“DTDT”* or, what we mean when we say “content” and “content strategy”
What is “content?” Content is really everything an organization does and offers. Product data, event details, program information, etc., is all manifested as content.
Content can use different formats – images, text, video, audio – and can be published in a variety of media channels, including website, print, on-hold messages, social media, billboards, and TV.
Content strategy is defining the who, what, when, where, why, and how of publishing information. It starts with a strategic statement articulating how the organization will use content to meet its strategic goals, as well as the needs of its audiences. And the organization needs to have the people, processes, and power to execute the strategy on an ongoing basis.
Content strategy activities include:
- auditing and assessing content
- establishing editorial guidelines, including voice and tone
- creating the framework for an editorial calendar
- developing guidelines for content lifecycles
- creating content models
- defining roles and processes
While content and user experience professionals may be keenly aware of the need for content strategy and the benefits from it, many executives don’t.
* “Define the damn thing” is a phrase coined by Christina Wodtke regarding the IA community back in 2001. See http://www.eleganthack.com/defining-the-damn-thing/