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Survey Breakdown: Mismatched Content Priorities Cause Problems

The first attention-grabbing result of our cross-examine showed us that company decision-makers and technical communicators have different priorities when it comes to content.

Companies sentiment income growth as the main priority for content, but technological communicators deem revenue raise as their last priority.

That may seem pretty obvious, but this symptom of fellowship and departmental misalignment can have cluttered managerial repercussions. And while it doesn’t make the deftest critical consultant to know that stakeholders and technical communicators have differing priorities for content, it remains a schism that needs attention.

This misalignment further exacerbated a common problem among technical communicators — 33% of respondents to the survey couldn’t report their own appreciate. Mostly, they don’t know how it works to connect revenue generation to technical documentation.

That’s a pretty big issue. Because if technological writers can’t define why their agency is worth the money, they’ll have a hard time convincing stakeholders of, well, anything.

Fortunately, we’re not just now to show you the problem. Let’s look at some ways to fix it.

Mapping Value — Put Your Money Where Your Content Is

We’re talking to you, technological communicators. It’s your job to create content, but it’s too your job to identify why your content is worth creating.

And by a board of your peers, the number one way to do that is by connecting it to revenue. What revenue-generating works can you connect to your content? What returns are influenced by your technical documentation?

Sounds theoretically simple from our blogpost soapbox, but actually doing it requires some dirty work that might draw the ire of technical communicators. It requires a few pages from the mind of a marketer.

No, Marketing Isn’t Commandeering Your Docs

We aren’t asking technical communicators to let marketing influence your content. We’re not asking you to alter your content at all. What we’re asking is that you think of how your technical documentation can affect books to become purchasers. How can your documentation bring in revenue?

To start, why not must be considered a schedule of revenue-generating acts? This might differ per syndicate and certainly expects some brainstorming, but we’ll start with three generic ones that have broad-minded applications.

Lead Generation — how many conducts come in through your technical documentation? Cope Win Rates — how many of those leads-in become actual clients? Product Upselling — how many current purchasers enlarging their current purchase after reading your documentation?

Again, conceptually it doesn’t clanged far worse. Still, you need to suss out how exactly you’d measure and move these crowds. Then, over meter, you’d need to compile longitudinal data to report on influence veers. Merely then can you truly planned the value of your technical content.

Our own firm has some produce generation data regarding our documentation area. We found that 30% of our website makes had gone to our documentation website prior to filling out a contact form. Pretty cool, but there’s a insight spread because we don’t know how many of those causes became clients. The same chink applies to product upsells, too.

We track the domain and subdomain in one of our Google Analytics dimensions and set up a practice segment applying the Advanced> String powers. Then we determine our filter to track any person who is acres on any page of our documentation site and loads our main site lead form within a 30 -day conversion window.

Here’s an Example of How We Did It

Note: In Google Analytics there’s a 93 era limit on how far back you can view the data. You can work around this by expending Google Data Studio connected to your analytics account. There are many lessons on how to connect the accounts.

The point is, teaching down into this data is very possible. You really have to keep seeking the answers( and so do we ).

Once you tap into the numbers, you’ll be able to paint a clear picture of the value of the content you organize. This will expect courtesy from stakeholders, show insight into the discernible price of technological communication, and inform new ways to increase the value of technical material down the road.

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