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Tips for Creating a Content Strategy

Do you have a content strategy to guide your content lifecycle? As your content base grows, it is more critical than ever to have a solid content strategy in place. A good content strategy maintains integrity across your content base and keeps the processes through which your content flows consistent. Here are some tips for creating a strong content strategy:

Technical Writing Tips: Recap from the 2013 Best Practices Conference

Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure to attend the 2013 Best Practices Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The program presented the most interesting presentations, making this the best of the Best Practices ever. Here, we recap a few of the excellent technical writing tips as shared by some of the presenters at the conference. While some of these tips may seem like common sense, we often need a reminder of the obvious:

Tips for Building an Executive Summary Presentation to Sell a Content Management System to Your Management Team

Tips for Building an Executive Summary Presentation to Sell a Content Management System to Your Management Team

We’ve blogged previously with tips about how to get your management team to buy into the idea and fund a content management system (CMS). One of those tips was that one presentation does not fit all. Know your audience and plan an appropriate presentation.


XML Tips for a Better Understanding

XML Tips for a Better Understanding

In our newsletter, we give lots of tips for working with structured content. In this article, we take a step back to the beginning. If you are working with content in word processing or spreadsheet programs, you may be wondering what all the XML fuss is about? Why should you convert your content to XML? What does XML do for you that you can’t do now? The following tips should give you a general idea of what XML is all about:

Tips for Content Management Training

While structured authoring for content management can lead to more consistent ways to process content in your organization, the actual implementation of a structured authoring approach can pose a significant challenge. As with any new process, workers need to become familiar with how to incorporate structured authoring for content management into their specific job functions. They also need to learn how to use it in the most effective manner.

Tips for Finding the Right Content in a CCMS

Component content management is all about reusing content modules to save on content creation time, avoid inconsistencies in content, and trim translation costs. When you’re given a new writing assignment, you must be able to find the right content to reuse. If no matches are available, then you know you need to create something new. Here are three effective ways to find existing modules in a CCMS:

Tips for Tearing Down the Content Silos

In a new content management environment, some writers refuse to give up ownership of “their books“. They work alone in the safety of their self-built silos. They desperately try to protect their work from others, keeping their arms wrapped firmly around their computers so their files won’t be shared with anyone. After all, their work might get “messed up“ if anyone else touches it! (We all know at least one of these writers, right? Or maybe we are one of these writers!?)

What NOT To Do When Choosing a CMS

We’ve given tips in previous articles about what to consider when choosing a CMS. Now, let’s take a look at the flip side and consider what NOT to do when choosing a CMS. It’s good to know what to avoid, too, rather than learning the hard way (and the expensive way!). These tips were derived from experiences we’ve seen with organizations in the past that made a few big mistakes in their quest to buy a CMS. Take a lesson from them and do not follow in their footsteps: