About Widen Collective

Widen, an Acquia Company, and maker of award-winning content management platform, the Widen Collective® is a cloud-based digital asset management (DAM) solution that allows users to find, share, upload, download, and analyze visual content anywhere, on any device. The product is suitable for marketers, creative teams, IT managers, and software architects of mid-to-large enterprises. It is designed to cater to the needs of various industries that include apparel, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, medical devices, hospitality, travel, and higher education.

The product has a wide feature set that helps in the creation of branded portals, asset tracking and archiving, workflow integrations, rights management, reporting and analytics, and so on. It uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ensure on-demand scalability and network access at a high speed for locations across the globe. The Widen Collective has the capability to automatically crop and resize assets and publish them on the web. Users can also get insights into the usage of the asset at different locations via geolocation map views.

Widen Collective dashboard and reporting tools allow users to export data and track asset usage by following the site with Google Analytics. Users can compare the asset performance across various portals through dashboards that are pre-loaded with “must-track” assets and user activities. All the data such as user information, metadata, asset search results, and upload history can be exported to Excel where users can drill down to analyze site activities.

Widen uses Agile product development methodology in which ongoing features are released on a monthly basis and customer feedback drives the roadmap for the Widen Collective. It offers integrations with a large number of marketing and creative applications that help in the easy syncing of brand assets across multiple channels. Some of the key clients of the Widen Collective are New Balance, Energizer, Progressive, Zeiss, La-Z-Boy, Steelcase, Electrolux, Brooks Running, and LG.

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Widen Collective

? Control what users see and do in your digital asset management system with permission-based user roles and groups.

? Manager version control, expire assets, attach documents and review and approve throughout the entire content lifecycle.

? Duplicate filenames that trigger conflicts can be added as versions.

? Widen Collective has configurable email alerts or notifications that help in tracking the assets against which any major actions are taken by the users.

? Track individual assets and collections for page views, embed views and downloads.

? The solution allows users to create a custom login page to enhance user experience with their brand’s color scheme and logo.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland , Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Images

Widen Collective Software - Build custom dashboards in the UI.
Widen Collective Software - Search, download, share, and embed any asset type.
Widen Collective Software - Preview, embed, and track images, documents, and videos.
Widen Collective Software - Create digitized brand portals, microsites, and video galleries.
Widen Collective Software - Measure asset engagement and system usage.
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Widen Collective Software - Build custom dashboards in the UI.
Widen Collective Software - Search, download, share, and embed any asset type.
Widen Collective Software - Preview, embed, and track images, documents, and videos.
Widen Collective Software - Create digitized brand portals, microsites, and video galleries.
Widen Collective Software - Measure asset engagement and system usage.

Features

Total features of Widen Collective: 170

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  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Artwork Management
  • Asset Categorization
  • Asset Library
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Asset Sharing
  • Audio File Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Brand Guidelines
  • Brand Management Software
  • Brand Overlay
  • Bulk Uploading
  • Business Process Automation
  • CMS Integration
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Management Software
  • Catalog Creation
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Change Management Software
  • Channel Management Software
  • Closed Captions
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Creation
  • Content Delivery
  • Content Library
  • Content Management System (CMS) Software
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Mapping
  • Data Migration
  • Data Modeling
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Retention Management
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Digital Asset Management Software
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management Software
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Documentation Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Engagement Tracking
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing Software
  • File Transfer
  • Filtering
  • Forms Management
  • Fulfillment Distribution
  • Full Text Search
  • Graphical Workflow Editor
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Indexing
  • Labeling
  • Layout & Design
  • Localization Automation
  • Master Record Management
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Screen Support
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-Channel Campaigns
  • Multi-Channel Distribution
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Archiving
  • Multimedia Support
  • Multiple Data Sources
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Multiple Output Formats
  • No-Code
  • Online Catalog
  • Online Video Platform Software
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • Prioritization
  • Privacy Options
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Data Management Software
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management Software
  • Project Templates
  • Project Tracking Software
  • Project Workflow
  • Publish Scheduling
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Quality Control
  • ROI Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Records Management Software
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Trend Analysis
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Single Sign On Software
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Sharing
  • Status Tracking
  • Storage Management
  • Tagging
  • Task Management Software
  • Task Planning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • To-Do List
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Video Archiving
  • Video Creation
  • Video Editing Software
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Video Tagging
  • Visual Analytics
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Watermarking
  • Website Analytics
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management Software
  • eCommerce Management
  • eDiscovery

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5
(320)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Support Software
4.6/5

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Abdulkadir
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Widen Collective is awesome to handle with all the documents piled!

Reviewed on 24/10/2022

Pros

It offers amazing categorization of the files that piles.

Cons

No cons in general yet sometimes the speed is very low.

Tommy
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  • Industry: Apparel & Fashion
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Widen Collective is the best Digital Asset Management system I have ever worked with.

Reviewed on 29/08/2017

My team has to manage over 15 different categories of assets. Most of those categories are...

My team has to manage over 15 different categories of assets. Most of those categories are individual brands within our company. Some are segments of the brands. All of that to say that we have sliced up our asset offering in many ways to best serve our customers. By being able to segment those brands, we are able to get the right asset served up quickly in a variety of formats to fit most every need.

In addition to that, we can make it so only certain assets can be served to certain customers. All through the use of Widen's "role" and "asset group" functions. We have well over 1000 end-users that we can easily manage.

