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Book Review: The Digital Crown

samzenpus posted about 9 months ago | from the read-all-about-it dept.

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benrothke writes "With Adobe Flash, it's possible to quickly get a pretty web site up and running; something that many firms do. But if there is no content behind the flashy web page, it's unlikely anyone will return. In The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web, author Ahava Leibtag does a fantastic job on showing how to ensure that your web site has what it takes to get visitors to return, namely great content." Read below for the rest of Ben's review.Make no mistake, creating good content for a large organization is a massive job. But for those organizations that are serious about doing it right, the book provides the extensive details all of the steps required to create content that will bring customers back to your web site.

Leibtag writes in the introduction that the reason so many websites and other digital strategy projects fail is because the people managing them don't focus on what really matters. They begin changing things for the sake of change and to simply update, without first asking why. They also forget to ask what the updates will accomplish. What this does is create a focus on the wrong priorities. Leibtag notes that the obvious priority is content.

So what is this thing called content? The book defines it as all of the information assets of your company that you want to share with the world.

The book is based around 7 rules, which form the foundation of an effective and comprehensive content strategy, namely:

1. Start with Your Audience

2. Involve Stakeholders Early and Often

3. Keep it Iterative

4. Create Multidisciplinary Content Teams

5. Make Governance Central

6. Workflow that Works

7. Invest in Professionals and Trust Them

Chapter 1 (freely available here) takes a high-level look at where branding and content meet, and details the need for a strategic content initiative.

An interesting point the book makes in chapter 2 which is pervasive throughout the book is to avoid using the term users. Rather refer to them as customers. Leibtag feels that the term users as part of a content strategy, makes them far too removed and abstract. Dealing with them as customers makes them real people and changes the dynamics of the content project. Of course, this transition has to be authentic. Simply performing a find/replace of user/customer in your documentation is not what the author intended; nor will such an approach work.

The book is heavy on understanding requirements and has hundreds of questions that need to be asked before creating content. The book is well worth it for that content alone.

It also stresses the importance of getting all stakeholders involved in the content creation process. As part of the requirements gathering process, the book details 3 roadmap steps which much be done in order to facilitate an effective strategy.

The book notes that content is much more than web pages. Content includes various formats, platforms and channels. An effective strategy must take al lof these into account. The book notes that there are hundreds of possible formats for content. While it is impossible to deal with every possible option; an organization must know what they are in order to ensure they are creating content that is appropriate for their customers.

By the time you hit page 100, it becomes quite clear that content is something that Leibtag is both passionate about and has extensive experience with. An important point she makes is that it is crucial not for focus on design right away in the project, as it eats up way too much time. The key is to focus the majority of your efforts on the content.

The dilemma that the book notes is that during the requirements gathering process, far too many organizations are imagining a gorgeous web site with all kinds of bells and whistles, beautiful colors and pictures. That in turn moves them to spend (i.e., waste) a tremendous amount of time on design; which leads them to neglect contact creation and migration.

The book details multichannel publishing, which is the ability to publish your content on any device and any channel. This is a significant detail, as customers will be accessing your site from desktops with huge screens and bandwidth to mobile devices with smaller screens and often limited bandwidth. This requires you to adapt and change your content publishing process. This is clearly not a trivial endeavor. But doing it right, which the book shows how to do, will payoff in the long run.

Another mistake firms make is that they often think content can be done by just a few people. The book notes that it is an imperative to create multidisciplinary content teams, since web content will touch every part of the organization, and needs their respective input.

One of the multidisciplinary content teams that must be involved is governance. The book notes that governance standards help you set a consistent customer experience across all channels. By following them, you can avoid replicating content, muddying your main messages and confusing your customers. Governance is also critical in setting internal organizational controls.

Leibtag lays out what needs to be done in extreme detail. She makes it quite clear that there are no quick fixes that can be done to create good content. Creating an effective content marketing strategy and architecture is complex, expensive and challenging. But for most organizations, it is also absolutely necessary for them in order to compete.

The author is the head of a content strategy and content marketing consultancy firm. Like all good consultants, they focus on getting answers to the questions clients often don't even know to ask. With that, the book has myriad questions and requirements that you must answer before you embark on getting your content online.

