Laurel Norris

Laurel Norris

Hello! I'm Laurel, a content specialist at Widen. My job includes writing white papers, web content, and blog posts. I’m new to the Widen marketing team, and I look forward to contributing to content strategy and helping create engaging content across platforms. It's no secret that the media/marketing landscape is changing. Audiences have an insatiable need for images, video, and stories. Working at Widen, I get to think about how to help people navigate their digital media collection, and see success stories about how organizations have used Widen products to make the most of their digital assets. I come from a science communications background. I’ve previously worked in biotech and astrophysics communications and while it may seem like a leap, working for a marketing technology company actually makes sense. Making complex ideas accessible is one of my favorite things to do.

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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: DAM, Widen Summit, Customer Stories

Assets Essentials: Training for DAM Admins

by Laurel Norris, May 19, 2017

There's a new opportunity for you to develop your digital asset management skills and it was informed by your DAM admin peers.

In the fall of 2016, we embarked on a training experiment to measure customer interest in training and test some material we were considering. We invited twelve admins to join us for two days before the Widen Summit in exchange for their feedback on the content and an exploration of their training needs.

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Topics: Events, DAM

The best of the Chicago Widen Workshop

by Laurel Norris, July 21, 2016

Last week we hosted the second ever Widen Workshop, this time in Chicago. Over 30 customers joined us to learn from each other and Widen staff about topics in digital asset management (DAM) like managing metadata, asset analytics, branding your site, and more.

The workshop built on the success of the New York Workshop, adding a customer presentation, securing an amazing venue (thanks, TechNexus!), and sponsoring a Midwest Digital Asset Managers meetup in the evening.

The day started early, with optional office hours for customers to meet with their customer experience manager (CXM) to talk about their Widen Collective site or DAM strategies.

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Topics: Events

Learn new skills and catch up with DAM trends in 10 webinars this spring & summer

by Laurel Norris, May 12, 2016

Our 2016 spring/summer webinar schedule is out, and we’re excited to be offering a variety of sessions ondigital asset management (DAM) trends, best practices, and our products. Read on for the full list, including:

  • How to get analytic data on your content
  • DAM as marketing technology
  • The value of DAM for professional sports teams
  • Implementing your Media Collective site
  • DAM best practices – hosted by software review site G2 Crowd
  • Smartphone photo skills

Our webinars are free and open to everyone, and all registrants will receive a copy of the slides and recording of the session.

Without further ado, here’s the 2016 spring/summer Widen webinar lineup.

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Topics: Resources, Photography, Content, Marketing, DAM

Widen Workshop NYC recap

by Laurel Norris, May 10, 2016

Last week we hosted the first Widen Workshop – a one-day event for Widen customers to connect with each other and Widen staff, learn more about the Media Collective, and explore trends and topics in digital asset management (DAM) and beyond.

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Topics: Events

Become a DAM Hero at DAM NY

by Laurel Norris, April 20, 2016

Every workplace needs a hero. Timelines are shorter, people are busier, and we’re all managing multiple systems.

This year, we’ll be at Henry Stewart DAM NY in booth 7 with people, information, and awesome swag (seriously – we have capes to give away) to help you be your own digital asset management (DAM) hero. DAM NY is the largest annual DAM conference in the world, held annually in New York. The meeting this year will take place May 5 and 6 at the New York Hilton Midtown with the theme “The Art & Practice of Managing DAM.”

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Topics: Events

Learn the essentials of content marketing from Joe Pulizzi next week at BMA Milwaukee

by Laurel Norris, March 11, 2016

We’re very excited to welcome epic content marketer Joe Pulizzi to the Business Marketing Association (BMA) of Milwaukee next Wednesday, March 16. Pulizzi is the founder of the Content Marketing Institute, a four-time author, and one of the organizers of Content Marketing World, the world’s largest in-person content marketing conference.

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Topics: Events, Content, Marketing

“The DAM Awakens” this week at the Intelligent Content Conference

by Laurel Norris, March 6, 2016

The Intelligent Content Conference (ICC) is about to start in Las Vegas, Nevada with the aim of helping marketers learn to “plan, create, and deliver contextually relevant content.” We’re excited to be a part of that, with an engaging (and entertaining) session called Content Wars: The DAM Awakens on Tuesday, March 8 at 3:10 EST.

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Topics: Events, Content, Marketing

Welcome to the new Widen website: The who, why, and how

by Laurel Norris, February 29, 2016

Last week, we launched a brand new Widen.com featuring a new look and feel. I sat down with Widen Brand Strategist, Nina Brakel-Schutt, who worked intensively on the site alongside our Web Designer, Danielle Templeton. Nina talked about what drove the site change, how our DAM system played a role in the re-design, and shared tips for selecting new marketing technology systems for your organization.

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Topics: Resources, Announcements

Who is excited about ContentTECH tomorrow?

by Laurel Norris, February 23, 2016


We’re looking forward to ContentTECH and we think you should be to because marketers need technology to help them create, publish, and share great content. ContentTECH is a free, one-day, virtual event happening tomorrow from 10am EST - 4pm EST.  It’s run by the Content Marketing Institute, one of the major players on the content marketing scene.

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Topics: Events, Content, Marketing

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