DAM Empowers You to Sell More Products Online

Are you leveraging your assets to sell more online? Digital Asset Management (DAM) gathers and organizes your digital assets to create the compelling product pages that convert visitors into buyers today.

DAM stands for Digital Asset Management.

DAM is the business process of gathering and organizing digital assets you use to sell your products and support customers (source).

What is a digital asset?

While the definition expands with the development of new technology, a digital asset is any digital file that provides value to your ecommerce operation by helping you make sales. Also, it should go without saying that digital assets must also be searchable with attached metadata.

To illustrate, an organization may choose to have any of the following digital assets for each product they sell.

Product photos

Ecommerce is completely visual experience, so without images of your products that show your customers what they need to see to make the decision to buy, you won’t convert them.

Alternate images like photos with a white background

Online retailers and ecommerce marketplaces require certain images, such as those with a completely white background. Without fulfilling these requirements, you won’t be able to publish product pages in the first place.

Application images

Informed buyers are the one who can see what your products do. This means you must show them in their operational context, so buyers know your products solve the problems they are buying them to solve.

Spec sheets

Informed customers, like contractors and enterprise companies, require complete, detailed information. Knowing the exact specifications of your products empowers them to make informed buying decisions.

Group images

Showing customers how your products work in relation to the other products you sell not only explains their functionality. Displaying products in groups images helps with cross-sell as well.

360-degree images

Product sales often hinge on minute features that provide tremendous benefits to your customers. Ensuring your customers connect with a virtual representation of your products is the next best thing to them experiencing them in person.

Videos

Let’s be honest, these days images have taken a backseat to the moving imagery of video. Videos combine imagery with sound to provide your customers with a rich product experience that drives expectations leading to more conversions.

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Are you managing your digital assets for sales success?

The trouble with digital assets is how many of them you end up with. If you aren’t storing and organizing them centrally, how can you use them to sell your products.

Let’s do a thought exercise to illustrate this point.

  1. You have 20 products selling on 10 sites.
  2. You want to double the number of products you sell. 
  3. Each product requires a minimum of 5 images.

To roll out 20 new products, you’re going to have to create at least 100 images per channel. 

Total: 1,000 images

Remember, each channel is likely to have its own specific requirements in terms of image size and aspect ratio. But that’s just the beginning, because many of those 1,000 images will require multiple sizes.

All told, it could take you weeks or months to create all the images you need. At the same time, you’ll have to ensure organization, so none are lost or sent to the wrong site. But, what happens when you realize some of the images were incorrectly sized? How do you find images that were put in the wrong folder?

A product information management (PIM) solution with DAM functionality simplifies these processes radically.

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Wait, you already have a system to organize your digital assets?

Regardless of what system you might be using or considering, if it’s not a DAM inside a PIM, one huge challenge presents itself immediately. Just as product information presented online lacks the visual element necessary to delight and compel customers to buy, digital assets viewed alone lack detail.

The solution is simple: store your digital assets and product information together in one system.

In this blog, we take a look at an exhaustive list of the ecommerce problems you’re facing right now if you aren’t using a DAM solution to manage your digital assets.

(Read everything you need to know about picking the PIM system that’s just right for your ecommerce business in the blog featured below.)

9 Ways a DAM Helps You Sell More

1. Improved Findability

A good DAM creates the digital foundation to make your images more findable, and thus the associated products, too.

If you’re using folders to organize images, you’re probably spending way too much time looking for that one image you know you have, but just can’t locate. Worse yet, if you can’t find the file on a shared drive, is it stored on your computer or someone else’s? Whose?

We all know how easy it is for individuals to become set in their ways. Someone takes a liking to a specific image and starts using it as a backup, even after the decision has been made to discontinue using it. How do you ensure outdated images aren’t loaded for use when you roll out new sales platforms?

DAM solves these problems by allowing you to attach metadata to files.

First of all, specific searchable metadata can be attached to each asset, streamlining search.

Second, you can use levels of categorization to narrow the scope of your search before you even initiate it.

Third, and most simply, with DAM you simply don’t have multiple versions of assets, so you don’t have to search through hundreds of nearly identical files to find the exact one you need.

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2. Organization Reduces Turnaround Time

When content is organized, sales teams’ and dealer response time is dramatically improved.

Without centralized storage of digital assets, companies often end up with one of two organization scenarios playing out: a highly complex naming convention or less organization than is necessary. Let’s be honest, neither method really works all that well most of the time.

How many people are naturally fastidious enough to create and properly name each folder they have to put every image they create into in order to follow your company’s organization system properly? More often than not, shared drives become spaces where solid organization only exists in the places where someone takes the time to ensure it does.

