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Why do users visit a website? Most likely it's for the content. Then why is content strategy the most neglected aspect of user experience design? Delivering the right content to meet user needs ...

Why do users visit a website? Most likely it's for the content. Then why is content strategy the most neglected aspect of user experience design? Delivering the right content to meet user needs requires attention throughout the process -- it must be planned, analyzed, produced, edited, managed, and maintained. Even though content is the centerpiece of the user's experience, it rarely gets the attention it deserves during site design and development. This workshop addressed how to integrate content strategy into the website design process, ensuring that the content that gets created is what users need.

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Content Strategy: Content is King! Presentation Transcript

  • 1. WELCOME! Karen McGrane karen@bondartscience.com @karenmcgrane +1 (917) 887-8149
  • 2. Concept ruthlessly stolen from Heather Champ @hchamp Via Flickr User swirlspice under a Creative Commons License 2
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  • 9. what about the art? 8
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  • 12. when do we see the art? 11
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  • 14. WHERE IS THE ART? 14
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  • 18. DISASTER STRIKES! 17
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  • 23. YOU WOULDN’T BUILD A GALLERY THIS WAY. 22
  • 24. WHY WOULD YOU BUILD A WEBSITE THIS WAY? 23
  • 25. TWO BIG PROBLEMS 24
  • 26. “ Organizations invest tremendous resources on developing the framework for a great user experience — fabulous design, robust content management infrastructure. Yet when it comes to the content itself, there's often a gap. ” The end result is that the value proposition for customers can't be delivered because the content is insufficient, inadequate, and inappropriate. — RAHEL BAILIE 25
  • 27. We already have most of the content. Copywriting just isn’t that big of a deal. We can figure the content out later. We pretty much know what we want to say. Our marketing team is handling the content. Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic 26
  • 28. Codename Logo Features Browse Our Sites About Us Sign Up Login Support Feature Name Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit augue duis dolore. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad. Find out more about: Feature Name | Feature Name | Feature Name | Feature Name | Feature Name | Feature Name 28
  • 29. Melissa Rach, Brain Traffic 29
  • 30. Here be dragons Melissa Rach, Brain Traffic 29
  • 31. Here be dragons Melissa Rach, Brain Traffic 29
  • 32. CONTENT IS KING! LONG LIVE THE KING!
  • 33. OUR TIME TOGETHER What’s Content Strategy? Why Content Strategy? How Does One Do Content Strategy? Exercise 1: Product Strategy Exercise 2: Content Planning Exercise 3: Content Audit Exercise 4: Content Modeling 31
  • 34. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CONTENT
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  • 41. via Margot Bloomstein 39
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  • 43. “ Content Strategy plans for the creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content. Content strategy helps you understand not ” only what content needs to be created and published, but why. — KRISTINA HALVORSON 41
  • 44. CONTENT STRATEGY AT EBAY Keri Majala 42
  • 45. WHY CONTENT STRATEGY? WHY NOW?
  • 46. 1. CONTENT (MIS)MANAGEMENT 2. EVERYONE’S A PUBLISHER 3. ACTION, NOT AWARENESS 44
  • 47. http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlaarena/3188139819/ 45
  • 48. http://www.getittogetherinc.net/images/storage%20before.JPG 46
  • 49. DON’T LET THIS BE THE FATE OF YOUR WEB CONTENT http://www.getittogetherinc.net/images/storage%20before.JPG 46
  • 50. 1. CONTENT (MIS)MANAGEMENT 2. EVERYONE’S A PUBLISHER 3. ACTION, NOT AWARENESS 47
  • 51. “ All companies, no matter what the size, must start to think more like publishers than ever before. Consumer behavior has changed drastically over the past few years. Customers are more accepting of content ” from “non-media” sites and the barriers to publishing are now non-existent. — JOE PULIZZI 48
  • 52. CONSIDER THE MASTHEAD Writers Copy editors Art directors Production staff Various editors Managing editor Editor in chief Ad sales The Publisher Publishers and Content Strategy from Jeffrey MacIntyre 49
  • 53. CONSIDER THE MASTHEAD Writers Copy editors Art directors Production staff Publishing is complex. Various editors Managing editor Editor in chief Ad sales The Publisher Publishers and Content Strategy from Jeffrey MacIntyre 49
  • 54. “ If you're being asked to use your content in more than one way, the “more” part might include unfamiliar methods or technologies, syndication or collaborative creation, localization, social media or communities ” and user-generated content. — RAHEL BAILIE 50
  • 55. Conversation Prism from Brian Solis 51
  • 56. 1. CONTENT (MIS)MANAGEMENT 2. EVERYONE’S A PUBLISHER 3. ACTION, NOT AWARENESS 52
  • 57. “ The essence of the Web is action. We go to the Web because we have a task; there is something we need to do; there is a problem we need to solve. ” What helps us do? What helps us act? — GERRY MCGOVERN 53
  • 58. THE ANSWER TO “WHY?” IS AN ACTION — LORELEI BROWN 54
  • 59. We should have a blog. Our goal is to be seen as a resource. We want to build awareness. We plan to create a series of educational articles. Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic 55
  • 60. “We can drive significant improvements in customer experiences. How? By putting more emphasis on using content to help customers — whether it is providing relevant information when customers buy a product or delivering easy-to-use and understandable content for customer self-service ” Websites — rather than simply focusing on how to create, manage, and search for content. — FORRESTER RESEARCH Use Persuasive Content to Improve the Customer Experience 56
  • 61. HOW DO THEY DO IT?