The book also provides numerous case studies of sites that understand the importance of content and designed their site accordingly. After reading the book, the way you look at web sites will be entirely different. You will likely find the sites you intuitively return to coincidentally happened to be those very sites that have done it right and have the content you want.

My only critique of the book is that the author quotes herself and references other articles she wrote far too often. While these articles have valid content, this can come across as somewhat overly promotional. Aside from that, the book is about as good as anything could get on the topic.

For firms that are serious about content and looking for an authoritative reference on how to build out their content and do it right, The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web is certain to be an invaluable resource.

Reviewed by Ben Rothke.

You can purchase The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web from amazon.com. Slashdot welcomes readers' book reviews (sci-fi included) -- to see your own review here, read the book review guidelines, then visit the submission page.

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Say ! To Flash (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943231)

Flash isn't the way forwards. It's not mobile friendly, it's a common attack vector onto PCs and it's a resource hog.

Just Say ! To Flash

Re:Say ! To Flash (0)

Steve_Ussler (2941703) | about 9 months ago | (#45943413)

Precisely the reason why Apple blocks it! Of course, there are other reason, mainly political, why they hate Flash.

Flash and content are not related (1)

h00manist (800926) | about 9 months ago | (#45943475)

Flash is just one web technology out of dozens. It has no relationship to creating good content or websites. It's just one technology. An obsolete one, too.

Re:Flash and content are not related (3, Interesting)

mlts (1038732) | about 9 months ago | (#45943507)

Even Adobe is getting this. You can use Flash (the authoring tools) to make HTML5 content now, which is ironic, but useful.

Re:Say ! To Flash (2, Informative)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 9 months ago | (#45943589)

Flash is mobile friendly, Flashbuilder directly builds to Android and iPhone with the same code base.

Flash is easier to develop and prototype than any language I've ever used. If you know C/C++ or Java, you can prototype quicker in Flash than those two languages. You just get more done in Flash with less code.

Really the only reason not to use Flash is that Steve Jobs said not to use it. If Bill Gates told you not to use Netscape back in the day, would people have listened to him? Apple just doesn't like multiplatformed competition.

Re:Say ! To Flash (3, Informative)

sootman (158191) | about 9 months ago | (#45943887)

You can build apps with Flash that get CONVERTED to apps that will run on various platforms, but Adobe KILLED Flash Player for ALL mobile platforms two years ago, didn't you hear?

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook."

November 9, 2011 - http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2011/11/flash-focus.html [adobe.com]

"Apple just doesn't like multiplatformed competition."

Apple had very good technical reasons not to want Flash on iDevices. They told Adobe for YEARS, "give us a good version of Flash for mobile" and Adobe couldn't deliver. Every review of Flash on an Android device talked about how crappy it was. Adobe eventually gave up. No matter how you want to read bullshit like "Over the past two years, weâ(TM)ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices" the fact is they killed it, and people rarely say "this product was too successful and beloved so we stopped making it."

Re:Say ! To Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45948555)

they didn't deliver nor did they see any future in it...
but it wasn't really a quality issue.

it would have needed to be a crippled version or one that would have ran only some perverted signed stuff approved by apple. you see, just a regular flash player would have sidestepped apple store controls.

(and fuck with all the holes that have been in mobile safari while it's running as root so look who's talking..)

Re:Say ! To Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943927)

Flash is mobile friendly, Flashbuilder directly builds to Android and iPhone with the same code base.

No it's not, and no it doesn't.

The fact that you can prototype faster in Flash != everyone can, should or wants to.

Re:Say ! To Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943715)

That's missing the point. "Saying no to Flash" implies that there are bloated, insecure "webapp" frameworks which you should say "yes" to.

Put content on your site. If you need anything heavier than GET/PUT parameters, just don't make it a website.

Re:Say ! To Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943899)

That's missing the point. "Saying no to Flash" implies that there are bloated, insecure "webapp" frameworks which you should say "yes" to.

No, I don't think it is. That's like saying when I say "no, I don't want to be punched in the face" it implies I'm saying "yes" to getting kicked in the balls.

