Decrease your digital clutter this Spring

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

Tags: digital assets, Bynder, Archiving, Xinet, DAM Systems, digital asset management, DAM, ProofHQ, brand asset management, NAPC, assets, graphics, productivity, production

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Unlike the elements of nature we, the human species, are not busy adding to the spring canvas with sprouting leaves or blooming flowers. Just the opposite. The changing of seasons sets off some internal urge to declutter, organize and air out our spaces with a good, deep cleaning.

But it’s not just closets, attics and wardrobes that benefit from organization. Like your lifestyle, your entire workstyle can benefit from a good declutter. You might even kickstart a whole new level of productivity and even, yes even, cost savings! What a way to enter a new season!

If your desktop, archive system, production schedule or asset and graphics library look like your garage (pre-cleaning), then there is still some serious work ahead. Good thing we’ve got the most simple, yet effective, solutions that will help you git ‘er done.

Just as storage containers and label makers make grouping, naming and accessing our personal items a cinch, digital asset management solutions help us easily do the same for our digital files at work.

Digital asset management solutions streamline and organize to give you the single source of truth you and your team need. The right solution can actually make all the difference by helping to break down barriers between internal teams, clients, vendors and staff to accelerate productivity, and increase revenue.

Whether it be ProofHQ for online proofing and collaboration, Bynder for your all-important brand asset management needs, or a more work in progress digital asset management system, like Xinet, organizing and decluttering your workstyle will create a sense of harmony...just like that found in springtime nature.

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5 Things: DALiM TWiST Video Series

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @ 09:16 AM

Tags: creative, creative workflow, video, digital assets, TWiST, Dalim, DAM Systems, digital asset management, DAM, workflow, graphics, production

 

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School is in session with our very own Solutions Architect and TWiST Expert, Scott Tully. It is time to get out of Spring Break mode and get ready to learn 5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In DALiM TWiST

This is 5-part video series, aims to educate and enlighten users and administrators of Dalim TWiST by illustrating the capabilities of the TWiST software as pertains to workflow engineering and graphic arts production. As the theme implies, the TWiST toolbox is so intuitive, users quickly achieve their workflow objectives and stop, never realizing all the workflow automation and intelligence that TWiST has to offer.

Episode One: "Stick a FORK in it" contrasts the methodolgy of building TWiST workflows with multiple branches versus a linear workflow featuring the TWiST Basic Tool: Fork.

Episode Two: "Hidden in Plain Sight" illuminates the documented, yet overlooked PDF concatenation feature of the FilterGroup tool, providing the fundamentals of the tool's configuration and demonstrating its unique feature.

Tully has produced this video blog series to share both his passion for, and intimate knowledge of, all things TWiST, knowing you would appreciate the timely tips or insightful reminders about this specific tool or a underlying feature.

We are confident that the 5 Things series will ignite your imagination and fuel your pursuit of ever more efficient, effective TWiST workflows.

TWiST: Stick a FORK in it is the first in this five episode series called 5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In DALiM TWiST. Each video is a run time of less than three minutes, and each episode is sure to enlighten or remind users that there is always more than one way to get things done.

Watch Video 1: Stick a FORK in it RIGHT HERE

Watch Video 2: Hidden in Plain Sight RIGHT HERE

Please check back each week for the next episode

 

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DAM Market Set For Exponential Growth

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 08:02 PM

Tags: research, brand, digital asset management, DAM, NAPC, industry report, market analysis

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As posted today on PR Newswire, Research and Markets has released a new research report indicating that the global digital asset management market is expected to grow from $1.16 billion in 2014 to $4.12 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28.7% during the forecast period 2014 - 2019.

The research report indicates The Digital Asset Management (DAM) market is in its evolutionary stage and exhibits expansive growth in the years to come. This market is expected to grow substantially with fast-paced adoption among enterprises.

Kenny Kirsch, Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of NAPC noted on this new research report that It's growing and changing for sure. NAPC is excited about what DAM 2.0 will be. In fact, we're not even sure it will be called DAM (Digital Asset Management). The shift now is from agencies to brands...or agencies acting as brand shepherds. The demand for easy-to-use, more configurable and more affordable ways are the prime discussions. We see these challenges amongst our clients now, and we're embracing new solutions to meet their growing needs.

