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Content design
What it is and how to do it
@meghscase
#confabcentral
Content design
© 2015 Azzah B.A. Licensed under CC-BY
Components of content design
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
BUT, WAIT …
© 2013 Azzah B.A. Licensed under CC-BY
Are you aligned on intent?
Are you aligned on intent?
We see an opportunity to …
Are you aligned on intent?
We see an opportunity to …
With content for …
Are you aligned on intent?
We see an opportunity to …
With content for …
So that they can …
Are you aligned on intent?
We see an opportunity to …
With content for …
So that they can …
NOW YOU’RE READY
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
Prioritization
Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and your business.
Prioritization
Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and your business.
NOT THIS
www.artma...
Prioritization
Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and your business.
THISNOT THIS
www.a...
Tool: Prioritization Matrix
Tool: Prioritization Matrix
Business value
Userneed
Tool: Prioritization Matrix
Focus - Content most important to the
business and our users
Business value
Userneed
Tool: Prioritization Matrix
Focus - Content most important to the
business and our users
Business value
Userneed
Drive - C...
Tool: Prioritization Matrix
Focus - Content most important to the
business and our users
Business value
Userneed
Drive - C...
Tool: Prioritization Matrix
Focus - Content most important to the
business and our users
Business value
Userneed
Drive - C...
How to apply it
User Scenario Audience Focus Drive Guide
As an office space
planner, I need to know
what features your
conv...
Organization
Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users
can find what they need.
cornellhomeimprovements.com
Tool: Topic Map
• Use to document at a high-level the
hierarchical structure of a website.
• Often a helpful way to get in...
Tool: Exploration Paths
• Use to demonstrate the pathways
you’d like to encourage users to take
through your content.
• He...
Tool: Relationship Model
Degrees/
Areas of Study
People
Research &
Projects
Program
Info
Student &
Faculty
Bios
Students P...
Tool: Detailed Sitemap
Integrated Innovation Degrees
Home
Research and Projects Our Innovators
Master of Integrated Innova...
search and Projects Our Innovators
Work With UsWork With Us[Student Bios]
Students
Faculty
Alumni
AboutFor Companies & Rec...
Presentation
Developing frameworks and models for how your
content is assembled to be meaningful to your users.
Gift Shop ...
Key Concept: Content Wireframe
• Sets the objectives of key page types.
• Documents key content and high-level
messages fo...
1
We’re in <Location>
2
3
4
5
Location landing page
Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location>
area to the...
1
We’re in <Location>
2
3
4
5
Location landing page
Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location>
area to the...
1
We’re in <Location>
2
3
4
5
Location landing page
Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location>
area to the...
1
We’re in <Location>
2
3
4
5
Location landing page
Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location>
area to the...
Key concept: Taxonomy
Key concept: Taxonomy
Key concept: Taxonomy
A taxonomy is the basis for
assembling and relating content 

…
Key concept: Taxonomy
Automagically!
Taxonomy in practice
Location Industry Service
Chicago Health Care Content Strategy
Barcelona Finance Web Design
Helsinki ...
Taxonomy in practice
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact Informat...
Taxonomy in practice
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact Informat...
Taxonomy in practice
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact Informat...
Taxonomy in practice
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact Informat...
Taxonomy in practice
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact Informat...
Taxonomy in practice
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact Informat...
Taxonomy in practice
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact Informat...
Shutterstock
Structured
content
Shutterstock
Structured content example
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact In...
Structured content example
We’re in Chicago
Services Offered
Industry
Expertise
Office
Introduction
Case Studies
Contact In...
Specifications
The detailed requirements necessary for producers/
writers to create the content.
Specifications
The detailed requirements necessary for producers/
writers to create the content.
© IKEA
Tool: Message Framework
• Specifies what you want your priority
audiences to know and believe about you.
• Articulates mess...
Tool: Message Framework
• Specifies what you want your priority
audiences to know and believe about you.
• Articulates mess...
Tool: Message Framework
• Specifies what you want your priority
audiences to know and believe about you.
• Articulates mess...
Tool: Message Framework
• Specifies what you want your priority
audiences to know and believe about you.
• Articulates mess...
Tool: Page Tables
• Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific
details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers...
Tool: Page Tables
• Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific
details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers...
