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Autumn 2019 code release

Sunday, 01 September 2019

New Functionality added:
  • Auto create workflows - Functionality has been added to enable configuration so that certain “trigger events” in asset metadata now automatically generate a workflow. Saving clients time and effort.
  • Branch Comms toolkit - We have reworked the asset distribution functionality so that emails can be created and sent to external addresses, with attached assets, from the Asset Store.
  • This has been developed in partnership with a major Building Society who wanted to empower staff across their 70+ branches to send only the latest compliant literature to customers.

Famous name joins the be the brand stable

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

One of the best known names in UK life assurance with an illustrious history is the latest new client to deploy be the brand experience's software to help manage their financial promotions and compliance activities - bringing a nearly 200 year old insurance brand back to life.

Competitive tender win

Thursday, 19 July 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have been selected by a UK government department following a competitive tender process - more news to follow as deployments complete.

First Irish client

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Be the brand experience are delighted to now have our first client in the Emerald isle. The specialist solutions provider in the European insurance & reinsurance market has just gone live following a speedy 10 week deployment process.

New Client live

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

We are very excited that the UK business of a major American insurer specialising in employee benefits have selected & deployed be the brand experience's configured platform to support their compliance and regulatory activities.

New Client live

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

After a successful configuration and training we are pleased to welcome another mutual to our list of live clients. This top 5 Building Society has selected be the brand experience as the platform to manage their financial promotions lifecycle on and we look forward to becoming an integral part their marketing and compliance activities.

MHRA uses G-Cloud to purchase Workflows and Asset Store

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Be the brand experience welcomes their latest client with The Medicines & Health product Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Joining our growing group of clients in the public sector, MHRA will use bethebrand for the storage and access of all marketing assets as well as workflow approvals.

MHRA procured be the brand's Digital Asset Library and Workflows tools through the G-Cloud framework. After a thorough search through the Digital Marketplace, MHRA selected Bethebrand to meet their requirements for a digital asset library and marketing workflow approvals. A quick deployment followed with MHRA going live a short few months later.

The G-Cloud framework can be used by organisations across the UK public sector including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.

Be the brand offers Digital Asset Management (Asset Store/Library), Workflow Management and CommsBuilder Templates through this agreement. The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) works with both departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to ensure maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship and improve the quality of service delivery. The CCS goal is to become the "go-to" place for expert commercial and procurement services.

Another new client for be the brand

Thursday, 09 June 2016

Be the brand are pleased to announce that another Edinburgh based Financial Services provider has selected bethebrand to automate the management of their Financial Promotions asset lifecycle. Our digital asset store and workflow automation capability provides them with a cost effective, scalable and agile solution which will be up and running in a few short months.

To learn more, get in touch with us today!

Financial Adviser network chooses be the brand for financial promotions

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

One of the largest financial advice networks in the UK has selected be the brand to help manage their advisers’ financial promotions. A different approach than the standard financial services client, they had an extra workflow configured to allow advisers to upload their marketing promotions for review and approval. The corporate office financial promotions team are alerted to review / approve upon submission. There are different SLAs for different tiers and all progress is quickly available on-line with user-specific dashboards.

Be the brand configured an extra work flow to meet the specific requirements for this process while still allowing other users to operate a standard workflow for internal, corporate use. The integrity of the core functionality is maintained for both sides of the operation and transparency for all workflows remains intact.

Contact us today for a quick chat or an on-line demo. See how we can help streamline your financial promotions process.

Award winning pensions provider selects bethebrand

Friday, 01 May 2015

An award winning pensions provider has selected and gone live with bethebrand, our automated work flow / financial promotions software solution. With auto-enrolment deadlines fast approaching, this pensions provider elected to centralise their marketing processes for more efficient and transparent reviews and approvals. In under 4 months bethebrand was configured, deployed, users were trained and the system went live. With a Defaqto 5 Star Rating in auto-enrolment, we are proud to welcome them as another member of our elite client base. To find out how bethebrand can help you, please Contact us or ring us on 020 7199 0369.

