The Content Strategy Toolkit: Methods, Guidelines, and Templates for Getting Content Right

The Content Strategy Toolkit: Methods, Guidelines, and Templates for Getting Content Right

by Meghan Casey


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In this essential guide, Meghan Casey outlines a step-by-step approach for doing content strategy, from planning and creating your content to delivering and managing it. Armed with this book, you can confidently tackle difficult activities like telling your boss or client what’s wrong with their content, getting the budget to do content work, and aligning stakeholders on a common vision. Reading The Content Strategy Toolkit is like having your own personal consulting firm on retainer with a complete array of tools and tips for every challenge you’ll face.

In this practical and relevant guide, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify problems with your content and persuade your bosses it’s worth the time and resources to do it right
  • Make sense of your business environment and understand your audience
  • Get stakeholders aligned on business goals and user needs
  • Set your content strategy and decide how to measure success
  • Create, maintain, and govern on-strategy content

You’ll learn to control your content—and not have it control you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780134105109
Publisher: New Riders
Publication date: 07/02/2015
Series: Voices That Matter Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 280,691
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Meghan Casey is the lead content strategist at Brain Traffic, the world’s leading agency devoted exclusively to content. She helps a wide variety of clients–startups, nonprofits, colleges and universities, Fortune 50 companies, and everything inbetween–solve the messy content problems most organizations encounter every day. She has also helped The Nerdery, a software development shop, build content strategy into their User Experience practice. Meghan is a regular trainer and speaker on content strategy topics and once inspired workshop participants to do the wave. Yep, that really happened. She has been working with content and communications since 1996.

Table of Contents

Section I: Get Budget and Buy-in

Chapter 1: Identify the Problems and Opportunities
Chapter 2: Convince Leaders and Get the Resources
Section II: Set Up for Success
Chapter 3: Get Stakeholders On-board
Chapter 4: Set and Align on Project Objectives
Chapter 5: Run the Project

Section III: Dig In and Get the Dirt

Chapter 6: Understand Your Business Environment

Chapter 7: Learn About Your Audience and Users

Chapter 8: Get Familiar With Your Content

Chapter 9: Review How Work Gets Planned and Done

Chapter 10: Put it all together

Section IV: Articulate Your Strategy

Chapter 11: Create a Content Compass

Chapter 12: Decide How You’ll Measure Success

Chapter 13: Design Your Content

Section V: Put Your Strategy Into Action

Chapter 14: Create On-strategy Content

Chapter 15: Plan and Maintain Over Time

Appendix: List of Tools


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