WebDAM’s Brand Connect shatters industry with visual content management features

Shutterstock's WebDam is a highly effective content management system that allows teams to work remotely in a collaborative platform.

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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 in the 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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Where is Mobile Content Management Headed?

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We are consumers. Whether for work or play, we know exactly where to go to get the content we need to get the job done. We create. We embrace. We indulge. We share. So, is it really that hard to believe the 2016-2020 Global Mobile Content Management report forecasted a 21.8 percent CAGR growth in mobile content management, driven by mobile accessibility? By swiping screen to screen, we are leading rapid trends in the corporate world and forcing the mobile workforce to stay productive.

Flexibility in our schedules, cloud computing and a millennial workforce has proven a great mix for the corporate realm. Not only does it allow businesses to stay open past business hours, but it allows for a more productive organization. Better communication is cultivated and collaboration is easier to manage thanks to mobile solutions.

Because we can access our desks from the beach, we tend to be more proactive in getting work done. We no longer have to wait until 9 a.m. or rush around to make a 6 p.m. deadline. Furthermore, we no longer have to call in a favor just to have someone meet us at the office and let us in because we forgot something.

Thanks to integrated solutions that allow us to connect our work stations to our mobile devices, our documents are not only accessible at all hours of the night, but they are also safe and secure – shareable with only those that we allow to see them. There’s very little printing and scanning going on these days. Budgets are no longer sacrificed for unnecessary printing and shipping costs. Documents are quickly deleted, limiting the need to shred and discard once they are done for. These are actually the key drivers within the market.

By the end of 2020, ReportsnReports has predicted that cloud-based content management segments will become the largest segment in the market by the end of 2020.

Healthcare technologies, one of the fastest growing industries in today’s mobile IT revolution, have almost all implemented some form of cloud-based technology. Also, the world of marketing is not just utilizing the cloud for standard business operations, but they are also optimizing the cloud for platform delivery of content deliverables. This is especially true as adblocking continues to evolve.

Native and Content Marketing are quickly becoming the way of the world.

In fact, Facebook just announced the decision to allow all publishers to utilize the Instant Article platform, starting in April of 2016.

Originally making noise last May, Facebook (NewsAlert) strategically hit the “book” with a solutions that would allow publishers to implement their new and existing news content directly into a Facebook app without the need to visit another browser, ensuring speed and performance.  The current version of Instant Article is only available on iOS, and content is limited. In April, this will all change.

Because content management will become more social, and publishers are set to receive revenue from traffic on the site, the presented 21.8 percent growth prediction for mobile content management may actual find itself far exceeded.

From a conservative space, this number makes sense. But, the question should be how much more will this number be exceeded by. The power of social is often underestimated. And, once Instant Pages are unleashed, we will see LinkedIn’s Pulse (NewsAlert) step their own game up even further.

In fact, large enterprise firms are teaming up with smaller organizations and forging partnerships that will ensure better content creation and more impact in content management solutions. Will this mean potential competition for Instant Article or Pulse? Will these platforms employ partnerships to keep consumers hooked in to their content and content delivery tools?

With newly adopted entry into the mobile and cloud arena, traditional industries are now also joining forces with technology to meet the consumer where the consumer spends a majority of their personal time.  This is also not factoring in the European countries, who have faced barrier issues with lack of mobile connectivity that are now skipping 4G capabilities altogether and going straight for 5G. This adoption rate will continue to increases drastically.

High-definition (HD) content marketing will also drive innovation and demand for content management solutions.

Timeliness is key in content generation. Thanks to mobile capabilities and with rapid adoption of content management solutions, documents are quickly and immediately dispersed in mass. Reports are generated instantaneously based on personalized information. And, the workforce is now optimized. 

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WebDAM sets the ground rules and gives you ‘Fifty Shades of Branding’

Fifty Shades of Branding | Shutterstock's WebDam hits the ground running, sets the rules.

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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 and colors that have found an association with the brand. WebDAM goes a step forward and suggests only using those approved by a Creative Director from within the company. As a matter of fact, color alone “increases brand recognition by up to 80%.” They also suggest “keeping a leash on your font.”

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 and fonts, you have identified it with product and service lines that you are used to. Many companies include the psychology of colors to alert you of a brand’s attributes, give an authoritative presence and to set an archetype with that brand. Is your brand a hero, a villain or a creator? These are things to consider when creating your brand and evolving your brand’s presence, especially on the net. This is how you build trust. But, guess what… “54% of people do not trust brands.”

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 suggested, because even releasing press and including brand imagery, Online views increase on an average of 77%. This is why many people decide to click links on Social Networks.

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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WebDAM announces strategic partnership with AtTask and new integrations

That said, April 23, 2014 is great news for those “on the go” users, because now WebDAM’s digital asset management and brand management software will now integrate the AtTask Marketing Cloud!

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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, 2014 is great news for those “on the go” users, because now WebDAM’s digital asset management and brand management software will now integrate the AtTask Marketing Cloud! It will mark a revolutionary beginning to the standard for Project Management and Marketing applications in and out of the workplace.

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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First Annual Blogger Week UnConference 2014 to take place in Washington DC

First Annual Blogger Week UnConference 2014 to take place in Washington DC

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“A multicultural festival of bloggers, journalists and digital media mavens” is what they are calling the first annual Blogger Week UnConference set for the dates of April 28th until May 3rd of 2014 in Washington DC and surrounding areas.

According to a February 24 press release, Black Bloggers Connect, a leading social network that connects Black bloggers and journalists nationwide, has, for the last three years, supported over 7,500 bloggers through features, published news, contests and through providing campaign opportunities. This organization is also responsible for the Blogger Week UnConference, which we will begin to see unfold in front of our eyes.

The purpose of Blogger Week UnConference is to “provide an informative atmosphere for bloggers to network and share innovative ideas.” Because of this, Blogger Week will hold both Online events, as well as physical ones. These events will include Twitter parties, Google Hangouts, workshops, panels and networking events.

All physical events will take place in Washington DC and surrounding areas, including a Network Mixer on May 2, 2014 and a wrap-up Blogger Week UnConference on May 3rd. The Unconference will touch on “hot-top discussions and breakout sessions to promote innovation, creativity and success for bloggers and social media mavens.”

This event will continue on an annual basis and is meant to support the blogging community. As a matter of fact, Black Bloggers encourages bloggers to submit session ideas at the BloggerWeek.com website so that their interests are more personally met. There are an expected 150 bloggers to attend, but as an emerging leader in social media, that may actually be a “low ball” estimate, especially as interest spreads surrounding this event.

In order to continue the growth of this event and support the cause that initiated the vision, Black Bloggers Connect is leaving room for sponsors, media partners and ambassadors to join in creating something new and unique — not just for the DC area, but for all Bloggers Nationwide! Creating a festival for multicultural channels is opening doors to the World in gaining unity through hobbies, politics, relationships, interests, scholastics, society, fashion and more!

What Black Bloggers Connect is implementing to the World of Social Media isn’t just another conference. It is an indirect means of creating peace and collaboration, while inspiring Bloggers to continue on the path of impacting overall society through “The Power of Blogging!” They are leading bloggers to information and innovative ideas through that collaboration of brainstorming and tactic. They are basically creating a new standard in how the Blogging Community operates.

This is very important in the overall innovation of how information is to be delivered to audiences all over the World, which not only transfers into Education and Entertainment, but also to Marketing and Civics.

By promoting positive ideas and information, we can make this world a better place!

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