DAM solves this problem with sophisticated file organization customized to your products, product lines, and categories.

With DAM, you can categorize digital assets by type, such as product photos, videos, logos, icons, banners, brochures, or data sheets. You can also organize them by file type, size, and aspect ratio. You can even cross reference any of these criteria. The bottom line is DAM makes locating the assets you want far simpler.

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3. Missing Images Are Easier to Spot

As opposed to the tactile sales experience of the past, ecommerce as an experience is entirely visual. To convert the maximum number of potential customers, who can’t pick up and feel your products, product pages have to be optimized with rich, compelling images.

In line with standard industry practice, let’s say you decide your product pages need to have between 5 and 7 images at a minimum. Without looking at each of them one by one, how do you know which product pages are missing images and which aren’t?

DAM functionality built into your PIM means the interface will show you exactly which pages require attention.

PIM’s color-coded completeness scoring functionality runs on an easy-to-use interface, so you can find exactly where you need to focus effort in a split-second. PIM’s content grading functionality is configured to compare your product pages against the industry standard to maximize optimization. 

4. Multiple Images Are Easier to Manage

Having multiple images helps customers make informed decisions. Having between 5 and 7 images on every product page brings more valuable for buyers. 

The biggest change happening online today is the inevitable shift to mobile devices as most individuals’ primary means of accessing the Internet. In the ecommerce space, this means fully optimized product pages are going to need multiple versions of each image you attach to them. 

To delight and convert customers, product pages have to be configured for dynamic display. This means images must be configured so they can change size according to both the size of the screen they are displayed on, as well as the specifications of the site the product page is populating on.

With DAM, you can easily retrieve all products that reuse an asset.

With DAM, renaming multiple digital assets becomes unnecessary because there is no longer any reason to store multiple different sizes of images. Instead, each unique image gets a unique name, meaning you’ve solved the confusion and headaches immediately.

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5. Sizing Images for Different Channels

Even if you’ve been able to come up with a system that takes care of some or most of the concerns above without implementing a PIM with DAM functionality, it’s a good bet your solution doesn’t allow you to configure images for automatic resizing.

Remember, with the rise of mobile dominance in the ecommerce space, images have to change to fit any device a potential customer is using to view your product pages. Resizing hundreds or thousands of images for multiple devices and sales platforms is a job that can seem insurmountable.

DAM solves this by automatically adjusting digital asset size.

With DAM, you can simply upload a high resolution image, and software will resize it to fit the specification of every platform you sell across. This process happens automatically when you share individual or multiple assets at the same time. What once was the work of days and weeks, happens automatically in seconds.

6. Reduced Time to Market

A DAM simplifies and streamlines your workflow so your teams can get new products to market more quickly. This means less of the lost revenue you used to spend onboarding new products and more on-target product launches.

A DAM has role-based task assignment and approval workflow that helps your art and photography departments work in unison.

You can configure your DAM with roles assigned to specific personnel. This ensures changes made to any asset are made by someone with the authority to make changes or approved by that person. Also, you can set automated tasks that trigger when scheduled work is complete. All these steps get you to the finish line more quickly.

(Read everything you need to know about how workflow drives revenue for your ecommerce operation in the blog featured below.)

7. Image Tags for SEO

Image tags help drive conversions. When you stamp images with the keywords you’ve employed in your SEO strategy, your images will rank higher. This, of course, saves you time, but it comes with two other benefits.

  • First, your internal teams will be able to find assets by searching tags, when search engines index your product pages.
  • Second, your product pages will rank high in organic search results according to the keywords in your tags.

DAM allows you to find assets quickly and easily with image tags.

Tags allow you to attach information to assets with more detail than simple names, which often follow categories. Companies that sell large amounts of similar products will need tags with this kind of detailed information to facilitate not finding an image of a product, but the exact image you want.

8. 360-degree Images for Robust Product Pages

360-degree images are quickly becoming industry standard for optimized product pages, because they allow customers to see every angle of a product. Complex products often offer a variety of features, the benefits of which are the specific selling points product pages need to highlight.

360-degree images also put customers in control, and hence improving their shopping experience. These images ensure that they can experience more of the product feel in a virtual way, helping them connect more closely to your product.

To say these images are difficult to manage is an understatement, because they are composed of dozens of individual images. The more individual images they’re made up of, the smoother the rotation will be. Thus, the better an image is, the tougher it is to manage.

DAM dramatically simplifies management of 360-degree images.