You can Read the PR Newswire release or preview the research report Digital Asset Management Market by Solutions - Global Forecast to 2019

To stay up to date on all the innovation and growth in the DAM market from 2014 through 2019 and beyond, visit our NAPC blog regularly.

 

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Insights on North Plains Ngage 2015 & Xinet 18

Posted by Jeff Zakim on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 01:22 PM

Tags: MySQL, Xinet, DAM Systems, Xinet server DAM Systems, digital asset management, DAM, North Plains, NAPC, Xinet Pilot, technology

Hear about the North Plains nGage 2015 conference and what is coming in Xinet V18 from our intreped travelers, Mike and Larry who ventured out to this years conference in sunny Orlando, Florida. Not only was the weather great, but so was the content, speakers, presentations and hearty discussions with clients, partners and vendors. Read on, you will feel like you were there.

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My Orlando trip for North Plains' nGage Conference was delightful! Just the 85 degree warmth would've been sufficient, but this conference also had a very rich agenda

During Partner Day, North Plains' new executive team impressed me as enlightened professionals who listened while presenting their product development roadmap. They also asked for future contributing ideas, announced some smart, like-minded speakers for an enriched eGage experience and ended an excellent day with a relaxing cocktail party with many global North Plains channel partners. All were eager to collaborate in an effort to best service multi-site Xinet clients, including SYD Conseil - Cogito Digital Management, Bay Digital, and Visual Products Japan.

North Plains most intriguing development roadmap topic to us at NAPC by far was the upcoming Xinet Version 18 release, which further resolves many of the most important issues affecting current users, as well as potential new users. What's still a future is the ability for a 'master' Xinet file system and database to effectively synchronize with local, disparate deployment instances.

Read the rest of Mike's NGage 2015 experience here

 

Larry Chase, Vice President

Well folks, just back from the North Plains nGage Conference in Orlando and it was a great one. We experienced great weather and outstanding company with fellow Integrators and clients from around the world. There was an outstanding Keynote delivered by Robert Rose, a Content Marketing Strategist, Author and Speaker. His presentation on content marketing was quite impressive, and I have since looked up a video of a similar presentation to share.

One of the main highlights on nGage was the announcement of some very cool updates regarding Xinet, specifically the forthcoing release of Xinet 18. This had all in attendence very eager to learn more about this roll out.

First on the agenda is that of a certification that was granted by the DAM Foundationwhich is an organization focused on the betterment of the DAM ecosystem. The certification is based on a review of the 10 Core Characteristics that make a DAM a DAM. Now Xinet is on the short list of certified DAM software authors. Congratulations to Dale Dawson and team on this.

Read the rest of Larry's NGage experience including details on Xinet 18

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ProofHQ: When you see it, you’ll believe it (and get it, on the spot)

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:46 AM

Tags: approve, creative, efficient, digital, paper, proofing, organize, ProofHQ, workflow, marketing, productivity, collaboration, operations, technology, review, design, GCG, Ken Madsen, print, layout

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You’ve heard people say “seeing is believing.” It’s one of those catch phrases that’s been done to death, yet it’s exactly the right phrase to describe ProofHQ. So we’ll say it again, and this time with gusto; SEEING PROOFHQ IS BELIEVING.

So why are we on the mountain tops shouting our love for this solution? Because it’s just so obvious, so effective, and so simple.

It’s keeping online what was created there in the first place. Why do we still print and pass around paper layouts? Why do we still use ink and sticky notes? If you haven’t asked these “whys,” it’s probably because you’re too preoccupied with the deadline you missed when someone didn’t notice your stack of “to be approved” papers on their desk, and went on vacation.

ProofHQ is the answer; a smart, simple way to organize your proofing process by putting everything in one place, where everyone can access it, at anytime, from anywhere. It’s eliminating all that old-school printing-out-layouts/stuck-in-a-paper-jam stuff, and greasing the gears with digital lightning.

BUT EVEN BETTER; it’s a cinch to get up and running, and everyone onboard. Just hear what Ken Madsen, President, GSG has to say about ProofHQ.

           

You’re smart. You’ll see and you’ll believe. And when you do, we’ll help you go from “must get” to “got it” as quickly as you can say ProofHQ.

 

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Why our new Bynder video is all about you!

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 01:50 PM

Tags: creative, efficient, Bynder, brand, DropBox, ROI, control, Portal, assets, marketing, productivity

Yes, you! You are just the kind of people who inspired our video, and the reason Bynder was created in the first place.

