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Another DAM Podcast interview with David Price on Digital Asset Management

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Here are the questions asked:

  • How are you involved with Digital Asset Management?
  • How does a health care provider use a DAM?
  • What is the difference between an organization that has a DAM where they sell their content versus just manage their content such as marketing material?
  • What advice would you like to give to DAM professionals and people aspiring to become DAM professionals?


Henrik de Gyor: [0:03] This is Another DAM Podcast about Digital Asset
Management. I’m Henrik de Gyor. Today I’m speaking with David Price. David,
how are you?
David Price: [0:10] I’m very good, thank you.
Henrik: [0:12] David, how are you involved with Digital Asset Management?
David: [0:15] I am a applications manager at a healthcare provider. I work within
a marketing and sales group that manages a number of different Digital Asset
Management systems and workflow related project work.
Henrik: [0:29] How does a healthcare provider use a DAM?
David: [0:34] Well, this particular healthcare provider has a large marketing and
sales group. As with any company that has marketing and sales, we have a lot
of marketing and sales collateral. We have posters, brochures, fliers, booklets.
We have rich media. We have TV. We have radio. All of that content needs to
Henrik: [0:53] Makes sense. David, what is the difference between an organization
that has a DAM where they sell their content versus just manage their content,
so it’s just marketing material?
David: [1:03] That’s a good question. One of the things that I’ve realized is that
is an important differentiator between DAM users largely because the people
sell their content who typically are in the entertainment or media business,
TV, radio, music, etc., are much more concerned with the full work flow
process from start to finish because the DAM and the workflow management
and the product management cycle manage their end product. It’s their bread
and butter.
Henrik: [1:37] Sure.
David: [1:39] For that type of company, a DAM implementation is a much more
integral part of what they do if they’re a mature organization. For companies
that only use DAMs to manage marketing materials but don’t sell those materials,
it’s still important, but it’s not as important. [1:56] It’s more difficult to
directly tie it to the bottom line. It’s more difficult to measure the effectiveness
of your marketing materials because they don’t generate direct sales. They only
indirectly affect your sales.
Henrik: [2:12] That makes sense. Sure, yeah.
David: [2:13] That can actually be an impediment to purchasing, implementing,
and supporting DAM systems also. Each one has its pros and cons.
Henrik: [2:25] Sure, I agree. One is certainly more vital than the other if you
actually want to deliver something to be seen and sold.
David: [2:33] Right. Interestingly enough, one of the things that I learned
coming to shows like this and listening to all of the people that are in entertainment
and media is they develop a huge repository of older media that they
reuse and repurpose. [2:50] Often times, you watch TV. If a famous actor dies or
a movie re-released, they’ll go back and pull assets from 10, 20 years ago, repackage
them in some new format and you’ll see them again.
Henrik: [3:07] Smart.
David: [3:09] Our type of DAM user doesn’t do as much.
Henrik: [3:12] Sure, that makes sense, but you can still reuse those marketing
David: [3:14] Sure, we can, but we probably wouldn’t as much as…
Henrik: [3:19] For a different campaign or…
David: [3:20] Yeah, right.
Henrik: [3:21] OK , fair. What advice would you like to give to DAM professionals
or people aspiring to become DAM professionals?
David: [3:27] That’s a good question. I’d give aspiring DAM professionals the
advice to several things, first off, DAM is a discipline and not a tool. [3:39] Lots of
people who first get into Digital Asset Management think, “We’re going to go
out and buy this wonderful, cool new software, then life will be easy.”
[3:49] You’re chuckling because anyone who’s worked in practically any discipline
for some amount of time knows that a particular tool will do nothing if you
don’t have the business process and agreed upon structure and organizational
processes in place within the business to make it work and to utilize it to its best
[4:13] Another statement that summarizes that is “Garbage in, garbage out,”
that’s the advice I’d give.
Henrik: [4:19] Great. Well, thank you, David.
David: [4:21] You’re welcome.
Henrik: [4:22] For more on digital management, log onto, thanks again.

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