Tool: Page Tables
• Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific
details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers...
Tool: Page Tables
• Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific
details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers...
Tool: Page Tables
• Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific
details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers...
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
Components of content design
• Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it
is to your users and y...
BEFORE YOU GO …
I am doing a great job.
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  1. 1. Content design What it is and how to do it @meghscase #confabcentral
  2. 2. Content design
  3. 3. © 2015 Azzah B.A. Licensed under CC-BY
  4. 4. Components of content design
  5. 5. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business.
  6. 6. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need.
  7. 7. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. • Presentation: Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users.
  8. 8. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. • Presentation: Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. • Specifications: Providing the detailed requirements necessary to create the content.
  9. 9. BUT, WAIT …
  10. 10. © 2013 Azzah B.A. Licensed under CC-BY
  11. 11. Are you aligned on intent?
  12. 12. Are you aligned on intent? We see an opportunity to …
  13. 13. Are you aligned on intent? We see an opportunity to … With content for …
  14. 14. Are you aligned on intent? We see an opportunity to … With content for … So that they can …
  15. 15. Are you aligned on intent? We see an opportunity to … With content for … So that they can …
  16. 16. NOW YOU’RE READY
  17. 17. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. • Presentation: Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. • Specifications: Providing the detailed requirements necessary to create the content.
  18. 18. Prioritization Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business.
  19. 19. Prioritization Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. NOT THIS www.artmajeur.com
  20. 20. Prioritization Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. THISNOT THIS www.artmajeur.com www.wikipedia.com
  21. 21. Tool: Prioritization Matrix
  22. 22. Tool: Prioritization Matrix Business value Userneed
  23. 23. Tool: Prioritization Matrix Focus - Content most important to the business and our users Business value Userneed
  24. 24. Tool: Prioritization Matrix Focus - Content most important to the business and our users Business value Userneed Drive - Content you may want to point users to once you’ve met their initial need
  25. 25. Tool: Prioritization Matrix Focus - Content most important to the business and our users Business value Userneed Drive - Content you may want to point users to once you’ve met their initial need Guide - Content important to your users and necessary for you to provide, but not beneficial to the business
  26. 26. Tool: Prioritization Matrix Focus - Content most important to the business and our users Business value Userneed Drive - Content you may want to point users to once you’ve met their initial need Guide - Content important to your users and necessary for you to provide, but not beneficial to the business Nope - Content that doesn’t fulfill a user need or business goal (even though sometimes you have to publish it)
  27. 27. How to apply it User Scenario Audience Focus Drive Guide As an office space planner, I need to know what features your convertible cubicles offer so that I can determine whether they will work for us. ✓ Product value prop and specifications ✓ Product reviews ✓ Pricing ✓ Competitor comparison ✓ Companion products ✓ Bulk order discounts As a procurement specialist, I need to know your return policy and instructions so that I can send back a shipment of cubicles and get a refund. ✓ Cubicle configuration options ✓ Information on exchanges ✓ Returns and refunds details Prospect New Customer
  28. 28. Organization Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. cornellhomeimprovements.com
  29. 29. Tool: Topic Map • Use to document at a high-level the hierarchical structure of a website. • Often a helpful way to get initial alignment on the primary navigation and collect information from stakeholders. • Good for executive buy-in without getting too into the weeds. Home Problems We Solve How We Solve Them Get Proof Tech Specs Work with Us Buy Learn Consider Try Content: Common problems Industries served Responses to trends Content: Our approach Solutions and applications Products Technology lab Content: Case studies Testimonials Calculators Content: Data sheets and specs Application guides Deployment details Installation instructions Content: What to expect Sales process details Customer resources
  30. 30. Tool: Exploration Paths • Use to demonstrate the pathways you’d like to encourage users to take through your content. • Helps plan calls to action and related content. • Caveat: You can’t control what pathways users take, but you can help craft an experience that gets them what they need and helps you meet your goals. LOCATION SERVICE INDUSTRY EXPERTISE Prospect Consultant CONSULTANT BIO Location lens Industry lens Service lens LEGEND HOME
  31. 31. Tool: Relationship Model Degrees/ Areas of Study People Research & Projects Program Info Student & Faculty Bios Students Partners Recruiters Research & Project Details Partnership Opps Admissions & Application Info Recruitment Opps • Use to demonstrate relationships between content and other factors, such as audience, user journey, or sales funnel. • Use to show potential or likely ways users might flow through the content and where there are commonalities in that experience by audience, user journey, or sales funnel.
