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

A New and Improved Asset Upload Experience

by Deanna Ballew, August 18, 2019

A digital asset management (DAM) system is only as valuable as the content in it. A consistent flow of new, useful, and usable assets keeps teams coming back for more. Eventually, using the DAM system becomes a key part of their workflow. But enabling content creators to properly upload assets can be a challenge. So our team set out to make the process simpler.

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Topics: Product Updates, Widen Collective

The Benefits of Cloud Digital Asset Management (DAM)

by Nate Holmes, August 14, 2019

Editor's note: This post was originally posted on May 13, 2011, and updated on October 26, 2018.

Back in 2011, referencing “the cloud” still felt fresh and cutting edge. At this point, the cloud seems to the be standard for collaboration, communication, project management, and many other business solutions. Digital asset management (DAM) is no exception.

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What to Include in Your Brand Identity Kit

by Serai Schueller, August 13, 2019

Whether your brand is traveling down the hall to a colleague's office or across the globe, you need to safeguard it for the journey ahead. With freelancers, marketing agencies, internal teams, and many others using your brand in communications and content, it's easy for inconsistencies and misuse to arise. A brand identity kit can help by providing disparate groups and individuals with the tools and information they need to uphold your brand consistently. In fact, a brand identity kit is an absolute must-have for all businesses!

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Topics: Marketing, Brand management

SaaS vs. Hosted vs. Hybrid vs. Open Source DAM: Which is Right for You?

by Serai Schueller, August 8, 2019

When it comes to digital asset management (DAM), there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Your business has different needs, workflows, priorities, budgets, and resources than your neighbor, so finding the best solution comes down to what is right for your organization.

Before getting too far in the evaluation process, take some time to understand what you need out of a DAM solution. Only then can you figure out which DAM delivery model will best help you achieve your goals.

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Topics: DAM

Media Asset Management: What Does it Really Mean?

by Courtney Roe, July 31, 2019

Media asset management (MAM) is sometimes used interchangeably with digital asset management (DAM). They both help manage assets, but are they really the same thing? Sort of…

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Topics: DAM, Video

15 Years of Tinkering Under the Hood: The Evolution of the Widen Collective® Search System

by Ben Dotte, July 16, 2019

The search system within the Widen Collective allows our 500,000+ users to find the digital assets they need. Across every Collective site the search system's job is to store all of uploaded asset information in a format that can be searched in a wide variety of ways; so that it can return results that are accurate, complete, and in compliance with the platform's governance structure. All in a matter of milliseconds! This is a highly complex system that has gone through several major overhauls over the past 15+ years to keep pace with the exponential growth of data that Widen handles. This post is the tale of that evolution over time, and the steps we take to ensure its ability to scale into the future.

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Topics: Product Updates, Widen Collective

What is Martech? A Guide to Marketing Technologies

by Courtney Roe, June 27, 2019

Anyone who has worked in digital marketing knows that marketing and technology go hand in hand. Successful marketing strategies rely on a variety of tools to evaluate data, connect with audiences, and create engaging content. With thousands of martech tools to choose from, the key is determining the right ones for your team. 

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Topics: Marketing, MarTech, Integrations

Using Filenaming Conventions to Organize Your DAM

by Molly Hamm, June 24, 2019

The names of people, places, and things help us understand and navigate the world. The same holds true in digital environments, where descriptive names allow files to be easily understood, located, and retrieved.

Everything from file folder directories to collaborative work tools are more effective if their digital files have thoughtful and appropriate names. So it should come as no surprise that strong filenaming conventions also help maximize the power and efficiency of a digital asset management (DAM) platform.

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Topics: DAM

The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Creative Brief

by Nina Brakel-Schutt, June 19, 2019

Once you’ve decided on a new marketing campaign, you’ll be tempted to jump right in. Slow down! You’re missing an important first step: the creative brief. A creative brief is essential for getting all internal stakeholders on the same page before executing a project. All new creative endeavors should start with a brief, so use the tips in this guide to help you draft one that is clear, concise, and informative.

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Topics: Creative, Marketing

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