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A Content Strategy Toolkit



A brief overview of the tools every content strategist should know about and have access to.

A brief overview of the tools every content strategist should know about and have access to.



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A Content Strategy Toolkit Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Learn Phase: A Content Strategy Toolkit Prepared by @adamkleinberg August 18th, 2010
  • 2. What is Content Strategy? “ Achieving business goals by maximizing the commercial impact of content.” – “ Dan” from Contentini
  • 3. 5 parts Information Architect 4 parts Account Planner What is a Content Strategist? 3 parts Media Planner 2 parts Copywriter 1 parts SEO Consultant
  • 4. What does a Content Strategist do? Business Objectives Target Needs Content Plan what needs to be created/edited/removed, how, when, by who, and where. http://contentini.com/content-strategists-what-do-they-do/ Source:
  • 5. What does a regular Strategist do? Define Objectives Content Plan what needs to be created/edited/removed, how, when, by who, and where. 1. 2. Understand Brand, Target, Marketplace 3. Identify Strategy to Achieve Objectives 4. Create Plan to Execute Strategy 5. Measure Progress
  • 6. Where does Content Strategy fit in? And beyond. Today, must consider distribution beyond your website.
  • 7.
    • Editorial strategy. Guidelines for voice, tone, legal and regulatory concerns, UGC, etc., Defines online editorial calendar, including content life cycles.
    • Web writing. More than smart copywriting. An effective web writer must understand the basics of UX design, be able to translate IA documentation, write effective metadata, and manage an ever-changing content inventory.
    • Content Architecture. Providing a foundation for information architecture.
    • Metadata strategy . Well-structured metadata helps publishers to identify, organize, use, and reuse content in ways that are meaningful to key audiences.
    • SEO. Editing and organizing the content on a website
    • Content management strategy. Publishing infrastructures, content life cycles and workflows are key considerations of this strategy.
    • Content channel distribution strategy how and where content will be distributed.
    The Content Plan http://www.alistapart.com/articles/thedisciplineofcontentstrategy/ Source:
  • 8. Content Strategy Toolkit Content Strategy Business Brief What’s the background? What do we hope to accomplish? How will success be measured? Achieve clarity on business objectives.
  • 9. Content Strategy Toolkit Target Identification Tools like Comscore, Quantcast, Compete allow you to profile your site audience.
  • 10. Content Strategy Toolkit Content Audit Must-Haves Page ID URL Page Title Content Type Content Owner Notes Nice-to-Haves Purpose Effectiveness Notes Style Audience http://www.alistapart.com/articles/content-templates-to-the-rescue/ http://www.adaptivepath.com/ideas/essays/archives/000040.php Source: What makes a good spreadsheet?
  • 11. Content Strategy Toolkit Content Templates
    • Example: Widget-o-Rama: FancyWidget No. 5
    • Product Name:
    • Name of Product Line:
    • Short Description (two sentences):
    • Guidelines: The product description should answer the questions “What is it?” “Who is it for?” and “What does it do?” The description must include at least one real, actual noun besides the name of the product.
    • Example description: Widget-o-Rama’s FancyWidget No. 5 is an inverse reactive current supply mechanism used for operating nofer-trunnions and reducing sinusoidal depleneration when used in conjunction with a drawn reciprocating dingle arm. Note: This is where you would provide actual, approved copy for each chunk of content—examples the client could use as live content.
    • Sales contact information:
    • Guidelines: For the products you can buy immediately, this is just a link to the first step of the purchasing process. For product packages with variable volume discounts, this should include telephone and electronic contact info for the relevant sales team.
    • Benefit/feature pairs:
    • Benefit/feature pair #1
    • Benefit/feature pair #2
    • Benefit/feature pair #3
    • Guidelines: Benefits are about the customer and answer the question, “What will this do for me?” Features are about the product and answer the question, “How does the product work?” On the Widget-o-Rama website, they should come in pairs consisting of a very specific benefit, followed by the feature or features that make it possible. Use concrete terms whenever you can.
    • Examples:
    • Reduces maintenance costs by up to 50% by replacing delicate gremlin studs with a robust spiral decommutator and eliminating the need for drammock oil after phase detractors are remissed.
    • Prevents side fumbling via the addition of pentametric fan consisting of six hydrocoptic marzelvanes fitted to the ambifacient lunar vaneshaft.
    • Increases production capacity through the use of a streamlined regurgitative purwell nubbled with a superaminative wennel-sprocket.
    • Formatting: Here, you can use either a simple list of three to five bullets or a set of headings (each of which describes a single benefit) followed by three to five bulleted features that explain how the benefit is attained. Whichever format you choose, keep these as concise as you can.
    • Depending on the product, you may want to include some of these optional details:
    • Features List —Some products have more important features than can be easily worked into a short benefits list. Those features would go here. This element does not replace the benefits list that goes on the first page.
    • Feature Table —Compares a single Widget-o-Rama product to similar products produced by competitors, or compares various widget configurations within a Widget-o-Rama product line.
    • New! —A paragraph or bulleted list briefly detailing new features after an update to the product line.
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/content-templates-to-the-rescue/ Source: Define what you have, what you need to edit, what you need to create.
  • 12. Content Strategy Toolkit Annotated Wireframes Content strategy feeds into information architecture and annotated wireframes.
  • 13. Content Strategy Toolkit Editorial Calendars & Editorial Style Guides Target Publication Date Author Topic Status Syndication Style and Tone Metadata formatting Legal Governance Terminology Organize and govern how content will be created and distributed.
  • 14. Content Strategy Toolkit Google AdWords Including keyword best practices in your content and code is great, but make sure they’re the right keywords.
  • 15. Content Strategy Toolkit Target Profiling Understand media consumption habits to decide what channels to distribute content to.
  • 16. Content Strategy Toolkit Channel Syndication A variety of tools can simplify the act of content distribution.
  • 17. Content Strategy Toolkit Funnel Visualization Tools from Google Analytics to Omniture allow you to measure funnel performance. Is your content meeting your goals? Is your content strategy being optimized?
  • 18. Thx. [email_address] @adamkleinberg www.tractionco.com