These days, content models have to serve a variety of delivery channels, each more outlandish than the last. But why do many content models still look more like design systems rather than reflecting structured data? Mike Wills takes us on a personal journey as he examines his own past experiences and invites us to conceive content models that articulate meaning and group related content together for use on any channel.
Topic: Content Strategy
It’s time to take up the torch—time to make content matter. Preparing for a future where content is no longer stuck in websites, but orbits around users. A checklist for content work. Strategic content management. Testing content. Content modelling. Content templates to the rescue! Web governance—becoming an agent of change. Communications strategy in a crisis: what to do when your site or service fails.
Immersive Content Strategy
Those immersive experiences are so hot right now, as new tools and frameworks help our designs and code transcend the web. But fresh tech doesn’t mean our content is ready for extended and mixed-reality prime time. Preston So shows us how to recast our fixed web content in more immersive ways—to create exciting new experiences and prepare our sites for an unpredictable future.
Do You Need to Localize Your Website?
Your website reaches the whole world. Which makes the whole world, potentially, your marketplace. But translating your content into other languages may not be enough. Putri Hapsari explains how to effectively use your site to gain new markets in different cultures.
Designing Inclusive Content Models
You may not realize it, but your site might be actively discouraging user engagement because your content models are shaped by bias. Daniel Carter and Carra Martinez are here to help you to understand this phenomena and the steps you can take to address it.
The Untapped Power of Vulnerability & Transparency in Content Strategy
Vulnerability and transparency are strengths masquerading as weaknesses. Together, they create empowering and meaningful content that can deeply engage your users, transcending mere conversion to build lifelong customer loyalty. Travis McKnight shows how to turn even your company’s worst problems and mistakes into powerful content strategies.
UX in the Age of Personalization
There is a watershed moment approaching for personalization design. Most strategy is still driven out of marketing and IT departments, a holdover from the legacy of the inbound, “creepy” targeted ad. According to Colin Eagan, fixing that model requires the same paradigm shift we’ve used to tackle other challenges in our field. In this piece, he takes a detailed look at the UX practitioner’s emerging role in personalization design: from influencing technology selection, to data modeling, to page-level implementation. It’s now 2019, and the timing couldn’t be better.
Conversations with Robots: Voice, Smart Agents & the Case for Structured Content
Voice user interfaces, smart software agents, and AI-powered search are changing the way users—and computers—interact with content. Whether or not you’re building services for these emerging technologies, structured content is now necessary to ensure the accuracy and integrity of your content across the evolving digital landscape.
The FAQ as Advice Column
The FAQ has grown out of favor with some factions of late, but Caroline Roberts argues that the simple question and answer format can be just what you need. With a few modern tweaks and some thoughtful intent, kick your FAQs up a notch.
No More FAQs: Create Purposeful Information for a More Effective User Experience
Putting the right information in the right place to best support user (and company) goals requires carefully targeted content and good information architecture (IA) … and definitely no FAQs! However attractive the FAQ “solution” might seem at times, using it makes information hard to find, access and maintain, and generally hinders task completion. Discussing the limitations of—and alternatives to—FAQs, Lisa Wright is on a mission to banish them forever, or at the very least make them more effective if you have to include them.
How the Sausage Gets Made: The Hidden Work of Content
Making great content is the messy part of our design and development process that we often overlook and underestimate. Through an Emmy award-winning experience, Caroline Roberts shares helpful tools and tips to help you get the whole team on board, improve your process, and make the best content sausage you possibly can.