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It’s been a week since the release of WebDAM’s latest features to their brand management solution, Brand Connect. On Tuesday, May 3, Examiner sat down with Jody Vandergriff, Co-Founder and CEO of WebDAM, to find out more about this game-changing platform and how it not only affects marketing teams and designers, but how it’s creating impact for the enterprise with individual contributors all over the globe!
As globalization takes over the business world, the standard multinational organization is finding itself competing with scalable business structures that have centralized headquarters and thousands of work-at-home contributors. Some of these companies don’t even have a central headquarter location. The multinational now has to work in double time, making sure that overheads are covered in each location, while innovating to protect their position in the marketplace and keeping with consistency across the board.
But, guess what? WebDAM, a Shutterstock company, has now created a solution that just may put them at greater odds against one another.
If you remember, WebDAM released a Fifty Shades of Branding SlideShare last year to introduce their Brand Connect platform. We even covered it here. Since its release, WebDAM has been working extra hard to expand upon feedback from the initial release and provide better solutions that service remote teams. The solution was to create a social branding platform to engage multidisciplinary teams and cross-departmental groups in conversation over branding and deliverables.
Towards the end of 2015, we have learned that many organizations are integrating WebRTC, a form of Unified Communications, in creating seamless production amongst their cross-continental teams. WebDAM is no different, as they encourage communications between team members by providing better tools for conversation and collaboration. Their new platform features e-mail, instant messaging and more.
The efficiency of WebDAM’s new features is priceless, and this launch has been the biggest one yet. For example, Embargo Dates and Image Carousels synchronize the release of materials, based on roles, privacy settings and location-based specifics. What’s even better than this is the fact that anything released through the Image Carousel can be released cross-platform and distributed to specific sites, on specific dates and in specific cities or countries!
This is very important, because it eliminates the need to create and recreate multiple codes that display a mixture of shared and unique-to-site imagery. In fact, there will be little need to ever change the code – unless a web property is being redesigned – and even then, the code will still never have to change. This is visual content management at its finest!
It is to be noted that with video becoming one of the fastest growing content assets, this platform is completely capable of managing video, as well. This is important, as so many websites rely on videos to better tell their brand’s story or to sell a product.
Allowing social functionality, team members and decision makers all get to join in the design process. They will be able to better explain what works, what doesn’t work and what should be implemented to cater to specific demographics and location-based populations. This is done in real time and across various platforms. This means that Johnny-on-the-Go will be interacting from his mobile device, while Stationary Sally makes changes in Australia from her desktop computer.
The “collective wisdom” in asset management is becoming very popular, because it better cultivates a corporate vision, especially across territories and amongst those who may never meet each other face-to-face, allowing for the design process to be maximized and project management to be completely streamlined to ensure clients are continuously receiving projects on time, on task and on budget.
In fact, companies may opt to include their clients within the platform, keeping them involved in the design process every step of the way. This saves time and also ensures higher rates of satisfaction to the end user.
The new features are set up in a visual style guide and mood board scenario. Textures, visuals, colors, fonts… They are all displayed in such a fashion that not only harvests productivity, but they will also inspire. Stakeholders now have influence.
“Usually, when creatives are distributed to teams and client brands, they are distributed through a .PDF file inthe form of a style guide. We are changing all of this and making things easier for teams, especially those spread out geographically,” states Jody Vandergriff.
“Many companies are struggling to manage their brands in this new digital environment,” she continues “They rely on static brand guidelines in PDF documents that become outdated quickly, and distribute creative assets through network servers or cloud storage that put an immense burden on marketing teams to approve and fulfill requests. Brand Connect and these newly launched features equip teams with smarter, simpler technology built for digital marketing.”
A smart solution for cloud-based systems, building, organizing and distributing brand assets and guidelines, the automation speaks for itself. But, everyone wants to know about the analytics. How well is this platform performing?
In the previous release of the platform, analytics were spread across social channels and web domains. It was the essential brand management platform. The upgraded version allows “graphic details that display key measures and trends to better understand asset feedback and use.” Analytics have better allowed us to understand the external details of our brands – but what about the internal stakeholder? WebDAM has allowed us to access these details and find out what our team members really think – whether they admit it or not.
In Marketing and in Branding, design is a must. Visually appealing platforms keep us on our toes and force us to be better creators. Decision makers can privately discuss marketing collateral and content distribution. Once a decision has been reached, they can send those assets directly through the channels of their choice – saving time and manpower in the process. Because content needs to be pushed out to each network only once, hosting is cut dramatically, especially in the case of large content, as it is now integrated into various web properties from one location
Discoveries allow for detailed information, relating to tools, that can be used and how to use them. Guidelines are displayed to teach stakeholders where creatives can be used and shared. Basically, this centralized “location” better dictates to teams the “can dos” and “can’t dos” in each brand campaign.
Project management has also been made easier, as various workflows are supported within the platform, itself. Dates for submission and deadlines for publication are set in stone — but are also customizable. User profiles allow each team member to be unique, while able to be grouped and assigned tasks. There is a persona behind each set of keys. Products will be introduced, and product releases can be better managed through product management strategies within the workflow process.