Put content on your site. If you need anything heavier than GET/PUT parameters, just don't make it a website.

If you can't envision or program anything more that GET/PUT then you can't make it into a website (which is probably for the best).

Re:Say ! To Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944137)

No, I don't think it is. That's like saying when I say "no, I don't want to be punched in the face" it implies I'm saying "yes" to getting kicked in the balls.

To continue the analogy, it certainly does if you're surrounded by twenty people alternately kicking you in the balls and punching you in the face, and you only object to those punching you in the face.

If you can't envision or program anything more that GET/PUT then you can't make it into a website (which is probably for the best).

You seem to have missed the key point, which is "don't make it into a website". There are many useful things in this world which can be made, and not all of them should be websites.

Re:Say ! To Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944281)

To continue the analogy, it certainly does ...

You're desperately reaching ... and failing.

You seem to have missed the key point

No, I think you missed the key point: just because you can't envision or program anything more that GET/PUT then you can't make it into a website.

If we all limited ourselves to what you think is right or possible then we'd all still be blinded by GeoCities garbage and animated gifs.

Re:Say ! To Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45952499)

Yup!
And it is beloved still today by way to many companies. Especially in europe!

if (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943257)

If a website is running flash I probably won't return regardless of if there is content behind it.

Many cant even read it (1)

h00manist (800926) | about 9 months ago | (#45943501)

If there was good content in a flash website, anyone using android or ios wouldn't see any of this content.

I thought Slashdot just gave me (1)

Alopex (1973486) | about 9 months ago | (#45943359)

The ability to disable advertisements?

Re:I thought Slashdot just gave me (1)

Steve_Ussler (2941703) | about 9 months ago | (#45943377)

Occasionally it forgets the settings, or likely the cookie got deleted. Just recheck the box and the ads go away.

Re:I thought Slashdot just gave me (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943469)

The ability to disable advertisements?

You should read that carefully. It block advertisements, not slashvertisements.

Winning at content on the Web (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943371)

Take everything you know about Web 2.0 and throw it in the trash. The world doesn't owe you a great website. If you build it they will come. Just look at how reddit had to fake having an active community before they actually had one.

What about a product or service? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943383)

Great content? This must be geared to entertainment providers. Companies doing business on the web need to have easily accessible products or services on their site. Take Newegg for example. Throw away GoDaddy's website.

Re:What about a product or service? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943559)

SlowDaddy's website is a moving target of bad UI implementation. It's designed to shove one more "but wait, how can you pass this up!" offers in front of you just when you thought you were finally done. Of course, it's hard to tell where the information starts and the "hey, hey, look at me!" stops.

GoAwayDaddy. Please.

Is there ANYTHING new here? (3, Insightful)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | about 9 months ago | (#45943387)

This reads just like the last five or ten reviews I've read on various "how to build winning Web sites" books. I was actually chuckling by the time I got to the end. I felt like I'd just won a game of O'Reilly Bingo. What makes this book better than previously available books? Or are the books coming so thick and fast at this point that there's no time for any of them to become "standard references", and no motivation to compare them?

Re:Is there ANYTHING new here? (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 9 months ago | (#45943625)

And they say "Great content keeps users" but things like buzzfeed prove how stupid that argument is.

but that doesn't disprove the opposite. (1)

oneiros27 (46144) | about 9 months ago | (#45943693)

You're making the mistake of assuming that means that you *must* have 'great content' to 'keep users'.

Which is either not true, or 'great content' has been defined as 'any content that keeps users', and then we might be able to say 'this review was great content' with a completely straight face.

The only thing you need to design your site: (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943731)

Read a web [xkcd.com] comic [theoatmeal.com] about your type of business's usual web sites.

Re:Is there ANYTHING new here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944971)

This reads just like the last five or ten reviews I've read on various "how to build winning Web sites" books. I was actually chuckling by the time I got to the end. I felt like I'd just won a game of O'Reilly Bingo. What makes this book better than previously available books? Or are the books coming so thick and fast at this point that there's no time for any of them to become "standard references", and no motivation to compare them?

