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What GDPR means for good Digital Asset Management?

What GDPR means for good Digital Asset Management?

The EU Data Protection Regulation has come into effect on May 25, 2018, and raises strong feelings in marketing and communications management. You still remember the flood of ”If you want to receive our newsletter in the future” -emails in your mailbox? The first GDPR legal cases have already been in court in Sweden. The Finnish IT-magazine TiVi reports that the defendants include two healthcare companies, 13 non-profit associations, three public sector transport companies, five teleoperators, three banks and 35 government organizations. GDPR commitment is not to be taken lightly.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is applied in all EU member countries. The goal is to harmonize data protection rules in terms of personal data and to develop EU’s internal digital market. GDPR strengthens individuals’ rights when collecting and processing personal data. Digital asset management needs to be even more carefully designed, since practically all companies handle personal data in various digital assets.

GDPR, laws and regulations

The GDPR applies to all companies in which personal data are processed, whether the company is in the consumer or B2B market. In principle, the company as a data controller is also a data processor. Data can also be processed by external parties, for example in cloud services.

Generally, all physical or digital formats in which personal data are stored and processed are classified as personal records. The data controller is obliged to inform the registered person not only of his rights, but also of the processing of personal data.

Such personal data processing rules include, for example, retention periods for documents containing personal data. Some documents must be kept for a certain period of time, and some of the material may not be stored after a specified period. These kind of rules are not only in the GDPR, but in the laws concerning employment contracts, accounting and privacy. Some regulations are based on recommendations.

Consent and rights to protect your personal data

Companies should protect personal data with different access rights and different roles. With GDPR, the company must be able to demonstrate that the processing of personal data is subject to the consent of the registered person. It must also be possible to withdraw consent easily. For this reason, for example, you can cancel a newsletter subscription with one click.

Quick checklist for the best practice for GDPR compliance

  • Train your personnel to GDPR
  • Prepare the processes to fulfill the GDPR obligations for reporting
  • Update your privacy notices
  • Establish processes for the individual information requests related to the personal data
  • Inform your personnel about the crisis communication plan – what to do if a security breach occurs

The biggest change to previous data protection legislation is the obligation to demonstrate. It is no longer enough for a company or organization to comply with data protection legislation, but it must also be able to demonstrate it. This can be done through various documents on data protection and the processing of personal data, such as a privacy notice and data security guidelines.

The registered person has the right to request access to and rectification or erasure of personal data. The controller should be obliged to respond to requests within one month.

The company personnel needs to be trained and educated in these kind of requirements, so that everybody knows how to act.

What if the crisis strikes?

Communication professionals working in listed companies know that stock exchange announcements have their own regulations. The accuracy, uniformity and timeliness of information sharing are essential. According to the GDPR, every company has an obligation to report breaches to the data protection authority within 72 hours.

Good crisis communication is, for example, the CEO of a company stepping forward in the media right away and telling what has happened. And also what actions have been taken and what is the plan forward.

It is a serious issue of brand management and the entire business of the company. The reputation of the company is endangered, and serious costs issues are also involved.

The data protection authority can impose sanctions on companies, up to 20 MEUR or 4% of the company’s turnover, whichever is greater.

Pay attention to GDPR in your ecosystem

In addition to your own company, your affiliate network should work under the GDPR when doing business in the EU. GDPR needs to be considered when integrating systems, and for example, when using marketing and sales automation systems.

Gredi stores it’s customers’ digital assets in a 100% secure way in Finland, in the data centers of DataCenter Finland.

We will guide you how the digital assets can be processed and shared through the Gredi Content Hub securely and in compliance with the GDPR. With Gredi Content Hub, you can store, manage, find, archive and control versions. You can also comment, personalize and approve, as well as share and publish information.

We will guide you through best practices and give effective tools and know-how to bring you all the information you need with the GDPR in mind. We will tell you how to automate data processing in a secure way, and how to make data sharing easier. We are here to help you with experience and enthusiasm. Contact us by email myynti@gredi.fi or call +358 10 778 7100.

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How do you identify issues that degrade the value of your digital assets?

How do you identify issues that degrade the value of your digital assets?

Your digital assets are not productive if they are just left to your company’s hard drives. You may invest large sums to acquire new information, but no one cares about the usability of existing information. Have you already identified the strengths and weaknesses of your organization’s asset management?