Pros

I've used quite a few DAM solutions in the past and Widen is by far the best one I have worked with. The thing that I like the best is the ability to manage the metadata just as easy as it is to manage the assets themselves.

On top of that, the ability to assign permissions to access and administer assets by role has proven to be very valuable. We have assets that are only applicable to certain customers, so I can easily manage that through the admin tool.

The time that we spent managing assets went from a full-time person's job before implementing Widen to only an hour or so a week once it is up and running.

My team has to manage over 15 different categories of assets. Most of those categories are individual brands within our company. Some are segments of the brands. All of that to say that we have sliced up our asset offering in many ways to best serve our customers. By being able to segment those brands, we are able to get the right asset served up quickly in a variety of formats to fit most every need.

In addition to that, we can make it so only certain assets can be served to certain customers. All through the use of Widen's "role" and "asset group" functions. We have well over 1000 end-users that we can easily manage.

Cons

The only thing I have an issue with is my inability to customize the home page. From what I can tell, you have to be pretty savvy at HTML to do it right. But, I can say that there are some basic things that you can customize that will make your page on brand by adding logos and customizing the colors of fonts, buttons, etc.

Shelby
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Widen is a responsive and powerful DAM with bonus features and very attentive customer service

Reviewed on 05/08/2019

We are able to archive and distribute thousands of marketing assets to a global audience very...

We are able to archive and distribute thousands of marketing assets to a global audience very efficiently and with a sufficient amount of protection and guidance about proper usage. Portals have allowed teams to communicate out about curated groups of assets and instructions with a single url which has helped their ability to promote the most valuable and up to date marketing assets.

Pros

Assets are served up quickly around the world and it is a very stable platform. When technical issues do arise, they are very communicative about their progress of solving the issue. I like the dedicated customer rep as well as access to new features and feedback through their Trello boards. I also like the ability to extract metadata from image IPTC metadata and map it to our custom fields.

Cons

I like the ability to create portals in order to highlight and add info to curated groups of assets, but there are some weaknesses in portal functionality and portal creation capabilities. It would be ideal to be able to create custom dashboards/homepage without extensive use of html. The current wysiwyg is extremely limited in design/layout capability. We'd like a better way for our users to be able to search for portals.

Kelly
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Widen Collective Review

Reviewed on 04/03/2020

From the beginning, I have 100% loved every experience I have encountered with Widen. I absolutely...

From the beginning, I have 100% loved every experience I have encountered with Widen. I absolutely love everything about your company's history and philosophy. Because of such wonderful management, you know how to treat a customer! I always know I can count on your team to help me with my problems and offer solutions in a quick manner. I have attended 2 years of the Widen Summit and get SO much out of the experience. I learn so much and always go home with a notebook full of notes on how to improve my own DAM and my own user's experiences. You all energize me is a way that I never though was possible with image organization and metadata knowledge. LOL! Keep doing what you're doing, this customer is very satisfied.

Pros

Our DAM houses all of the images we use in our catalogs and online. I love it's ability to organize and tag image in order to search for them with ease.

Cons

I think the one thing that I struggle with was the update on how to upload images. My retouch artist and I are usually the main uploads, and we enjoyed the drag and drop feature that used to be on our main page instead of having to click through the Upload Wizard.

Barbara
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Widen Collective - a True Leader in the Field!

Reviewed on 14/12/2018

Our challenge was that duplicate files were everywhere. Our employees had no idea what assets were...

Our challenge was that duplicate files were everywhere. Our employees had no idea what assets were current or expired - so image and logo requests were constantly directed to the Creative Department cutting into valuable time for designing.

By purchasing a DAM system, we were able to centralize our assets, and provide users, controlled access to the most current files which, in turn, maximized productivity and efficiencies.

In addition – our global offices are now connected with the most up-to-date materials they need, in any time zone, which has improved the current process.

You will find that the customer service is amazing. Widen's team will help guide you through all of your challenges to ensure you build a successful DAM. In addition, once your system is built – Widen continues to build a relationship with you - providing full support even after the on-boarding process is complete. They are dependable, accountable and extremely customer focused.

Pros

The DAM interface is quick and easy to use, the reporting capabilities are robust, and the security allows a lot of flexibility. In addition - we love the Portals - which allows us to provide assets to our non users.

Cons

Knowing that a DAM is customized to your company’s needs, I'm not going to lie – implementing a DAM system can be grueling and a lot of work. But that’s the beauty of a DAM – as your company grows, your DAM can also grow and be customized to reflect changes and future needs.

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Widen Collective FAQs

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Widen Collective offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Widen Collective pricing is based on a one-time implementation plus an annual subscription (€EUR and £GBP options available).

Widen Collective has the following typical customers:

51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Widen Collective supports the following languages:

English

Widen Collective supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Widen Collective integrates with the following applications:

Adobe Commerce, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe Workfront, Akeneo PIM, Asana, Box, Brightcove, Cascade, Clarifai, Content Hub, Dropbox Business, Drupal, Enwoven, Google Analytics 360, Grin, Highspot, Hootsuite, HubSpot Marketing Hub, Jahia, Jira, Khoros Marketing, Marketo Engage, Meta for Business, Microsoft SharePoint, Modus, Modus, Optimizely, Outfit, Productsup, Salesforce Marketing Cloud, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Salsify, Showpad, Sitecore, Slack, TINT, Trello, Twitter, Wistia, WordPress, Workato, Wrike, Zapier, dotCMS

Widen Collective offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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