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How to Do a Content Audit

by Nate Holmes, August 19, 2020


Marketing teams are always looking ahead, preparing for deadlines that will bring the next big campaign or project to life. But it’s important that they also periodically look back, and review all of the content that’s been created. Conducting a content audit gives teams a holistic view of their content inventory, helps them identify gaps, and surfaces opportunities for repurposing or reuse.

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to a content audit, there are four major steps that any team or business can do. Plus, there are tools to help make the process more manageable.

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Topics: Content, Content Strategy

4 Ways DAM Can Inform Your Best-Ever Content Strategy

by Nate Holmes, August 4, 2020

Smart businesses of every kind know that they need a content strategy to create a stellar customer experience and succeed in today’s information-overloaded world. They need a guiding beacon, a grand vision that’ll steer the development, delivery, and management of their content.

Your digital asset management (DAM) solution is one tool you can use to support your content strategy. Here’s how!

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Topics: DAM, Content Strategy

How Agile Teams, Assets, and Processes Power Faster Content Marketing

by Serai Schueller, July 31, 2020

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Marketing organizations today are in constant competition to deliver the absolute best customer experience possible. But in a mad dash to achieve excellence, many businesses fall short. They are focused more on speed for the sake of speed, rather than ensuring their teams, assets, and processes can move more nimbly — and therefore more quickly when their customers need it most.

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Topics: Content, Marketing, DAM, Content Strategy

A Guide to Repurposing Content With Digital Asset Management

by Nate Holmes, July 17, 2020

When a t-shirt is no longer wearable, is your instinct to throw it away or to turn it into a dust cloth? When you cook bacon, do you toss the grease or save it for your favorite chili recipe? Repurposing is a smart and effective way to get more use out of your resources while preventing waste.

More and more organizations are reaping the benefits of content repurposing. For example, a graphic for a slide deck can be repurposed for a social media post. A clip from one video can become b-roll for another. This savvy approach to content creation and repurposing not only helps your team extract more value from content but also supports a consistent message and brand style across multiple channels and campaigns.

A digital asset management (DAM) system plays a crucial role in an organization’s ability to reuse and repurpose content. A DAM system facilitates secure storage, searchable metadata, file conversions, and easy sharing for your digital assets, whether those assets are final content deliverables or individual pieces.

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Topics: DAM, Content Strategy

Getting the Most From Your DAM System With Widen’s Brand Management Maturity Model

by Lexy Spry, April 29, 2020

Managing your brand to deliver great customer experiences is no easy task. You need efficient content distribution, effective marketing automation, on point social media, relationship management, and so much more. A digital asset management (DAM) system helps teams create, organize, publish, and analyze content in today’s complicated marketing environment. It is the central content hub from which you can deliver top-notch customer experiences.

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Topics: Content Strategy, Brand management

Improving Your Team’s Social Media Workflow

by Courtney Roe, April 15, 2019

In about 15 years social media has gone from an entirely new concept to an integral part of everyday life. Now, any marketing mix that doesn’t include social media is unusual. With nearly 80% of Americans possessing a profile on a social networking platform, marketing through social media is one of the best ways to reach members of your target audience — no matter who they are. Plus, almost all prominent social platforms have paid advertising options that brands can leverage to increase exposure to relevant audiences. If you want to reach potential customers and key stakeholders, you need to be using social media.

But that doesn’t mean that social media marketing is easy, or even altogether straightforward! You and your team have probably struggled with how to create the right kind of content to engage the right people, and how to best measure success online. Don’t worry, you’re not alone — social media is a difficult and confusing tool for many marketing teams. A great step toward demystifying social media marketing is to streamline your social media workflow.

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Topics: Content, Marketing, Workflow, Content Strategy

How Varian Saved Thousands of Dollars by Monitoring Content Analytics

by Widen Marketing, May 29, 2018

Sandra De Biasi is the project manager of digital assets and graphics at Varian, a Fortune 500 company and provider of radiation oncology treatment software and hardware.

At Varian, she manages their digital asset management system, which has played an integral role in managing the company’s brand assets during their recent corporate rebrand. Here’s her exciting story about how monitoring content analytics in their DAM system helped secure their valuable brand assets.

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Topics: Customer Stories, DAM, Content Strategy, Brand management

Delivering Podcasts to Amazon Alexa From the Widen Collective

by Nate Holmes, May 2, 2018

Nearly half of Americans use digital voice assistants, according to the Pew Research Center. This new channel presents opportunities and challenges for brands, one of which is delivering audio content straight into the home or office via voice command.

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Topics: Customer Stories, DAM, MarTech, Integrations, Content Strategy

6 Not-So-Complicated Ways to Get to Know your Audience

by Nate Holmes, March 26, 2018

As a marketer, it’s your job to get to know the people you are trying to reach. You likely know a lot about them already, and that is valuable. But, audiences are complicated. Over time, they grow and evolve. Their wants, needs, goals, and pain points change right along with the environment around them. And, while it’s tempting to rely on audience assumptions that have taken hold over the years, you need to know what content and information they need from you today. To get you started, here are six not-so-complicated ways to get to know your complicated audience!

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Topics: Content Strategy

How to Craft a Winning Content Mission Statement

by Nate Holmes, February 27, 2018

Between endless marketing channels, new technologies, and responsibility overload, it’s easy for businesses, large and small, to lose sight of the big picture. As a content marketer in this busy world, you need to step back, pop your head out of the nitty-gritty and tactics of the day, and think about the rationale behind your actions. To do this, and to do it consistently, you need a content mission statement.

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Topics: Content Strategy

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