Finally, WebDAM has partnered with some pretty amazing organizations and mainstream media companies to provide the optimal experience to each user of this platform. Fully integrating, WebDAM has partnered with companies, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud to allow in-the-cloud editing. Using a program such as InDesign, users will find that assets are directly pulled into the system. Creative content can be moved directly from the desktop and into the cloud – or in reverse. Layers can be saved automatically to the cloud, while the entire project is accessible cross-platform.
WebDAM has partnered with other great companies, such as Box, WordPress and Drupal, to allow similar functionality. Soon, WebDAM will be releasing information on their new partnerships and will only further enhance content management experiences, driving industry change even further. Companies that utilize proprietary information will be happy to note that WebDAM has also made allowances for customizable API utilization.
Changing the game for marketers, brand managers, content developers and product owners, WebDAM continues to amaze us with their innovations. They have taken the business out of the business and allow us to become more creative. We have been hindered in such an evolved world that some of us have forgotten how to be creative. This is not only shifting industries, but it is opening our minds.
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On Friday, February 13, 2015, theaters everywhere released the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, a motion picture derived from a novel with a taboo storyline. In the Marketing World, WebDAM, the leading Digital Asset Management software continues powering a new era for enterprise as they released their own “Fifty Shades” project… “Fifty Shades of Branding.”
In “letting your brand go” wild, “Fifty Shades of Branding” gives insight into Branding secrets, new and old, while explaining how and why a brand needs to allure their audiences by showing off its sexy! They have released “the best practices and inspirational statistics to unleash your brand in today’s modern world,” as introduced in a SlideShare presentation, provided to Examiner by WebDAM upon the release of this project.
WebDAM wants you to realize that no matter who you are and what you do, someone will talk negatively about your brand. As a matter of fact, “There are 2.1 million negative social mentions about brands in the United States alone, every single day.” While it is true that one negative comment is twice as damaging to a brand than no comments at all, you must learn to let go of control and set your brand free.
Set your brand free and use your creativity to attract new potential consumers. They suggest doing so through alluring visuals meant to intrigue your audiences. If you think about this point, it is very valid. After all, this isn’t that every time we are on social media, it is the memes and videos that get re-shared over and over again?
You have probably seen the same visuals re-shared over time and began to realize that these visuals are often coming from the same source. These clips and memes have become viral. Awareness has been found. And, the brand attached has become known for this media piece.
There are times, however, that these media pieces are being re-shared by someone not affiliated with the piece whatsoever. That’s where branding comes into play. That’s why branding becomes so important. In this same token, “the use of video content for brand marketing increased from 8% to 58%, and 74% of Online consumers expect a brand’s web content to be personalized to their interests.”
According to WebDAM, you need to “Set rules for your brand’s look and feel.” It is a well-known fact that in keeping with Brand Integrity, one should only use tones, styles
All deliverables from a brand and organization should easily identify with one another. Allow your audiences to associate these deliverables with your company’s branding through visual presentation of font and color. This is what you call “establishing your brand’s voice.” This is how a brand builds trust. It’s how it builds consistency.
When you see a brand with familiar colors, shapes
That’s when it’s time to “Unleash your brand assets.” According to an IBM Marketing Survey and as relayed by WebDAM, “82% of marketers create and deliver brand assets at every point of customer interaction.” This is highly
Facebook has caught on to this and now allows you to upload your own photo with a shared link in increasing traffic to the destination. For those that come to your content, you want to be sure to have it branded just the right way! This is one way that you will dominate the market!
With every plan of World Domination, there is a set vision. And with most visions, you will realize that strategic planning and analysis will make a World of a difference. A documented content strategy will bring a team together in total sync. It is also one way to be sure that branding is always complete. It is one way to be sure that a concept is summarized. It is one way that the brand will always differentiate itself from other similar brands in the marketplace. “Your brand won’t get away from you. “
Build that trust with your markets. Get personal. As WebDAM puts it, “Make your customers always come back to your brand.” This is Brand Trust and Loyalty at its finest. It cost six times less to keep your old customers happy and will also lead to new potential consumers hearing about your brand through Word of Mouth, one of the hardest Marketing Techniques to achieve. These existing fan bases will become Brand Advocates. Allow them to adopt your vision. Allow them to get to know your brand inside and out. You see, “92% of new consumers trust brand advocates” more than they trust a brand directly. As much as 75% have cited brand awareness as being the major influence in their buying decision.
Do you want to bring a higher return on investment for 2015? Start creating interesting content. Interesting content is one of the top reasons customers follow brands on social media. “Set your brand free.” Visit WebDAM’s SlideShare channel and check out their brand new “Fifty Shade of Branding” presentation. You may even download it for future reference. Check out their site to find out about WebDAM’s line of Digital Asset Management and Brand Management tools — for web and for mobile.
