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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Using Widen’s Dropbox Integration to Simplify File Uploads

by Molly Hamm, January 15, 2020

Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare organization that finds homes for rescued pets across America. They use their digital asset management (DAM) system, the Widen Collective®, to store, organize, and distribute all of their digital assets — which includes a lot of images of ridiculously cute dogs and cats. 

Sarah Kichas is Best Friends’ Photography Manager, and DAM administration is just a small part of her job. However, it entails managing a constant stream of new content from a diverse group of photographers — including staff, freelancers, and volunteers — many of whom take pictures at just a single event. Giving them all access to the Collective with the appropriate login credentials, permissions, and upload instructions could be a part-time job in itself. 

At the 2019 Widen Summit, Sarah shared how they use the Widen Dropbox integration to turn this onerous upload process into a simple, streamlined workflow. “I love it,” she said, “because it saves me time and energy, and most importantly, my sanity.”

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Topics: Widen Summit, Customer Stories, Integrations

Workflow Automation and Increasing Your Team's Efficiency

by Molly Hamm, January 13, 2020

Keeping pace with today’s demand for marketing content is no small task. This collaborative process involves multiple phases, stakeholders, and approvals, making it continually vulnerable to delays and inconsistency. 

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Topics: Workflow

Pega Collects Actionable User Feedback via Surveys

by Molly Hamm, January 6, 2020

The execution of digital asset management (DAM) software is dynamic — it’s constantly being modified with the goal of meeting, or even anticipating, evolving user needs. User feedback can provide valuable insights into what these updates should be, and why. 

At the 2019 Widen Summit, Sara Fix, Brand Project Manager at Pega, shared how her team uses surveys to gather feedback that informs improvements to their Widen Collective® site. 

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Topics: Widen Summit, Customer Stories

Using Metadata to Preserve the History of the Boston Ballet

by Molly Hamm, December 9, 2019

For over fifty years the Boston Ballet has brought internationally-acclaimed performances, world-class education programs, and valuable community initiatives to the Boston area. Their rich and interesting history is reflected across photographs, posters, brochures, news articles, and other artifacts. 

As the webmaster at the Boston Ballet, Michaela Donnelly manages this archive and administers their digital asset management (DAM) system. At the 2019 Widen Summit, she shared how she uses the Widen Collective® to preserve and protect the Boston Ballet’s long-standing history.

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Topics: Widen Summit, Customer Stories

Our Path to Building Accessible Software for All Users

by Molly Hamm, December 5, 2019

Empathy is central to Widen’s values and culture. It is reflected in our respect for teammates, our exceptional customer service, and our commitment to employing people with developmental disabilities. Our CEO, Matthew Gonnering, speaks about the importance of empathy in business, in his TEDx talk.

So our interest in building software that’s accessible to all users is a natural extension of our mindset around empathy and inclusion. We’d like to share where we are in our effort to meet accessibility standards across our digital asset management (DAM) platform, the Widen Collective®.

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Topics: Product Updates, Widen Collective

The Importance of Image Management

by Molly Hamm, November 25, 2019

Today’s brands run on imagery: logos, company photos, product imagery, social media assets, and more. Together, they tell a unique story about a company’s products and services.

Without these images, this story is a lot harder to tell. That’s why it’s critical to store all of these visual brand assets in a secure and central location.

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Topics: Photography

The Importance of Version Control for Managing Digital Assets

by Molly Hamm, November 20, 2019

Locating the current version of a creative file can often feel like a wild goose chase. You might have a dozen to choose from, each with a slightly different headline, or logo, or font. Why have they all been updated recently? Did the company font change? Was the headline rewritten based on analytics? Which one do you use?

Trying to manage various versions of brand assets can be downright maddening. 

Fortunately, version control can help you easily organize every last asset and retrieve the one you need, instantly.

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Topics: Brand management

Image Metadata for Your Digital Assets

by Molly Hamm, November 14, 2019

Impactful visual imagery — from photographs to logos — are crucial to today’s brands. What would Nike be without the swoosh, or Frosted Flakes without Tony the Tiger? Well, they wouldn’t be the same brand. Marketers need to have easy, secure, and reliable access to these assets. And this is possible by using image metadata.

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Topics: Photography

Best DAM Contest 2019: Best Practices and Winning Strategies

by Molly Hamm, October 16, 2019

The Best DAM Contest is always a highlight of our annual Widen Summit. Four exceptional Widen customers showcase how they use their Collective® site to meet unique user needs. Each contestant has a different use case, a different strategy, and a different winning approach to their DAM system.

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Topics: Widen Summit, Customer Stories

Metadata Management: What Is It, and Why Do You Need It?

by Molly Hamm, August 26, 2019

In today’s modern workplace content creation is almost constant. New files like contracts, presentations, photography, and creative files are being added daily.

When these files are created, inherently, so is their metadata — or data about data. Metadata includes things like the document name, date, size, and creator. 

As a result, companies are awash with content and its related metadata. They need a system for keeping it all organized. That’s where metadata management comes in. 

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Topics: DAM

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