  • 62. “ Content strategy is a repeatable system that defines the entire editorial content development process for a website development project. ” — RICHARD SHEFFIELD 58
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  • 64. What 59
  • 65. topics are we going to cover? What formats are we going to use? (Blogs, video, charts…) 59
  • 66. topics are we going to cover? What formats are we going to use? (Blogs, video, charts…) Why How Where When Who 59
  • 67. topics are we going to cover? What formats are we going to use? (Blogs, video, charts…) does anyone care? Why does this provide business value? How Where When Who 59
  • 68. topics are we going to cover? What formats are we going to use? (Blogs, video, charts…) does anyone care? Why does this provide business value? are we doing to deliver the message? How should we say it? (Tone of voice…) Where When Who 59
  • 69. topics are we going to cover? What formats are we going to use? (Blogs, video, charts…) does anyone care? Why does this provide business value? are we doing to deliver the message? How should we say it? (Tone of voice…) will we get the content? Where can we syndicate the content? (Feeds, social media…) When Who 59
  • 70. topics are we going to cover? What formats are we going to use? (Blogs, video, charts…) does anyone care? Why does this provide business value? are we doing to deliver the message? How should we say it? (Tone of voice…) will we get the content? Where can we syndicate the content? (Feeds, social media…) will this be published? When will it need to be updated? Who 59
  • 71. topics are we going to cover? What formats are we going to use? (Blogs, video, charts…) does anyone care? Why does this provide business value? are we doing to deliver the message? How should we say it? (Tone of voice…) will we get the content? Where can we syndicate the content? (Feeds, social media…) will this be published? When will it need to be updated? is responsible for this content? Who will maintain it over time? 59
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  • 73. • What are my business objectives? • What do my users want to do? • What does my brand stand for? Product Strategy 60
  • 74. • What are my business objectives? • What do my users want to do? • What does my brand stand for? De sig nS tra teg y Product Strategy • How will users interact with it? • How will it be structured? • What will it look like? 60
  • 75. • What are my business objectives? • What do my users want to do? • What does my brand stand for? De sig nS tra teg y Product Strategy • How will users interact with it? • How will it be structured? • What will it look like? Technology Strategy • How will we build it? • Who will maintain it? 60
  • 76. • What are my business objectives? • What do my users want to do? • What does my brand stand for? De te gy sig tra nS S tra teg te nt y C on Product Strategy • How will users interact with it? • What do we want to say? • How will it be structured? • Where will we get the content? • What will it look like? • Who will maintain it? Technology Strategy • How will we build it? • Who will maintain it? 60
  • 77. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy Exercise 1 61
  • 78. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 61
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  • 80. “ ” Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. — RALPH WALDO EMERSON 63
  • 81. “ beat a path to your door. you’re still going to have to develop a content strategy, if you want anybody to actually buy it. ” Build a better mousetrap, and the world will — RALPH WALDO EMERSON 63
  • 82. EXERCISE 1: PRODUCT STRATEGY You have developed the proverbial “better mousetrap.” You’re clearly a successful innovator. Now, it’s time to put your innovation skills to work developing a content strategy to support your new product. On the next page, answer the following questions about your new mousetrap and its benefits: Who do you want to buy your mousetrap? Moms? Schools? Restaurants? Animal-rights activists? Rube Goldberg? What values does your brand stand for? Health? Cleanliness? Speed? Hatred of vermin? How do you plan to make money? Repeat sales? Subscriptions? Advertising? 64
  • 83. EXERCISE 1 DISCUSSION 65
  • 84. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy CONTENT PLANNING • What messages should be communicated? • What content features will support those messages? • What tone of voice should the site speak in? • What new content do we need to create? • How long will it take to source or develop content? 66
  • 85. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy Exercise 2: Content Planning 67