Automotive client deploys bethebrand in 4 months

Thursday, 27 November 2014

From kick-off through to UAT and going live - 4 months flat. Our newest client has deployed bethebrand during one of their busiest seasons. Three core marketing teams, various external agencies and a complex corporate structure made this an especially quick turnaround. An intense penetration test performed by their Global IT department was done and our newest client is off and running with bethebrand. Another happy client on the books.

bethebrand Tops the Selection Process for Another Client Win

Monday, 11 August 2014

A global leader in customer engagement and loyalty solutions has selected bethebrand to create and deliver products and services that strengthen brand relationships and increase overall customer profitability. Helping clients across a broad range of sectors, this outsourcing client will use bethebrand to manage all of their clients' financial promotions. By managing compliance, legal and marketing stakeholders early in the workflow, the asset can be sent to their client for approval after all internal comments have been incorporated. A full audit trail is maintained which streamlines communications for all parties. Another big win for bethebrand ! With over 1,200 employees offering services in 17 countries, this is a great start to a long-term relationship.

Client Win - Another leading Fund Manager selects bethebrand

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Our latest client has operations in London, Dundee and Aberdeen. With two legal entities and one central in-house creative team, segregation of duties and full audit trails were key factors in selection. The on-line Dashboard shows a personalised view of tasks currently outstanding and a few clicks shows the entire workflow - tasks, people / teams assigned, expected completion dates, etc. Traffic managing becomes easy with the Re-Assign function to keep the workflows as streamlined as possible. As the first new client on Version 2, they are keeping our marketing momentum at the forefront and our software cutting edge.

Rebranding Made Easier - Another Client Win

Saturday, 15 February 2014

The parent of a long-standing client has chosen the Asset Store from be the brand experience to centralise logos, brand guidelines and other marketing materials. Self-registering all users on an as-needed basis,new functionality and ease of integration with other subsidiaries made the decision relatively simple. Full customisation of Asset Data, the powerful search engine and the ability to house virtually any type of file were key decision points as well.

New Insurance Client

Friday, 15 November 2013

Another Financial Services client win as a leading UK insurance provider selects bethebrand. With a large base of existing clients and an aggressive growth prediction, the need for a streamlined marketing tool was paramount. The centralised approach helps to ensure that creative, stakeholder, legal and compliance teams can easily integrate the brief, review, approval and publishing of all marketing materials, including customer facing letters and client proposals.

Forbes 2000 financial services firm launches bethebrand

Friday, 14 June 2013

A leading savings and investments company has launched our brand asset management solution. First on board is the internal communications team who use creative templates to reduce art work costs while centralising brand collateral in an asset store and image library.

Internationally acclaimed health care provider goes live with bethebrand

Monday, 15 April 2013

Following a successful pilot project, a leading health care provider has fully deployed be the brand's marketing resource solution in the UK to bring their marketing supply chain together in one on-line collaborative work space. Marketing communications and financial promotions are streamlined with the creation, review, approval and archiving of brand and marketing assets.

UK annuity firm goes live with financial promotions and brand asset solution

Thursday, 28 March 2013

A leading UK annuity provider has gone live with bethebrand. As a marketing resource management tool, the solution centralises all marketing collateral on-line, manages the asset life cycle, reviews and approvals. Automating next review dates, version control and archiving for financial promotions delivers speed and control.

Citrix rolls out OneBrand solution to Citrix Online

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

After an external, independent review of brand asset management solutions, Citrix has rolled out OneBrand to Citrix Online. Migrating to the new asset store allowed them to rapidly configure an extension of the existing solution for this division.

The Environment Agency uses bethebrand for Publications Catalogue

Wednesday, 04 July 2012

The Environment Agency has launched their external Publications Catalogue using our asset store solution. An extension to bethebrand enables assets to be available in a public facing library. The end to end solution publishes documents that are searchable and downloadable while hard copy items can be ordered and paid for, with real time stock checks.

See https://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/

New Asset Store released

Friday, 25 May 2012

The new version of the asset store, core to our Digital Asset Management proposition has been launched.

Feedback has been amazing from both industry insiders and clients who have seen it in action.  We will be rolling this out across our client base during 2012 but if you want a sneak preview get in touch.

