Dam News & Analysis
| Wednesday Aug 6, 2014
The last thing creative staff want to do is add metadata to their assets and upload them into an asset management system. They want to create, not spend any amount of time performing administrative tasks. And I don't think it's a good use of their time either.
But these tasks are essential. It doesn’t matter how great the content is if you can’t find it, and if you can’t find it, you can’t use it.
| Monday Aug 4, 2014
A tidal wave of content is diluting the web, social media and physical spaces, making the job of a marketer much more difficult. Decent content is now as easy to ignore as awful content. Just as Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart parody the 24-hour news cycle, the “omnichannel,” “real time,” “engaging,” “targeted” and “viral” content world is now mocked by websites like Clickhole and TrapCrunch. Only outstanding writing, videos and images will have an impact.
Getting people to care about your content doesn't come down to just the act of distribution -- it's about the full life of communications, from creation to preservation. That’s why I believe digital asset management (DAM) plays such a crucial role in marketing. It’s not just about simplification or saving time -- it’s about delivering an experience worth talking about.
| Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
"Without change, there is no innovation, creativity or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” -- William Pollard
Innovation, an active process of introducing something “new” or “different,” involves a commitment to looking at the world differently and making the conscious effort to change. The decision to implement a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system can be an innovative moment in gaining operational and intellectual control of your digital assets.
DAM brings with it great responsibility for how the organization’s assets will be efficiently and effectively managed and is essential to growth. Any successful DAM implementation requires more than just new technology; DAM requires a foundation for digital strategy. Creating the whole DAM solution -- and connecting it throughout your ecosystem -- means that your digital assets can be part of this innovation by generating revenue, increasing efficiencies and enhancing your ability to meet new and emerging market opportunities for your users.
| Thursday Jul 17, 2014
When one compares the user experience of something like Mail Chimp to digital asset management software, it’s easy to see why people complain that DAM software can be cumbersome to use.
And while DAM vendors scramble to repaint their UIs and, in at least a few cases, turn their backs on their legacy apps in favor of flavor-of-the-month “DAM Lite” variants, it’s clear that DAM vendors might not really understand the problem. The issue isn’t that DAMs are ugly, the issue is that the very paradigm upon which we’ve built these systems has become obsolete and, therefore, cumbersome.
| Monday Jul 14, 2014
Every four years, the world watches in anticipation to see who will rise victorious in the World Cup. Here in the US, we’ve spent the past month pretending our best to be avid soccer or futbol fans. (Kidding, of course, as our affinity for the “beautiful game” has clearly grown since 2010.)
But to be honest, the competition this year has been amazing. Teams have spent years building a solid foundation of teamwork, talent and coaching prowess to earn spots in the World Cup. Countless hours of preparation have come down to a few inches to determine who wins or loses — responsiveness and agility capture the golden opportunity.
Just like the World Cup teams, our marketing organizations have prepared to be agile enough to take advantage of every opportunity to connect users to our brands, convert new customers and engage with social media.
| Wednesday Jul 9, 2014
I dropped my daughter off last weekend for her first overnight summer camp in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. We stopped at her cabin during our tour of the camp, and she decided to stay behind with her counselor while we finished the tour. When we returned, her counselor informed us she was building a dam in the nearby stream. She was knee deep in the stream with a bunch of other little girls, lifting heavy rocks to stack across to make wading pools. As they built the foundation for the dam, the water continued to rise until they had a deep pool of water to cool off in.
Watching their progress made me think about how to approach building a DAM. What’s the process to deliver a successful DAM project? Much like the little girls in the stream attempting to stack rocks to create wading pools, a DAM project consists of many building blocks to create a successful project.
| Monday Jun 30, 2014
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” -- Abraham Lincoln
Governance is good -- in fact, it is great. Governance, and specifically IT Governance, is defined as, “putting structure around how organizations align IT strategy with business strategy, ensuring that companies stay on track to achieve their strategies and goals, and implementing good ways to measure IT’s performance. It makes sure that all stakeholders’ interests are taken into account and that processes provide measurable results.”
| Friday Jun 20, 2014
The dragons are chained, The Hound is dying, Jon Snow is back in Castle Black and Tyrion Lannister is on a ship to parts unknown. If you watch the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, then you understand.
