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The Content Wrangler

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  • The Value of Visual Content and a Simplified User Interface
    The Value of Visual Content and a Simplified User Interface
    Daniel Foster, TechSmith & Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler Recorded: Apr 10 2019 59 mins
    It can be difficult to onboard users to new and complex interfaces and workflows. New research shows that images and video enhance understanding and retention of complex information and tasks and can even increase productivity, but software often changes quickly and requires regular updates and localization. How can we leverage the power of visual communication without having to constantly localize new visual content?

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Daniel Foster, Strategy Lead for TechSmith, for this free one-hour webinar. Daniel will show you how a Simplified User Interface helps you create powerful and useful images to help your users better understand your content, while extending its shelf life and often eliminating the need for localization.
  • Streamlining Your Release Notes Process
    Streamlining Your Release Notes Process
    Jarod Sickler Recorded: Apr 9 2019 60 mins
    Release notes are a crucial part of customer communication for product companies. It seems too many organizations either do the bare minimum and hope no one notices, or simply accept an inefficient and expensive process. At Jorsek LLC, makers of easyDITA, they’ve been working on their release notes process for easyDITA and they have made some big improvements.

    Join Paul Perrotta, The Technical Communication Wrangler, and his special guest, Jarod Sickler, Customer Success Manager for Jorsek LLC, for this free, one-hour webinar. Jarod will take you through Jorsek’s process, tools, and results for the creation and production process for release notes.

    ABOUT JAROD SICKLER:

    Jarod Sickler is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rochester and an Information Developer at Jorsek LLC, makers of easyDITA. Most of Jarod’s time is revolves around developing clear, precise, and concise content and arguments. Any remaining time, Jarod spends in the outdoors, with his family, climbing rocks and ice.
  • What is Structured Content?
    What is Structured Content?
    easyDITA and The Content Wrangler Recorded: Apr 3 2019 5 mins
    We demystify structured content — explain what it is, why it's needed, and how it works.
  • Planning for a DITA Implementation
    Planning for a DITA Implementation
    Stephani Clark, Head of Customer Success Recorded: Mar 19 2019 60 mins
    It’s pretty easy for many organizations to recognize the benefits of moving their content into DITA. However, once you’ve decided to make the move to DITA and selected a tool for authoring and content management, you’ve only gotten past the first hurdle. Now you have a DITA implementation to plan. A well-planned implementation can result in significant savings, in costs, resources, productivity, and stress!

    Join Paul Perrotta, The Technical Communication Wrangler, and his special guest, Stephani Clark, Head of Customer Success at Jorsek LLC, for this free, one-hour webinar. Stephani will outline the major aspects of a DITA implementation and what you should plan for when embarking on a DITA implementation.
     
    In this session, you will learn how to build a timeline, plan, and budget for your implementation, focusing on:

    1) Information architecture
    2) Content strategy
    3) Content conversion
    4) Development of published outputs
    5) Training requirements
    6) Expectation and resource management

    ABOUT STEPHANI CLARK

    Stephani Clark is Head of Customer Success at Jorsek, the makers of easyDITA. She works to train and assist users of easyDITA’s software. Stephani is experienced in planning and overseeing DITA implementations and constantly works to identify ways to improve the customer experience.

    Before she worked for easyDITA, Stephani spent over ten years working in the energy efficiency industry. During that time, she worked in sales management, operations, and project management. Stephani also developed the company’s training program and served as their National Training Administrator.

    Stephani lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and three-year old son. Stephani enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, traveling, and organizing anything and everything.
  • What’s Up, Doc(s)? Bringing the Global Personalization Trend into Documentation
    What’s Up, Doc(s)? Bringing the Global Personalization Trend into Documentation
    Joe Gelb & Lawrence Orin Recorded: Mar 13 2019 58 mins
    Personalized content is all around us. Google search results are personalized. Online shopping sites offer intelligent recommendations to up-sell the customer with products they might want. Banks, travel services, hotels, newspapers, streaming television networks, and social media feeds — everywhere you look, personalization is the way content is delivered today.