  32. 32. Tool: Detailed Sitemap Integrated Innovation Degrees Home Research and Projects Our Innovators Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services Work With UsWork With Us[Student Bios] Students Faculty Alumni Partners AboutFor Companies & Recruiters Explore degrees and apply > Explore degrees and apply Hire our students >Students Partner with us on research or a project >Research and Projects Spotlight on/Featured [person/project/program/event] - up to three >Relevant page Overview of all degrees Degree comparison Programs video Program overview - Description - Location - Skills and experience - Example courses - Rankings - Timeframe and program design - Career paths - Resources for students (e.g., VentureBridge) - Networking/job search resources - Info sessions >event deal pages - Tuition/costs/financial aid Who is a good fit - Typical candidates - Requirements Application process and deadlines > Apply Yourself app Faculty profiles >Bio pages Current student profiles >Bio pages Alumni profiles >Bio pages Projects and research >Detail pages Master of Science in Software Management Master of Science in Technology Ventures Admissions Overview of process and requirements > Degree pages > Apply Yourself app How to check your status How to update your application Information for re-applicants Info sessions >event deal pages Work With UsWork With Us[Topic Page] Work With UsWork With Us[Project Page] Detailed topic overview Project titles and teasers (all) >Project pages > Corporate partnerships Global Footer Contact information >Link to cmu.edu>Education Regulations in California For Current Students Intro/problem statement Description of work done Related assets (video, infographics, etc.) Results or potential impact Who worked on it >Bio/Partner pages, Faculty/research site Program indicator >Degree page Relevant stories >News stories Related projects >Project pages > Corporate partnerships Overview of types of research and projects - Student projects - Long-term research Sponsorship opportunities >Corporate Partnerships Topics - Topic title > Topic page* - Short overview of topic - Featured project titles and teasers (up to 3)>Project pages * Recommended topics for launch: Lifestyle, Industrial Safety, Health, Transportation, Personal Safety, Internet of Things, and Millenials. If a topic only has one product, link directly to project page. Overview of who innovates at III For each category: - Short description - 3 rotating featured >bio page >Landing page >Appropriate detail page for CTA Introduction to students Organized by degree program - Student teasers >bio pages >Degree page >Admissions Introduction to faculty Organized by degree:* - Faculty teasers >bio pages - Indication of directorship >Degree page *People could be listed under more than one category Work With UsWork With Us[Faculty Bios] Introductory messaging - Leading innovation - CMU internal partners (with links) >CMU partner sites - Directors >Bio pages - Rankings -History Overview of programs >Degree pages Contact Information Work With UsWork With Us[Alumni Bios] Introduction to alumni Organized by degree:* - alumni teasers >bio pages >Degree page Alumni CTAs - Connect on LinkedIn and Facebook - Donate - Submit your profile Organized by industry - Teasers >Partner bios > Corporate partnerships Work With UsWork With Us[Partner Bios] Introduction Ways to Partner or Engage Contact information/next step for each >Research and Projects >Students >Partners >Events Short introduction to resources >Students >Faculty Policies and Procedures >Graduate Student Handbook >Internship Guidelines CMU Resources >Graduate Education >The Hub >CMU Directory >Campus Maps >Computing Services >Academic Calendar >Schedule of Classes >Venture Bridge Pittsburgh Campus - Integrated Innovation Institute location - Administrative Offices and Classroom address - Student studio space address >Campus map Silicon Valley Campus - Introduction >Silicon Valley website Information for Admitted Students Our People Work With UsWork With Us[Admin/Staff Bios] News & Events Work With UsWork With Us[News Articles] Introduction Teasers organized by staff/faculty >Faculty bios Introduction News headlines and links - Internally produced stories - Media mentiones Upcoming events Work With UsWork With Us[Event Listings]
  33. 33. search and Projects Our Innovators Work With UsWork With Us[Student Bios] Students Faculty Alumni AboutFor Companies & Recruiters program/event] - up to three >Relevant page Work With UsWork With Us[Topic Page] Work With UsWork With Us[Project Page] Detailed topic overview Project titles and teasers (all) >Project pages > Corporate partnerships For Current Students Intro/problem statement Description of work done Related assets (video, infographics, etc.) Results or potential impact Who worked on it >Bio/Partner pages, Faculty/research site Program indicator >Degree page Relevant stories >News stories Related projects >Project pages > Corporate partnerships ew of types of research and projects ent projects term research orship opportunities orate Partnerships title > Topic page* overview of topic red project