The users do not always know if your company already has the information they need. If finding or browsing information is difficult, the information will never find its way to the user. Then the euro you invested in the information will not produce the desired results. Information often requires refining and combining to generate useful business information. Even if the users find the information, combining fragmented data can take so much time that the job never gets done.

The purpose of information management is to make your digital assets securely available for everyone and to facilitate the use of information. It also enables you to store, manage, archive, and easily find the information you create.

With Digital Asset Management you can control your expenditure, increase productivity and avoid pitfalls, such as:

  • It takes a lot of time to find information. The information is scattered in many places and it is difficult to be retrieved. Metadata and classification are inadequate, and search tools do not serve users’ needs.
  • Digital Asset Management does not serve everyone. The system is either not in use, there is no up-to-date or frequently used information stored there, or the user’s asset management skills are inadequate.
  • The information is scattered in non-integrated systems. Product information is in one system, brand information in another, and customer information in a third. Compiling the required data set may require a lot of manual work if the systems do not automatically discuss with each other.
  • The material is disappearing. If the files are only stored on a hard drive, users may move or accidentally destroy important data. Restoring information or finding original sources take time from more valuable tasks.
  • Information management is in silos. Business units or individual people produce information for their own needs, but do not share or communicate about the information to others. Overlapping work is a waste of productivity.
  • Information is not readily available when needed. Information is not published for those who need it, and time is spent searching for material and looking for the right people in charge. In addition, more attention needs to be paid to the data storage so that all security-related and access-related issues are considered in order to increase the value of digital assets.

When you want to increase the productivity of your digital assets, you need operating models, tools and know-how to bring information to everyone, automate data processing processes, and facilitate data sharing.

Gredi will be happy to help you with these issues, so please do not hesitate to contact us immediately at myynti@gredi.fi or tel. +358 10 7787100.

Simplify marketing, multiply results

Simplify marketing, multiply results

Easily said and even more easily done today

In his vastly successful ”Sales Rebellion” seminar and the book with the same name, Mika D. Rubanovitsch asks if the machine will replace human sales people? Masterfully, Ruba guides sales and marketing decision-makers to the digital world and answers the question. Our answer at Gredi: The machine will not replace great people in sales or marketing. Instead, the machine helps people do their work more efficiently, better, faster and more safely. Also, add multiplied results. Let’s give you a few examples.

How is it done?

You can simplify your marketing by contacting Gredi. We will show you how to simplify your marketing with digital asset management. The most powerful tool for digital asset management is Gredi Content Hub. It provides smooth brand management, smart digital asset and product information management, and intelligent archiving. It helps you automate marketing processes and utilize artificial intelligence.

Example 1: Save hundreds of thousands of euros

An international company has subsidiaries in 30 countries and uses the whole range of marketing arsenal. The social media channels are in active use in 12 languages. The budget for ad agencies is in millions and the company is launching 300 marketing campaigns in a year.

With Gredi’s Digital Asset Management, the company’s cost savings are 660,000 euros in a year. Artificial intelligence and automation take care of routine tasks. For example, when adding a picture or video to digismart Gredi Content Hub, the service automatically creates metadata and product information from the image data using AI-based image recognition technology. Next, the service automatically indexes the search terms and attaches them as identification data of the digital asset. No more misspellings, no more routine work. When creating the published versions, the quality of the material is superb, thanks to dynamic templates that prevent the misuse of logos, colours, fonts and other brand elements. The brand image will be consistent in Europe, Asia and America. A digismart enterprise can make changes in real time, 24/7, and overnight.

Example 2: Prevent irreparable loss of data

A Finnish growth company has a challenging position in the market and tough growth goals. The company decided to invest in marketing. The marketing people travelled around Finland in order to photograph hundreds of marketed properties. Thousands of kilometers and dozens of hotel nights later the material and image archive was complete.

Then, the server crashed. All valuable material were lost and the work had to be started over from scratch. This time it was done in the digismart way. First, Gredi Content Hub was brought into play. Subsequently, the sites were photographed again and the material was re-produced. All digital assets are now stored safely. Images, logos, texts, videos and other content are easily put in brochures, announcements, and banners using Gredi’s dynamic publishing templates. The company saves all its ad agency costs. And the marketing people can sleep well.

