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Measuring Success: Analytics and Reporting in Digital Asset Management

Measuring Success: Analytics and Reporting in Digital Asset Management
Published on
August 1, 2023

In today's content-driven digital landscape, data has become a key component of success. For businesses that produce, manage and distribute digital assets, analytics and reporting provide critical insights into how effectively those assets are performing and serving audiences. Measuring the right metrics and leveraging the generated insights allows organizations to optimize their content strategies, distribution methods, and user experiences. This in turn drives higher value, impact and return on their digital assets. In this blog, we will discuss the role of analytics and reporting in digital asset management, key metrics to track asset performance, and how to leverage insights to maximize success.

Importance of Analytics and Reporting in DAM for Broadcasting Companies

Data analytics and reporting play an important role for broadcasting companies. With the rise of digital content and on-demand streaming, broadcasters need insights into how their audience engages with content. Data and analytics also help inform important business decisions in content strategy, distribution, and monetization.

Content Delivery and Distribution

Understanding how audience consumes content helps distribution and planning. Data on which shows and videos are watched more helps broadcasters optimize content delivery based on genre preferences and regional needs. Performance metrics of different platforms also help determine the best distribution partners and channels.

Content Promotion and Marketing

Insights from detailed analytics allow for targeted marketing campaigns. Data on audience demographics, interests, and favorite content helps create focused promotional strategies. Analytics also reveal which marketing channels are most effective in driving viewership and engagement.

Content Development and Commissioning

Broadcasters rely on audience feedback and performance data to decide which shows to renew, cancel or commission. Metrics on viewership, engagement, completion rates, and social media sentiment help decide content investment. Detailed reporting on target audiences also helps greenlight content aligned with viewer preferences.

Customer Retention and Monetization

Analytics provide strategic inputs to maximize revenue. Data on why viewers churn helps broadcasters reduce cancellation rates. Insights into engagement patterns of paid subscribers versus free viewers aid the design of pricing plans and value propositions. Performance indicators of advertisements guide optimization of ad inventory and pricing.

Rights and Licensing Optimization

Analytics aid the evaluation of content licensing opportunities. Metrics on viewership potential and demand in different territories inform rights sale and syndication decisions. Reporting on the performance of licensed content also reveals opportunities to improve contracts and reduce risk.

Operational Efficiency and Cost Reduction

Streamlining operations using data and insights reduces expenses. Analytics reveal areas of suboptimal processes, wasted resources, and duplicate efforts. Reporting identifies optimization opportunities across content supply chain, production planning, labor scheduling, and channel management.

Data and analytics provide valuable inputs for major broadcasting decisions across content strategy, marketing, customer retention, monetization and operations. With the right reporting and insights, broadcasters can optimize every aspect of their business for growth and success in a highly competitive digital market. Actionable analytics and reporting are also critical for effective digital asset management in broadcasting companies.

Key Metrics to Track for Assessing Asset Performance and Usage

Here are some key content and digital asset metrics to track for assessing performance:

  • Views/Plays - The total number of times an asset is viewed or played is the most basic metric. Tracking changes in views over time also shows the level of audience interest and potential for discovery.
  • Completion Rates - The percentage of viewers who complete viewing an asset in full provides insights into audience engagement and asset quality. Assets with high completion rates are more valuable.
  • Average View Time - The average amount of time viewers spend consuming an asset reflects engagement and relevance. Longer average view times indicate a more impactful asset.
  • Share/Download Counts - The number of times an asset is shared or downloaded indicates audience enthusiasm and ability to reach new viewers. Higher shares and downloads also point to a more viral and valuable asset.
  • Social Media Mentions - The number of times an asset is mentioned or discussed on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc. reveals audience resonance and potential for word-of-mouth growth in reach.
  • Sentiment Analysis - Analyzing the tone and emotion around audience comments and social media mentions using natural language processing indicates whether response to an asset is positive, neutral or negative. Positive sentiment shows higher value and engagement.
  • User Ratings - User ratings on a scale, like 1-5 stars, collected directly from audiences provide an easily understandable indicator of asset quality and audience satisfaction. Higher star ratings also mean a better performing asset.
  • Conversions - The number of goals or actions completed by audiences after exposure to an asset, like purchases, registrations, donations etc. illustrate the ability of the asset to drive value-adding user behavior. More conversions point to higher performance.
  • Revenue Generated - The direct and indirect revenue generated from an asset, including from advertising, licensing fees, subscriptions etc. provides the ultimate measure of economic value and return on investment from the asset.
  • Repeat Usage - The number of times an asset is reused or replayed by the same viewers over time reveals lasting appeal and longevity that increases the asset's effective useful life. Higher repeat usage indicates greater value.

In addition, tracking contextual metrics like device/platform usage, geographies reached, demographics accessed, tags/keywords performance and more can provide a more complete view of asset performance across different dimensions. A combination of volumetric, engagement and value-based metrics analyzed together also gives the fullest picture for assessing digital asset usage and impact.

