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4 steps and one spreadsheet to help with a content audit

by Nate Holmes, December 4, 2017

When’s the last time you’ve taken a step back from the planning and creation of content to evaluate it?

It’s a healthy thing to do. A content audit is a systematic review of your content. This systematic review helps you organize, evaluate, and then refine your content.

In this post, we’ll walk through four major steps and share a spreadsheet to help you conduct a content audit to help inform your content strategy.

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Topics: Content, Content Audit

The state of connectivity for marketers and creatives: Connectivity and DAM

by Jake Athey, January 6, 2017

In Part 1 of this series, we shared our research findings around connectivity for marketers and creatives. Here, in Part 2, we’re going to reveal the relationship between connectivity and digital asset management (DAM) software. After all, DAM is what Widen is best known for!

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Topics: Resources, Content, Marketing

The state of connectivity for marketers and creatives: Research findings

by Nina Brakel-Schutt, January 4, 2017

Connectivity is something everyone experiences to some degree. At Widen, we talk about it often because we’re aware that connectivity affects our clients and our teams every day.

In this three-part series on connectivity for marketers and creatives, we’ll be discussing:

  1.     Connectivity research findings
  2.     Connectivity and digital asset management (DAM)
  3.     The future of connectivity

Before we get started with part 1 of the series, let’s begin with a baseline definition of connectivity.

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Topics: Resources, Content, Marketing

The essential guide to visual content marketing

by Jake Athey, December 12, 2016

Recently, I had the pleasure of co-presenting our webinar, The Essential Guide to Visual Content Marketing, with Peg Miller of the B2B Marketing Academy.

The webinar offered a deep dive into content strategy, and included trends and actionable tips to give an organization’s marketing efforts more horsepower. Since these strategies have become so critical to marketing and content pros, we wanted to share them here, too.

So, let’s get started with our essential guide to visual content marketing with an overview of what we’ll be talking about.

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Topics: Resources, Featured, Content, Marketing, DAM

Four challenges to tackle before jumping into creating content

by Nate Holmes, December 6, 2016

Andy Wang, former Digital Marketing Manager at World Kitchen, kicked off his Widen Summit 2016 presentation by saying, “Every company and organization has a challenge. How do we connect authentic stories to our consumers?” As marketers, we tend to gravitate to talking about ourselves and features of our products. But if we want to create deeper, more genuine connections with our consumers, we can’t just talk about ourselves.

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Topics: Customer Stories, Content

Digital asset optimization — the facts about SEO and DAM

by Joey Donovan Guido, Cuppa SEO, LLC, November 16, 2016

If you work with visual content and a DAM system, you’ve probably heard the term search engine optimization (SEO) mentioned more than once. And although you know it’s important, SEO can be hard to understand — let alone master.

Since the mastery part can take years, let’s focus our attention today on gaining a clear understanding of what SEO is, and how you can begin using it more productively within your digital asset management system — specifically with your visual content and embed codes. We’ll also debunk a couple of SEO myths, too.

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Topics: Content, Technical

Intelligent Content Strategies for the Modern Marketer

by Jake Athey, September 20, 2016

What is intelligent content?

As the name implies, it’s got to be smart, right? But beyond that, things may not be as clear.

Today, we’ll be sharing some of our learnings and philosophies revolving around intelligent content strategies and their relevance to the modern marketer. In addition to good, clear information, we’ll also give you opportunities to clarify your organization’s strategy with a little bit of homework, which in the long run will make your content marketing process easier, more efficient — and more successful.

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Topics: Content, Marketing

New Widen infographic shows how to boost your content’s IQ with intelligent content and DAM software

by Nora Gehin, August 8, 2016

The content universe is ever expanding, as more content is being launched into the digital galaxy each day. Readers and buyers want to find content that will comprehensively and intelligently solve their problem or answer their question. But the challenge is that most marketing content is hard to find, poorly conceived, and dependent on highly skilled content creators to be repurposed, reformatted, and redeployed. What’s the solution? Doing all you can to create content that is helpful and then helping readers get to that content.

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Topics: Resources, Content, Marketing

2016 In-House Creative Industry Report points to digital asset management (DAM) as a high impact tool for creatives

by Nina Brakel-Schutt, June 27, 2016

The 2016 In-House Creative Services Report is here! And it shows that creatives are increasingly in need of ways to manage their organization’s brand assets, especially when they’re competing for creative dollars, showing they’re a well-run business within a business, and proving their creative ROI. It’s no surprise then, that digital asset management (DAM) has become a mission-critical tool for creatives to provide more value. In fact, 49% of the creative teams surveyed in the report are using DAM systems today.
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Topics: Creative, Content

Top 10 tips for a DAM-centric path to intelligent content

by Jake Athey, June 1, 2016

How successful is your organization at creating intelligent content?

Whether you’re a savvy digital asset management (DAM) software user or just getting started, the following 10 tips can help you make improvements in the creation and sharing of your visual content in an intelligent, efficient way.

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Topics: Content, Marketing, DAM

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