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The Content Wrangler

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  • Reader-First Content with Author-First Workflows Reader-First Content with Author-First Workflows Mathias Maul, Chief Shrink at The Content Shrinks Recorded: Jan 17 2017 58 mins
    Your content, being a proxy for direct human interaction, needs to be authentic to reach its desired goals. But good luck trying to inject authenticity into the highly volatile team workflows that govern today's daily grind of sales, marketing, and public relations departments. Methods to make the recipient *believe* that content is authentic are like a crutch. Do not focus on creating authentic content. Instead, help your content creators become more authentic in what they do and who they are, and much of the rest will come naturally.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Mathias Maul, Chief Shrink at The Content Shrinks, for this free, one-hour webinar. You’ll gain valuable insights into your daily business operations that can help you devise and implement author-first workflows. You will learn how to coach your content teams to become the best at what they do and understand how to enhance communication between the various voices inside your content creators’ heads.
  • Unscheduled Downtime Costs More Than Predictive Maintenance Unscheduled Downtime Costs More Than Predictive Maintenance Berry Braster, Sales Director of Technical Documentation Services at Etteplan Recorded: Jan 11 2017 48 mins
    For many manufacturers, the service (aftermarket) business is currently growing at twice the rate of other business units. However, the cost of service is very high, and maintenance issues are often also managed inefficiently. In a traditional model, the service engineer would first need to make a trip to the site, inspect the problem, order spare parts, and go back a second time to perform the maintenance. Such a call may cost several hundred dollars. Research has found that it takes a service engineer up to 50% more time to troubleshoot an issue, as maintenance information is often out of date, or difficult to find, use or understand because delivery is in the form of complex, ambiguous, or poorly translated information in lengthy PDF files.

    Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) enables manufacturers to collect, analyze, and capitalize on machine data, which changes the whole process of service—from early detection for predictive maintenance, to maintenance as a service and an entirely new revenue stream.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Berry Braster, Sales Director of Technical Documentation Services at Etteplan, for this free, one-hour webinar. During this program, the discussion will center around how companies are adopting IoT to improve their service, reduce costs and downtime, and turn the customer experience into a center of excellence.

    Attendees will learn what content creators need to know about IoT to help their business create new revenue streams; why content is a key element to predictive maintenance and service strategies; and how to make content more engaging to end users who are increasingly wanting an experience vs. the traditional model of content delivery.
  • Content in Motion: How to Make Movement Count Content in Motion: How to Make Movement Count Shelly Bowen, Chief Content Strategist for Pybop, LLC Recorded: Jan 10 2017 60 mins
    We all know that an important aspect of content strategy is context: Who will see your content? Why will they care? On which device? On which platform? In what color and size? Narrated or text? The meaning, and often the attraction and retention of a message, relies heavily on context.

    And now, with the gamut of simpler plugins, apps, and tools, we’re also managing motion. Or at least, we should be. Motion can come in many forms, from video to animation to responsive design. As content strategists, or people who manage content and effective communication, we can’t leave motion solely up to the designers and developers. With a little proactive planning and some collaboration, we can make motion support our content strategy.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Shelly Bowen, Chief Content Strategist for Pybop, LLC, for this free one-hour webinar. Shelly will discuss how to determine whether motion is supporting or distracting from your content strategy goals. She will give examples of how incorporating motion can improve experience and results, and help the audience to understand how motion can trigger an emotional response.
  • Managing Technical Writing Outsourcing in an Agile Environment Managing Technical Writing Outsourcing in an Agile Environment Barry Saiff and Fred Williams Recorded: Dec 8 2016 58 mins
    Agile development offers advantages. Short cycles, cross-disciplinary teams, frequent short meetings, and input from users can lead to satisfied customers and faster product delivery. Technical writing outsourcing is often late to the game–with other teams already globally distributed. Even when technical writers are co-located with developers, process issues can pose obstacles. For example, without a mechanism for notifying writers of user interface changes, accuracy suffers.

    Can technical writing outsourcing work in an Agile environment, even if writers are off-shore and developers are not? Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, Barry Saiff, CEO of Saiff Solutions, and Fred Williams, CEO of Williams Technical, for this free one-hour webinar. Our presenters will discuss how innovative organizations are successfully merging technical writing outsourcing with Agile development.

    You’ll learn the key steps to success in technical writing outsourcing, how outsourced writers integrate into Agile teams, and how to manage these approaches to improve quality, save time, and reduce costs.
  • How the ISO Standard for CCMSs Impacts Your Information Architecture How the ISO Standard for CCMSs Impacts Your Information Architecture Casey Jordan, Co-Founder of Jorsek LLC Recorded: Dec 8 2016 59 mins
    Many people in the technical documentation and content management field may not be aware that there is an international ISO Standard for how a Component Content Management System is built and how its functionality conforms to best practices for content creation and management.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler and his special guest, Casey Jordan, co-founder of Jorsek LLC, for this free one-hour webinar. As one of three co-authors of the standard (with Dr. JoAnn Hackos and Bob Boiko), Casey helped develop the standard that materially affects the way we utilize structured content in an enterprise or organization. The standard was developed to ensure interoperability between systems and file structures, and to ensure compliance with the open Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) that underlies most Component Content Management Systems.

