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What to Look for in a Video Archive Solution

by Al Falaschi, April 20, 2020


Video content continues to grow in popularity and importance among marketers. According to research from Wyzowl, 89% feel video marketing results in positive ROI — up from 33% in 2015 — because it has the ability to increase traffic, leads, sales, and audience understanding. Further, faster connection speeds and improved hardware make daily video consumption the norm.

Because video assets are increasingly vital to current marketing strategies, this content needs to be managed effectively throughout its lifecycle. Let’s take a closer look at how the right technology can extend the reach and value of video content across phases — including archiving.

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Topics: Video

The Rise of Enterprise Video in Marketing

by Serai Schueller, September 24, 2019

For over a decade, video has been the rising star of marketing. First gaining speed back in 2005 alongside the launch of YouTube, video has managed to climb the ranks to near-celebrity status with enterprises around the globe. With 87% of businesses now using video as a marketing tool — up from 63% in 2017 — it begs to question why video is so popular.

Are businesses just blindly following trends or are their investments in the creation, management, and distribution of video assets more deeply rooted? Let’s have a look. 

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Topics: Video

A Guide to Branded Video Content

by Serai Schueller, September 9, 2019

By now, it’s no surprise that video is a popular marketing tool for brands. The numbers are staggering. YouTube has over 1.9 billion users. A whopping 87% of businesses use video content. And, here’s a fun one — Cisco estimates that by 2021 it will take an individual over 5 million years to watch all the video that’s uploaded to the web in a single month.

So yes, video is popular. But, just because brands use it and people watch it, doesn’t make all video effective. Video for the sake of video won’t cut it, which is why the savviest of marketers have set their sights on what’s called “branded video.” 

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Topics: Video

Media Asset Management: What Does it Really Mean?

by Courtney Roe, July 31, 2019

Media asset management (MAM) is sometimes used interchangeably with digital asset management (DAM). They both help manage assets, but are they really the same thing? Sort of…

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Topics: DAM, Video

Storing Video in Your DAM with the Mezzanine File Format

by Al Falaschi, January 8, 2019

When implementing a digital asset management (DAM) system, you begin by adding the typical mix of marketing assets, such as images, logos, pdfs, documents, etc. Most of these file types are familiar to the average marketer, until you get to video. Because video files are much larger and more complex than other media files, we are frequently asked, “What’s the best video format to upload into my DAM?”

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Topics: Video

Storing Video Files: Metadata and Other Helpful Information

by Al Falaschi, August 21, 2018

While most marketing teams are creating video content, storing it in a way that’s accessible and usable across multiple platforms is a challenge. Your website, a shared folder, YouTube, Facebook, and other channels all have their challenges. That’s why many businesses are using digital asset management (DAM) systems to manage their video content alongside their images and documents.

In this article, we’ll lay out different metadata you can apply to your videos to make them searchable within your DAM system.

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Topics: Video

Designing a Video Distribution Experience Worth Sharing

by Nate Holmes, April 20, 2018

Creating engaging videos that support business objectives is a challenge. And working with videos doesn’t get any easier after they are finished.

Videos are massive files which makes sharing and viewing them using email attachments essentially impossible. Cloud-based DAM systems like the Widen Collective® support video storage, sharing, and viewing. But treating videos just like images and other assets doesn’t provide the best experience for these powerful assets.

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Topics: Video, Portals

Nonprofit finds great value in crowdsourcing assets into their DAM system

by Al Falaschi, August 12, 2016

Nikki Lebenson Angulo is a digital communications manager at the Institute of International Education (IIE), which is one of the largest and oldest global nonprofit organizations that administers and manages programs to support international exchange, like The Fulbright Program. They also work with governments around the world to promote the benefits of exchange.

Nikki’s position is critical in helping communicate the value of these programs with visual content that is published on the web, social media and through more traditional methods like newsletters.

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Topics: Photography, Marketing, DAM, Video, Workflow

It’s all about efficiency for Centria’s DAM

by Al Falaschi, April 8, 2016

Centria is a leading global manufacturer of design and architectural wall paneling used in the construction industry. They’re on the cutting edge of architectural system building technology with a wide variety of products touting advanced thermal and moisture protection technology. Chelsea Rommes is the media and content coordinator at Centria and is the global admin of their Widen Collective site. They rely heavily on their digital asset management (DAM) system to collect images of newly-completed jobs and tag them with the proper metadata so they can be easily found and repurposed by their sales team.

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Topics: Customer Stories, Video

How UMass, uses the Media Collective to manage historical and branded rich media [Video]

by Al Falaschi, March 23, 2016

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass Amherst or simply UMass) is the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. With approximately 1,300 faculty members and more than 29,000 students, UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England and is ranked the 29th best public university in the nation. The university has also entrusted the Widen Media Collective to manage and distribute its most important branded and historical visual imagery. We had a chance to sit down with Maile Thiesen, global administrator of the UMass image library, to talk about the university’s past journey in digital asset management (DAM) and where they hope to go in the future with the Media Collective.

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Topics: Customer Stories, Video

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