Pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare systems … they are all designed to help people live better lives, while staying fiscally healthy themselves. Companies and their content professionals must strive to balance the needs of the patient with the needs of the organization in their health content strategy. The more patient-centric the organization’s mission, the easier the job. That said, content strategy for health and healthcare organizations isn’t that much different from other business-, consumer- or student-focused entities. The audience comes first. We all know it, yet rarely do we see it practiced in the wild. After supporting a variety of health-related…
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Your website’s FAQ page is working hard to sabotage you. At some point during your content strategy and content writing process, you’ll end up with some loose ends; content that you don’t want to call too much attention to, but you don’t want to delete because it’s important stuff — these are FAQs. It happens to just about every content strategy project. But if you’re tempted to gather up all that miscellaneous and toss them onto an FAQ page, then bury the link in the footer and link to it “subtly” throughout the content as needed, please wait. This strategy…
Let’s Talk About Content Strategy and Consistency I attended the Palm Springs Photo Festival recently, and the one message that hit home with me — other than being a photographer is a dang competitive and soul-slapping profession — is the need for consistency. Consistency is one of those nebulous things like relationships and collaboration that I talk about in content strategy’s Magic Layer. It’s hard to pin down, but without it, your brand and user experience would fall apart. Consistency can mean different things. Consistent Means Frequency Create consistent work, specifically personal work Consistently reach out to influencers, buyers, and…
Content in Motion Is Still Content, Right? Designers and developers have been playing with content in motion for years. User experience designers consider it an imperative tool. But content strategists? Largely, we’ve been paying attention only after it’s created and presented to us. When we see it in context, we can’t help but add our two cents.
What Makes People Care? What do you do when you’ve just spent a bunch of time and money redesigning your whole web experience, paid money to direct traffic to it, and then … nothing? No one calls, clicks, shares, sticks around, signs up, or buys?
Do Multiple Audiences Mean Tripled Content Efforts? How can you have a consistent brand voice and story, but appeal to different types of audiences? How do you do it when you have limited time and resources? Once you complete your audience analysis and core messaging priorities, both integral parts of your content strategy, you may be asking yourself a questions like these, too. Here’s a place to start:
It’s possible — very likely in fact — that the content you are responsible for relies on the content that other people are responsible for (and visa versa). Especially if you are a large organization. But what happens when their content doesn’t have the quality, tone, or detail that you need?
I met with a new client to talk specifically about core messaging priorities and how they align with the business’ and customers’ needs. But we went on a bit of a birdwalk, and before I knew it, we were in the realm of the sales funnel and sales strategy.
Answer updated March 7, 2016 Creating in-depth user personas that truly represent your target audience is a science. It can take a lot of research, time, and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars. But everyone needs to start somewhere, right? Here’s a quick and dirty creative approach: First: What Is a User Persona? How Do You Create a User Persona? How Do You Make User Personas Useful?