Last Sunday's season four finale was watched by 7.1 million viewers — and broke illegal download records.
With the next episode months away, we thought we'd give fans a Game of Thrones fix: three brand asset secrets from the fantasy drama TV series.
| Thursday Jun 12, 2014
Pruning shears may seem like a low-tech item, but a leading Swiss manufacturer has a high-tech way to stay ahead of competitors worldwide.
The case study of Felco illustrates how a digital asset management (DAM) system can help companies of almost any type to reduce current marketing costs, update marketing materials and put staff members to better use. The example was explored on Wednesday in a CMSWire webinar.
"The benefits to Felco are really reduced time to market in order to remain competitive, better utilization of resources, and repetitive work is reduced in favor of work of greater added value," said Marketing Asset Manager Catherine Schmid. "We have less translation costs, and we have improved content quality. We are able to do much more for approximately the same cost as before."
| Wednesday Jun 4, 2014
It's a delicate balance to develop a hybrid strategy for Digital Asset Management. While Cloud SaaS solutions appeal to many organizations as a way to reduce costs and infrastructure, there are compelling reasons not to move all assets to the cloud. The secret to finding this balance lies in understanding what assets should be moved to the cloud and what should stay in-house.
| Wednesday May 28, 2014
A typical journey through DAM-land is full of surprises, detours and missed turns. But the biggest challenge of all may be finding assets that are lost in the vast Siberia of DAMs and pretend-DAMs within your organization.
One of the most desired (and basic) postulates of a Digital Asset Management system is the ability to search and find assets.
So even before you decide to buy and implement a new DAM system to take advantage of much needed search and find functionality, take a look at your vast DAM landscape and try to figure out in which corners your assets reside.
| Tuesday May 27, 2014
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad." -- C.S. Lewis
The month of May brings with it great evidence of change. Spring's effects finally can be seen in the colorful blooms in our gardens. Everything smells better with the newfound flora. Everything feels better with the welcome change to warmer weather. And the students graduating from colleges and universities enter a world filled with new change and opportunity. Change is everywhere and we are unable to stop it. We must change, we allow it, we embrace it and let it happen.
Another great reminder of change was evident in the annual Henry Stewart DAM New York conference that took place on April 30 – May 2. For three days, DAM practitioners, professionals and vendors came together to share their wisdom, engage in vigorous debate and exhibit the latest and greatest that DAM has to provide.
| Tuesday May 20, 2014
When management gets wind of an up and coming software application and decides it's necessary for business objectives, the results are often the same. A decision is made to adopt one product -- to the exclusion of all others -- which everyone will be expected to use.
I think it's folly to impose a monolithic solution to cover the entire Digital Asset Management needs of an enterprise. An integrated, best of breed approach is more likely to succeed.
| Wednesday May 7, 2014
You have spent the time gathering requirements and fully understand the needs of your organization and have determined that a SaaS DAM solution is the right fit for your company.
Before you sign that contract you may want to make a trip down to the accounting department to fully understand the financial implications of a SaaS DAM solution. And you should be prepared to make a strong argument for adding budget to your operating budget.
| Monday May 5, 2014
Not everyone can define Digital Asset Management (DAM). But everyone who uses the web depends on it, in one way or another. As the organizers of the 11th annual DAM NY conference in New York City last week explained, DAM Managers are "firmly in the front line of 'digital first responders.'"
"Digital assets are now central in every aspect of business engagement. From product development to brand assertion to content sales, and investor relations, digital assets are out there delivering knowledge and collecting insights. Managing those digital assets well is vital for organizational success — day in and day out." -- Henry Stewart Events
DAM is all about rich media: digital photographs, animations, videos and music.
So there's no point in wasting time with words. We're going to share the experience of attending the conference on The Art and Practice of Managing Digital Media in the way DAM aficionados understand best — with sound and images.