... He tried putting this on his website but nobody ever came back

Flash? (3, Funny)

worf_mo (193770) | about 9 months ago | (#45943439)

"With Adobe Flash, it's possible to quickly get a pretty web site up and running"

Really? The beauty of Flash websites, here on Slashdot of all places? What's next, Amazon's backend rewritten in VB6?

Re:Flash? (1)

rmstar (114746) | about 9 months ago | (#45943557)

Really? The beauty of Flash websites, here on Slashdot of all places?

Indeed. While reading the sumary, I thought they had a database mistake and republished a review from when authoring websites in flash was thought to be a good idea (about ten years ago? I've not seen one of those for a while now.)

Re:Flash? (1)

DaTroof (678806) | about 9 months ago | (#45943629)

I'm not sure why the review mentioned Flash at all. The book has nothing to do with it. Not even in passing.

Re:Flash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943923)

The book is about content.

Flash is about anti-content.

Thus the connection

Re:Flash? (1)

fastasleep (982276) | about 9 months ago | (#45956379)

Lisa: "That's specious reasoning, Dad." Homer: "Thank you, dear."

Re:Flash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943973)

What's next, Amazon's backend rewritten in VB6?

I'll get right on that as soon as I'm done porting it over to Cold Fusion running on top of legacy asp.

Re:Flash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944053)

The book isn't about Flash, FFS. Could you Slashtards please attempt to get past the first sentence of a blurb before you start the knee jerk posting?

Re:Flash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944311)

If the very first sentence is so completely and utterly wrong then why should I expect the rest of the blather to be any more accurate?

Re:Flash? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45945369)

What's next? Maybe you'll stop sucking the shit out of faggot assholes and learn what a vagina is.

Let me see... (2)

bob_super (3391281) | about 9 months ago | (#45943449)

"1. Start with Your Audience
2. Involve Stakeholders Early and Often
3. Keep it Iterative
4. Create Multidisciplinary Content Teams
5. Make Governance Central
6. Workflow that Works
7. Invest in Professionals and Trust Them "

I've seen enough powerpoints to know that the first layoff is less than two quarters away.
Isn't that list a template from "MBA for dummies"?

The abstractness of "content" bothers me (1)

AdamHaun (43173) | about 9 months ago | (#45943487)

I'm sure the process is more complicated than I think, but it bothers me that we need an entire book to tell people that you should have something to say *before* you try to communicate with others. Perhaps a visit to Condescending Corporate Brand Page would be more helpful.

Re:The abstractness of "content" bothers me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943959)

If you have a place selling just 1 type of widgetfine.

What about places like Dell, Walmart and the like. Content there is complicated.

Getting it right does take a good strategywhich the book seems to be promoting.

Re:The abstractness of "content" bothers me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944571)

"...we need an entire book to tell people that you should have something to say *before* you try to communicate with others."

Its probably aimed at college kids

Report spam (1)

angryfirelord (1082111) | about 9 months ago | (#45943517)

Where's the report spam button when you need it?

Strange premise(s) (3, Insightful)

vikingpower (768921) | about 9 months ago | (#45943521)

The book seems to part from the premises that

1) Adobe Flash is essential for building web sites that make people return

2) Without Flash, it can't be done

3) Nobody knows, yet, about the revolutionary stuff of "keeping it iterative" and "investing in professionals".

One more "XYZ for dummies", then.

Flash...? (2)

madprof (4723) | about 9 months ago | (#45943539)

Many many professionals long ago abandoned Flash as it became easier to make "pretty" websites with useful dynamic content without it. It was always a nasty piece of technology to work with.
So why does the reviewer mention it? Maybe because he's hardly an expert in this field himself?
Take this quote: "You will likely find the sites you intuitively return to coincidentally happened to be those very sites that have done it right and have the content you want. "...no shit Sherlock. As if we weren't saying this 15 years ago.

