Your Content Strategy Kickoff Setting expectations throughout a project is obviously important, but I still often forget to address this question: what’s on the agenda for a content strategy kickoff? And who should attend? Each project is different of course. Your meeting with the content strategist might be in person or virtual. Invite anyone who will either be hands-on involved in touching or influencing the content or who needs to sign off on it. Including stakeholders in the content strategy process is extremely important. If they understand the context and approach to your project, the more likely they’ll be satisfied…
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When do you involve your content strategist when you’re working on a website design? At the beginning, middle, or end? Here’s a fairly common website design and redesign process, step by step, with a snapshot of your content strategist’s role along the way. The Website Redesign Process (and Your Content Strategist’s Role) 1. Vision and Direction Your content strategist should be part of your discussions about big business goals, audience needs, and detailed project objectives. Also, s/he should set up meetings with key stakeholders to create or review: Core messaging priorities (also called a hierarchy) Measurement markers Brand charter (often…
Which conferences are best for content strategists? The best content strategy conferences in 2017 will focus on the things you want to learn … and the people you want to meet. There are hands-on how-to conferences, marketing-focused conferences, inspirational and ideation conferences … the important thing is to get out there and see what people are thinking, creating, and sharing. And meet people. Lots of people. Here’s a selection of 2017 conferences that content strategists, content managers, and web writers might be interested in.
Nine Common Content Strategy Mistakes Why Aren’t My Leads Converting? 9 Common Mistakes from Shelly Bowen In the last eight years working with clients at Pybop, I’ve seen some trends. Especially with regard to converting leads to loyal … subscribers, buyers, patients, students or or whatever you’re helping your audience do. Flip through these slides or listen to this follow up podcast at the San Diego American Marketing Association.
Promise Value … Then Live Up to It. One of the best ways to collect quality email addresses from your target audience is to promise something of value. Then follow through on that value. But then … how frequently can you email them without them unsubscribing?
When you’re hiring to a content strategist, it’s good to clarify terms like content inventory, especially within a content strategy proposal. People have different ideas about what’s included in each phase of a content strategy process — and that’s okay. As long we clarify definitions and set expectations. So what’s the difference between a content audit and content inventory? And when does a content analysis start? Here are the definitions we use at Pybop:
“The more content the better, right? So why bother doing a content audit? And why do you recommend doing one every six months to a year?” Great question. A content audit (also frequently called a content inventory) is like opening up the hood of your car and realizing that your engine has been taken over by squirrels. Okay, not exactly like that. But the content audit is certainly revealing and often surprising to clients. Here’s what I discovered in the last few website content audits I’ve completed:
It’s never okay to copy someone else’s content … or to be copied … without permission, even if the source is credited. I do, however, understand the feelings of flattery when your content gets copied. Especially when it’s copied by a bigger or more popular source than yours, and you’d like a relationship with them. But before you let it slide, please understand copying is copyright infringement. Also, repetitive content on the web can hurt your SEO. What’s more, with copied content, true attribution becomes fuzzy, so even though it has a credit, it may be missed. Here’s how to…
Not creating content isn’t saving you time and money. It’s costing you. You know that not getting your voice and story out there is slowing you down … even holding you back … from reaching your business goals. But how do you fit it in? Here are a few content strategy ideas to help you get on a consistent schedule of showing off your expertise, inspiring brand loyalty, and keeping your audience close. Even if you’re short on time and resources.
You’re flying down a hill on your bicycle in high gear, the wind in your face, and you see a left turn up ahead, and you know there’s an uphill climb just beyond the turn, and you make the turn fast and steady, then downshift to keep up the momentum and speed … but then it happens.