Ever wondered if content can be or should be created by more people then just your marketing department. The answer is year! Think outside the box and include teams such as customer support, training and even field based engineers into your content strategy to let your customers enjoy the depth and breadth of your product knowledge.
I write a lot about my adventures as a community manager or now strategist, and even though I am right now not involved in a support community, I always find ways to contribute and enhance customer service experiences. But here is the big thing. No matter how much difference you provide to the customer. Your work will be cut if you can’t provide a high level view and factual data to the leading command chain about the importance or impact of your work. And that is where ROI calculations become so important. You may be actually doing the ONE thing that keeps your customers sane, but if it can’t be “monetized” or measured…. You will not have the support to do it or you will even face consequences such as job loss or loss of executive support. Let’s not go there, when we actually have a real chance to express your effort’s value today.
A methodology to bring all content creates together and discuss and plan the new content calendar together to avoid duplication, exhaustion and silod workstreems. And a little food never hurts anyone.