Discovery goes live

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

After a rapid deployment and some intensive training sessions in Johannesburg the South African global financial services disruptor, Discovery, is now live using.

September 2011 - New Deployment live

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Our latest deployment, at a leading UK Financial Service challenger brand, has been completed with a successful launch.

December 2010 - Dunnhumby live!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Great news, be it a little late; Dunnhumby are now live using the system to manage the digital content creation and delivery.

'Newsletter' Functionality is now live with Prudential Insight

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Prudential's Insight Team send out a newsletter each week detailing the latest market research items (i.e. assets) that have been added to ‘The Hub’ (the name they give to their system). Previously this would have involved writing an email, downloading files from The Hub and sending them out with the email, which was not only time consuming for the writer but also required sending sizeable attachments.

The new functionality allows selected users logged into The Hub to create a branded newsletter with editable text fields (heading, introduction etc), the ability to select which items of research should appear within the newsletter (including certain metadata) and email this out to distribution lists. The branded email that is received then contains the entered text and the research item details along with a link to download the item directly from the Research Library (Asset Store).

The result is a simple, streamlined newsletter that provides consistency and saves both time and precious inbox space.

If the Newsletter functionality sounds ideal for your be the brand solution, please contact your Account Manager for more information.

Scottish Life – a division of Royal London go live with PhinPro

Monday, 18 May 2009

Scottish Life have become the latest leading player in the financial services sector to select be the brand experience as their partner for deploying a Financial Promotion lifecycle management system.

This further cements our position as clear market leaders in the provision of Marketing Resource Management (MRM) technology to the UK Financial Services industry

Case study to follow.

National Savings & Investments goes live with PhinPro

Monday, 20 April 2009

National Savings & Investments goes live with PhinPro, our Financial Promotion lifecycle management system.

National Savings & Investments also adds to our expanding list of Government credentials with the Environment Agency already having been live for over a year; reflecting our ability to offer demonstrable benefits to Government clients.

Case study to follow.

PhinPro launch success as with 3 new client wins

Monday, 16 February 2009

Following the launch of our PhinPro product we are pleased to have ended 2008 on a high with three new client wins in December. The clients continue to demonstrate that PhinPro is the strongest marketing automation solution for Financial Services. All three wins followed extensive tender processes during which we were evaluated against others; and won.

Further details will be released during 2009.

Launch of PhinPro, our Financial Promotion lifecycle management solution for Financial Services

Monday, 12 January 2009

PhinPro (Phinancial Promotion) is an off-the-shelf, configurable version of our Marketing Resource Management solution customised specifically for Financial Services. Operating in a highly regulated environment demands standardised, compliant and efficient process; Directors need to confidence that the Financial Promotion lifecycle is being effectively managed to minimise risk exposure.

We have embedded our extensive experience in delivering marketing resource management solutions to the FS sector in PhinPro. PhinPro provides a rapidly deployable solution delivered on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis.

Contact Adam Hainsworth (Link to contacts page) to find out more.

Environment Agency solution pays for itself in less than six months

Monday, 10 November 2008

We must review our pricing structure; after the first year of use the Environment Agency have reported back that the solution paid for itself in less than six months of use. Great news, especially as the value generated will only increase as the system beds in and use increases.

be the brand experience is chosen by the UK's market leader in ethical FS products

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The UK's leading ethical financial services group has selected be the brand experience to create and deploy a large-scale marketing resource management system. The customised system (alf), caters for Co-operative Bank, Co-operative Insurance and Smile Bank, and provides a robust and auditable process for managing the development and use ofall marketing materials. The system is customised to suit the size and complexity of CFS’s organisational processes and supply chain, and also includes a centralised asset store from which the latest versions of all marketing materials can be accessed.

The system places a particular emphasis on ensuring compliance with FSA regulations during the approval process, and key anticipated benefits include greater control and visibility, reduced lead times, faster signoff and less document circulation. Other benefits result from increasing the value realised from brand assets, and reducing the costs associated with creating and updating them.

