Content Strategy: A Reading Guide
                             by Nathan Bierma
                              HowWhyWeb.co...
Content Strategy: A Reading Guide
                                    by Nathan Bierma
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Content Strategy: A Reading Guide
                                      by Nathan Bierma
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Content Strategy: A Reading Guide
                                     by Nathan Bierma
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Content Strategy: A Reading Guide
                                     by Nathan Bierma
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Content Strategy: A Reading Guide
                                   by Nathan Bierma
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Content Strategy: A Reading Guide
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Content Strategy: A Reading Guide
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Content Strategy: A Reading Guide

  1. 1. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com Required Reading o Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson o The Discipline of Content Strategy by Kristina Halvorson o Content-ious Strategy by Jeffrey MacIntyre o The Web Content Strategist's Bible by Richard Sheffield
  2. 2. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com Required Reading (continued) Content Strategy: The Philosophy of Data by Rachel Lovinger A Content Strategy Primer by Rachel Bailie It's Time for Content Strategy by Melissa Rach Content Strategy: A Google Knol by Jeffrey MacIntyre et al
  3. 3. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com What Is It? Content strategy plans for the creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content. Kristina Halvorson » A content strategy is a plan for creating, sharing, and governing content effectively. Melissa Rach » [Content strategy is] a repeatable system that defines the entire editorial content development process for a website development project. Richard Sheffield » Content strategy is an emerging field of practice encompassing every aspect of content, including its design, development, analysis, presentation, measurement, evaluation, production, management, and governance. Jeffrey MacIntyre » Content strategy deals with the planning aspects of managing content throughout its lifecycle, and includes aligning content to business goals, analysis, and modeling, and influences the development, production, presentation, evaluation, measurement, and sunsetting of content, including governance. Rahel Anne Bailie »
  4. 4. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com What's At Stake? [T]he content strategist must work to define not only which content will be published, but why we're publishing it in the first place. Kristina Halvorson » [T]he web is content. Content is the web. It deserves our time and attention. Kristina Halvorson » [T]he main goal of content strategy is to use words and data to create unambiguous content that supports meaningful, interactive experiences. Rachel Lovinger » [C]ontent strategy is to copywriting as information architecture is to design. Rachel Lovinger »
  5. 5. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com What's the Problem? Generally speaking, content is a shared pain point across all web disciplines. It's late, It's formatted incorrectly. It's poorly written, out of context, not audience-focused, out-of-date, incorrect, inconsistent. Kristina Halvorson » [Dummy copy] distills copy down to an ornament, making decorations of our content assets and all but insisting the content will sort itself. Jeffrey MacIntyre » Web projects expose all of the organization's content inconsistencies, inadequacies, and inefficiencies. Melissa Rach »
  6. 6. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com How Do You Do It? Editorial strategy defines the guidelines by which all online content is governed: values, voice, tone, legal and regulatory concerns, user-generated content, and so on. Web writing is the practice of writing useful, usable content specifically intended for online publication. Metadata strategy identifies the type and structure of metadata, also known as "data about data" (or content). Search engine optimization is the process of editing and organizing the content on a page or across a website (including metadata) to increase its potential relevance to specific search engine keywords. Content management strategy defines the technologies needed to capture, store, deliver, and preserve an organization’s content. Content channel distribution strategy defines how and where content will be made available to users. Kristina Halvorson »
  7. 7. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com What Kinds of Skills and Specialties are Involved? o Information Architects (IAs) and copywriters seem to precede content strategists in many organizations. o The most prevalent content strategist working today has a background in library or information sciences. o With a focus on metadata, taxonomy, the semantic web, and search engine optimization (SEO), the content analyst thrives in sifting large data sets, providing strategies to corral, deploy, and manage the content in an orderly or seductive fashion. o An editorial strategy, produced by such a specialist, outlines how different content producers can fulfill their roles as publishers. o 'Content strategists combine the skills of writers, editors and publishers to think in a holistic way about what users should see when they visit a site.' Jeffrey MacIntyre »
  8. 8. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com What Kinds of Skills and Specialties are Involved? (continued) Richard Sheffield's Content Strategy Mind Map charts over 100 skills and specialties:
  9. 9. Content Strategy: A Reading Guide by Nathan Bierma HowWhyWeb.com What Other Resources Are Out There? More articles at A List Apart: in addition to 1,2, here's 3,4,5,6,7,8 Content Strategy article at Wikipedia Writing for the Web: The Right Strategy by Shay Howe Content Strategy for the Web Professional by Jonathan Kahn Thank heaven, 11 fresh content strategy links from Julie Espinosa #contentstrategy on Twitter

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