  • 86. EXERCISE 2: CONTENT PLANNING You plan to create a website to promote your new mousetrap. What content do you need to develop in order to show the benefits, get people to engage with your brand, and persuade them to buy? On the next page, answer the following questions about the content you want to appear on your website: What are the main categories or topics you plan to cover on the site? Products? Shop? See it in action? Customer service? What do you want to say about your product? It’s Fast? Clean? Cheap? Environmentally-friendly? Easy-to-use? What additional content features do you need to develop? Why? CEO blog? Video? Podcasts? Social networking? Infographics? 68
  • 87. EXERCISE 2 DISCUSSION 69
  • 88. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy CONTENT SOURCING • What content currently exists on the site? • What print content do you expect to reuse? • What content is missing? • Will new content be created or sourced from a third party? • How will you migrate existing content to the new site? 70
  • 89. WHERE IS YOUR CONTENT? 71
  • 90. CONTENT AUDIT Possibly the most important thing you can do to avoid scope creep and minimize risk _ Catalog web pages, print materials, all communications _ Map content to business and user goals _ Analyze the gap between what you have and what you need _ Don’t draw boxes for content you don’t need, you can’t create, or no one will maintain Brain Traffic 72
  • 91. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy Exercise 3: Content Audit 73
  • 92. EXERCISE 3: CONTENT AUDIT The success of your design beats out all others, and Acme Mousetrap Co. — your nearest competitor — goes out of business. You purchase the assets of the failed company, which includes the right to repurpose anything from their website. Refer to the content inventory on the next page, and determine: Which content supports your business goals? Your users’ goals? Both? Which content would you keep? Which content would you delete? Do you have enough information to determine which content to keep or delete? If not, how would get the information you need? How long do you think it would take to get that information and make those decisions? 74
  • 93. EXERCISE 3 DISCUSSION 75
  • 94. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy CONTENT CREATION • Who is going to write or produce all this content? • What guidelines do we need to provide content creators? • Who is responsible for reviewing, editing, and approving? • What legal or regulatory approvals do we need? • What quality control measures do we need? 76
  • 95. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy Exercise 4: Content Model 77
  • 96. EXERCISE 4: CONTENT MODEL You know that it’s not enough just to put up a website for your mousetrap. You want to place your product on other retailer websites, like Amazon.com. Review the attached examples of product pages from several online retailers to determine: What are all the different content elements that make up a listing? You may want to go through each page and circle every element associated with the product. Use the table on the next page to document them. What new content will you need to create for these retailer websites? What content elements are the same across all the sites? Are there any custom elements you need to create for just one or two sites? What content about your product will be created by someone else? What gets created by retailers? What do users create themselves? 78
  • 97. EXERCISE 4 DISCUSSION 79
  • 98. CONTENT STRATEGY Product Planning Sourcing Creation Governance Strategy CONTENT GOVERNANCE •What happens to our content once it goes up on the site? •How often do we need to update the content? •How will we know if the content is doing its job? •What metrics can we use to track content performance? •Should ownership be centralized or decentralized? 80
  • 99. PARTING THOUGHTS
  • 100. IT’S NOT ABOUT ADDING A NEW SHINY OBJECT. IT’S ABOUT DECIDING WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY, AND WHY.
  • 101. THINK ACTION, NOT AWARENESS.
  • 102. CONTENT STRATEGY IS TOO COMPLEX TO BE SOMEBODY’S “SOMETIMES JOB”
  • 103. YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE, MIGHT ALREADY BE DOING CONTENT STRATEGY
  • 104. HELP IS OUT THERE. Google Group: groups.google.com/group/contentstrategy/ Google Knol: knol.google.com/k/jeffrey-macintyre/content-strategy/ Linked In: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1879338 Slideshare: www.slideshare.net/ Conference: stcfrance.org/conference 86
  • 105. THANKS! Karen McGrane karen@bondartscience.com @karenmcgrane +1 (917) 887-8149