CFS has recently undergone a large restructure and alf is a key part of their new way of working. The transformation was a collaborative effort involving a number of parties, including be the brand experience.

be the brand experience provided full training for all users, who ranged from Compliance and Marketing to Legal, Technical and Business Management. be also successfully integrated multiple design and print agencies into the final solution and had them fully trained prior to going live. The system was successfully launched late February 2008, following a well-executed pilot run.

"We are delighted that CFS chose be the brand experience to help them manage the process for creating, approving and storing their marketing and communications materials and we are proud to be working with the market leader in ethical FS products"

Jes Ongley, be the brand experience

About Co-operative Financial Services (CFS)

With some 6.5 million customers, Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) is a leading provider of car insurance, mortgages, current accounts, home and contents insurance, credit cards, life assurance, personal loan and pensions. CFS was formed in 2002 to bring The Co-operative Bank, Smile and the Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) together, and has developed a reputation for providing quality products and services and leading the way on ethics and the environment.

About be the brand experience

Be the brand experience is a leading provider of Marketing Resource Management technology (MRM). Be the brand experience enables clients to achieve more by developing effective, affordable custom-built technology solutions that empower users to better manage marketing workflows, brand assets and suppliers, resulting in lower costs, lower lead times and greater brand consistency and compliance. For more information, please contact info@be-thebrand.com.

A marketing services tool that has already proved itself invaluable

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

One of the UK's leading investment management firms has selected be the brand experience to provide them with a customised marketing resource management solution.

The system, (which Baillie Gifford have called 'M&RS'), provides a robust, transparent and auditable process for managing the creation and use of marketing communications, and features a centralised asset store with comprehensive version history and access controls. It is also designed to assist in the compliance with FSA regulations during the internal approval process.

MKey anticipated benefits include efficiency savings, reduced lead times, faster signoff, less document iteration, and, to help comply with FSA requirements a more robust and easily accessible audit trail. It is also expected to increase the utilisation of brand assets, and to reduce the costs associated with creating and updating them.

The system went live in August 2007 following a speedy four-week deployment. This involved scoping, testing and user training - all in quick succession.

"Baillie Gifford's approach to system scooping and deployment enabled them to realise the benefits of their MRM system very quickly. Working with them is a pleasure."

Jes Ongley,COO,be the brand experience

"The new M&RS system brings internal and external stakeholders together under one fully electronic web- based system. This allows marketing communications to be coordinated much more efficiently. It’s a paperless environment which provides a full and complete audit trail. MI functionality allows managers to know exactly where a project is at any point in time and it also allows us to have a tighter control over when communications need to be updated. The system has already proved itself an invaluable marketing services tool."

Stuart Conlan, Marketing Services Manager, Baillie Gifford & Co

About Baillie Gifford & Co

Baillie Gifford & Co is one of the UK's leading independently owned investment management firms, managing investments globally for pension funds, institutions, charities and retail investors. As of 31 September 2007, Baillie Gifford & Co had more than £54 billion of funds under management and advice. Baillie Gifford & Co has developed its reputation through combining experience, enthusiasm and sound judgement.

About be the brand experience

be the brand experience is a leading provider of Marketing Resource Management technology (MRM). Be the brand experience enables clients to achieve more by developing effective, affordable custom-built technology solutions that empower users to better manage marketing workflows, brand assets and suppliers, resulting in lower costs, lower lead times and greater brand consistency and compliance. For more information, please contact info@be-thebrand.com.

be the brand experience launch MyStore, a personal and secure file sharing tool

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Distributing files is difficult and time consuming, especially with standardfile size restrictions on emails. However, it’s becoming increasingly importantto be able to access and distribute large files, both internally and remotely.In order to overcome this problem, you may find that you are unofficiallyresorting to unsecured removable media or a number of questionable websitesoffering free-upload services. Such practices don’t just expose yourorganisation to inappropriate content and spamming devices, they also createserious security risks and undermine process controls that manage access tocontent.

