The team chose Canto because the platform scored top marks in meeting the team’s checklist of requirements and struck a perfect balance between functionality and ease of use. While Canto’s search and metadata features meant the team could organize and sort through their thousands of photos easily, the creative team would have no problem navigating the user-friendly platform.
“Canto rose to the top of our list of candidates for its intuitive interface, tagging and searchability, functionality and price point,” says Kaylee.
A Central Hub for Photography
Since the team uses photography for all of their marketing materials and media relations, having a central library helps the team stay organized and in sync. Canto is Furman University’s go-to place to store and access photography, containing all new photos taken since Canto’s implementation as well as useful older assets migrated from their previous systems.
“The visual assets work hand-in-hand with the stories we tell. All of our current materials – both print and digital – utilize photography that was pulled from Canto,” says Kaylee.
Each member of the communications team has a seat in Canto so that they can access photos themselves, and the team sends collection links to other departments on campus and community and media partners. This streamlined process helps all the departments flow more smoothly.
“Across campus, we all have the same goals. Canto helps to bring us all together and work as a team,” says Kaylee.
The communications team works closely with admissions throughout the year, with one of the biggest projects being the annual viewbook. The admissions department sends the viewbook to prospective students each year to showcase the university’s offerings. The heavily visual viewbook requires a lot of photography that the team pulls directly from Canto and share with the admissions team in a matter of minutes, rather than digging through endless folders.
The team organizes their content by category or event, and it’s easy for their in-house photographer to upload images to the right place with Canto’s folder and album structure. Thoroughly adding keywords and tags and enabling facial recognition also helps the team quickly find the right assets.