A Content Strategist's Guide to Mobile Platforms

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New to mobile? Moving into a new section of mobile?

This presentation accompanied my presentation on Monday, May 19, 2014, at the 2014 Society for Technical Communication Summit. The purpose of the talk was to introduce technical writers to the app ecosystems of Apple, Google Play, and Amazon Kindle.

With an understanding of the different ecosystems, you'll be better equipped to manage the content that goes with them, and you can make yourself an integral part of your company's mobile strategy.

We look at content such as app name, descriptions, keywords, what's new messages, interface text, and in-app purchases. We also talk about ways to manage these different types of mobile content and what complexities come with the addition of localizations.

I shared much more content shared verbally, and there was a supplemental handout, which you can download as a PDF here: http://bit.ly/stc-handout

Published in: Software, Technology, Education

A Content Strategist's Guide to Mobile Platforms

  1. 1. A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms #stc14 John Collins! Senior UX Content Strategist www.linkedin.com/in/johncollins" @jrc_collins
  2. 2. 2 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms About me
  3. 3. Goals • Show how to help users • Show how to help yourself @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms 3
  4. 4. 4 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms About you
  5. 5. 5 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms Help the user
  6. 6. What the user sees 6 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  7. 7. The first interaction users have—" or don’t have—with your content" is when they search for your app " in the App Store. @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms 7
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  29. 29. A useful tool 29 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
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  33. 33. Write with the big" picture in mind. 33 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  34. 34. Write with the big picture in mind. Your users will get a consistent, cohesive experience as a result. @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms 34
  35. 35. Write in a manner" familiar to the user. 35 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  36. 36. Each app ecosystem has" a voice. Reuse content " when you can, but adapt " wisely to avoid jarring users. @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms 36
  37. 37. Know & (mostly) follow" the iOS HIG. 37 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  38. 38. 38 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/userexperience/conceptual/mobilehig/Alerts.html
  39. 39. Know & (mostly) follow" Android writing style. 39 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  40. 40. @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms 40 http://developer.android.com/design/style/writing.html
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  42. 42. Know how the mobile ecosystems differ. 42 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  43. 43. TechComm career tip: Become " your company’s expert on the " iOS HIG or Android guidelines. @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms 43
  44. 44. Know how the mobile ecosystems differ. 44 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  45. 45. Each app ecosystem has" its quirks. If you can learn " them now, you’ll prevent " last-minute scrambles. @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms 45
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  47. 47. Know the rules. 47 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
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  49. 49. Understand where content comes from. 49 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
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  55. 55. Manage content wisely. 55 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  56. 56. Build for the future" and plan for scale. 56 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
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  60. 60. Know how to view app while it’s being built 60 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
  61. 61. Resources?" See handout or www.intersectUX.com/blog 61 @jrc_collins | #stc14 | A Content Strategist’s Guide to Mobile Platforms
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