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Words of Wisdom for a Successful DAM Implementation

by Serai Schueller, November 30, 2020



Implementing a DAM system can feel like a big undertaking. For many organizations, this process is uncharted territory! But have no fear. Many others have been in your shoes, wrestling with the complexity of it all, and lived to tell their stories. In fact, they have some pretty sound advice. Check out what these nine implementation survivors have to say about the key to a successful DAM implementation.

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Topics: DAM, DAM Implementation

Five Ways DAM and Project Management Tools Can Help Your Teams Meet Deadlines

by Nate Holmes, November 25, 2020


If you’re looking for tools to help your teams meet their deadlines, you’re not alone. Marketing departments manage numerous projects and campaigns simultaneously, and keeping them all on schedule is a huge challenge. Teams are so used to being behind on deadlines that it’s often considered normal to miss them. This puts stress on your teams, and the quality of work can suffer.

So what do you do? Here are five things you can do with your project management and digital asset management (DAM) software to help your teams hit their deadlines more often. 

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Topics: DAM, Workflow

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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Topics: Widen Summit

The Digital Content Lifecycle in 6 Stages

by Courtney Roe, November 10, 2020


Videos, infographics, brochures, blogs, white papers, and on and on —  there’s no shortage of content floating around the digital stratosphere. And this makes sense. Both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) marketers create content for an average of four different audiences each. Apply that at large, and we’re talking about a heck of a lot of content.

Now depending on the maturity of your brand and your content efforts, you may already be feeling the weight of this within your own organization. Content takes time, money, and resources, which are all lost if you don’t have a plan for creating, maintaining, improving, and storing your valuable content. 

How you interact with your content should be dictated by where it falls in its lifecycle. For instance, you will treat a new case study differently than one that’s been around for years. In some cases, as content reaches the end of its lifecycle, it may be time to retire it altogether. Having a solid understanding of your content lifecycle will help you keep track of your content during each stage of its life and get the most out of your investment.

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Topics: Creative, Content, Workflow

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

The Four Stops You Need to Plot on Your DAM Site Audit Roadmap

by Courtney Roe, October 27, 2020


Call it what you will, a site audit, an assessment, a snapshot, an overview. Any way you look at it, you need to know the current state of your DAM system before you can get it where it needs to go. And while the path might not always look the same, there are four important stops everyone should plan to make along the way: analytics, users, aesthetics, and governance.

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Topics: DAM

The Widen Summit Goes Virtual and Connects Customers Worldwide

by Courtney Roe, October 21, 2020


When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade...or so the saying goes. And that’s exactly what we did for this year’s
Widen Summit. While we all would have loved to meet in person, we needed a different game plan during a global pandemic. So we moved the event to a virtual platform, and are thrilled that it allowed us to share the Summit experience with more people than ever. Over 500 registrants to be exact! And here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event. 

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Topics: Culture & Company, Widen Summit, Product Updates, Best DAM Contest

The 2020 Best DAM Contest

by Courtney Roe, October 21, 2020

This year’s Best DAM Contest brought together admins who overcame big challenges in how they worked and accessed their content. The teams at Autodesk, Life Time, and NVIDIA took different approaches to accomplish the DAM goals they set for themselves and had some fascinating ideas to share with the Widen Summit audience.

Read on to learn more about these inspiring transitions and watch the full Best DAM Contest here

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Topics: Widen Summit, Best DAM Contest

Improve the Health of Your Metadata with Controlled Vocabularies

by Nate Holmes, October 19, 2020

Metadata is the lifeblood of your digital asset management (DAM) platform. With hundreds or thousands of visual assets pumping through your DAM system, you need healthy metadata that’s accurate, organized, and relevant to how users search. Otherwise, folks will be hard-pressed to efficiently and effectively find the digital assets they need.

In this post, we’ll discuss how controlled vocabulary lists (CVLs) can improve your metadata. Plus, we’ll walk through a quick exercise to show you how to turn your existing metadata into hard-working CVLs.

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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

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