While some companies opt for 360-degree views made up of 24 images, using 48 images for both top-view and flipped-view (viewing the product from the bottom) is far more common. That some 360-degree images incorporate as many as 96 individual shots demonstrates the ease of using a DAM to pull them together into one easily manageable file.

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9. Increased Channel Coverage

Products are not sellable on marketplaces unless you meet channel-particular image specifications. A DAM helps you in quickly meeting the right spec. This means you can sell on more channels and capture more sales. 

Let’s say you’ve solved the problems laid out above and successfully found the exact image you need. Now you want to export your assets to a retailer, ecommerce marketplace, or just your own D2C website.

Chances are you’ve already spent way too much time searching for the image. And you still have to ensure it meets the size and aspect ratio requirements of site you’re sending it to.

How can you be sure the asset is going to meet the requirements of any site you’re sending it to? Wouldn’t it be easier to send multiple assets to multiple channels all at once?

Think of how great it would be to perform all of these functions simultaneously with the peace of mind that comes from knowing everything was done correctly the first time.

DAM solves these problems by merging functions.

DAM combines the renaming, resizing, and syndication functions. This ensures you’re completing all required steps before you push digital assets out to wherever they need to go.

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It All Adds up To Optimization

Ultimately, the function of a DAM is optimization. Optimization means the right digital asset is configured to meet the specific requirements of a given sales channel. Thus, meeting the goals of delivering a strong brand message, delighting visitors, and converting them into customers becomes far simpler.

Optimization work is arduous and time-consuming, so DAM is designed to do the heavy lifting for you. 

  1. DAM brings all your product content together. This provides you with a single source of truth connecting product information to the digital assets it describes.
  2. With DAM you can be sure your digital assets are correctly dialed in to create beautiful, compelling product pages.
  3. And DAM inside a PIM solution is the easiest way to ensure proper syndication of all your product content.

Let DAM do the work so you can focus on increasing revenue and growing market share into the future.

Now that you know how DAM can help you increase conversions and revenue, click here to see what Catsy can do for you today.

5 Tips to Organize Your Digital Assets for Success

Learn how to better organize your digital assets. Images and videos are central to online sales. Use these tips to organize assets to own the digital shelf.

The two major concepts I can draw from this topic include organization and digital assets. How then do you link the two terms together? It’s the 21st century and everything has gone digital. This is why your digital assets are a valuable tool that can help your business gain a competitive edge.

There is no marketing program that can be successful without organization. It even becomes more important when it comes to digital assets of a company. It’s necessary to take control of your branded digital assets. This is especially true as we increasingly focus on the digital world. Access it quickly and easily to create a positive customer experience.

One thing that’s certain is product information is only valuable when structured, accurate, and easily accessible. This is where digital asset management comes into play, making assets easily available to users and employees alike in a way that supports business processes efficiently and effectively.

Digital Assets 101

Okay, so we have probably come across the term digital assets, perhaps in passing, and we do not know what it really is all about. Don’t worry; it will be broken down for easy understanding.

An asset is a thing of value. Your assets are important because they bring in the bucks, either short term or long term and they are essential to achieving your goals, strategies, and objectives.

In the simplest terms, digital assets are assets that are digital. They include logos, pictures, graphics, audio files, videos, animations, presentations, relevant user rights, business websites or blogs, business processes, apps, business inventory, intellectual property, online marketing materials, design files, business documents, among others that are valuable to a company.

The list of assets that exist online for an ecommerce business can’t be exhaustive. Some of them you know and some you probably don’t know are assets. At the heart of it all, digital assets contribute to online sales success as some have personal value and others, real monetary value.

The distinguishing factor is that digital assets contain information through the metadata attached to them that brings value to the organization.

The Solution: Digital Asset Management (DAM)

DAM comes as an answer to the problems of storage and retrieval of digital assets. Brands are running to its wide arms in the hopes of optimizing their content across the lifecycle of their digital assets in an efficient manner. Here, large amounts of an organization’s digital assets are efficiently stored, organized, managed, accessed and distributed from a central repository.

It is a safe way to house and easily retrieve your digital assets because it is cloud-based. Furthermore, it gives your organization a professional outlook and helps you get the most out of your assets.

Benefits of Using DAM

Do you remember the frustration you felt when looking for a lost file or folder and you didn’t find it? I bet it was quite annoying because it was a huge waste of time that would have been used for more productive activities. Organizing our digital assets saves us the hassle of combing through millions of digital assets and offers us an easier and simpler way to retrieve and share our digital files across various platforms and users.

