Remember the game shows “Supermarket Sweep” and “Shop Til’ You Drop?” Supermarket Sweep was the show where “shoppers” run through the isle with their shopping carts swiftly swiping groceries into the cart. That show was fun to watch! I googled “Supermarket Sweep” and there’s a clip on YouTube where poor “Michelle” crashes at the finish line.
What does Supermarket Sweep have to do with Widen Digital Asset Management software? It’s the shopping cart. It might be the oldest and least extravagant feature we have, but we’ve had a number of contacts new to the exploration for a DAM system contact us about the shopping cart because it’s a recognizable concept and easy to use way to retrieve digital assets.
Similar to Supermarket Sweep, users just simply run a search and browse for assets adding desired assets to their shopping cart. When their ready to checkout, the checkout wizard helps the user decide how, where, to whom and in what format they would like to order assets.
Awhile back, we thought about ditching the shopping cart concept because it was confusing to people who thought you actually had to pay for the assets. While most clients provide digital asset solutions to their channel partners as a value add service free of charge for the benefits of consistent business branding, the shopping cart does give clients the option to charge users for their asset orders.
The shopping cart concept has several benefits besides giving users the sense that they’re participating in a shopping spree. In order to control distribution, asset “over-use,” and bandwidth use administrators can set limits to the number of assets ordered on a ‘per order’ basis. Restrictions can also be set on the number of conversions per order and even restricting what file format users can access (e.g. prevent a sales person from access to hi-res EPS files because he/she only needs access to lo-res jpegs for PowerPoint presentations).
Limits can also be set on a ‘per user’ basis to prevent someone from searching for assets and attempting to download the whole library. If you’d like to charge users for downloads, clients have the option to set dollar-value limits on asset orders and even individual asset costs if different groups of assets have different values.
Limits can be setup to be reset monthly, quarterly, yearly, or never. When limits are reached for order quantities, admin approval can be required. When limits are reached for dollar-values, credit card payment can be required.
As you can see the limits are nearly endless with Widen DAM SaaS. Our motto has always been “if you need it, we’ll build it.” With a 3-time-per-year release cycle, our clients have that luxury.