You are marketing people. Brand people. People who work crazy hours, trying to keep everything in one place, getting pulled in multiple directions and lying awake at night worrying that blowing your budget might just have blown the whole campaign in your boss’ eyes. To top it all off, you probably work in a world of USB thumb drives and DropBoxes because your company hasn’t explored a better way... mostly because they don’t know one exists.

When making our video, we wanted to capture you and your work lifestyle. Our video is a day in the life of a brand manager who once knew your struggles intimately, but because she has Bynder, she sails through her day and heads out early to enjoy her evening.

But being first out the door isn’t totally what Bynder is about...finishing on time is only a side benefit (a really nice one) of the REASON she got her work done faster. With Bynder, everything is true to brand, and in market faster, so there is more opportunity to increase revenue. So, yes, let’s have a drink to that!

Bynder is NOT about hiring less people, or making them more efficient so you can hire fewer people. Bynder is about broadening your reach to a much larger audience in a faster, more timely way. Our “heroine” is connecting with people across town, across oceans, and at different levels. Likewise, so are our clients who use Bynder right now:

“Our [Bynder] Brand Portal has been a hugely useful tool in helping us launch our recent rebrand to a global audience - we have complete and instant control of all of our creative assets ensuring our regional marketeers and retail partners can access approved material, specific to their user access level, on demand.” –Lee Harrod, Global Brand & Creative Director at Boori.

She, like this client, has found a single source of truth that will empower her to meet the top 5 challenges that marketers, like you, face every day:

  • doing more with less
  • increasing speed to market
  • maximizing revenue
  • interconnecting marketing
  • building a community and participating in conversation

 If you haven’t watched our Bynder video yet, watch it now. And if you’ve watched it, share it with others who can relate. Then, watch it again... this time, with an understanding of where we were coming from while filming producing it. Basically, we made it for you.

Then, explore Bynder for yourself right here. We’re sure you’ll discover that it’s the one solution that was made for all your needs.

5 things you didn't know you could do with modern Xinet!

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 01:21 PM

Tags: subject matter, Best Practice, Archiving, Buying DAM Technology, digital asset management, NAPC blog, metadata

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Everyone's busy. It feels like everyone is treading water, just trying to keep their heads above the surface. With the deluge of interruptions and understaffing, not to mention new corporate mandates, it's hard to stay current with the technology you already own.

Let NAPC help! We're holding a webinar this Thursday, Feb 26th. "5 things you didn't know you could do with Xinet".

We're going to show modern search with real world examples, Pilot coming to the rescue in a variety of situations, some new automation possibilities, as well as a little bit on modern archiving. All of these are geared towards real world situations, making the user experience better while taking load off admins. Oh, and a sneak peek at the next generation of NAPC's products (Don't tell anyone).

So, grap a cuppa, and join us at 3pm Eastern this Thursday, while Sully and I take you through the hottest and coolest in modern Xinet. Click the link below to register. We'll even send a calendar invite to make your life easier.

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An asset management solution you’ll wish you had for tax time

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 10:19 AM

Tags: digital asset management, DAM, file, search, solution, file naming, filename, organize, tax season, discover

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Right about now you, and the majority of our country’s population, are probably beginning the ritualistic hunt and peck of locating your financial asset documents to prepare for TAX SEASON. With a bit of scrambling and a boatload of stress (and vows that you’ll do things differently next year) eventually you’ll get through it...and wipe your brow, thankful that this time only comes one time a year.

Or does it?

If finding your visual assets at work is like preparing for tax season EVERY DAY, then you need another way...and that way is digital asset management (DAM). The reason is right there in the name; “management.” It’s a way to oversee, gather and group, and make work life so much easier. But DAM goes beyond just helping you find images.

According to Laura Fu, Customer Success Resource for NAPC and Digital Asset Management expert:

“DAM helps people DISCOVER content they didn't know existed or hadn't thought to look for...using a shared folder [not using DAM] on a company drive offers no policing, no standards. It's a free for all, so you must know exactly what you are looking for and where it lives.”

Working with a DAM solution is liberating and rewarding because it allows you to search and explore the way you would on Google and get a variety of options in return, not just the one you’re looking for.

