Content Marketer Teresa Meek has had a varied career path in journalism, real estate, and more, but always focused on writing. She is currently based in Seattle, Washington, from where she talked about how content marketing and technical writing have similarities, her brief career in technical writing, how to transition to content marketing, and more.
I’m not a marketer, but I played one for two days at Content Marketing World in Cleveland, Ohio in September, 2016. I was surprised to find that content marketers have similar problems to we in the technical communication world – proving value, understanding users, correctly using and re-using content, and most surprisingly, dealing with budgets – or lack thereof.
However, there are ways that content marketing is very different than technical communication. First, the conferences are much larger than ours, and ours don’t feature Cheap Trick or Mark Hamill.
Even with all I learned at the conference, I still have some questions. I admit that I ask these with tongue-in-cheek, but as someone from outside the marketing world, I’m also genuinely curious. Hopefully some content marketers and/or #CMWorld attendees can chime in and answer.
Ben Woelk, technical communicator and Information Security Office Program Manager at the Rochester Institute of Technology, talks about being an introverted leader and how it’s changed his career and his passion.
Bernard Aschwanden, President of Publishing Smarter, STC Immediate Past President, and Ed’s twin talks about certification, why your content is not your own, building a house (literally), process vs process, finding his spouse through STC, social networking, and more.
I’m very excited to present a workshop on jumpstarting your career at the new East Coast TC Camp next weekend, July 30th, at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. My talk focuses on what social media and podcasting can do for you and your career. Some great folks are going to be attending – and hopefully presenting – as well.