We help organisations and brands to produce their documentation

We offer various kinds of advice and support in the development of your documentation, such as user manuals, help files, procedures, and work and video instructions. Would you like to have a manual written, and are you looking for a partner? We support our customers by writing, illustrating, translating, checking and managing their manuals.

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What is a content strategy?

A content strategy is a well-thought-through plan that sets out how content with a certain value for a given readership can help it reach a business goal. When it comes to technical documentation, that means setting up a plan detailing how product information can be organised most effectively and then provided to the target audience.

In a word: a good content strategy makes it clear what content should be shared, when, and with whom. It allows you to:

  • Provide only the most relevant information
  • Create value for your target audience
  • Offer user support that really counts
  • Reach your target audience over several channels
  • Re-use content in the most effective ways

 Process information efficiently

  • Give users the information they need, when they need it
  • Quickly create the output you want

  • Offering the most relevant information

There’s a lot of product knowledge and information within any organisation—whether in the form of marketing texts, data sheets, technical drawings, or procedures. Not all of it is relevant to every user. The purpose of a manual is to offer user support. That’s what users want, either so they can start getting the most out of a product, a software package, a machine or installation, or so they can sort out a problem with it. And from all the information available, a choice has to be made: which information is relevant to which users, so they can carry out an installation, or maintenance, or repairs.

Organising your content

Once you know which content is relevant, you need a plan for how to manage it.

Content management involves storing your information in such a way that it can be re-used easily for cross-media output (same content, different formats, such as PDF, HTML5—you name it), or further manuals. A content-management system, or CMS, helps you organise the gathering, creation, management, and publication of information. It allows you to distinguish among content, design, and structure.

COPA: create once, publish anywhere

That way, you can publish your information any way you like. Because the content stands on its own and is based around topics, it can be re-used. That’s how you can process information efficiently, and save in the process.

Cross-media output

Users want to look up content right when they need it—so it’s not always possible to convenient a paper manual. A tablet or a laptop with all the information on it is a lot handier for maintenance technicians than a thick hard-copy manual, and software users get more out of information when it’s online. As soon as the content has been settled on, you can decide over what medium the information will be made available to users.

How we can help you

Some organisations come to realise that their content is not organised in the best way. It takes too long to assemble and publish the information that end users need.  Worse yet, sometimes the information has to be provided to users in several languages and over various media. Other organisations realise that organising content well right now can head off problems in the future. And in fact, some businesses understand that providing well-organised and relevant information contributes to customer satisfaction and keeps customers coming back.

If you experience a problem with your content, you can go for a strategic approach. A content strategy helps you get the most out of your product and content. INSTRKTIV can help you set up a content strategy. We can:

  • Resolve problems with content
  • Manage content
  • Develop and publish cross-media output that is appropriate to user needs

 

 


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