Not working with a DAM solution (a.k.a. doing it the old fashioned way) is linear and limiting. With a filename, you get exactly what you’re looking for...and nothing more. Without a filename, you’re @#$!% out of luck.

Make finding the digital assets you need less taxing. Let a smart DAM solution help you work better, faster and more productively, every day!

 

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4 steps toward a better work process

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Wed, Feb 04, 2015 @ 06:59 PM

Tags: marketing agile, project management, designers, share, approve, resolutions, creative, online collaboration, risk, challenge, stagnate, procrastinate, comfort zone, identify, research, choose, achieve, thought leader, 4 steps, eliminate rounds, confusing comments, compensating, expense, paper proofing process, digital proofing, eliminate rounds of confusing comments, cut your costs, save time, focus on end product, process change, end results, marketing department productive, online proofing tool, online proofing software, revisions, teams, manage, creative workflow, online proofing, Google, assets, marketing, process, change, productivity, streamlined, transition, Shawn Herring, Proof HQ

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Why do we get complacent? Why do we let things, like bad work processes, continue on “as is,” even if our “as is” stinks (and we know it)? Why do we enable our problems by compensating in other ways, at our own expense? Because climbing out of our comfort zone takes work, is uncertain and potentially risky. Yes, yes and yes. (Sorry, it is.)

So for those of you brave enough to say “what the hey, I’m going for it anyway,” here are four steps that can help you get the right information and confidence to build a platform for change, or at least a good argument for the consideration of change, within your team:

Step 1: Identify your problem spots...the roadblocks, the inconsistencies, the unorganized processes...all those things that keep you from producing the end product that you want, in the timeframe and budget that you need to work within. Once you know where your problems lie, you can begin the process of putting a name to the solution(s) that will fix them.  

Step 2: Google your problems using “normal people” words like, eliminate rounds of confusing comments. It’s actually better NOT to try to use fancy technical terms because, chances are, many other people have Googled the same way you are for the same sorts of problems and, chances are, they also didn’t know what they were looking for at the time. You might even notice that Google finishes your query for you as you type it into the search area. That means you are hot on the trail!!

Step 3: Research what comes up. Stay neutral...resist the urge to pick a solution at this point. Instead, do your homework and compare a few ebooks, white papers, slideshares, whatever you need to educate yourself so you can make a good comparison between a few viable contenders.

Step 4: Choose two or three solutions and do a deep dive...ask for free demos...why not, they’re FREE! Soon enough, the right choice will become very apparent and you will be ready to venture forth out of your comfort zone knowledgeable and prepared.

And for all your hard work, you’ll undoubtedly Achieve recognition as a thought leader and positive change maker in your company!

Why you won't lose 35lbs, or switch to online collaboration, overnight

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Tags: marketing agile, project management, designers, share, approve, resolutions, creative, online collaboration, digital, proofing, streamline, proofing software, workflow, assets, change, productivity, transition, Shawn Herring, Proof HQ


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92% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed...and, sadly, that’s the norm year, after year. But these failed attempts aren’t due to lack of good intent, rather from a need for speed. You are not going to shed 35 pounds and become a shining icon of good health in one week. To achieve your goal requires a lifestyle change that begins with small steps. First comes the acknowledgement that change must happen, followed by careful meal and exercise planning. But nothing will make any difference if you don’t have the stamina to stick with it past the end of the month.


Likewise, if you walk into work on a Monday in January and say “let’s make our marketing department more productive,” it’s not going to happen overnight (or maybe not even by the end of the month). To achieve your goal takes a workstyle change. First comes the acknowledgement that a certain process must change. Then comes careful examination of your options; what will cut your costs, save you time and eliminate rounds of confusing comments? Which solution frees you up so you can put more focus on your end product? Most of all, which is easy to implement and use?  The transition must be accepted, and the process learned. Above all else, you and your team must have the stamina to stick with it for the long haul.


Over time, with patience, you will see a remarkable difference in how your clothes fit and the way you feel about yourself. Over time, with patience, you will see the remarkable end results of online collaboration, due to a more effective project management tool. For more on the topic of change in business read what our guest blogger, Shawn Herring, VP of Marketing, Proof HQ says in his piece about changing the way you work to become more marketing agile.


If you want a quick fix, then hurry off and organize your file cabinet (go on, git!). But if you want to make some really good change, sloooooow down and investigate our link below.


 

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