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Halvorsen says all organizations need a content strategy

content strategy

I started this book a while back, but got distracted by the rest of my life before getting past chapter one. I don’t work directly on web projects, and had to prioritize my reading.

But I found a blog post from the author the other day that blew me away and made me pull the book out so I could try to absorb her wisdom.

Of course, when I told my husband about Kristina’s insight he reminded me that he’s been saying something like this for a while. Content strategy is only the beginning, he says. Organizations really need an editorial strategy: not just the what but the how and the for whom.

And since he’s always right about these things, I now know how to focus my web studies. At least for the next few months.

My favorite quotes from Kristina’s post are below.

Most companies can’t sustain social media engagement because they lack the internal editorial infrastructure to support it.

They don’t have a content strategy.

And they need one, because

…more than ever before in the history of commerce, content has become one of our most valuable business assets.

Content strategy is, in fact, the next big thing by Kristina Halvorsen, Brain Traffic blog


An editor is an author’s first follower

I love sincerity, enthusiasm and good advice.

Which is why @screeny, who knows me so well, passed me the link to this TED talk from Derek Sivers (the Dancing Guy) on the importance of the “first follower.”

We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to…stand up and join in.

It’s such a simple idea.

Leadership doesn’t exist without a team. The role of the follower is integral and active–not passive.

Add conviction, as so beautifully expressed by poet Taylor Mali below, and stand back.

We followers just might start a movement for those writers we love.


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