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Four Tips for Shooting Better Video for the Non-Video Professional

by Al Falaschi, February 16, 2021


Video has proven to be one the best tools — if not the best — for communication and promotion. Its ability to convey and elicit emotions is without equal. So it’s not surprising that  video is now the number one form of media used in content strategy, overtaking blogs and infographics. 

And while demand for video is expanding, so are the tools to take high-quality video. Cameras in today’s smartphones have better video capabilities than professional cameras had as little as 10 years ago. With the right knowledge they can yield extremely high quality results — without a George Lucas-level budget. Let’s explore four areas where the right tricks and tips can help your videos look professional and achieve the desired impact:

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Topics: Content, Marketing, Video

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

The Essential Guide to Visual Content Marketing

by Serai Schueller, September 10, 2020


These days, you can do some pretty impressive things with content. However, you’re not the only one using content to win the attention and mindshare of audiences. Thanks to the success that content marketing has seen over the years, there’s a lot (and we mean a lot) of competition out there. For example, there are over 4.2 million blogs written each day. Pair that with the nearly 1.8 billion websites out there — and you have a lot of content to contend with.   

To break through the noise, you need to add some horsepower to your content marketing efforts by incorporating visual content. To help you do this effectively, it’s important to know the what, why, and how behind it.

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Topics: Featured, Content, Marketing, DAM

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

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

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

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

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

The Content Activation Model: How to hit the DAM bullseye with your content strategy

by Jake Athey, October 30, 2015

A powerful “content strategy” has become the bullseye of modern marketing, but too often, marketers miss their target.

We might have the sharpest arrows (content), but without the right bow, it’s hard to aim. Digital asset management (DAM) is the bow that allows you to launch content with precision -- and nail your content strategy.

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Topics: Featured, Content, Marketing

Widen's Response to the 10 Characteristics of a Digital Asset Management System

by Widen Marketing, July 1, 2014

Editor's note: This post was updated on December 12, 2017.

In 2014, Elizabeth Keathley wrote a piece issued by the DAM Foundation to help buyers identify a DAM system. The post looked to clarify what DAM systems are and are not. Later, the DAM Foundation came out with a revised list, The Ten Characteristics of a DAM system, which echoes many of the earlier characteristics of a system to help true DAM vendors show core competence in DAM. It also helps those looking at vendors to build their DAM strategy.

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Topics: Content, Product Updates, Marketing

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