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  • 1. Developing a Content Strategy for Your Institution eduWeb, 30 July 2012 Kate Brodock Executive Director of Digital & Social Media at Syracuse University Founder & Chair of Other Side Group
  • 2. Me….Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 3. AGENDA CONTENT PRODUCTION CONTENT STRATEGY INSTITUTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS IMPLEMENTATION TOOLS Q&AKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 4. Content Production: What is Content? •  Writing - blogging, eBooks, white papers •  Photos •  Audio clips •  Video •  Use-generated content •  Third-party content – articles, videos, etcKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 5. Content Production: Brand Journalism “Brand Journalism is when any organization….creates valuable information and shares it with the world.” •  Brand Journalism is not a product pitch. It is not an advertorial. It is not an egotistical spewing of gobbledygook-laden corporate drivel. •  Instead, Brand Journalism is the creation of Web content – videos, blogs posts, photos, charts, graphs, essays, eBooks, white papers – that deliver value to your marketplace and serve to position your organization as one worthy of doing business with. - David Meerman Scott, 2009Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 6. Content Production: Social Writing “Content, primarily in written format, that is designed to be optimal for social sharing.” •  Goal 1: Create content that people want to share. •  Goal 2: Create content that will work well once shared. - Other Side Group, 2012Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 7. Content Production: One more time….Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 8. Content Production Question: What sorts of content are you using?Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 9. Content Production: How it works with your communications plan Your goals may be: •  Branding, promotion, outreach, media relations, prospecting, alumni relations…. Content opens up new opportunities to reach new people, have them reach you, initiate conversation, create more engaging experiences and two-way relationships, have your “brand” shared with other networks……Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 10. Content Production: How it works with your communications plan TAKE NOTE: Content creation does not replace your current marketing or communications plans…… …..it enhances and supports them.Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 11. Content Production: Content Creation vs Content Curation CONTENT CREATION •  Original content created by your institution. Beneficial for: •  Demonstrating value directly •  Thought Leadership •  Giving deeper, more knowledgeable insight into your brand •  “Controlling the message”Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 12. Content Production: Content Creation vs Content Curation CONTENT CURATION •  Discovering, gathering, culling through and presenting existing digital content that surrounds a specific subject matter. •  “Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves, sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information.” – Beth Kanter, 2011 Beneficial for: •  Supporting Thought Leadership •  Quick pieces of content •  Creating conversationKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 13. Content Production: Content Creation vs Content Curation CONTENT CREATION + CONTENT CURATION = SWEET SPOTKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 14. Content Strategy: Why is it important? People are consuming information in new ways. You need to keep up with them. •  Skimming •  Video consumption •  Visual stimulation Your specific audiences are communicating in new ways. You need to meet them there. •  Current students •  Prospective students •  Tech savvy faculty, staff and alumni •  Media and external partiesKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 15. Content Strategy: Why is it important? With the right content, you have the potential to reach more people. •  Social content •  Search-engine optimized content (SEO) People are getting bored or annoyed with straight sales tactics and some traditional marketing, especially when they’re online. You need to give them a reason to re-engage. •  They want something valuable and useful. •  If you can offer them that value, that’s a good thing!Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 16. Content Strategy: Why start a content program? •  Thought Leadership •  Education •  “Lead generation” (finding prospective students, for instance) •  Engagement and Community Building •  Search-Engine Optimization (SEO) •  Brand Awareness •  Outreach •  Media Relations •  Traditional methods are not sufficient, and you’re likely missing opportunities •  If you’re already in the social space, you need something to share and connect to people with, right?Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 17. Institutional: Content Sources Where do you already have existing content? •  Old photos and audio (library archives?) •  Un-organized video footage •  Existing marketing copy •  Testimonials •  User-generated content Where have you been able to find existing content?Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 18. Institutional: Content Sources Where can you get additional content? •  Enthusiastic students, prospects, alumni, faculty, staff and community members •  Live events – on campus and off-campus •  Social media channels •  Third-parties •  User-generated content •  Cross-campus partnerships For those of you who’ve created new content, what have you done?Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 19. Institutional: Content Quality What type of quality guidelines do you want to have for your content? •  High-profile vs low(er)-profile events •  When to use user-generated content •  Professional vs non-professional options •  Who’s the audience? What purpose is content being used for? •  Marketing vs media relations •  Informational vs engaging •  What platforms will the content be going on? •  Who’s the audience?Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 20. Institutional: Branding and Voice Branding •  How does this content fit into our brand message? •  Does this content accurately represent our brand? •  How do we want our brand portrayed in this particular piece of content? •  Who’s our audience? Voice •  How do you want your brand portrayed? •  Social media is sometimes more casual than other formats •  The Voice Brand and The Emotional Brand •  Who’s your audience?Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 21. Institutional: Representation Who are you representing? •  Universities have many different units – schools, departments, programs, centers, etc •  Which one are you in charge of? •  Can you collaborate with others for a common goal?Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 22. Institutional: Things to Think About •  Length •  Quality •  Accessibility •  Shareability •  Verification •  Legal Issues and Rights •  AttributionKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 23. Implementation: Resources Resources needed for content strategy (and social media) •  Time •  Money We’re strapped for both, so resource allocation is very important •  You get out what you put in to you content production plan. •  Think about other units across your campus and how you can share resources. •  Think about various ways you can create resources – students, alumni, volunteers. •  If you can’t find the resources, rethink your content production plan. •  Does your resource allocation include the right people and tools – various platforms and media types, various departments, etc?Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 24. Implementation: Ownership Several different ownership options •  Centralized •  De-centralized •  Committee structure •  Horizontal •  Partnership Things to think about •  Content often happens on a daily basis. •  Is there enough leadership in your ownership structure to make sure content can get out regularly? •  Is there enough tech support in your structure to make sure technical glitches can be handled appropriately? •  Are the right people at the table – marketing, PR, web, mobile, etc.Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 25. Implementation: Management Management suggestions •  Creation of an editorial calendar •  Access to the right set of tools – platforms, media types, etc •  Content Lead in each unit •  Again, is there enough leadership to move things forward? Things to think about •  Accountability •  Seasonal cycle •  Editing •  Cross-platform expertiseKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 26. Tools: Blogging Platforms •  Wordpress, Typepad, etc •  In-house platform •  TumblrKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 27. Tools: Video Platforms •  YouTube •  Vimeo •  uStream •  Short-form (app-based): Viddy, Tout, SocialCam)Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 28. Tools: Content Curation Platforms •  Storify •  Pinterest •  Paper.liKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 29. Tools: Rich-media and Location-based tools •  Broadcastr •  FoursquareKate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012
  • 30. Thank you! Any questions? @just_kate Today and Tomorrow – katebrodock.com Ad Comments Here - othersidegroup.com Slideshare.com/justkate And other…….Kate Brodock eduWeb 30 July 2012