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Box is a cloud content management platform for companies of all sizes and industries. It offers security and controls for admins as well as sharing and collaboration capabilities for end users across the globe. The Box platform allows... Read more
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Centralpoint by Oxcyon is a content management solution that can be installed on-premise or accessed on the cloud from any mobile device with an internet connection.The modular applications can be deployed in a configuration that suits... Read more
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Workfront (formerly AtTask) is a cloud-based project management solution that helps teams to prioritize, route, manage and report on their work. It is suitable for businesses of any size and industry including IT, architecture and... Read more
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Libris by PhotoShelter is a cloud-based digital asset managemnt solution for businesses in many industries. Users can upload, organize and share digital assets such as photos, videos and more, with no limit on asset size. Users can... Read more
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IntelligenceBank is a cloud-based Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution that helps businesses to streamline marketing processes. The solution gives users a way to control, centralize, create and distribute brand assets in the cloud,... Read more
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Widen Collective is a cloud-based brand and digital asset management solution designed for mid-size and large businesses. It offers features like content creation, distribution and analytics within a suite. It also offers document... Read more
Brandfolder is a cloud-based asset management solution that provides various processes to organize, store and retrieve media assets and manage digital rights and permissions. The solution can be customized for businesses in industries... Read more
Amplifi.io is a centralized digital asset management hub designed to help medium and large size companies manage and share images, documents, logos, messaging, specs, videos and other marketing collateral. Amplifi.io offers controlled... Read more
Wedia is a cloud-based marketing resource management and content management solution designed for midsize and large businesses. It allow users to design, manage, distribute and score content across multiple teams and channels. Key... Read more
Microsoft Sharepoint is a knowledge and content management system (CMS). The product also provides collaboration tool capabilities. The solution offers typical CMS features like document and digital asset management, case and contract... Read more
Airtable is a cloud-based project management solution targeting small to midsize businesses as well as departments within larger companies. This software focuses primarily on data organization and collaboration. The system uses a... Read more
Drupal is cloud-based open source content management system for content authoring and content publishing websites. The platform offers functionalities such as merchandising, content creation, reporting and content sharing. Drupal’s... Read more
Bynder offers a selection of branding, marketing and digital asset management (DAM) tools for businesses of all sizes. Bynder’s DAM is designed to help companies manage, maintain and distribute public and private digital assets,... Read more
WebDAM is a cloud-based digital asset management (DAM) solution that helps businesses streamline workflows by consolidating visual content on a central platform. WebDAM enables users to organize, share and track content, thus helping... Read more
Diligent Boards is a content management solution for creating, distributing and collaborating on board meeting materials. Designed for small and large businesses, Diligent Boards aids in creating digital materials to support any organization... Read more
LogicalDOC is a content management solution that caters to businesses of all sizes across various industries such as information technology and services, oil and energy, wholesale and more. Key features include access control, communication... Read more
Panopto is a secure video content management software designed for universities and businesses. It helps employees, instructors, and students in video recording, video management, webcasting, video search and more. Users can host and... Read more
MerlinOne is a digital asset management solution that helps users centralize marketing assets. MerlinOne’s batch editing capability allows users to edit multiple files at once. Users can create, download and upload files in different... Read more
Laserfiche is a content management platform suitable for businesses of all sizes in industries such as accounting, construction, education, real estate, manufacturing and healthcare. It offers document scanning and data capture, search... Read more
App Data Room by Modus Engagement, Inc. is a cloud-based content management solution designed for businesses of all sizes. Key features include document management, digital asset management (DAM), reporting and analytics. In-App Data... Read more
As the old saying goes, “Online, content is king.” Content is the driving force behind much of online traffic and companies are increasingly managing their content like the strategic and valuable asset that it is.
If online content is king, then digital assets can probably be crowned king of kings. Digital assets refer to non-text-based content, like images, videos, diagrams, audio recordings and graphs.