titles and teasers (up to ject pages ommended topics for launch: Lifestyle, ial Safety, Health, Transportation, al Safety, Internet of Things, and als. If a topic only has one product, link to project page. Overview of who innovates at III For each category: - Short description - 3 rotating featured >bio page >Landing page >Appropriate detail page for CTA Introduction to students Organized by degree program - Student teasers >bio pages >Degree page >Admissions Introduction to faculty Organized by degree:* - Faculty teasers >bio pages - Indication of directorship >Degree page *People could be listed under more than one category Work With UsWork With Us[Faculty Bios] Introductory messaging - Leading innovation - CMU internal partners (with links) >CMU partner sites - Directors >Bio pages - Rankings -History Overview of programs >Degree pages Contact Information Introduction to alumni Organized by degree:* - alumni teasers >bio pages >Degree page Alumni CTAs Introduction Ways to Partner or Engage Contact information/next step for each >Research and Projects >Students >Partners >Events Short introduction to resources >Students >Faculty Policies and Procedures >Graduate Student Handbook >Internship Guidelines CMU Resources >Graduate Education >The Hub >CMU Directory >Campus Maps >Computing Services >Academic Calendar >Schedule of Classes >Venture Bridge Pittsburgh Campus - Integrated Innovation Institute location - Administrative Offices and Classroom address - Student studio space address >Campus map Silicon Valley Campus - Introduction >Silicon Valley website Information for Admitted Students Our People Work With UsWork With Us[Admin/Staff Bios] News & Events Work With UsWork With Us[News Articles] Introduction Teasers organized by staff/faculty >Faculty bios Introduction News headlines and links - Internally produced stories - Media mentiones Upcoming events Work With UsWork With Us[Event Listings]
  34. 34. Presentation Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. Gift Shop Magazine
  35. 35. Key Concept: Content Wireframe • Sets the objectives of key page types. • Documents key content and high-level messages for repeated and, sometimes, unique pages/views — like the home page. • Shows the relative priority of content on the page/view to inform visual design and component design. • Serves as a governance document for conversations with stakeholders, editorial review, and content maintenance. 1 We’re in <Location> 2 3 4 5 Location landing page Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location> area to the services offered, industries served and give them confidence we can help them with their needs. 1 - Short introduction to the location that’s focused on how we help companies attract and retain clients for long-term engagements. 2 - Overview of the services offered through the location. Each service includes a straightforward headline and a one- to-two sentence client benefit-focused summary of the service. Headings are linked to the service detail pages. Only services available through the location should appear. 3 - Listing of the industries this location has specific expertise in. Each industry item includes a straightforward name like Healthcare and a one-sentence description of our expertise. Items are linked to the industry expertise pages. Only industries for which this location has expertise should appear. 4 - Up to two case study teasers for clients who do business with this location. Each teaser should contain the company name and logo and a short value-proposition- focused description of the results we helped them achieve. Only case studies for this location should appear. 5 - CTA to get in touch with the solutions manager to discuss their specific needs and determine whether it makes sense to partner.
  36. 36. 1 We’re in <Location> 2 3 4 5 Location landing page Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location> area to the services offered, industries served and give them confidence we can help them with their needs. 1 - Short introduction to the location that’s focused on how we help companies attract and retain clients for long-term engagements. 2 - Overview of the services offered through the location. Each service includes a straightforward headline and a one- to-two sentence client benefit-focused summary of the service. Headings are linked to the service detail pages. Only services available through the location should appear. 3 - Listing of the industries this location has specific expertise in. Each industry item includes a straightforward name like Healthcare and a one-sentence description of our expertise. Items are linked to the industry expertise pages. Only industries for which this location has expertise should appear. 4 - Up to two case study teasers for clients who do business with this location. Each teaser should contain the company name and logo and a short value-proposition- focused description of the results we helped them achieve. Only case studies for this location should appear. 5 - CTA to get in touch with the solutions manager to discuss their specific needs and determine whether it makes sense to partner.
