Content Strategy – Step VI: Maintenance

This is when many people would say, “Whew! We finally got all that posted. Glad that’s over with!” But they’d be wrong. This is only the beginning.

Now comes maintenance. This involves the same three steps as creating the original content (see Step IV illustration). The purpose is to maintain relevancy, reinforce your brand identity, and provide a means to attract new viewers (and customers) while providing a reason for current customers to come back frequently. Read the rest of this entry »

Content Strategy – Step IV: Content Creation

Now it’s finally time to put pen to paper, keystroke to keyboard. If you’ve hired an outside writer, be sure that he or she understands any industry terms and usage they may encounter in the process. Does your company or organization have a standards manual or written communication guidelines to ensure that your new content aligns properly with the rest of your marketing communications tools? Read the rest of this entry »

Content Strategy – Step III: Content Resource Assessment

Now that you’ve determined your Key Content Theme, you need to figure out how you’re going to create all that content:

  • Who’s going to be writing the content?
  • Where’s the information for it coming from?
    • “Tribal knowledge” – the collective wisdom and experience of individual employees that may exist only in their heads
    • Existing literature – in-house as well as public sources such as other websites & trade magazines
  • Who’s going to gather and manage the information – the writer, the project manager, someone else? Read the rest of this entry »

Content Strategy – Six Steps to Better Content: Introduction – Part 2

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Understanding Content Strategy

To understand content strategy, you need to understand that creating good content is more than just putting words and pictures together. Good content involves: Read the rest of this entry »