Internet users have strong preference for clear and concise content that’s easy to digest. Combined with the wisdom of another old saying—the one about pictures being worth a thousand words—and it’s easy to understand why digital assets are so valuable. They’re very effective at clearly, concisely presenting information in a form that’s quick and easy to digest. Consumers and customers love digital assets and many companies are using them effectively in their sales, marketing and customer service strategies.
This, of course, requires that the companies manage them effectively. Managing images, video, audio and other types of media is different than managing other kinds of files and content. Companies that deal with media files need a way to manage them so that they’re organized, secure, easy to retrieve and centrally available to anyone in the organization.
Digital asset management (DAM) software stores and organizes media files and protects brand assets. It also let users collaborate and distribute files both internally and with people outside the organization. DAM software can provide very advanced functionality, letting companies schedule their asset distribution and manage all stages of a digital asset’s lifecycle.
This buyer’s guide explains the functionality of DAM software, as well as discuss the benefits and pricing information for this type of software. Here’s what we’ll cover:
Digital asset management (DAM) software is a software solution that helps businesses manage their content assets such as brand logos, product logos, product images and media files. The software enables businesses to manage the development, organization and distribution of the content assets used for creating brand pages, product websites, sales and marketing collaterals and advertisements.
Since digital content is a subset of all content, it logically follows that DAM software is a subset of content management software. And, it is. In fact, many content management systems have applications designed to handle digital assets. The difference is that DAM software is specifically designed and purpose-built to manage digital assets and media files.
Additionally, DAM software stores and organizes files for retrieval through search functions, and allows users to download digital assets in various file formats.
Users can create and manage asset profiles, which can include descriptions, metadata, keywords associated with the file, rights and permissions and information on the creator. Many systems also provide file conversion functionality to download media in the appropriate format.
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Typically, a DAM system can integrate with other applications, such as a content management system, project management software, enterprise asset management software and tools for media manipulation, such as Photoshop.
The four essential functions of a DAM are to:
The common capabilities of these systems facilitate those four key actions. These applications, modules and features include, but are not limited to:
|Asset uploading||This function allows users to upload single files, or up to thousands of files in batches. Most systems will also extract metadata during this process, supporting EXIF, XMP and IPTC standards.|
|Asset management||Asset management functionality in a DAM system is comprised of several tools for manipulating digital assets: file conversion, metadata editing, version management and digital rights management. These tools help make assets more secure as well as easier to find and collaborate on.|
|Dashboards||A dashboard view can display various information about digital assets: number of assets, views, uploads or downloads and other user activity. Many dashboards also offer notifications and thumbnails of recently added assets.|
|Search||Search features help users find content through keywords, file types, upload dates, metadata or by using checkboxes to filter assets.|
|Asset sharing||A DAM can facilitate asset sharing in multiple ways: by email, embed codes, through social media channels, direct download links, a download pickup page with preview thumbnails and more.|
Whether you manage digital assets as a photographer, with a public relations agency, in information technology or in some other function, a DAM system offers compelling benefits for efficiency and accuracy:
Increases organization and speed. Since digital assets can be uploaded and tagged with keywords and metadata, and filters can be used for searches, assets are found and distributed more quickly.
Simplifies collaboration and version control. Assets are all stored in the same central location and can be manipulated by multiple people. Users can review, approve or leave comments on assets, and version control keeps everyone working on the most up-to-date instance of an asset.
Protects your brand image. A DAM helps organizations protect assets with watermarking and copyright embedding. It also allows users to create press kits and digital images with embargo dates.
DAM software has pricing models that are comparable to other types of content management software. Generally speaking, it can be purchased either through a subscription plan or with a perpetual license fee.
|Subscription-based||A monthly or annual fee is charged to use the system, typically based on the number of users who need access. Maintenance and updates are typically included; support and training may be an additional fee.|
|Perpetual license fee||A one-time fee, either for a single user or a single computer installation. Other add-ons, such as updates, training or support, often come at a separate cost.|
Additionally, DAM software is sold in two deployment options, including as an on-premise installation or as a cloud-deployed service. Both options have advantages and disadvantages; buyers are encouraged to carefully examine all options before making a decision.