Brand Consistency Across Channels and Campaigns

This is very important in the life of a brand. Often times, consumers are quick to purchase from brands they know and trust. Without consistency of information across sales channels, there will be a disconnect between brands and customers. Thus, the use of organized digital asset will help pass across a unified message to customers regardless of the platform used.

There is data security as a result of the control the system offers for the digital assets used since access is controlled by administrators, reducing the risk of information leak. It also facilitates the proper control and management of a brand’s identity by managing global and local versions of the asset across platforms for customer engagement.

Maximize Internal Process Efficiency

The proper organization of digital assets makes internal processes faster and more efficient and gives room for employees to concentrate on core functions that bring in the revenue, thus reducing workflow redundancies to the barest minimum. Furthermore, team collaboration is encouraged because it becomes quite easy to access the digital asset they need when they need it, helping the fast flow of information for a more competitive edge.

Save Time and Money

I cannot overemphasize this. Time spent in searching for files and folders as well as the recreation of missing assets are saved. It also leads to quick access to files when needed, which improves the overall quality of your brand communication strategy. It also removes the cost associated with the retrieval of information and subsequent losses. Old assets can be reused with minimal changes made.

Easy Accessibility

The organization of your digital asset makes it easily available anytime and anywhere. With central storage, arrangement of assets with metadata and tags becomes far easier. These help by making assets easily accessible to authorized users.

Enable Proper Systems Integration

Organized digital assets ease integration of information with other management solutions like Content Management Systems (CMS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, and Product Information Management (PIM). This will help your company roll custom content out across different digital channels. Content production, sharing, and distribution time and costs will become more efficient as these easily accessible systems store information centrally.

Tips for Organizing Your Digital Assets

Unlike before, the amount of data generated in a day is a lot, hence the need for storage and organization. No matter the industry you are operating, you will have a need for digital assets, and businesses who can take advantage of digital asset organization can become more effective and efficient in their operations and overall growth.

The benefits of asset management discussed above gives us a clear understanding of the need to organize our digital assets. In summary, it increases workflow efficiency, saves time and cost, reduces information clutter and gives you control over information access. The following tips can be applied to the organization of digital assets;

Tip 1: Create a Comprehensive List of Assets

There should be proper documentation of all the digital assets your company owns. This should be the first step as it will provide an in-depth understanding of the assets that will be needed for each individual, team, and department. The proper audit of your file also sets the foundation for the creation of an organizational structure for your files.

Are metadata attached to each of the digital assets? What are the storage mediums existing for your digital assets? What file types are in existence? Where can the digital asset be accessed from? All these and much more will help a firm identify how and why digital assets are used and those in need of improvement.

The creation, management, and organization of digital assets require the collaborative efforts of departments and staff. This is because the structure your DAM will operate on should involve the input of teams that will have access to it and make use of the system. The needs of each team member will be discussed and the best vendor that meets the requirements will be chosen. If an organization fails to do this, the user adoption rate will be slow.

The breadth of your digital asset will also help in designing the scope of your preferred DAM system. Furthermore, the proper audit of your assets will help you manage your digital marketing strategies and expose weaknesses in your protection plans.

Tip 2: Use Folders

The use of folders can help render a consistent storage of your digital assets. Your folder structure is highly important. There should be different folders for different profiles to be assigned to the digital asset. Folder structure is important in your digital asset management.

Beware of spaces, underscores and special characters when naming your folders. A slight space at the beginning of a folder can cause difficulty in its location. Furthermore, it can lead to the duplicity of folders where another folder is named correctly because the existing one had special characters which made it unable to appear in its usual place.

Folders can also be a great tool at your disposal when applying keywords. Some digital asset management systems use the folders on which data is stored to generate keywords. This is why names of folders should be carefully put into consideration because keywords will be applied based on it.

Every file should have its unique name that is indicative of its content in a clear and consistent manner. The goal of folders is to ensure that files get easily found when being searched for. There should not be an overlap in contents of your folders. The same asset should not have separate folders so that information about it can be quickly accessed and easily understood. Furthermore, you can see updates to the information as everything all the asset attributes will be in the same folder. DAM sure makes this easy because it allows single-source updates where updating the master document automatically updates the information wherever it is, with no extra effort needed.

Having a lot of individual folders creates difficulty in storing files, especially when they are unclear. Instead, make use of subfolders to further categorize your assets within a folder and create a logical file structure. Always remember that it is not enough to have folders and well-organized files; it is also important to make cleaning them up a habit to prevent you from having a lot of outdated assets.

