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Anatomy of a DAM: Digital asset management features

Discover the features, functions, and capabilities to expect from a digital asset management solution.


Why do you need a digital asset management solution (DAM)?

Whether you are an e-commerce business or a professional services company, it’s likely that you are generating and accumulating unprecedented amounts of creative assets right now. From images and videos to documents and audio files, content demands have never been higher. As the volume of these assets continues to grow, the need for a single source of truth - a central location that facilitates creative workflows between key stakeholders such as marketing team members, external agencies, and partners becomes crucial. This is where digital asset management (DAM) systems come into play.

Now considered an essential marketing tool, according to Forrester, 64% of global software decision-makers are using a digital asset management platform to manage their content lifecycle in a more streamlined way.

DAM solutions offer a wide array of features, functions, and capabilities that not only help businesses effectively manage and centralize their digital files and assets, but also help improve the customer experience. In this article, we will look at the key features, functions, and capabilities you should expect from a DAM platform.

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Digital asset management platform features

To ensure the seamless management and organization of assets, a DAM typically offers the following features:

  • Search and retrieval: Next-level DAM systems offer AI-powered search capabilities to locate assets quickly. Users can search for assets based on keywords, metadata, file properties, or even visual content using advanced search algorithms. This frictionless user experience saves time and effort by eliminating manual browsing through folders and subfolders, enabling users to find and share various file formats within seconds.
  • File conversion and transformation: DAM solutions often offer built-in file conversion and transformation features. Users can convert files to different formats, resize images, compress videos, or generate thumbnails automatically. These capabilities simplify asset distribution across multiple platforms, ensuring compatibility and optimal viewing experiences across devices.
  • Workflow automation: Digital asset management systems streamline and automate various workflow processes. They enable users and marketing teams to define customized workflows, set approval processes, and automate repetitive tasks such as file conversions, watermarking, or metadata tagging. Automation reduces manual effort, enhances productivity, and ensures consistent management processes and practices.
  • Analytics and reporting: DAM systems offer valuable insights into asset usage, performance, and user behavior through analytics and reporting functionalities. Specifically, these DAM features help organizations measure the impact of their digital assets, track usage patterns, and identify popular assets. Analytics data can also be used to inform decision-making, content strategy, and optimization efforts.

Chapter 3

Digital asset management functions

To empower teams to create and deliver exceptional experiences, a DAM provides these key functions:

  • Asset organization: One of the main use cases and indeed, functions of DAM software is to provide a structured and organized repository for digital media assets. It enables users to categorize assets using metadata, keywords, tags, and folders, making it easier to share files, search and locate specific assets when needed for marketing campaigns. Efficient asset organization streamlines workflows, allows teams to reuse the right assets and reduces the time spent searching for media files.
  • Asset storage and security: DAM providers offer secure storage for digital assets, ensuring they are protected from unauthorized access, loss, or damage. These systems often include features such as user permissions, access controls, encryption, and backups to safeguard assets. Advanced security measures ensure digital assets are well-protected.
  • Asset metadata management: Metadata plays a crucial role in DAM systems. It provides descriptive information about assets, making them easier to find, track, and understand. DAM solutions enable users to define and manage metadata fields specific to their organizational needs. This facilitates effective search, filtering, and sorting of assets based on various criteria such as keywords, creation date, author, and file type.
  • Asset versioning and collaboration: DAM systems support version control, allowing users to manage multiple versions of the same asset, real-time. This feature is especially useful in collaborative environments where teams routinely share assets. Users can track changes, review previous versions, and maintain an audit trail of asset modifications. Versioning ensures transparency, reduces the risk of data loss, and promotes efficient collaboration.

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Digital asset management capabilities

To allow your teams to ‘do more with less’ and streamline processes, digital asset management solutions offer the following capabilities:

  • Integration with third-party tools: Using prebuilt integrations and APIs DAM solutions can be connected with other software and tools, allowing a seamless exchange of assets and data. Integration of design and creative applications, content management systems (CMSs), project management tools, social media, product information management (PIM), and marketing automation platforms enhances the overall digital asset management ecosystem, enabling smooth collaboration and efficient asset utilization.
  • Rights management: Digital asset management systems often include rights management capabilities to manage usage rights, licenses, and permissions associated with assets. This ensures compliance with copyright laws, protects intellectual property, and prevents unauthorized use or distribution of assets, Rights management features provide control over asset access, usage restrictions, and expiration dates.
  • Branding and asset templating: DAM systems support brand consistency by providing features for brand management and asset templating. Organizations can define brand guidelines, templates, and design elements within the DAM system. This ensures that marketing materials, digital content, presentations, videos, audio files, and other brand assets are created using approved templates, fonts, colors, and imagery, reinforcing brand identity and maintaining messaging consistency.
  • Cloud-based and mobile access: Cloud-based DAM solutions allow users to access digital assets from anywhere, anytime, using web browsers or dedicated mobile apps. Cloud-based DAM systems offer scalability, flexibility, and remote accessibility, enabling distributed teams or external stakeholders to collaborate seamlessly. Meanwhile, mobile access empowers users to browse, download, and upload assets on the go, further enhancing productivity and convenience.

Chapter 5

Unlock the power of DAM

With the latest digital asset management features, functions, and capabilities, managing a digital asset library should no longer be considered a challenge. From asset organization and storage to search and retrieval, digital asset management software provides a comprehensive set of tools to streamline workflows, enhance collaboration, and maximize the value of digital assets. By implementing a DAM solution, businesses can effectively manage their digital assets, improve productivity, and unlock the full potential of their marketing strategies.

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