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Another DAM Podcast interview with Laura Patterson about Digital Asset Management

Here are the questions asked:

How are you involved with Digital Asset Management?

How does a leading health solutions company use Digital Asset Management?

What are the biggest challenges and successes you’ve seen with Digital Asset Management?

What advice would you like to share with DAM professionals and people aspiring to become DAM professionals?

Transcript

Henrik de Gyor 0:00

This is Another DAM Podcast about Digital Asset Management. I’m Henrik de Gyor. Today I’m speaking with Laura Patterson.

Laura, how are you?

Laura Patterson 0:08

I’m doing great. Thanks. How are you?

Henrik de Gyor 0:10

Great. Laura, how are you involved with Digital Asset Management?

Laura Patterson 0:14

I have a lot of different roles in asset management for my organization. I am part strategist, part project manager, developer, coder, I do a whole gamut of different things within the DAM world. And it’s been about 10 years of me being in this field. And within the organization I’m in now, I have actually built three different DAMs, and each one has been progressively more complex than the next. And we’ve done so because of obviously, the technology changing in the world and the changing business needs of our organization. So we’re just finishing up building our third DAM for the company.

Henrik de Gyor 0:59

Laura, how does a leading health solutions company use Digital Asset Management?

Laura Patterson 1:05

We use it in a very wide variety of ways. We are all encompassing our entire enterprise is utilizing this DAM to search and download assets. And this is across many different business areas. We have our retail marketing and creative teams, obviously, they’re one of our primary users. But we also have folks in corporate communications and HR, learning and development, our prescription benefits management groups. So we have a very broad audience. But we also service a number of external partners, including design agencies, photographers, and illustrators, some of whom might be coming to the DAM to consume our assets, utilize them in partnership work that we’re doing with them, or they might be contributing assets to us, such as photo shoots or video shoots, etc. And our other primary external users are our product vendors, they are actually our heaviest uploaders of the system. We have a partnership with these product vendors, where we advertise their products, and they help us with our marketing campaigns. So they will provide us with their imagery that then gets stored in the DAM, access by marketing and creative and subsequently used in our marketing materials. We are expanding very quickly, we are getting more and more people that are involved in participating in the DAM. And I think with the technology and digital transformation, we’re really bringing a lot of consistency to our technology stack across the organization.

Henrik de Gyor 2:47

Laura, what are the biggest challenges and successes you’ve seen with Digital Asset Management?

Laura Patterson 2:52

I’ll start with one of my biggest challenges that I’ve experienced, and then how it became successful. So one of the biggest challenges that we have had is user adoption and change management. That can be a really big deal for folks that have never used an asset management platform before and trying to understand why we need it, why we have to participate in it, what benefits does it bring. So, you know, definitely with different types of business areas that can be far more challenging to convince than others. And I would say that the success of dealing with that challenge is as you’re building out your DAM, whether it’s from the very getgo, starting your strategy, metadata development, the actual platform development, any business areas that are going to be touching this platform at any level, you should engage with them right at the start of the project and get their input and their feedback, understand their problems and their needs, and work with them to come up with solutions. I found that it’s more successful when you involve all of these different groups that you want to adopt the DAM, and how let them have their say, and how it gets applied to their world and give them those sorts of real life experiences and how it will directly relate to them. And you will find that the adoption and the change management becomes much smoother when you have that communication and that open door for them to give them what they need.

Henrik de Gyor 4:27

Laura, what advice would you like to share with DAM professionals and people aspiring to become DAM professionals?

Laura Patterson 4:34

I would say my advice is and this would go for both new and existing again, really thinking through your strategy really working with the different business areas. Not thinking about DAM in a vacuum of how you as the asset manager is going to work with the assets, work with the application, but to think broader in terms of how it’s going to to impact your direct users, both incoming and outgoing, and if you really put your focus on the users, you’re going to have a much better DAM solution, a better experience for your users. And you’re really going to get people engaged and wanting to participate. I found that has been probably the biggest success for me in my career in really getting the asset management out into the organization and really making it successful and worthwhile for all of our users.

Henrik de Gyor 5:35

Well, thanks, Laura.

Laura Patterson 5:36

Thank you very much.

Henrik de Gyor 5:37

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Another DAM Podcast interview with Jennifer Anna on Digital Asset Management

Listen to Jennifer Anna speak about Digital Asset Management

Here are the questions asked:

How are you involved with Digital Asset Management?

How does an independent conservation organization use Digital Asset Management?

What are the biggest challenges and successes you’ve seen with Digital Asset Management?

What advice would you like to share with DAM professionals and people aspiring to become DAM professionals?

Transcript

Henrik de Gyor 0:00
This is Another DAM Podcast about Digital Asset Management. I’m Henrik de Gyor. Today I’m speaking with Jennifer Anna. Jennifer, how are you?

Jennifer Anna 0:08
I’m great. Thank you for having me.

Henrik de Gyor 0:11
Jennifer, how are you involved with Digital Asset Management?