Example 3: This makes your work easier and more fun

Did you lose your pleasure of work the last time you were frantically looking for the videos and pictures needed for the campaign, from a network drive, laptop, memory stick, smartphone and co-workers? And didn’t find them. You can feel the panic creeping in. A deadline is a deadline, and all the versions of the campaign material for different media as well as social media postings need to be fixed.

With Gredi Content Hub you would be ready already. Content Hub also keeps your digital assets (videos, images, ads, and a variety of promotional materials) safe. The material can be found in one place for your employees, network, resellers, and advertising agency partners 24/7, just by using Gredi Content Hub. Easily, quickly and in exactly the right format for different media. The brand management is guaranteed.

Want to try it yourself?

Trial use is now easy, as we at Gredi will give 100% satisfaction guarantee. We have great customers who are already working in the digismart way. Read more about real-life successes: www.gredi.fi/customers

Do you want to see how Gredi’s simple but brilliant digital asset management works? After a demonstration, you’ll realize immediately why we are so excited. Simplify marketing, multiply the joy of work.

Artificial Intelligence is enhancing Digital Asset Management

Artificial Intelligence is enhancing Digital Asset Management

Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence, AI. AI is an emerging, fast-evolving field in almost all industries and all businesses. Artificial Intelligence is here to stay, and it speeds up the use of a wide range of consumer, business and public sector information services.

You might not even notice that you are served by artificial intelligence. AI travels through gigabytes of data in seconds, it can see your footprint on the services you use with smartphones and computers, and it is able to suggest just the right deals and offers for you. AI is constantly learning more and more, and it is never overwhelmed by huge, ever-increasing amounts of information. On the contrary, it works even more efficiently. That is why it is an extremely powerful tool for marketing and sales.

Successful companies have already noticed that AI is very powerful especially when combined with the traditional human intelligence and social interactions guided by human emotional intelligence. Still, artificial intelligence is often described as future technology. Why? It is already commonplace in many services such as Gredi Digital Asset Management. In the beginning we use that traditional human intelligence and create a common operating model with our customers. Our professionals’ expertise and experience from different customer sectors will always benefit our new customers. We also learn more with our customers.

Metadata improves usability and quality

Everyone talks about metadata, but what is it and what is it’s significance in managing digital assets. Metadata, or additional information or descriptive information, is information about information or abstract information about a file or content. Metadata creates the basis for searching and utilizing data. A prerequisite for well-functioning asset management is a sufficiently detailed and relevant metadata attached to the digital assets.

One of the most profit generating and, therefore, the most important content type for customers is an image in different formats: product picture, advertising image, personal photo, product video, corporate video or other visual material. The images and videos are often utilized in full potential in marketing and communication. The desired goal is to make images easy to find, process and publish on multiple channels.

The metadata attached to the images significantly improves the usability of the data management service and increases the value of the company’s digital material. In theory, there can be an unlimited amount of metadata. The real challenge is to take the time and resources to add metadata – if there is no AI to be utilized.

AI Image Recognition automatically creates metadata

Artificial Intelligence is enhancing Digital Asset Management

Storing and finding images is now much easier, facilitated by the AI inside the Gredi Content Hub. When you add an image to the service, the service automatically creates metadata (such as search terms) using image-recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, and adds the metadata as image identification information and search words.

The metadata and the details created by AI can be controlled by the desired criteria. Metadata can be created in multiple language versions, and the text can also be recognized directly from the image. It is recommended to test and validate the level of detail on a case-by-case basis.

Combining artificial intelligence and human intelligence includes many benefits

Thanks to the Gredi AI, marketing professionals can leave routine work on the system, and focus themselves on other important tasks. It is very practical, profitable and rewarding when you have an intelligent tool that simplifies routines and helps you manage information. Our customers say

that with Gredi, they have learned to manage digital assets easier, faster and with better quality. For example, AI detects errors improving quality management immediately.

Our customers especially like Gredi’s service orientation and that we come to the customer site to help. It is also very important for our customers that all of their digital assets are stored securely in EU/Finland.