    So why is technical documentation still stuck in the Dark Ages, with manuals, chapters, and static text?

    Join Paul Perrotta, the Technical Communication Wrangler, and his special guests, Joe Gelb, Founder and President of Zoomin Software, and Lawrence Orin, Product Evangelist at Zoomin Software for this free, one-hour webinar from The Content Wrangler.

    During the webinar, Joe and Lawrence will explore how we can bring various personalization methodologies in use today into the technical documentation space to offer users recommended and personalized product content. They will also explain how some of the world's fastest growing brands leverage technical product content to improve customer experiences, and ultimately, increase customer satisfaction.
  • Let's Talk Cybersecurity
    Let's Talk Cybersecurity
    Scott Abel, Tonie Flores, M.K. Palmore, and Keyaan Williams Recorded: Mar 12 2019 62 mins
    All systems have weaknesses – places where a determined attacker has the potential to breach security and either disrupt your organization or steal your data. Defending your organization and its digital assets starts with understanding your vulnerabilities. Therefore, cybersecurity planning must begin with a solid understanding of the places where your systems, processes, and staff are vulnerable to attack.

    The single weakest part of any system is the people who use it. People are vulnerable to a wide range of exploits, including social engineering attacks such as phishing, which attempt to fool people into revealing passwords or other sensitive information, to insider threats, where employees take advantage of their position to breach security. Phishing remains the number one intrusion vector for threat actors.

    Cyberattacks can come from software, hardware, and people. Business professionals must defend against attacks from all of these sources. Although it may seem out of your control, you are not helpless against cyberattacks. There are things you can do to help protect your digital assets.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, for a discussion about cybersecurity with Toni Flores, editor of “The Language of Cybersecurity," M.K. Palmore, Senior Federal Law Enforcement Executive for the FBI, and cyberdefense specialist, Keyaan Williams of Cyber Leadership and Strategy Solutions, LLC. We’ll discuss the current state of cyber warfare and help you understand a variety of vulnerabilities, exploits, defenses and controls.
  • A Tale of Two Podcasts: From Concept to Reality
    A Tale of Two Podcasts: From Concept to Reality
    Ben Woelk and Allie Proff Recorded: Jan 31 2019 61 mins
    More Americans know what podcasting is than who the vice president is, and 12 million Americans listened to their first podcast last year. Of people who are podcast listeners, 80% listen to all or most of each episode, and listen to an average of 7 episodes each week. Given that sort of engagement, it’s no wonder that businesses are starting to seriously explore podcasting as a new method to reach customers and other businesses.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guests, Ben Woelk, Program Manager at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Allie Proff, Technical Communicator at Technically Eclectic for this free one-hour webinar. Whether you engage in content marketing, capture general knowledge via audio, or are personally interested in podcasting, this session is for you. Attend the session to discover how Allie and Ben took their podcasts from concept to reality, and how you can do the same!

    Three key takeaways:
    1) Why do a podcast?
    2) How podcasts work and how to get started
    3) Best practices for creating quality podcast content

    ABOUT BEN WOELK

    Ben Woelk, CISSP, CPTC is an Associate Fellow and the 2019-20 President of STC. Ben has been a technical communicator for more than 20 years and a leader at the local and Society level for more than 10 years. Ben was the recipient of the STC President's Award in 2017. Ben is the host of the Hope for the Introvert podcast and his passion is helping new and emerging introverted leaders discover and maximize their strengths.

