originally posted on March 29, 2011. We updated this article and the corresponding whitepaper to reflect the current state of the DAM industry.

The decision to implement a digital asset management (DAM) system is a step towards gaining operational and intellectual control of your digital assets and is not one to be taken lightly. It brings with it great responsibility as to how the organization’s assets will be efficiently and effectively managed in its daily operations. Yet, the decision itself to go with a DAM system enacts a chain of questions to be carefully considered before proceeding down the path to DAM.

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Topics: DAM Implementation

Moments in the Making: A New Model for Brand Asset Management

by Jake Athey, October 29, 2018

What is a brand? Let me illustrate with a brand I'm partial to: New Balance. I used to think of New Balance as the maker of all white, extra wide “Dad” shoes. Now, as the proud owner of a dozen different pairs, I think of New Balance as a hipster modern shoe that goes with my jeans and shorts. I can wear them to church or to walk five miles. I can wear them anywhere!

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Topics: Marketing, Brand management

Widen and TINT Launch Integration for Sourcing and Repurposing User-generated Content

by Jake Athey, July 10, 2018

Integration enables marketing teams to ingest user-generated content from TINT into the Widen Collective® with metadata and image rights

We’re thrilled to announce our integration with the social display platform TINT. Mutual customers can now ingest user-generated content (UGC) from social media via TINT directly into the Widen Collective with all the metadata, including image rights. The integration enables brands to easily repurpose UGC for marketing initiatives at scale without the risk of misusing images.

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Topics: Marketing, Integrations

Widen Named a “Strong Performer” by Independent Research Firm in Digital Asset Management for Customer Experience Report

by Jake Athey, May 23, 2018

Widen was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in The Forrester Wave™: Digital Asset Management For Customer Experience, Q2 2018. In this evaluation, Widen was cited as a Strong Performer among the top thirteen DAM solution providers.

Forrester’s analysts noted Widen’s “attractive UI” that “reference customers praised.” Moreover, Forrester says, “Partners we surveyed ranked Widen as one of the top DAM solutions they implement.” The analysts also note that “…Widen has made significant improvements to its capabilities since our last evaluation, especially in the areas of metadata, search, and work-in-progress functionality.”

Founded in Madison, Wisconsin, Widen recently opened its European headquarters in London to expand the company’s global presence and better support customers in different time zones. Recently, the company launched a string of innovations including:

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Topics: Announcements, DAM

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