Gredi Content Hub introduces AI to improve your business

Gredi introduced the use of artificial intelligence-based image recognition technology in its digital asset management service and validated its performance. The results have been excellent and the new feature was introduced to the Gredi customers in April 2018.

Do you want to know more and see how Gredi’s image recognition service works? Contact us and we will give you a demonstration.

From digital asset management to dynamic content management

From digital asset management to dynamic content management

Marketing and communication today is more targeted, automated and multi-channel than ever. Brand automation, marketing automation, digital analytics and latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) already allow automatic identification of the material, micro-level personalization and targeting to the desired person. Always at the right time, with the right content and the right channel. Locally, globally and on a 24/7 basis.

Digital asset management systems have responded well to this modern marketing demand. Marketing and communications materials and value-added information (metadata and product information) remain in good order and can be easily found, shared and published on a multichannel basis. In digital asset management systems, commenting on visual materials, automated workflows, and project management features have made it possible to work efficiently and enabled the use of workflows. Integrations (input & output) to the required systems are available and easy to use.

However, the challenge remains how to dynamically manage marketing content when it needs to be edited in real time, regardless of location and time, and in multiple channels simultaneously. Or how to make sure that all marketing communication is always in line with the brand image, with more and more parties involved – partners, customers, retailers and people in your organization around the world. And most of all, how to make all this cost-effective, easy and controlled.

In addition to traditional asset management, Gredi Content Hub is a dynamic management solution for marketing content. Images, videos, texts, product information, different files and formats will become ready-to-use channel-specific content as they are edited in the creative process according to customers’ brand strategy and published in different channels. Traditionally, this process has been controlled by marketing communications partners, digital agencies and specialists of different channels, in addition to the customer’s own organization. The process itself works but has too many phases and often takes too much time and is expensive.

Gredi Content Hub is a smart digital marketing solution for marketing and communications when

  • Time-to-market requirement is immediate
  • Activities need to be implemented in multiple locations in real-time
  • Content must be both tailor-made and according to brand guidelines
  • There are many different stakeholders involved in content production and publishing
  • It requires publishing in several channels at the same time
  • The targets must be measured on a monthly basis?
  • Access rights need to be up-to-date?
  • Managing the whole process is important and you want to avoid duplicate work

No marketing or communication model, tool or system alone will make you happy. When a company wants to succeed in marketing and communication and best serve its customer, it is necessary to have the ability to manage and combine creative content in different channels, services, systems and meeting points. Agreed practices already at the beginning of the content generation process are crucial. Different systems include marketing automation software, web pages, PIM system and content publishing systems. And above all a highly integrated dynamic content management system Gredi Content Hub.

Why is marketing automation at the top of the brand manager’s worklist?

marketing automation at the top of the brand manager’s worklist

Marketing automation and efficient brand management increase the return on the euro invested in marketing and sales. It also helps your company to serve your customers with higher quality, faster, and in a more personalized way.

Automation first brings to mind the digitalization of an existing job. We at Gredi see that, in addition to making routines easier, automation opens up new opportunities. Here are some thoughts on how to make your own business more effective with marketing automation.

Marketing automation – the benefits:

 

  • Save time and money. Automate tedious routines and focus on creating new impactful content.
  • Shorten your campaign planning time. Automatic versioning and campaign templates save time in content production. Automatic publishing to different channels will speed up campaign launch.
  • Measure and improve the effectiveness of your campaigns. For example, tracking and analyzing newsletters provide information about products and topics that interest your customers. Compare the performance of content versions with automatic reporting and get ideas for further development of your campaigns. And when you publish in many channels, you will reach your customers better.
  • Comprehensively follow all steps of content production. When material is uploaded in one system and commented there, you will have better overall picture of your campaigns. By using campaign planning templates, there is a clear place and time for each part of the campaign.
  • Create roles. Distribute material based on user roles to partners, customers and your company’s employees. With the system, you ensure that the user rights and publication schedules are automatically set to run correctly from one campaign to another.
  • Integrate. Data is automatically updated between background systems. When you work on campaign material, up-to-date product and customer information is available. Your customers will always see the latest product information on your website and on your online store when the information is updated automatically.
  • Duplicate the best campaign templates. You can instantly copy the campaign template to be used as a base of a new campaign. You can take advantage of existing workflows and ensure that all the necessary pieces are in place.
  • Reduce errors. Dynamic templates will ensure that, for example, product brochures or print ads are created in exactly the right format.

