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Knowing Yourself Amid Constraints NowWhat15

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Arm yourself with personas, research, and KPIs. Look out at data you’re chasing. Then look in. What do you see? We spawn sites, create content, and chase new platforms without always knowing why. To keep up with competitors? To keep up with users? We know them better than we know ourselves, then burn resources racing toward questionable destinations and burn out in the process. That’s where content strategy can help. We’ll discuss forging a path from where you are and who you are. Learn how to allot constrained resources and engage your audience. Eager to reach them? To know them, first know yourself.

Presented as keynote at Now What 2015, #NowWhat15, April 30, 2015, in Sioux Falls SD.

Published in: Marketing, Design
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Knowing Yourself Amid Constraints NowWhat15

  1. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 1 © 2015© 2015 KNOWING AND COMMUNICATING YOURSELF AMID CONSTRAINTS Margot Bloomstein Now What? Conference 043015 #NowWhat15 @mbloomstein
  2. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 2 Let’s have a conversation about content creation and site maintenance and sustainability and KPIs and constraints and customer feedback and channel proliferation…
  3. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 3 You cannot communicate without creating a monster.
  4. Your website, blog, Facebook groups, YouTube channel, Pinterest boards are insatiable.
  5. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 5 How do you feed the beast? Where do you start and how far will you go?
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  7. These are questions for content owners.
  8. Sorry, Marshall McLuhan. Medium transmits message— but demands it, too.
  9. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 9 © 2015 CC Sam Korn, via Wikipedia Gnothi sauton
  10. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 10 © 2015 Know thyself. We invest in knowing our users, but how well do we know our own brands?
  11. If you don’t know what you need to communicate, how will you know if you succeed? How do you know where to put resources, time, and talent?
  12. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 12 © 2015 First things first. Why blog, conduct a content audit, add video testimonials, Pin, consolidate site architecture, or switch to a new CMS, if you don’t know what you need to communicate?
  13. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 13 © 2015 Tools enable how you conceive ideas, perceive your world, and see yourself…
  14. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 14 © 2015 So who are you?
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  16. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 17 © 2015 More like Apple’s message architecture Confident but approachable • Self-assured and assertive Simple and simplifying • Minimal detail • Streamlined and anticipatory Inviting, friendly • Supportive but not fawning
  17. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 18 © 2015 Message architecture Cheeky • Witty and fun • Young without being childish Customer oriented and responsive • Approachable, friendly • Championing and empowering Helpful • Accessible
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  21. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 22 © 2015 Message architecture… Cheeky Customer oriented and responsive Helpful
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  23. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 24 © 2015 What’s a message architecture? A hierarchy of communication goals that reflects a common vocabulary.
  24. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 25 © 2015 A little thing with big impact.
  25. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 26 © 2015 A little thing with big impact.
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  33. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 34 © 2015 Message architecture drives the user experience
  34. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 35 © 2015 Nomenclature Calls to action Instructional content Sentence structure Diction …in content
  35. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 36 © 2015 Photographic angles Dark backgrounds Bold headlines Thick stroke weights …and in design
  36. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 37 © 2015 …in the channels and content types
  37. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 38 © 2015 Not all channels are right for all goals. Academic and serious? • Annual reports • Articles on your site • Articles on other sites • Blogs • Books • Branded tools • Case studies • Digital magazines • eBooks • Email newsletters • Facebook posts • Games • In-person events • Infographics • Licensed/syndicated content • LinkedIn posts • Microsites • Mobile apps • Online presentations • Podcasts • Print magazines • Print newsletters • Research reports • Twitter • Videos • Virtual conferences • Webinars/webcasts • Whitepapers Per Content Marketing Institute & MarketingProfs 2013 Content Marketing Survey
  38. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 39 © 2015 Not all channels are right for all goals. Fun and engaging? • Annual reports • Articles on your site • Articles on other sites • Blogs • Books • Branded tools • Case studies • Digital magazines • eBooks • Email newsletters • Facebook posts • Games • In-person events • Infographics • Licensed/syndicated content • LinkedIn posts • Microsites • Mobile apps • Online presentations • Podcasts • Print magazines • Print newsletters • Research reports • Twitter • Videos • Virtual conferences • Webinars/webcasts • Whitepapers Per Content Marketing Institute & MarketingProfs 2013 Content Marketing Survey
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  48. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 49 Allot budget, choose content types, and prioritize channels to manifest the message architecture— not to just keep up.
  49. @mbloomstein | #NowWhat15 50 Tame the beast not by looking out, but first looking in.
  50. THANK YOU! Frankenstein © Universal Pictures. Little Shop of Horrors © The Geffen Company. Screen grabs property of their respective owners at time of capture. © 2015 Appropriate, Inc. @mbloomstein margot@appropriateinc.com slideshare.net/mbloomstein amzn.to/CSatWork

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