The solution is 'My Store'.
My Store lets you professionally store, access, and share large files with ease,whilst also enabling you to manage access parameters. Below are some of thehighlights and benefits of this

Highlights:

Usability
  • One-shot multiple file upload
  • Tagging

Security Control:
  • Secure file storage and distribution
  • Automatic virus scanning on upload
  • Automatic logging of file distribution history
  • Automatic logging of external file downloads
  • Control over access parameters

Benefits:
  • Improves large file management
  • Improves internal file distribution & sharing
  • Enables external file distribution
  • Provides greater security and control

First takers:
Prudential are the first client to take advantageof this new module. They will use it to manage the process of sending largeartwork files to printers.

Prudential Expands use of Prustore beyond Marketing

Saturday, 15 July 2006

After 12 months of running their marketing literature creation and sign off processes, and storing all materials via Prustore, Prudential are now rolling out Prustore to other areas of the business - thus further increasing its benefits. Over 9,000 projects (each equating to creating or updating a piece of literature or web page) have been run so far with a full audit trail of approvals easily accessible as per FSA requirements.

First to come on board was PruHealth (a joint venture with Discovery - a South African company) who went live in March 2006 after a short proof of concept. Where necessary, Prustore has been tweaked to accommodate variations in their workflow process.

The Customer Response Unit (CRU) went live in May and use Prustore to store, access and update all templates of all customer facing letters and post sale support.

Customer Services are likely to be the next area of the business to begin using Prustore and are currently going through the scoping process to agree their exact needs and required processes.

UIA deploys a customised Marketing Resource Management solution.

Friday, 23 June 2006

UIA has deployed a new customised marketing resource management solution to improve marketing efficiency and help keep marketing campaigns in line with financial regulations. The deal was signed with be the brand experience, a services provider firm.

Brandstore will enable UIA to co-ordinate direct mail, advertising and digital marketing campaigns, improve approval processes and keep complete, easily accessible, electronic audit trails for regulatory compliance purposes.

"We were impressed with the functionality of be the brand's MRM solution," said Damian Reilly, head of marketing at UIA. "The tool gives us the ability to electronically co-ordinate all parties involved in the marketing campaign process...

To read the full story, please register HERE (http://www.postmagazine.co.uk/public/showPage.html?page=post_breakingnews_story&tempPageName=334443) to continue.

be Integrates asset store ordering with JKG Group print fulfillment system for Citrix's OneBrand solution

Thursday, 18 May 2006

Citrix further integrate asset store and projects modules, linking with print mgt company stock systems.

be the brand experience have just updated Citrix System Inc's OneBrand MRM solution. This upgrade enhances the design of OneBrand to ensure that Citrix's brand management tool followed Citrix's latest website guidelines.

This update also saw OneBrand integrating with JKG Group, Citrix's print management vendors, print fulfilment system. The was a joint project in which be's technical team worked with JKGs technical team to provide a end to end asset management, workflow and print fulfilment ordering system for marketers in Citrix and their channel partners.

OneBrand added a cart shopping basket functionality that enables users to add selected orderable collateral. On checking out, the order is placed into the JKG fulfilment system.

be launches a tailor made MRM toolkit for Financial Services industry

Monday, 24 April 2006

be the brand experience launches a tailor made MRM toolkit for Financial Services Industry

be the brand experience have released their latest industry customised solution. The unique challenges faced by marketers, compliance officers and agencies in the Financial Services (FS) market require an MRM solution that manages the financial promotion literature creation and approval process, automates the job-bag/ archiving process and manages item availability/ withdrawal dates. Automating the literature approval across multiple locations delivers reduced cycle time increased visibility. The solution also captures all approvals and sign off given for items - providing a comprehensive audit trail to help meet FSA guidelines.

With the Financial Services MRM toolkit, FS clients will be closer to having an off-the-shelf MRM solution that meets their industry needs without requiring significant customisation during the deployment; reducing the time and cost of set-up and deployment compared to starting with a vanilla MRM solution.

With Prudential UK, UIA and Winterthur live as well as 2 other top 10 FS providers in deployment and other large UK Financial Services clients in the pipeline, be the brand experience has established its credentials providing a market beating MRM solution within the FS sector.

Please contact busdev@be-thebrand.com for further information on our various off the shelf toolkits and customised solutions.