Marketing automation is an effective way to add traffic and attract interest to your services. It also improves your brand consistency and timeliness and speeds up your communication.

Integration increases the value of information

Integration increases the value of information

Business is easily siloed between different business units, information systems, and even individual experts. Integration of information systems helps to overcome these barriers. The value of the information also increases when it is properly combined.

Online sales will increase when product descriptions are up to date. The value of the shopping cart will increase when you can recommend additional services to your customer based on their previous purchase history. And the loyal user base is more satisfied when it receives information about their favorite brand through social media.

We listed six suggestions related to the integration of your information systems that will add value to your digital assets.

Information Systems Integration:

 

  • Create a holistic view. The information in non-integrated systems or files is not as productive as it could be. If you need to collect data from many sources, the job is easily neglected, or at best the results are outdated quickly. By using digital asset management solution and platform, you can automatically import comprehensive product and customer information. You will see the big picture at one glance. You can create messages that provide information and sell your products well.
  • Display the information. Encrypted product information sells poorly. Make sure that the information you create in the digital asset management solution reaches your customers immediately. Use automated workflows to publish data from multiple systems directly to a website or in your online store.
  • Combine. Comprehensive information is more valuable than fragmented details. Ask your customers what information they need to support their decision-making. Make a plan on which information integration will improve the customer experience and increase your sales the most.
  • Decentralize work, gather results. Build tools for your content management network to deliver material quickly, in the right format, and in the right place. Let the system take care of automatic editing and classification of the material. Centralize the material you gather on a digital asset management platform where your sales, marketing, and product management users can easily create campaigns and other messages to your customers.
  • Make sure the information is up to date. Synchronize data between systems in real time. Avoid versioning information on different systems.
  • Develop communication with your partners and business units. Provide comprehensive answers to your customers. Collect information from different business units, systems, and partners. When you work on behalf of your customers, you make it easier for them to make decisions and lower the threshold for buying.

More customers will make their purchasing decisions long before you have the chance to talk to them. Integrate the information lying in various systems to provide your customers with the information and experience they need to make decisions without face-to-face meetings.

Digital Asset Management is not an IT project

Digital Asset Management is not an IT project

Your company needs help with automating marketing and managing digital assets. Does it mean that you should be expecting a months long IT project? The outcome of which will depend on a thousand variables, including the position of the stars?

More than 10 years ago, digital asset management would most likely have meant launching an IT project, writing technical specifications, testing, and fixing system errors. Overall, secondary work for your organization.

Luckily, there is a faster way today. You can deploy a new digital asset management solution within hours. And without any IT specific tasks.

You can model processes and test basic routines right away, minimizing all risks. You can fine-tune your processes and setup integrations in just a few hours and eventually introduce your users a ready-to-use package during the same week. Nothing like a traditional IT system project.

You can focus your resources on motivating your organization and developing content. By providing your users with highly developed and tested workflows, you can avoid unnecessary technical discussion and get the most from your investment. *

Let’s compare the traditional project-driven and modern cloud service model.

 

Traditional IT Project Cloud Service
“The IT department must first evaluate whether we can use this technology.” “The technology is not an obstacle or limitation when the application works with a browser.”

“We need to get the hardware first and agree on support responsibilities.” “Let’s start using this! Right now!”
“We need to have a meeting and define what features we need.” “Here are the workflows proven to be effective. Choose the best ones for you. ”
“Our development roadmap has other projects before that. Our IT resources are tied to them. ” “ Yes! Deployment does not require IT department resources. ”

“The functionality and usability of the system can only be seen after the software is customized and deployed, and the users trained.”

“After one hour introduction, any user can try their own workflow in the right environment with the real system.”

The cloud based solution is the right one when you want to develop your marketing and content management without technical IT talks.

Five steps of digital intelligence

The company’s digital asset management solution as well as the way company operates it, has a significant impact on the efficiency of its marketing. There are five steps on the way to a smart digital operating model that takes the best out of digitalization. Read the following to see if there are efficiencies to be gained on your own development path. If so, we’ll be happy to help you.