    ABOUT ALLIE PROFF

    Allie Proff, CPTC, is passionate about technical writing because it combines both her loves of reading and writing with math and science. She has been communicating technical knowledge for over fifteen years, whether it be in the U.S. Navy, as a high school math teacher, or a technical communicator for other companies. Her aim is to help people do amazing things by connecting them with the content they need in a way they understand.
  • The Power of Case Studies: How to Build Credibility, Trust, and Influence
    The Power of Case Studies: How to Build Credibility, Trust, and Influence
    Deborah Monfette Recorded: Jan 17 2019 52 mins
    Proving the success of your B2B products and services is the typical goal and focus of a case study. It’s been used for decades. But times have changed as B2B buyers self-educate and self-select. They anticipate case studies can help them get the information they need to make purchasing decisions.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Deborah Monfette, Chief Content Writer and Strategist at Contenttriggers LLC, for this free one-hour webinar. In this webinar, Deborah will discuss four major things B2B buyers expect from companies in their search. You’ll learn 3 tips captured from 10 hands-on technology experts. These tips will help you give buyers what they expect and build more credibility, trust, and influence with your case studies even if you’re limited in what you can tell.

    Tip #1 — This key ingredient, often missing, can derail the credibility of your case study.
    Tip #2 — A critical strategy you must implement to build your buyer’s confidence and trust.
    Tip #3 — How to be the go-to resource and help buyers find relevant case studies.

    ABOUT DEB MONFETTE

    Deborah Monfette works with B2B technology companies to create engaging content that helps people see the possibilities for change and solve problems. She is the chief content writer, strategist, and founder at Contenttriggers LLC. Her experience spans over 20 years in high tech where she’s worked directly with customers in dozens of beta programs, conducted over 1000 sales and product demonstrations, and worked in support and training to solve problems and build customer loyalty. Her recipe for content success is a combination of her love for customer experience, creative thinking, storytelling, great design, and simplifying complex ideas.
  • Using Global Content Operating Models to Deliver Exceptional Digital Experiences
    Using Global Content Operating Models to Deliver Exceptional Digital Experiences
    Val Swisher - Content Rules, Inc. and Philip Delaney - SDL Recorded: Jan 17 2019 49 mins
    Companies need a global content operating model (GCOM) to address the growing complexities of the content supply chain in order to deliver multilingual digital experiences.

    In this session we will walk you through the GCOM and detail how you can optimize your source content to make it global-ready: easier, cheaper and faster to translate, with better translation results.

    We will also discuss the translation and content management technologies that help enable GCOM and why they are necessary, and the phases of GCOM maturity where we see these technologies appear. And finally, the role artificial intelligence (AI) is playing in helping augment these technologies.

    Takeaways from this webinar:

    * Attendees will learn how to make their source content global-ready

    * Understand the technologies used to deliver exceptional multilingual digital experiences

    * See how AI is helping shape the digital landscape
  • Principles, Not Prescriptions: The Coming of Age of ContentOps
    Principles, Not Prescriptions: The Coming of Age of ContentOps
    Rahel Anne Bailie, Chief Knowledge Officer at Scroll Recorded: Jan 15 2019 61 mins
    Content operations, ContentOps for short, has been around for a long time, though the average content professional would be hard-pressed to define it. ContentOps means having a system for content production, day in and day out, that allows us to deliver content at scale. Processes that include copy-and-paste have limited capacity, and it's time for organizations to change their processes that have lots of administrative overhead. It's time to replace outdated production methods with streamlined operational models.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Rahel Anne Bailie, Chief Knowledge Officer at Scroll UK for this free, one-hour webinar. Come learn why ContentOps works nicely with DevOps, which helps software developers uses established processes to create and manage code efficiently, and DesignOps, which helps designers use established processes to create and manage aspects of design more efficiently. We'll talk about why organizations have been slow to adopt ContentOps, and how to move toward using content processes to be able to develop and manage great content efficiently and effectively.

    ABOUT RAHEL ANNE BAILIE

    Rahel Anne Bailie is Chief Knowledge Officer at Scroll, an STC Fellow, an industry author, and a results-driven content strategist. She has a strong track record of developing successful digital content projects, tackling the complexities of managing content for clients globally. Her strength is diagnostics: calculating how to use content to deliver compelling experiences.

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