Jennifer Anna 0:14
Right now, I’m serving as the Digital Asset Manager for World Wildlife Fund. And my responsibilities actually encompass several different roles ranging from, say, contract manager, librarian, photo editor to product owner, so kind of a jack of all trades, if you will. And throughout my, I guess, 10 plus year career, I would say that the majority of my roles have been as product owner in some capacity.

Henrik de Gyor 0:52
Jennifer, how does an independent conservation organization use Digital Asset Management?

Jennifer Anna 0:57
So our Digital Asset Management platform is accessible by our entire network. We are a network of approximately 100 offices spanning from Columbia to Myanmar to US to UK. And at this point in time, our library is of photography and video that tells the story of the work that WWF or World Wildlife Fund does. So the way that we work, the DAM team are very small, but I’ll say DAM team works might be a little bit different than how maybe other DAM teams work, in that, we tend to be kind of involved with the full pre-production to kind of post-production processes as well as like the DAM processes of ingestion, cataloging, and distribution.

Jennifer Anna 2:08
What our library contains is the commissions, the trips that we send photographers, or filmmakers out into the field, again, to sort of tell the story of World Wildlife Fund’s work. So we actually have commissioned shoots in the library. We also have staff photography, because a lot of our colleagues are working in program science. And so they’re actually out in the field. And part of their research work is to actually document it. So we also have staff photography, in the system as well. Another thing that we have, to a lesser extent, are what we called camera traps. And this is the way that our science folk capture the actions of animals to sort of understand better how we can help conserve their landscapes, and also kind of like, yeah, conserve their landscapes conserve wildlife. So those are sort of and then we also, of course, have licensed images from stock agencies like nature picture library, we used to license from National Geographic or National Geographic Creative, even though they’re I think they’re no longer licensing. So it’s kind of those like, I think four or five buckets of imagery that we’re kind of pulling in from a global network.

Jennifer Anna 3:39
There’s different sort of like talents and expertise across the network, the DAM team, and also certain production teams across the network, kind of assist with different processes. And that can be helping with the contract process to make sure that we’re getting the right deliverables from our photographers and filmmakers to kind of helping with the editing process when those assets have been delivered, creating B roll packages, and then of course, and then the processes of actually getting them into the hive or which we call our DAM the hive and getting them distributed. So again, it’s a little bit different in that our DAM work actually extends sort of beyond the management of the DAM into said, like contract processes working with photographers and filmmakers, doing edits, and again, like getting them to the system and then getting them distributed. And the way that our DAM is actually used, for the most part, our DAM is accessible by again, our entire network. If you have a WWF employee, you have access to our DAM so we have approximately 4000 users And so, again, our DAM may be a bit different in that it’s not just utilized by marketing and communications teams across a network. Program staff use it. Science staff use it. Our accounting teams probably use it for if they’re working on something. So it’s very far reaching like our DAM definitely serves our users sort of beyond the marketing and tech teams at WWF.

Henrik de Gyor 5:34
Jennifer, what are the biggest challenges and successes you’ve seen with Digital Asset Management?

Jennifer Anna 5:39
So let’s start with successes. I think what I’ve seen in my time in DAM is that we’ve been rethinking DAM as part of a larger marketing technology ecosystem, which I think that’s been a very positive step for the industry. I think we are thinking about DAM more holistically. And understanding they are programs requiring long term management versus standalone platforms or products, which was more the philosophy when I got started, as I said over 10 years ago, I think we understand more now. I think the industry understands more now that it’s a kind of a people first, technology second initiative, and that it can take a village to make these Digital Asset Management platforms run. And I think that’s all very positive.

Jennifer Anna 6:45
That said, DAM program still continue to be undervalued and misunderstood by companies, and therefore, I think they’re still being under resourced. I see large companies, fully resourcing their CMS, their CRM, their social media departments, and other marketing comms tech platforms with teams and budgets. But then they only employ one person to manage all the aspects of the DAM platform. And just to reiterate, these DAM programs take a village to succeed. So I would really like to see the industry help companies set these programs, and the people required to manage them up to succeed.

Henrik de Gyor 7:36
Jennifer, what advice we’d like to share with DAM professionals and people aspiring to become DAM professionals?

Jennifer Anna 7:42
I would say a few things, I would say learn about the larger marketing communications technology ecosystem, and approach DAM holistically as part of a larger system of processes and people. I would also say you need to be prepared to speak to different stakeholders in their own language about DAM. Change management is a big part of making a DAM program succeed.

Jennifer Anna 8:20
That said, I would also say it’s important to set boundaries and expectations. Many DAM jobs, depending on what they are, are actually several jobs in one and you will need to be able to educate your stakeholders about what is possible. Many times when you are coming into a new workplace, you will be the expert. No one else in the organization or company will understand DAM the way that you do. And then I would say the final thing is with that said, know that you don’t need to know everything. Technology changes so fast that we are just really running along with it.

Henrik de Gyor 9:08
Well, thanks, Jennifer.

Jennifer Anna 9:09
Thank you so much. This is really a pleasure.

Henrik de Gyor 9:12
For more on this, visit anotherdampodcast.com. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email me at anotherdamblog@gmail.com. Thanks again.


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