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The Assets admin screen is where you make and manage all the assets that will fill up your content library in Reach. The screen presents a grid view of your existing assets. You can use the sidebar on the left to filter the view in many ways and even save filters to re-use later. Keep in mind those saved filters are visible only to you and only within the web browser you set them up in. You can also sort the grid however you late and page through it.

Note that we use the term “Asset” frequently in the admin dashboard, but that specific term is not used in the user-facing app. Typically, when talking to users, we suggest just referring to assets as “pieces of content”.

Adding a New Asset

Click the “Add Asset” button in the top right to open the Asset Creation form. Here, Reach will ask you to upload the file and provide all the information about the asset you want to create. Be sure to assign your asset to a gallery and choose its labels to help your users find it more easily.

Asset Types

Assets in the Reach Content Library can be images, videos, or links. If your asset is an image or video, you will be able to upload it from your computer, added it from an existing URL, or import it from several other online services like Google Drive or Facebook.

For video assets, Reach will generate a thumbnail from a random point in the video, but if you’d like to customize it, you can set the playback position in the preview to choose a specific frame to use as your thumbnail and then click the “Generate Thumbnail” button. You can also upload a custom image as your thumbnail.

If your asset is a link, you’ll just paste in the link, making sure to include the “https://” at the beginning.

Suggested Posts

Each asset must have some suggested post text. This will be provided to users in the app and available for them to copy and paste and use as the caption/post that accompanies their share of the asset. Users will be able to edit your suggested post or even choose to ignore it entirely when they share assets.

Expiration Dates

Each asset may optionally have an expiration date. This is a date and timestamp. Once it has passed, the asset will no longer be shown to users. This is helpful when you’re adding assets which are only applicable or relevant for a certain amount of time. For example, your asset promoting a debate watch party can automatically disappear when the debate is over.

Editing an Existing Asset

When you click into an existing asset, you can edit everything about it except its type. Keep in mind that editing an asset and saving those changes will often result in it appearing at the beginning of the views in the app which are sorted by updated date by default.

Besides just editing the asset, you can also view lots of data about a given asset and your users interactions with it from this screen. The tabs at the top will show you lists of the Content Review, Share Feedback, and Actions associated with the asset. Each of these lists is filterable, sortable, and has a customizable column layout so you can see all the data you want to see.

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