Tip 3: Label Your Assets with Metadata

Metadata, just as the name implies, is a data about a data about a data, that makes it easy for users to manage data more efficiently. By data, we refer to the digital assets like images, videos, audio files and so on.

Metadata is a layer of information useful for digital asset management. This is because it helps users find and make use of information sources. With large databases growing at the speed of light, metadata is the key to the problem of retrieval of information.

Using images, for example, metadata gives more information than is apparent in the image itself. The name of the folder it’s in, the image size, and its assigned tags are not readily apparent.

This goes to say that each image should have appropriate keywords attached to it that is descriptive of the image. Keywords can pass information about the image category, color, and any other description that can help your firm in its organization. All these categorizations will help you in finding them when you need them.

Metadata is highly important for quick searches of any form. It is important to know what metadata to attach to every asset. Keywords are very important because digital assets are not similar to each other and have intricacies that need to be properly considered. It will be advantageous to the company to use folders to apply relevant keywords. Think about your physical assets and how they each need to be labeled with unique tags and keywords for easy identification and retrieval. The same is applicable to your digital assets because of their differences.

Metadata keeps current and future members of your team in the know about your content assets. Also, saving time knowing how to use these is better than muddling through thousands of files. The addition of metadata to assets makes them more accessible and easier to manage.

Tip 4: Backup the Backup

No matter how crazy it sounds, it is important to have a backup of your backup. You cannot be too careful when it comes to your digital assets. The safety of your digital asset is important. Employees typically only think to back up files once they’ve already lost them. We tend to forget that the more frequently we backup files, the lower the risk of losing digital assets.

Almost all digital asset management systems have backup features infused in them. Despite this feature, it is important to have a backup of the backup. You really cannot be too careful with your digital assets. There should be a disaster recovery plan on board in the event of one.

Hold on to different versions and alternates to track the evolution of a particular asset. Constantly update and back up the digital inventory.

However, care should be taken to ensure that there is control of the backup process to reduce the backup of the digital assets on unauthorized systems, further exposing the information within to misuse, theft and so on.

Tip 5: Control Digital Asset Access

Your digital asset should not be a dumping ground for every user. This is why it is important that all users have the correct level of access in your DAM. This will prevent the problems bound to occur otherwise.

The use of a DAM system affords an organization the benefit of a centralized control especially for numerous amounts of digital assets. This goes to show that your numerous digital assets can be accessed from a central repository but restricted by user group roles.

You cannot talk about digital asset management systems without the issue of roles and permissions coming up. This is because it’s necessary to control how certain digital assets exist within the system.

A DAM system assigns one or more roles to users which has certain permissions attached to it as a guide for one’s interaction with the asset. Set up user roles and permissions to enforce brand control and ensure brand consistency. Roles and permission provide user restrictions so they can’t access the wrong assets accidentally. They also help determine the level of access attributable to a user in their interaction with a given asset.

A DAM system assigns access to users in line with various tasks like previewing assets, ability to upload assets, delete assets, order assets, edit metadata to assets and so many more. While some may have the right to some tasks, some other users may have restricted access.

In this way, uniformity prevails as users obtain permissions only within specific roles. In other words, users will only have access to the information they need to be able to perform their job function.

Conclusion

How is your existing digital asset management practice like? Do you worry about the security of your digital assets? Can you access them easily from anywhere? Do you spend too much time trying to retrieve files and folders? If the answers to these questions and much more are not promising, there is a need for a quick solution in organizing your digital assets.

With the increase in content marketing as a customer engagement strategy, the need for digital asset management is also increasing. Customers demand better compelling product content and companies are finding it difficult to sort through the large quantities of data files they have. To escape the chaos that is sure to accompany large databases, digital asset management should be incorporated

Your digital assets are more difficult to identify because their value may be unclear. Are these assets worth money? Many businesses today can’t boast of having DAM in place, which makes it difficult to know which assets they have. Furthermore, why do they even exist? Finally, where and how can they be used most effectively?

Content is king in today’s competitive marketplace and proactive companies are leveraging on this. Digital assets are crucial in the production of compelling content that has the power to engage customers; hence the need for its proper organization. It is this simple; the more organized your digital assets, the more effective your brand’s content marketing strategy.

Digital assets take resources in its creation. Furthermore, it can be difficult to find the content you need when you need it. Management systems use keywords, tags, and folders to make locating digital assets easier. This is why it’s important to know easy and timely user retrieval and accessibility are critical. You can also leverage metadata properly to ease digital asset management.

The fact still remains, your digital assets will only grow in number. So take care to maintain your digital asset management system properly. The reward is definitely worth the resources you’ll invest.

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