Case Study

Hootsuite

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14 K

Downloads from the brand portal in the last year

575 K

Embed views in the last year

Highlights

Situation

Hootsuite lacked a central repository for their brand and marketing content, making it difficult for teams to quickly find approved files.

Challenge

They needed a system with robust permissions and self-serve access to eliminate bottlenecks across global workflows.

Our Solution

Acquia DAM, including the Assets, Insights and Portals applications, and integrations

Results

Acquia DAM allows Hootsuite teams to move with greater agility and collaboration, use data insights to inform strategy decisions, and maintain brand consistency. In the last 12 months, results have included:

  • 287,933 asset views on the blog
  • 14,239 downloads from the brand portal
  • 575,758 embed views

The Client

Hootsuite’s social media management software is used by more than 18 million customers and employees at over 80% of the Fortune 1000. With their global headquarters in Vancouver and offices across the world, their workflows span numerous teams, continents, and time zones. 

The Situation

Hootsuite’s annual marketing strategy includes several campaigns that result in hundreds of creative assets. Before they implemented a digital asset management (DAM) system, this content was stored across various locations. Curtis Foreman, Senior Editor at Hootsuite, said, “When I started here at Hootsuite there was no DAM. There were files on Google Drive...videos on hard drives piled up in corners, there was stuff on flash drives; it was all over the place.” And there wasn’t a formal naming structure to aid in findability, either. “People would ask us for the logo,” he shared, “and you'd go looking for it, and it would be hootsuitelogofinalbrendav2.png.”

The Challenge

Locating the right file was so time-consuming, Curtis said, that “you would see people creating their own private collections of assets.” Because many of these files were dated or low-quality, their brand consistency was suffering. Curtis and his team knew they needed tools to help them organize, manage, and distribute their content. 

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The Solution

After researching DAM platforms, they determined that the Acquia DAM solution met their brand management needs.

Easy access to curated content

Now that creative content is organized in one location, teams across Hootsuite know where to find the content they need. And with Portals, they have further streamlined access to popular content. They have a portal for their media kit, content used for booths at events, assets used by their external agencies — and their most frequently used portal is for brand assets. 

Curtis shared, “We created a brand assets portal that we rolled out across the company for those people who maybe don't use assets as often but still are looking for a logo to use, or for an illustration, or a photograph. Everybody in the company has access to this portal, and it has been hugely popular.” And by empowering users to access marketing content on their own, Curtis’ team has more time for creative work.

Administrative controls

The administrative tools in Acquia DAM allow Hootsuite to continually adjust who is able to access which assets. “Something that really differentiated Widen from the start was how full-featured and robust the admin tools are,” Curtis shared. “Because Hootsuite is such a fast-moving organization and things change a lot here, it was really important for us to be able to keep responding to changes within the business and shift asset groups and permissions around and add new types of metadata and consolidate others. Just giving us the power to do all of that administration ourselves — you don’t have to be technical, you don’t have to bring in developers — that’s huge for us.”

Technology integrations

Connecting the DAM system to other platforms in their marketing technology (martech) stack has allowed Hootsuite to bring velocity to workflows across teams and offices. They currently have integrations with Adobe suite, their content management system (CMS), and their own software. “The integration between [the DAM system] and Hootsuite lets people look into the DAM while they are using Hootsuite to post images to social media,” Curtis said. “They can scroll through their organization’s images, find what they need, move them to a post, add it there, and know that it's the correct version, it's on-brand, it's ready to go.”

Reliable support

Hootsuite knows they can depend on the Acquia team to support them as their use of Acquia DAM matures and expands. “I love the support team,” Curtis said. “I would say there’s not a week that goes by that I’m not in a chat with the team about something. They are always quick and responsive. I’ve loved that — support provides huge value.”

The Results

Creative agility

Acquia DAM helps Hoosuite’s creative team reduce manual and redundant tasks. One of their graphic designers, Eric Uhlich, shared, “There's nothing like seeing an illustration that's a flat jpg, and going, oh man, I need that element from it...Now we just go to the DAM and the original is there, the layers are there. It gives us access to all of that immediately, without having to find out the source of it, who made it, where it's from.”

Integrations create additional efficiencies by pushing content to other systems, like their CMS. When files like white papers or reports need a small change — such as a new illustration or copy edit — they previously had to send the updated version to the web team to post online. “What we do now,” Curtis shared, “is our web CMS pulls those documents directly from DAM which...saves the amount of back-and-forth that we need to have with that team.” 

Data insights

The Insights app in Acquia DAM helps Hootsuite understand how their users are engaging with the system. Curtis said, “We can see them in there grabbing these assets, so we know they are getting the right material from where they should be.” 

Curtis relies on feedback from his most active users to inform system optimization. “We also track internal adoption with people downloading assets and that’s been steadily increasing...and we have a shortlist of people to talk to, to make sure they are happy and getting what they need,” he shared. 

And the integration with the CMS allows them to track views and downloads on the gated materials on their website, such as white papers. “As soon as somebody goes through that gated form, they’ll see the file directly pulled out of Widen, as opposed to one that’s coming from our CMS. So that’s been a really successful use case for us and one that we’re happy we rolled out,” Curtis shared.

Enhanced collaboration across global teams

Acquia DAM allows Hootsuite teams to share content and resources no matter where they are. “We have a design team in London,” Eric explained, “and they are able to access all the same assets that we are, whenever they need them. They have the same access privileges and levels. So, when over there it’s evening and here it’s morning, or whatever it is, everyone’s working on the same files. It keeps things really, really straightforward.”

“It does enable our global business to coordinate and work,” Curtis added. “There is a lot of localization — we’ll typically launch any new content piece in at least five supported languages. Managing that in the DAM allows them to easily see when new assets are going in, localize those, add them to DAM and spin them up from there.” This enhanced collaboration allows teams to work more efficiently and ultimately improve the quality of their collective work. 

Brand enablement

“I would say the real central value that [Acquia DAM] brings to the Hootsuite brand is making the universe of brand material so much smaller. People know where to go and they can have confidence that when they find an asset, it’s been created by the brand team, it’s on-brand, and it’s released for use.”

And these empowered users are in every area of their organization. “We have our social team pulling images from the DAM, we have our web team, we have events and field marketing, we have sales teams using it. And then more broadly across the business we'll see everybody from legal to finance to corporate development.” All of these users are contributing to coordinated, cohesive brand stories

“I really have not much but great stuff to say about [Acquia DAM] honestly,” Curtis said. “It’s just a great platform. I enjoy using it, and people have taken the system that we’ve created and used it to make something beautiful and on-brand, and I think that’s one of the best measures of success of this system.”

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