 

These five steps of digital intelligence guide your business towards the goal of a constantly evolving business model:

LEVEL 1: No operating model
Each project and campaign are launched from scratch. The graphical guideline guides the operation and the consistency of assets with the corporate identity is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Communication is based on email, ad hoc project organizations and ad hoc goals. The material and all of its versions are stored on the network drives.

LEVEL 2: Rules of the game
Projects have a foreseeable schedule with clear monitoring points. Content producers know the goals and requirements of their work. All versions of marketing, product management, and communications material are done manually and case-by-case.

LEVEL 3: Standardized asset management
There is a Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution that supports working. It is used for version control and material distribution. Some of the basic campaign and communication tasks are automated. There are clear guidelines for the product descriptions, according to which the products are at least generally described.

LEVEL 4: Standardized operating models
In addition to Digital Asset Management (DAM), there is a clear format for operation. This means that content production approval points, goals, and technical requirements are clearly set and communicated. Brand materials are centrally managed and most of the data can be generated and managed automatically. Publication, for example, in social media channels is also automated and takes place directly from the digital asset management solution.

LEVEL 5: Continuously evolving
Every project and campaign further improve the operating model. Each participant can intervene in faults and poorly functioning parts of the process. The results of each project are compared with previous performances. Productivity is measured, and its improvement is proven.Five steps of digital intelligence.

 

Gredi is an expert in digital marketing and digital asset management, helping in all these levels. Gredi’s digital asset management solution is tailored to the needs of companies at different levels, whether the need is material / content / image bank, product information management (PIM) solution, e-commerce solution, multi-channel publishing, web-to-print, web-to-web, or intelligent archiving.

3 requirements for smart digital marketing

The world of marketing has changed

Even the best expert is not able to monitor communication on all channels in real time. Instead, he needs an overall picture of ongoing campaigns and requirements for future operations. With good tools, your content manager leads content producers, other partners, and marketing and communication channels like the captain conns the ship.

Prerequisites for digismart marketing

1. Operating model
Cost-effective use of digital assets and value addition (Digital Asset Management, DAM) require you to measure and capitalize on branding, product marketing material, product information management (PIM), communications, and intelligent workflows. Multichannel environment requires continuous versioning of the material and control over the marketing activity chain. The material and its value-added data (metadata) have publishing and expiration dates, which you need to manage with the right operating model.

2. Tools
You will need digital, modular and customizable tools to take strict control of your digital assets. With the right tools, you manage your brand image, product information, and the requirements of the publishing channels. You control the work of your team, regardless whether the supply chain consists of your own business units or subsidiaries, or external service providers. For example, a right tool is one centralized material bank that makes content management effective.

3. Know-how
The technical requirements of various channels require you to properly communicate to the producers of the digital information. You may not be able to acquire special expertise from all areas to your organization, but instead you need proven and standardized operating models and ways to communicate and monitor their requirements.

In addition to these basic prerequisites, you will get good practical tips on all the possibilities to get the most out of digital marketing and business.

7 tips for efficient brand management



1. How do I make my brand appear correctly in the media?

You centralize all your images, logos and other branding material in one digital asset management service and provide media representatives easy access to download the material from your website. You can forget emailing the material and there is no hassle with the user IDs.

2. How do I make sure that my reseller uses my branded sales materials?

You centralize all your marketing and sales materials in one digital asset management solution. When you import and update all the materials there, you know that the right materials are also available for your dealer network.

3. How do I manage my brand globally?

By using centralized digital asset management solution, all brand-related material is used in the same way in every corner of the world. Just set the access rights so that you know who can use and edit the data.

4. How do I speed up the production of brand material?

With the dynamic templates, anyone can edit and personalize the created material without editing programs. If you use a multichannel publishing tool, you will automatically get the right versions of the original material for print, web, mobile, social media and newsletters.

5. What systems do I need for managing the brand material?

One digital asset management solution that helps you to use the functionalities, you really need. The modular design of the solution ensures that you can easily deploy new features to suit your needs. Why would you use a separate system for email marketing, for example?

6. How do I make sure people do not play solo?

There are clear brand guidelines that are always available to everyone who use the material bank. The user always finds instructions if needed. The user always sees up-to-date rules on the use of, for example, your brand’s visual elements.

