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    Martin bazley Creating effective content 15 Mar 11 Martin bazley Creating effective content 15 Mar 11 Presentation Transcript

    • Freebies, cheapies and good things to do - tips for optimising digital content on a budget
      • Changing platforms: creating effective content
      • Royal College of Surgeons
      • 15 March 2011
      • Martin Bazley, Martin Bazley & Associates
      • Martin Bazley Previously:
      • Teaching (7 yrs)
      • Science Museum, London, Internet Projects (7yrs)
      • E-Learning Officer, MLA South East (3yrs)
      • Martin Bazley Previously:
      • Teaching (7 yrs)
      • Science Museum, London, Internet Projects (7yrs)
      • E-Learning Officer, MLA South East (3yrs)
      • Currently
      • Vice Chair, DLNet (was E-Learning Group for Museums, Lib, Archives)
      • Consultancy, websites, training, user testing, evaluation … Martin Bazley & Associates www.martinbazley.com
      • Slides and notes available afterwards
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    • www.martinbazley.com
    • Key points
      • About creating digital content – ‘writing for the web’
      • Plan, evaluate, do audience research, do user testing
      • Make use of freebies and cheapies
      • Writing for the web
      • Users don’t always ‘get’ what we are offering:
      • a real–world analogy
    • Even a slight difference in viewpoints… … can cause real problems for users
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    • In a conflict between visual affordance … … and written instructions visual affordance almost always wins
      • So what is the point of all this?
      • People use the web differently…
      • … from the way they use books, object labels, magazines, newspapers, information screens, etc
      • For most people the web is a predominantly visual medium
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      • We are all different and some people like to read all the text on a web page before deciding what to do next, even though a lot of it might be pretty redundant but most people – or at least most regular users of the web – rather than reading through them in detail just scan the web pages they are using, or at least the ones where they are still trying to work out where to go next
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      • Users won't read your text thoroughly word-by-word. Exhaustive reading is rare, especially when browsing. Yes, some people will read more, but most won't.
      • The first two paragraphs must state the most important information . There's some hope that users will actually read this material – though they'll probably read more of the first paragraph than the second.
      • Start subheadings, paragraphs, and bullet points with information-carrying words that users will notice when scanning down the left side of your content in the final stem of their F-behaviour. They'll read the third word on a line much less often than the first two words.
      • If they have to work at it for example if they cannot see what they are looking for, or if it doesn’t make sense to them at first glance then most people – or at least many people who do a lot of searching or browsing on the web just decide that this particular site is not for them, and anyway they have a long list of other search results or ideas to try and so they go elsewhere
      • Exercise: Make this web page better
      • 2 minutes - discuss with your neighbour
      • [Scribble revised layout on copy of page in your pack]
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      • About website structure, ways people use the web and implications for writing for the web
      • Certain types of websites impose linear user journeys:
        • TheTrainline.com
        • Cinema ticket bookings
        • Self assessment tax return online
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      • In most websites, although there are some linear elements …
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      • … people like to have other pathways available to them…
      • … and most journeys are very non-linear
      • Also, most people reach your website via Google
      • Only 20% arrive at your website on the home page
      • Most may not have had your site in mind when searching
      • 30% of them go to home page to ‘try and work out what this site is about’
      • So... each page on the site must quickly:
      • engage users and
      • give sense of what site is about – otherwise most will leave
      • ‘ Writing for the web’ is not just about text…
      • … but also choosing the right images
      • … layouts
      • … graphical look and feel
      • … website structure
      • etc etc
    • Key point of paragraph/ section Image clearly related to text Broken into short paras
    • Short video guides
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoU2yANNxRs&eurl=http://inside.123-reg.co.uk/archives/video-writing-your-web-copy
      • Writing web headlines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBg7dJIfHM0
    • Home page: key functions
      • Offer overview:
        • Show user what the site can do for them
        • Show user what is in the site:
          • The structure at a glance
          • Content highlights or samples
      • Engagement:
        • make user want to continue browsing
        • www.manchestergalleries.org/
    • Article page: key functions
      • Engage the user – make them want to consume the article
      • Signposting:
        • Show user what else is nearby in the site
          • The structure at a glance
        • Show user what else the site offers them
        • www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=73
        • www.manchestergalleries.org/
      • Short writing exercises
      • Short writing exercises
    • Key points
      • About creating digital content – ‘writing for the web’
      • Plan, evaluate, do audience research, do user testing
      • Make use of freebies and cheapies
    • Plan, evaluate, do audience research
      • How to plan and conduct research into online audiences: http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/audience-publications/
      • Focus on why you are measuring what you plan to measure
      • Web stats, online questionnaires, focus groups (concept testing), user testing – various ways of gathering data
      • Build costs into the project for regular evaluation – avoid expensive remedial action later in project
    • Key points
      • About creating digital content – ‘writing for the web’
      • Plan, evaluate, do audience research, do user testing
      • Make use of freebies and cheapies
    • Freebies and cheapies
      • WordPress and other ‘free’ CMSs for creating websites, blogging, or prototyping
      • YouTube, Vimeo, podcasting
      • Social media: Facebook, Twitter
      • Google maps, Google site search, Google Analytics
      • TripAdvisor, etc
    • Making websites - CMSs
      • http://wordpress.com - free website creation service (pay extra for features like own domain name etc). All hosting and upgrading etc is done for you
    • Making websites - CMSs
      • http://wordpress.org - free website creation service – like .com except you have to install it on your server and you are responsible for updating, hosting costs, etc
    • Making websites - CMSs
      • www.contentcurator.net - free open-source CMS specially developed for cultural and heritage sector. Powerful and easy to use e.g. in-place editing
    • Making websites - CMSs
      • www.cmsmadesimple.org - free website creation service – you install it on your server and you are responsible for updating, hosting costs, etc - very similar to wordpress.org
    • Prototyping with WordPress
      • http://ruskinelementsofdrawing.wordpress.com
    • Video – maximise impact
      • http://vimeo.com
      • http://ruskinelementsofdrawing.wordpress.com
    • Social media – maximise impact?
      • Has potential to increase engagement but be aware:
        • long term commitment essential so financial implications in resourcing
        • Can also work against you. DLNet vs. Dulwich Picture Gallery blog
    • Online audiences - links
      • Advice and links on online audience research,social media strategy, evaluation, etc
      • http://onlineaudiences.wordpress.com/
    • More info / advice / ideas
      • Martin Bazley
      • 0780 3580 727
      • www.martinbazley.com