Workfront Aggregated Reviews
If you can afford it, Workfront is probably your best bet and can also easily expand to other groups within your company – the tools has really expanded since I brought it into my company several years back, it now includes digital proofing (no more print-outs with mark-ups you can’t understand), approval paths (so you can route to the right people at the right time and get a time-stamped approve/reject/revise decision), and more recently even a Digital Asset Management system.
We have an enterprise license and the expense varies based on the license count and negotiated fees, but I believe they introduced other types of licensing/fee structures to make it more palatable even for smaller businesses. Basically, once you pay the recurring annual fees and the initial set up fees (engineers will spend time learning your needs and building the system and forms for you), it’s just a matter of how many paid vs free users you need.
I’ve managed creative work and our creative services group for many years and the scenario you describe is exactly what I inherited several years ago (we were much smaller 1k employees, but still produced over 500 collateral/marketing materials per year) and what led me to research and ultimately implement Workfront in our company (which is now over 85k employees globally) – it works really well and while the expense might no align with your budget now, I would highly advise that you build your way towards this (or similar) system – it’ll really help build your runway as you guys grow (either in employees, workload, or both)
We’re a cable network, looking for a complete SoR, and we’re exploring Workfront. Very impressed, so far, in how it can be leveraged for time logging, version tracking and especially reviewing. We have external clients that would be submitting requests, and only need to communicate and review, which WorkFront allows.
I recently did a deep dive with Work Front and I was really impressed with their tools that seem geared toward agencies.
Changelog – pre-ecosystem era
v0.1.8 Hound @ apps.the.gt – b2b prospecting platform
v0.1.8.1 Business directory – content experiment to support b2b prospecting platform.
v0.1.6 GRIN tech affiliate program is live.
v0.1.5.3 GRIN jobs experiment started
v0.1.5.2 Working on cool in-house lead gen project - Art Director is preparing 100 picks of Business Cards in various niches.
v0.1.5.1 GRIN games emerged
As a web agency we never could and never will be able to escape the urge of building things.
Among million other things we played with an idea of text-based games and the last piece that was missing was the story itself. So via in-house outreach platform we found two established writers that believed in the project and agreed to participate.
Shout out to Richard Abbott who wrote Fraud on Thetis and Eva Pohler who sent us a huge draft we are still reading through.
At some point we realised that list building, fetching contact details & outreach tech work just as well for b2b lead generation
v0.1.3 Once, we fell in love with ecommerce, because of short feedback cycles on marketing & development efforts.
Today we ship into production inhouse SaaS project - AVOKADO - the web app for learning languages with flash cards.
The year after we built it we realised how long is the road map ahead & what resources we'd need to promote it and decided to put it on hold.
One day as we ship GRIN tech v3.0 into production we'll distrupt the language learning market with Avokado.
We love Wordpress and recently shipped two plugins into open beta for commercial sale.
v0.1.2.2 King The Monk - wordpress plugin to virally grow your email list
v0.1.2.1 Plain Conversions - wordpress plugin to convert your visitors
v0.1.1. Expanded core offering to visual productions
v0.1 It's Autumn 2017 and GRIN tech agency's website is born.
We have it saved for the history.