Reflection

Throughout this class I have been challenged to really grasp what content management really is. Now that I developed a content strategy for Mellovelo bicycle shop I can say that is much simpler then everyone makes it out to be.

There are many elements to content strategy. These elements are used to ensure success. With the use of these elements you will be able to create. Through different aspects of your end product you can really entice people to want to keep using it. Some elements to content strategy are:

  • Design
    • The design is crucial because you want to have a balance between the content on your page
  • Structure
    • The product should be structured in a way that it will be easily usable for all people
  • Layout
    • The layout should be flushed out
    • There should be a balance of colors
  • Content
    • There needs to be a balance between words, video, and pictures on the screen

These key elements provide for a good product through content strategy.

Podcasts are great because they allow for readers to hear a voice behind the work that is being read. Companies like ESPN use podcasts for their radio shows to put the voices onto behind words.

 

Good Marketing 

  1. Entice customers
  2. Have a product that is related to your customers
  3. Write clearly so people will understand
  4. Make sure all grammar is correct
  5. Balance pictures to text writing

Those are some marketing ideas that will ensure a great end product to the consumer. When you want a customer to keep wanting your end product you have to provide something that is usable by them day in and day out. Through all of these different aspects of content strategy I can learn different methods.

Tips:

  • Make sure to analyze every part of a website
  • Visuals are a great help to understanding content
  • Be open to talking to people who you are doing content strategy for

There are many ways to do content strategy and a content strategists need to be able to understand all valuable information. I think the panel we had for our last class really helped grasp all of these ideas on the business side of things.

 

Group Moderator

It was very entertaining acting as the group moderator. As you have the biggest responsibility for the week, you are the class leader. Being the class leader entitles you to talk about different article regarding to content management in the news as well keep the conversation flowing. This was probably the most important part of being the moderator. I decided to speak about how the use of mobile devices fuels the content management industry today. As we are all always on the go having mobile content is a major key to success.

Whenever groups of people get together, two things are usually true:

1. Everyone sees the world differently, no matter how similar their points of view may be.

2. Everyone thinks their view is the right one

Ten tips to being a great group moderator are:

  1. Be Neutral and Objective
  2. Create a nice environment
  3.  Be clear
  4. Keep it simple
  5. Be Prepared
  6. Encourage Conversation
  7. Be able to think of two things at once
  8. Be focused
  9. Be Timely
  10. Be Fun

These are some key guidelines of what you should follow as being a good group moderator/blogger for the week. The moderator really need to understand his/her group to be able to know the academic level they are at. This will make for smooth talk throughout the group.