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Molly Hamm

Molly Hamm

Molly Hamm is a librarian with a passion for research, writing and, metadata. She had a wide variety of jobs – ranging from an intern at The New York Times, to an adjuster at a fine arts insurance company, to a sales executive at Getty Images – before pursuing a degree in library science. Her work as a librarian over the last decade has focused on business intelligence, knowledge management, and most recently – creating meaningful content for current and future Widen customers.

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Customer Stories Take Center Stage at the 2020 Widen Summit

by Molly Hamm, November 16, 2020


Each year Summit attendees look forward to presentations that feature Widen customers. After all, learning by example is effective...and fun! So this year, we expanded the number of customer-led sessions to showcase a broad range of real-life examples from Widen Collective® sites, as well as best practices. Below is a summary and video of each presentation, breakout session, and panel.

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How to Collect, Organize, and Edit Metadata

by Molly Hamm, November 3, 2020

 

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of search tools in our digital world. With endless content across e-commerce marketplaces, digital databases, and software platforms, search functionality helps us find the information we need. When it comes to digital asset management (DAM) solutions, search allows users to quickly and easily locate the exact file they want among thousands — or even hundreds of thousands — of assets. 

But here’s the thing: searching in a DAM system only works if content is tagged with metadata. And developing quality metadata is a time-intensive undertaking that’s both an art and a science. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about metadata creation and management, this article is here to help. We’ll discuss what you need to know about collecting, organizing, and editing metadata to power your search tools and set your DAM site up for success.

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Topics: DAM

Types of Digital Asset Management Systems

by Molly Hamm, October 12, 2020


Digital asset management (DAM) software has been helping marketing teams organize their content for decades. This technology first emerged in the 1990s to help print and publishing companies manage their photos and videos, and has since evolved to be an essential platform in marketing technology (martech) ecosystems.  

Today’s DAM marketplace is packed with vendors offering similar features and functionality across these 10 core characteristics. But not all systems are equal, as many have unique offerings that support specific workflows or business goals. So let’s take a look at some areas of technical or operational focus that often differentiate one DAM platform from another.

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Topics: DAM

Widen Connect Has Launched, and You’re Invited!

by Molly Hamm, October 1, 2020

At Widen, we understand the importance of a connected user community. When our customers are able to learn from each other they increase the impact of the Widen Collective® at their organization, they advance their skills and confidence, and they even find greater satisfaction in their jobs. 

That’s why we nurture our community of Collective customers in many ways — through our annual Widen Summit, Widen User Groups (WUGs), and the Widen Advocate leadership program. And now, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Widen Connect, the place where Collective administrators can connect and grow, online. 

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Topics: DAMsters

The Ultimate Guide to File Management

by Molly Hamm, August 18, 2020


Digital files are a fact of life for any modern business. In marketing, every product launch, event, and campaign is made possible through the creation and use of a myriad of digital files. Keeping it all organized can be an overwhelming challenge!

That’s where file management comes in. File management is the process of storing and organizing digital data so it’s easy to find and use. It ensures that information is stored safely, and creates efficiencies across workflows. Let’s learn more about the benefits of file management, and how to choose a system that’s right for your business needs. 

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Topics: Marketing, DAM

12 Reasons to Attend This Year's Summit

by Molly Hamm, August 5, 2020

Each year over 200 Widen Collective® digital asset management (DAM) practitioners gather at the Widen Summit to learn, make connections, and have fun.

This year’s event will be no exception, despite the shift from in-person to virtual. We’ve designed a highly-interactive agenda full of sessions that will advance your DAM skills and  inspire new DAM goals. 

Here are a dozen reasons why you should join us October 13-14!

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Topics: Widen Summit

14 Tips to Take Better Marketing Photos With Your Smartphone Camera

by Molly Hamm, July 21, 2020

Photographs have the power to tell stories, engage emotions, and inspire action — without using a single word. That’s why marketers rely on them to connect with their audiences across markets, channels, and devices. 

To keep pace with the ever-growing need for compelling visual imagery, marketers are relying less on expensive equipment and formal photoshoots, and more on smartphones. Not only has the technology in smartphone cameras advanced significantly in recent years, but they allow images to be created quickly and affordably. 

And because smartphones are always with us, they are also fueling user-generated content — which marketers use to support their content marketing strategies. Afterall, consumers are more likely to take recommendations from friends and family members than brands when making buying decisions. And further, we enjoy sharing photos with each other, as evidenced by 50+ billion photos uploaded to Instagram to date!

But using a smartphone to take outstanding shots entails more than just aiming and tapping. Here are some simple tips and tricks that can help even amateur photographers take pictures that measure up to marketing standards. 

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Topics: Photography, Creative

WCM vs DAM: Differentiating Between Web Content Management and Digital Asset Management

by Molly Hamm, June 29, 2020

If you find the boundaries between digital asset management (DAM) and web content management (WCM) software a little murky, you’re not alone. After all, in the wildly diverse landscape of 5,000+ marketing technology (martech) vendors, these two systems both focus on managing digital content.

This overlap might make it difficult to decide which platform is best for your team. But understanding your needs upfront — along with the benefits of each solution and how they can play together — will help justify your purchase and meet your business goals.
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New Training Opportunities Help Customers Learn by Doing

by Molly Hamm, June 24, 2020

Our digital asset management (DAM) system, the Widen Collective®, supports a range of short- and long-term business goals. From improving brand consistency and cross-team collaboration to optimizing workflows and brand management practices, DAM is an essential part of any marketer’s toolkit.

Leveraging the full value of a DAM investment begins with effective and engaging user training. That’s why we have recently enhanced and expanded the learning opportunities available to every Widen customer. Through a collection of on-demand and live training options, Widen users of all abilities can advance their knowledge of the Collective to achieve business goals. 

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Topics: Widen Collective

Tips for Naming Your Digital Asset Management System

by Molly Hamm, June 9, 2020

In a notable passage from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet ponders the value of a name. She says, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In other words, she thinks that names don’t really matter all that much. 

But here at Widen, we disagree. After all, names are an important part of any branded experience. And when it comes to tools like a digital asset management (DAM) system, the right name can go a long way in bolstering system adoption and ongoing user engagement. 

That’s why many of our customers give their Widen Collective® site a name that is descriptive, unique, or memorable. But finding a name that reflects your site’s purpose and company brand can be challenging. So let’s look at some tips and best practices that will help you choose a top-notch name for your Collective site. 

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Topics: DAM

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