Customizing Dashboards and Generating Meaningful Reports

Custom dashboards and reports are critical for businesses to analyze data, gain insights and make informed decisions. A digital asset management system plays an important role in empowering users to develop custom dashboards and generate reports based on their specific needs. Here are the main ways DAM helps in this area:

  1. Metadata Tagging - DAM systems allow users to apply rich metadata tagging to catalog and organize assets. Tagging assets with fields like genre, keywords, author, location etc. enables filtering and grouping of assets for analysis. The tags also form the basis for customized views and reports.
  2. Filtering and Search - Users can filter and search assets in DAM based on metadata tags and other attributes. This makes it easy to retrieve specific subsets of assets relevant for a particular analysis or report. Custom searches and filters also power targeted dashboards and summaries.
  3. Grouping and Aggregating - Users can group assets in DAM based on common attributes and tags. This grouping allows for aggregating metrics and data for specific asset collections. Grouping also lays the foundation for group-level dashboards and reports on key performance indicators.
  4. Custom Dashboard Creation - Many DAM systems offer tools for visually designing custom dashboards with selected data views and widgets. Users can drag-and-drop widgets showing metrics, charts, graphs, lists, images and more to create targeted dashboards for roles and teams.
  5. Data Exposure - DAM enables the exposure of asset data and metadata through APIs allowing integration with BI and reporting tools. This also allows leveraging the full features of such tools for advanced reporting and business intelligence.
  6. Configurable Report Templates - DAM systems offer pre-built report templates that users can configure based on their specific needs. Template fields can also be mapped to relevant metadata tags and attributes for personalized reports.
  7. Scheduling - Reports in DAM can often be scheduled to run automatically at designated frequencies - daily, weekly, monthly etc. - and distributed to relevant stakeholders via email. This ensures reports are always up-to-date and delivered on time.
  8. Drill-down Capability - Dashboards and reports in DAM commonly offer the ability to drill-down into underlying data for deeper analysis. Users can also navigate from high-level summaries to more granular views of metrics and attributes.
  9. Distributed Access - With user permissions and security settings, DAM allows distributing customized dashboards and reports to different user groups based on role and need. This ensures relevant teams get access to the information they need for optimal decision making.

By providing tools for comprehensive metadata tagging, flexible searching, asset grouping, custom visualization, data exposure, report templating, scheduling, drill-down and access management - a well-integrated DAM system empowers users to create and generate exactly the customized dashboards and reports they need to optimize digital asset performance and business outcomes.

Leveraging Insights to Improve Content Strategies and User Experiences

Data insights reveal opportunities to enhance content strategies and user experiences. Analytics provide objective performance indicators to evaluate what works and identify areas for improvement. Leveraging these insights, businesses can:

Develop more effective content strategies by:

  • Identifying underperforming content and revamping or discontinuing to optimize investments.
  • Commissioning or greenlighting more of the types of content that audiences engage with the most.
  • Targeting underserved audience segments by developing content aligned to their preferences and interests.
  • Optimizing content distribution by prioritizing the channels and platforms that drive highest reach and engagement.
  • Creating more viral and shareable content by understanding what makes content spread faster through social media.
  • Adjusting content length, format and creative elements based on metrics like completion rates, average view times and sentiment analysis.

Improve user experiences by:

  • Surface the most relevant and targeted content to different user groups based on their analyzed preferences and behaviors.
  • Reduce the number of clicks, scrolls and steps required to access desired content by reorganizing content architecture and navigation.
  • Highlighting related and recommended content during and after consumption of initial content to increase dwell time and discovery.
  • Optimizing content promotion and recommendation algorithms using data on what content attributes best predict user engagement and satisfaction.
  • Adjusting content delivery speed, buffering times, and resolution options to match performance indicators of different devices and networks.
  • Enhancing elements like subtitles, interactive elements, and multimedia integration to increase engagement of content with low metrics.
  • Improving search capabilities, filters and browse features to make content easier for audiences to find based on analyzed pain points and friction.
  • Increasing personalization by tailoring experiences to individual users based on their analyzed historic interactions and content preferences.

Overall, data insights at every level - from individual assets to channels to audiences - empower businesses to iterate and also improve their content strategies, distributions methods, promotion techniques, and user experiences to achieve higher value, relevance and satisfaction for customers.

Conclusion

In summary, analytics and reporting provide the feedback loop necessary to continually improve and innovate in digital asset management. By tracking the right volumetric, engagement and business impact metrics, organizations gain a comprehensive view of how their assets are performing across business objectives. Proper analysis and interpretation of data insights then enables targeted actions to optimize asset performance, content strategies and user experiences. This forms a virtuous cycle that gradually pushes overall digital asset management to a higher level of effectiveness, value and success. Ultimately, putting the right analytics and reporting systems in place allows organizations to measure and manage their progress towards truly realizing the potential of their valuable digital assets.

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