  37. 37. 1 We’re in <Location> 2 3 4 5 Location landing page Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location> area to the services offered, industries served and give them confidence we can help them with their needs. 1 - Short introduction to the location that’s focused on how we help companies attract and retain clients for long-term engagements. 2 - Overview of the services offered through the location. Each service includes a straightforward headline and a one- to-two sentence client benefit-focused summary of the service. Headings are linked to the service detail pages. Only services available through the location should appear. 3 - Listing of the industries this location has specific expertise in. Each industry item includes a straightforward name like Healthcare and a one-sentence description of our expertise. Items are linked to the industry expertise pages. Only industries for which this location has expertise should appear. 4 - Up to two case study teasers for clients who do business with this location. Each teaser should contain the company name and logo and a short value-proposition- focused description of the results we helped them achieve. Only case studies for this location should appear. 5 - CTA to get in touch with the solutions manager to discuss their specific needs and determine whether it makes sense to partner.
  38. 38. 1 We’re in <Location> 2 3 4 5 Location landing page Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location> area to the services offered, industries served and give them confidence we can help them with their needs. 1 - Short introduction to the location that’s focused on how we help companies attract and retain clients for long-term engagements. 2 - Overview of the services offered through the location. Each service includes a straightforward headline and a one- to-two sentence client benefit-focused summary of the service. Headings are linked to the service detail pages. Only services available through the location should appear. 3 - Listing of the industries this location has specific expertise in. Each industry item includes a straightforward name like Healthcare and a one-sentence description of our expertise. Items are linked to the industry expertise pages. Only industries for which this location has expertise should appear. 4 - Up to two case study teasers for clients who do business with this location. Each teaser should contain the company name and logo and a short value-proposition- focused description of the results we helped them achieve. Only case studies for this location should appear. 5 - CTA to get in touch with the solutions manager to discuss their specific needs and determine whether it makes sense to partner.
  39. 39. 1 We’re in <Location> 2 3 4 5 Location landing page Objective: Introduce prospective clients in the <location> area to the services offered, industries served and give them confidence we can help them with their needs. 1 - Short introduction to the location that’s focused on how we help companies attract and retain clients for long-term engagements. 2 - Overview of the services offered through the location. Each service includes a straightforward headline and a one- to-two sentence client benefit-focused summary of the service. Headings are linked to the service detail pages. Only services available through the location should appear. 3 - Listing of the industries this location has specific expertise in. Each industry item includes a straightforward name like Healthcare and a one-sentence description of our expertise. Items are linked to the industry expertise pages. Only industries for which this location has expertise should appear. 4 - Up to two case study teasers for clients who do business with this location. Each teaser should contain the company name and logo and a short value-proposition- focused description of the results we helped them achieve. Only case studies for this location should appear. 5 - CTA to get in touch with the solutions manager to discuss their specific needs and determine whether it makes sense to partner.
  40. 40. Key concept: Taxonomy
  41. 41. Key concept: Taxonomy
  42. 42. Key concept: Taxonomy A taxonomy is the basis for assembling and relating content 
 …
  43. 43. Key concept: Taxonomy Automagically!
  44. 44. Taxonomy in practice Location Industry Service Chicago Health Care Content Strategy Barcelona Finance Web Design Helsinki Technology Writing Mexico City Retail User Experience Hong Kong Entertainment Development
  45. 45. Taxonomy in practice We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTA
  46. 46. Taxonomy in practice We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTA Location
  47. 47. Taxonomy in practice We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTA Location
  48. 48. Taxonomy in practice We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTA Location + Services
  49. 49. Taxonomy in practice We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTA Location + Expertise
  50. 50. Taxonomy in practice We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTA Location
  51. 51. Taxonomy in practice We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTALocation
  52. 52. Shutterstock
  53. 53. Structured content Shutterstock
  54. 54. Structured content example We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTA • Each service is a content component in the CMS with the following elements: Content Strategy Content strategy is how you ensure you’re providing the right content, for the right people, at the right times, and for the right reasons. We can help you figure out what’s right. • The component is written and stored once, and published throughout the site based on the taxonomy. • When updates are needed, the content is updated everywhere it appears.