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In November, WebDAM introduced the World to a solution that would make the lives of Project Managers much easier. They released a “Mobile App for Creative Workflows and Rich Media Distribution, which accelerates Enterprise Marketing and Brand Management Workflows.” According to direct disclosure with WebDAM, today, the leader in “cloud-based digital asset management” makes the announcement that they have strategically partnered with AtTask, a “leading cloud Marketing Work Management provider.” That said, April 23,
With the goal of “empowering enterprise marketers to get work done fast,” they have created this powerhouse of an integration with the ability to naturally manage digital assets and maximize productivity through a single platform option. Users are always connected to the latest version of any content created by team members. Because multiple users are accessing the same files at any given time, the AtTask integration into the software now allows for “enhanced marketing effectiveness,” while eliminating mistakes and reducing “rework.” Often times, this is the case when implementing large teams into project planning and execution. And, it can be a headache!
The AtTask software integration includes “full project management functionality directly to WebDAM’s digital asset management users, allowing enterprise creatives and marketers the ability to plan, monitor, track, share and manage campaign designs, digital assets and their work-related tasks and projects through the entire work lifecycle.” Users are now given the ability to gather and streamline marketing requests with digital files that are readily available, as it relates to the context of the project or task. They will also be able to access all marketing work, content and those related to these project via a single and central source! Current WebDAM users will also now be able to leverage the power of AtTask’s “world’s leading marketing work management capabilities” through the WebDAM platform.
“WebDAM integration is a wonderful addition to our product,” said Nate Bowler, General Manager, Marketing Solutions Group at AtTask. “By bringing the power of WebDAM to AtTask, we can provide marketers and creatives with a single solution for managing their valuable digital assets at every stage of the lifecycle of work.” This allows for great collaboratory events in the workplace — or “on the go.” It allows for less “chaos of excessive e-mail correspondences, redundant status meetings, constant rework and tedious approval processes.”
WebDAM’s CEO, Jody Vandergriff is also “excited to partner with AtTask.” “Not only do our technologies integrate well, but our core focus is similar-providing the world’s best brands with the most natural and easy way to work,” she states. Adding this great cloud to WebDAM’s Online tools for “managing, sharing, searching, retrieving and distributing creative collaborations,” gives marketers a very powerful tool in overpowering their competition almost immediately, while getting the job done and giving Project Managers a better night of sleep knowing that there is less room for error in the workday hustle. This partnership is something serious and a must have for marketers and Project Managers everywhere!
For a demo of WebDAM with AtTask, visit http://www.webdam.com!
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A recent report by 451 Research details the evolution of traditional Intranet amongst corporate and enterprise organizations, as it enters the next-generation. This, as the study
Incentive, a provider social intranet for mid-market organizations
Incentive has prided itself on becoming the go-to for corporations
interested in achieving improved profitability, increased efficiencies
and accelerated business results – all of which appeal to the millennial
Often times, companies do not cash in on opportunities, as they surface, due to an inability to integrate teams and keep a consistent flow of communication going so that new would initiatives are commenced. Therefore, many opportunities go untouched, while others are slowly adopted.
While many traditional intranets have served influential brands for over 15 years, it’s the newer technologies that are disrupting traditional flow of communication and collaboration in today’s corporate arena. Social Intranets are serving a purpose that previously was unattainable. “Forty-four percent of respondents already have social elements to their intranet, and 28 percent hope to follow suit in the next two years.” This means that vendors for traditional intranets need to get with the program, fast, or they will soon become obsolete.
Falling suit with all other cloud-based technologies, social intranets foster collaboration on-the-go, in the office, and in those early morning hours when it’s difficult to sleep. Connecting professionals, securely, and with a personal approach, many of these social intranets are empowering organizations to stay in constant contact. It “taps into the power of their employees – the collective brain trust – to be better, stronger and faster than their competitors, “ according to Incentive.
Companies such as theirs, as well as Microsoft’s SharePoint and Shutterstock’s WebDam Digital Asset Management Software, provide a workspace environment that visually coordinates project workflow and strategies, links to secure storage space and includes document management. Many of these tools are only enhanced with the addition of internal blogs, file sharing, in-document collaboration, video chatting, instant messaging and a social media-type platform.
Many of these companies hold both desktop and mobile real estates to allow for convenience amongst team members. Companies like Visualsoft rely on these technologies, as they allow employees to work from home as often as they like, provided the work gets done. In retrospect, they made a great move, because their employees are happy, healthy and have improved in efficiencies – which means ultimate growth and expansion for a company.
Alan Pelz-Sharpe, research director for business applications at 451 Research and author of this most recent report, discusses the reality of social intranet. “Rather than feature-focused solutions, the business applications market is slowly but surely moving toward fully integrated solutions that encompass all the tools workers need to collaborate,” said Pelz-Sharpe, “With many organizations looking to replace or upgrade their outdated intranets, a modern approach with features that support collaboration, communication and remote workforces will be most attractive. Ultimately, a social intranet needs to tie itself directly to measurable business process activities.”