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The hierarchy of content needs: A new model for creating and assessing content

Psychologist Abraham Maslow developed a theory of human motivation that he called the hierarchy of needs. As explained in the Economist, “Needs in the lower categories have to be satisfied before needs in the higher ones can act as motivators. Thus a violinist who is starving cannot be motivated toRead More …

My Confab presentation: Working with a Content Surplus

I’ve just returned from Confab Minneapolis, the content strategy conference, which took place June 3-5. What a wonderful experience — great people sharing and learning, plenty of networking opportunities over delicious food and beverages of all kinds, and the perfect hosts/coordinators/volunteers of BrainTraffic. I was fortunate enough to be ableRead More …

How to recover from being a content hoarder

This is a follow-up post to “Are you a content hoarder?” where we explored why people hold onto content long after its usefulness is over. The antidote to hoarding has three components. Here are some details about each of those and the specific steps for how to do them: 1.Read More …