 • Using the same text throughout the content helps ensure messaging is consistent.
  55. 55. Structured content example We’re in Chicago Services Offered Industry Expertise Office Introduction Case Studies Contact Information and CTA • Each service is a content component in the CMS with the following elements: Content Strategy Content strategy is how you ensure you’re providing the right content, for the right people, at the right times, and for the right reasons. We can help you figure out what’s right. • The component is written and stored once, and published throughout the site based on the taxonomy. • When updates are needed, the content is updated everywhere it appears.
 • Using the same text throughout the content helps ensure messaging is consistent. Service name Service overview
  56. 56. Specifications The detailed requirements necessary for producers/ writers to create the content.
  57. 57. Specifications The detailed requirements necessary for producers/ writers to create the content. © IKEA
  58. 58. Tool: Message Framework • Specifies what you want your priority audiences to know and believe about you. • Articulates message points to prove what you want your audiences to know and believe. • Can define key concepts or themes, specifics on what content conveys what messages, and calls to action for proof points. • Helps writers stay on-message during writing. • Helps reviewers ensure content is on- message. Proof Value Statement First Impression What first impression do we want our audiences to have when they interact with our content? What do we want our audience to know or believe about the value we provide? What will demonstrate that what we want them to know or believe is true? General Hospital cares. I feel confident that General Hospital is the right place for me/my loved one/my patient. • General Hospital approach to care puts me/my patient/my loved one first. • General Hospital is a leader and innovator in advancing diagnostic and treatment techniques that affect me/my loved one/my patient. • Our doctors and care teams partners with patients’ primary physicians to take care of the sickest of the sick. • General Hospital helps make the stressful and unpredictable a little bit easier. • General Hospital cares for its community, inside and outside the hospital walls.
  59. 59. Tool: Message Framework • Specifies what you want your priority audiences to know and believe about you. • Articulates message points to prove what you want your audiences to know and believe. • Can define key concepts or themes, specifics on what content conveys what messages, and calls to action for proof points. • Helps writers stay on-message during writing. • Helps reviewers ensure content is on- message. Proof Value Statement First Impression What first impression do we want our audiences to have when they interact with our content? What do we want our audience to know or believe about the value we provide? What will demonstrate that what we want them to know or believe is true? General Hospital cares. I feel confident that General Hospital is the right place for me/my loved one/my patient. • General Hospital approach to care puts me/my patient/my loved one first. • General Hospital is a leader and innovator in advancing diagnostic and treatment techniques that affect me/my loved one/my patient. • Our doctors and care teams partners with patients’ primary physicians to take care of the sickest of the sick. • General Hospital helps make the stressful and unpredictable a little bit easier. • General Hospital cares for its community, inside and outside the hospital walls.
  60. 60. Tool: Message Framework • Specifies what you want your priority audiences to know and believe about you. • Articulates message points to prove what you want your audiences to know and believe. • Can define key concepts or themes, specifics on what content conveys what messages, and calls to action for proof points. • Helps writers stay on-message during writing. • Helps reviewers ensure content is on- message. Proof Value Statement First Impression What first impression do we want our audiences to have when they interact with our content? What do we want our audience to know or believe about the value we provide? What will demonstrate that what we want them to know or believe is true? General Hospital cares. I feel confident that General Hospital is the right place for me/my loved one/my patient. • General Hospital approach to care puts me/my patient/my loved one first. • General Hospital is a leader and innovator in advancing diagnostic and treatment techniques that affect me/my loved one/my patient. • Our doctors and care teams partners with patients’ primary physicians to take care of the sickest of the sick. • General Hospital helps make the stressful and unpredictable a little bit easier. • General Hospital cares for its community, inside and outside the hospital walls.