7. How do I increase my brand’s productivity?

See six previous tips. Save time and money by reducing hassle and overlapping work. At the same time, your brand will appear consistent and correct everywhere and, in every channel, just the way you want it.

 

Top 5 benefits of Digital Asset Management

At its best, digital asset management can provide the company with a number of valuable benefits. Below are the five most common ones.

Consistency of the brand image

The brand value is high on the priority list of companies seeking success and long life. The brand that has been created with hard work needs to be taken care of and its consistency must to be ensured everywhere. When company grows and more people are involved in the material handling, the risk of a false brand image gets higher. Gredi material bank gives the company the opportunity to manage all of its digital assets, thus reducing the risk mentioned above. When Gredi’s solution is used for archiving and sharing, old material will not be used by employees and partners.

“We now have the assurance that our brand will appear everywhere as planned.”
–Timo Leppä, Vice President, Communications, Kemira

 

Dynamic templates are especially helpful when maintaining the consistency of the brand image. They can ensure that all outgoing material has the correct logo versions, colours, fonts, layout and elements. The best thing about dynamic templates is that after a brief guidance, any employee can produce brand-managed content. When every ad or brochure does not need to be created at the advertising agencies, the campaigns can be produced faster, and money will be saved.

File sharing

Once all the data has been transferred to Gredi’s secured servers, there is no need to move them anywhere. You can share your files in a controlled way with your partners, without a fear that they are stuck into people’s emails or elsewhere in the digital space or get into the wrong hands. Sending large files can be done smoothly, and their availability can be modified.

“The sharing of digital material is now possible for various user groups without the risk that the information would go to the wrong parties.”
– Janne Kallio, Head of Digital Marketing, Suunto Oy

 

Large files such as printable images or video files cannot always be sent as email attachments. There are various types of cloud services available for transferring the data, but their security is not always guaranteed. Large video files can be uploaded to the material bank, and their distribution to partners goes smoothly and in a controlled way. The files that the customer wants can be delivered faster and no time is wasted in searching them.

Visual commenting

When designing marketing materials, there will be many different draft versions that may get mixed or lost when sending them by email. Gredi’s visual commenting feature makes communication with advertising agencies and other designers easier. The latest version is always available and clearly marked, and suggestions for improvement can be drawn and written directly to the draft version. This is how designers know immediately what to change to the next version.

To make commenting easier, you can define multiple comment rounds for each draft. In addition, each round can be given a time limit for submitting comments. The material bank also shows who has already commented, so you can kindly remind those who have not yet done that when the time limit expires.

Search and reuse of the material

Many companies do a lot of extra work if old materials are not reused. Many files, such as images, ads, or exhibition materials, could easily be modified to meet new needs. Usually, the reason for the lack of reuse is that after use, the original material is lost to the hard drives. When all the material is centralized in the material bank, finding the files you need is easy every time. Time and money are saved when you don’t have to build every campaign or ad completely from scratch.

“The Brand Tool has all the visual elements we need, and no one needs to spend time searching for the files.”
– Jenni Salmela, Concept Designer, Oy Gustav Paulig Ab

 

According to a research conducted by IDC, a marketing and IT research company, it takes an average of nine hours a week for information and file searching. The material bank speeds up the day-to-day search of the material, with all the material clearly defined in one storage location. In some content management tools, the files are shown as a list, but Gredi’s ability to show preview images of the files makes searching easier.

Process enhancement

Systematic and well-designed digital asset management reduces the need to do unnecessary work. At best, up to a third of your working time is saved. Finding material is smoother when everything can be found in one place. The amount of duplicate work is reduced when the original material can be used in a variety of ways and there is no need to produce all the material from scratch. Advertising campaigns are better in control and can be launched faster.

“BrandTori is the foundation of our marketing. It’s a storage as well as a commenting and distribution tool.”
– Jyrki Hutri, Marketing Manager, Lumon Oy

 

Most of the marketing needs can be managed within the material bank. Newsletters are easy to compile and send and they can be tracked directly from the solution. Other features that enhance day-to-day operations include Gredi’s web-to-print and web ordering services. With web-to-print, all print material can be sent directly to the printing house. Through web ordering service, all other material (exhibition stands, PR material, clothing, etc.) can be ordered directly from the supplier.

 
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