    Casey will discuss the benefits of working with a standard and how it drives contemporary content management practices and will demonstrate how workflows, authoring, editing, review, publishing, reuse, and localization are all driven by the guidelines set in the ISO standard.
  • How to Start Small with Video and Get Big Improvements in Customer Support How to Start Small with Video and Get Big Improvements in Customer Support Martin Ceisel, Technical Writer for ESET North America Recorded: Dec 8 2016 60 mins
    You want to create videos for your customers, but it never seems like there's enough time to get started. Many people and organizations have faced the same demands, including the need to help customers succeed. The truth is, it's not your fault that you don't already have a video library full of content—the implementation is simply broken. What you need is a better way to get started.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Martin Ceisel, Technical Writer for ESET North America, for this free, one-hour webinar. In this webinar, Martin will share the lessons those in the ESET Knowledgebase have learned while implementing video over the last five years. Martin will share some tips on how you can get your stream of video content up and running in less time than you think, including how his company's initial plan to tackle the top issues with video has them on pace to surpass one million views by the end of 2016. Attendees will learn about some top video best practices; tips and techniques for enhancing “traditional documentation” with video; the case for doing (more) video; and how video can start a conversation with your customers.
  • Why Scorecards Are an Important Part of Your Content Quality Strategy Why Scorecards Are an Important Part of Your Content Quality Strategy Val Swisher, Founder and CEO of Content Rules, Inc. Recorded: Dec 8 2016 60 mins
    Ever since we were kids, we’ve gotten scorecards. Every year teachers give us an “A,” “B” or—heaven forbid—a “C” on the quality of our work. When we move on to college prep, we take tests such as the SAT or ACT. Again, the end result is a scorecard. In the content arena, scorecards provide a way for us to assess how our content stacks up against certain criteria. For example, how closely aligned is our content to the style guide? How well does content follow the rules of governance? And how precise are our translations?

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest Val Swisher, CEO of Content Rules, as they talk about why content scorecards are necessary. Val will demonstrate how to use these scores to make crucial business decisions.
  • Content Potluck: Bringing Everyone to the Community Table Content Potluck: Bringing Everyone to the Community Table Laurel Nicholes and Niki Vecsei Harrold Recorded: Dec 7 2016 60 mins
    Customers and employees are happiest when they have context as well as content. Context requires a broad set of voices having one conversation. Too often, companies have initiatives in silos that yield duplicate, contradictory content that doesn’t serve the business' primary goals.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his two guest presenters, Laurel Nicholes, Director of Tech Comms Services at F5 Networks, and Niki Vecsei Harrold, Director, Community Strategy at Transamerica. In this real-world study, learn how one company built a Community Interlock across all areas of the business, including Marketing, Engineering, Product Management, and Customer Success. With a minimum time investment, the Interlock yields rich community content, programming, and a feedback mechanism to share customer sentiment cross-functionally. It also drives engagement in the community, where customers and employees collaborate.

    The results? Customers get the information they need in a holistic way in one place. Marketing white papers relate to technical articles, which yield "Ask Me Anything" sessions. We create a knowledge arc that supports customers through their ownership lifecycle.
  • What is Precision Content and Why Do We Need It? What is Precision Content and Why Do We Need It? Rob Hanna, President of Precision Content Recorded: Dec 7 2016 60 mins
    Precision Content is a series of methods and principles for structured authoring developed by Rob Hanna in 2013. This methodology is based on a well-known body of research founded in cognitive and behavioral sciences that theorizes that all structured information can be classified into one of a discrete number of information types. Each of these information types defines how the information is best structured and written to suit the intended reader response.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler and his special guest, Rob Hanna, President of Precision Content for this free, one-hour webinar. In this session, Rob will guide you through an interactive exploration into how our brains work with information; explain how the Precision Content information types work to capture information used in any piece of business or technical content; discuss how Precision Content can help authors working with DITA/XML, and demonstrate how Precision Content is used to provide better clarity and precision to information.
  • Work Smarter, Faster, and Better with Visuals Work Smarter, Faster, and Better with Visuals Daniel Foster, Team Lead for TechSmith's SnagIt Recorded: Dec 7 2016 61 mins
    You’ve heard plenty of talks about why visuals should be part of your content strategy. But videos, images, and GIFs are also super useful behind the scenes—in the content creation process itself.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Daniel Foster, Team Lead for TechSmith's SnagIt, for this session on using and creating better visuals. Daniel will share real-life examples and workflows that will save your team time and avoid rework—from planning to production, to publishing and beyond, and how to use visuals that can pump up your team’s productivity.

    Attendees will learn how to speed up the content creation process, establish a shared vision during planning, reduce confusion and re-work by improving the review and the feedback loop, streamline publishing by documenting best practices, and how to connect stakeholders and internal audiences with your fabulous content.

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