  61. 61. Tool: Message Framework • Specifies what you want your priority audiences to know and believe about you. • Articulates message points to prove what you want your audiences to know and believe. • Can define key concepts or themes, specifics on what content conveys what messages, and calls to action for proof points. • Helps writers stay on-message during writing. • Helps reviewers ensure content is on- message. Proof Value Statement First Impression What first impression do we want our audiences to have when they interact with our content? What do we want our audience to know or believe about the value we provide? What will demonstrate that what we want them to know or believe is true? General Hospital cares. I feel confident that General Hospital is the right place for me/my loved one/my patient. • General Hospital approach to care puts me/my patient/my loved one first. • General Hospital is a leader and innovator in advancing diagnostic and treatment techniques that affect me/my loved one/my patient. • Our doctors and care teams partners with patients’ primary physicians to take care of the sickest of the sick. • General Hospital helps make the stressful and unpredictable a little bit easier. • General Hospital cares for its community, inside and outside the hospital walls.
  62. 62. Tool: Page Tables • Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers. • In addition to directional content and messaging, can include any items that are helpful to your writers, stakeholders and SMEs, publishers, etc. • Use to get alignment on page contents from stakeholders and SMEs before writing begins. • Gives writers the context they need to create on-strategy content. • Lets stakeholders let go of the words and focus on completeness, accuracy, and overarching messages. • Can be built to fit your process — from a Word document, to a tool like Gather Content, to right there in the CMS.
  63. 63. Tool: Page Tables • Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers. • In addition to directional content and messaging, can include any items that are helpful to your writers, stakeholders and SMEs, publishers, etc. • Use to get alignment on page contents from stakeholders and SMEs before writing begins. • Gives writers the context they need to create on-strategy content. • Lets stakeholders let go of the words and focus on completeness, accuracy, and overarching messages. • Can be built to fit your process — from a Word document, to a tool like Gather Content, to right there in the CMS.
  64. 64. Tool: Page Tables • Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers. • In addition to directional content and messaging, can include any items that are helpful to your writers, stakeholders and SMEs, publishers, etc. • Use to get alignment on page contents from stakeholders and SMEs before writing begins. • Gives writers the context they need to create on-strategy content. • Lets stakeholders let go of the words and focus on completeness, accuracy, and overarching messages. • Can be built to fit your process — from a Word document, to a tool like Gather Content, to right there in the CMS.
  65. 65. Tool: Page Tables • Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers. • In addition to directional content and messaging, can include any items that are helpful to your writers, stakeholders and SMEs, publishers, etc. • Use to get alignment on page contents from stakeholders and SMEs before writing begins. • Gives writers the context they need to create on-strategy content. • Lets stakeholders let go of the words and focus on completeness, accuracy, and overarching messages. • Can be built to fit your process — from a Word document, to a tool like Gather Content, to right there in the CMS.
  66. 66. Tool: Page Tables • Extension of the content wireframe to provide more specific details for SMEs, stakeholders, and writers. • In addition to directional content and messaging, can include any items that are helpful to your writers, stakeholders and SMEs, publishers, etc. • Use to get alignment on page contents from stakeholders and SMEs before writing begins. • Gives writers the context they need to create on-strategy content. • Lets stakeholders let go of the words and focus on completeness, accuracy, and overarching messages. • Can be built to fit your process — from a Word document, to a tool like Gather Content, to right there in the CMS.
  67. 67. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. • Presentation: Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. • Specifications: Providing the detailed requirements necessary to create the content.
  68. 68. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. • Presentation: Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. • Specifications: Providing the detailed requirements necessary to create the content. Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business.
  69. 69. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. • Presentation: Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. • Specifications: Providing the detailed requirements necessary to create the content. Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need.
  70. 70. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. • Presentation: Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. • Specifications: Providing the detailed requirements necessary to create the content. Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users.
  71. 71. Components of content design • Prioritization: Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. • Organization: Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. • Presentation: Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. • Specifications: Providing the detailed requirements necessary to create the content. Defining what content to provide and how important it is to your users and your business. Grouping, labeling, and relating content so your users can find what they need. Developing frameworks and models for how your content is assembled to be meaningful to your users. Providing the detailed requirements necessary to create the content.
  72. 72. BEFORE YOU GO …
  73. 73. I am doing a great job. © 2011 Azzah B.A. Licensed under CC-BY
  74. 74. More info … • Content Design by Sarah Richards (coming soon to amazon.com) • Content Everywhere by Sara Wachter-Boettcher • The Content Strategy Toolkit by … um … me

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