Tagged: tools

How guiding principles can improve a content strategy

Posted on January 16, 2017 by - Theory and practice, Tools and resources

A presentation slide that says Putting users at the heart of everything we do

As a content strategist, I often ask two questions: “What are we trying to achieve?” and “Who are the users?” The answers serve as a foundation for almost everything that comes next—from conducting research to designing and implementing a strategy.

But I’ve found that a third question is equally valuable: “Can we build and maintain our solutions in an efficient and effective way?”

To address this question out in the open, I’ve started developing guiding principles as part of my content strategy process. At IREX, we’ve built our guiding principles into our digital content strategy. As a result, it’s easier to let our principles guide us each time we discuss objectives and users. Read more . . .

Creating a content strategy at a nonprofit

Posted on June 2, 2016 by - Theory and practice, Tools and resources

Digital services so good that people prefer to use them

In the fall, I joined an international development NGO in DC to lead digital strategy. We’re a midsized NGO, with offices in twenty countries. Before the organization created my position, the communications team had only two full-time employees and an intern.

Here are some of the activities that we’ve tackled during the past nine months:

  • Conducted lean research on a rolling basis
  • Adopted a phased approach to renovating our website
  • Drafted a digital strategy, digital roadmap, and digital guidelines
  • Conducted training sessions and held brown-bag discussions
  • Obtained approval to develop a digital governance framework

If we can do it, there’s a good chance that your nonprofit can, too. I’d like to share some of the steps that we’ve taken so far—and some of the resources that we’ve consulted—to better achieve our mission. Read more . . .

Getting started with remote moderated usability testing

Posted on January 1, 2016 by - Theory and practice, Tools and resources

Remote moderated usability testing

Several people have asked how I conduct remote moderated usability testing for international nonprofits. I’d like to share my approach.

Here’s the three-sentence version:

I use Skype to share screens with users who work in developing countries. I ask users to complete a set of tasks, and I observe which steps give them trouble. We talk to each other while sharing screens so they can ask questions and give feedback in real time.

In this post, I’ll briefly describe the main aspects of remote moderated usability testing. I’ll suggest when to use this research method and which software to consider. I’ll also share my process for conducting the research and a few resources for further information. Read more . . .

How nonprofits can measure what matters in Google Analytics

Posted on July 18, 2015 by - Theory and practice, Tools and resources

Conversion funnel in Google Analytics

It seems that many nonprofits install Google Analytics but don’t know what to do with it. Fortunately, there are many things that nonprofits can do to make Google Analytics much more useful. In this post, I’ll describe how to get started with five features:

  1. Event tracking
  2. Campaigns (with Google URL Builder)
  3. Goals (with conversion funnels)
  4. E-commerce tracking
  5. Custom dashboards

I’ll also share some ways that I use Google Analytics at an international NGO, and I’ll walk you through the process of identifying the metrics that matter most to your organization. Read more . . .

Let’s create a list of open-source tools for ICT4D

Posted on June 23, 2015 by - Tools and resources

ICT4D

Mobile devices, cloud computing, real-time reporting, and emerging technologies all have the potential to help reduce poverty and inequality around the world. The international development community refers to this as ICT4D, information and communication technologies for development.

Compiling a list of open-source solutions could help NGOs and civil-society organizations to discover free platforms and tools, extend existing solutions, and avoid duplicating each other’s work. It could also help organizations avoid getting locked into long-term relationships with individual vendors.

Let’s create a list together. Read more . . .

Photo by John O’Bryan/USAID, CC BY-ND 2.0

A template for content types

Posted on January 12, 2015 by - Tools and resources

Types of content

I’d like to share a tool that I recently put together to address a common content problem.

This tool is not a substitute for a comprehensive content strategy. However, if your organization has not yet decided to create a content strategy, this tool could help nudge teams in that direction while solving some important content issues. Read more . . .

Creating journey maps to improve your content strategy

Posted on November 16, 2014 by - Theory and practice, Tools and resources

Sticky notes for a preliminary journey map

Design thinking allows teams to broaden their perspective by learning about their users’ needs. Teams can then redefine problems from their users’ point of view, generate fresh ideas, and test prototypes with the people who will use the final product or service.

Unfortunately, design thinking makes many organizations uncomfortable. So how can we introduce design thinking in a nonthreatening way? One inexpensive but powerful method is journey mapping. Read more . . .