Truth is Ben Rothke writes anodyne book reviews as evidenced by:

http://www.rsaconference.com/blogs/465/rothke/job-reconnaissance-using-hacking-skills-to-win-the-job-hunt-game [rsaconference.com]
"...a great resource to help you get there."
http://www.rsaconference.com/blogs/451/rothke/digital-forensics-processing-and-procedures-meeting-the-requirements-of-iso-17020-iso-17025-iso-27001-and-best-practice-requirements [rsaconference.com]
"...will prove to be an invaluable resource."
http://www.rsaconference.com/blogs/449/rothke/information-security-governance-simplified-from-the-boardroom-to-the-keyboard [rsaconference.com]
"...a great resource."
http://www.rsaconference.com/blogs/444/rothke/fisma-compliance-handbook [rsaconference.com]
"...a great resource to use."

I might write some half-conceived ideas and submit them for review and maybe I too can have a "great resource" of my very own?
(P.S. Ben - the SEO boost here is free! But I am making it possible to Google for "Ben Rothke underwear scandal" in return)

Re:Flash...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944685)

what are 'anodyne book reviews' ???

Re:Flash...? (1, Funny)

madprof (4723) | about 9 months ago | (#45945057)

You know what a book is, right? Well a book review is a review of a book. And you know what anodyne is, right? Well an anodyne book review is a book review that is anodyne.
And just in case you don't know what anodyne is: http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=anodyne [lmgtfy.com]

Re:Flash...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944883)

Re:Flash...? (1)

madprof (4723) | about 9 months ago | (#45945069)

I do mean Ben Rothke underwear scandal.
That's precisely it. You get two gold stars! :)

Re:Flash...? (2)

benrothke (2577567) | about 9 months ago | (#45947051)

Your observation that I write anodyne book is accurate. With the exception of this review from September - http://books.slashdot.org/story/13/09/30/1314232/book-review-latest-two-books-by-peter-loshin [slashdot.org] – I prefer to write reviews of books that I think are exceptionally good. I come across plenty of titles that are rubbish, but prefer not to review them. When I come across a book that I think is a great resource, I will try to share that.

Re:Flash...? (3, Insightful)

madprof (4723) | about 9 months ago | (#45948845)

You don't see a problem with this? People need to know that some books are not worth buying to save wasting their money. They also need to know what the bad bits of books are, rather than just reading that, hey, everything is OK. To what do we compare your view with to work out what "good" means?
Let me give you an example. I ride a bike. I used to get a commercial magazine that would have cycling gear reviews. Bad products would be marked out as such. Now I don't get that magazine anymore but as a member of a cycling organization I get their in-house magazine. It too has gear reviews but as it is a large charitable organization they are trying hard not to be too negative, perhaps because to avoid upsetting a manufacturer. They feel they can take fewer risks than a commercial publication.
Whatever the reason, the reviews are useless. Bad point for a piece of gear are kind of papered over and a piece of gear that is only suitable for about 5 people is "OK for some". The biting criticism is missing. This means reviews lack teeth, or at least a reference point. When they review a cycle helmet they will say "this is a good product because it will protect your head". Er, great. And this is better at protecting my head than other helmets...why?

So some may ask "what style of writing does Ben Rothke find poor?" and we'll never know. Some may ask "so what layout of information in a book does Ben Rothke consider confusing?" and we'll never know. One thing is for sure I shan't be bothering to buy the books to find out because there's no incentive from reading these reviews.
You realize there are squillions of similar "hey make great content" books out there, right? How does this book fit in with those? Don't know? Then what does your review tell us when we're trying to choose the best one? Think about the cycle helmet example for a second.

Re:Flash...? (1)

benrothke (2577567) | about 9 months ago | (#45959903)

:::People need to know that some books are not worth buying to save wasting their money.

Agreed.

As to your bike analogy, you mentioned a commercial magazine; where people get paid. I do not get paid to review books.

If I was a professional review, then perhaps would have more time to review a wider quality range of books. :::So some may ask "what style of writing does

Thanks for the recommendation. Will try to use it for future reviews.

Re:Flash...? (1)

madprof (4723) | about 9 months ago | (#45960299)

Lots of people review things for no money (me included). Finding fault is a very important aspect of any review regardless, and actually criticizing something dispels the "payola" accusation for a lot of people.
I normally review mountaineering gear that I have bought and used, and my aim is to give a review that I'd have found useful myself. Are the pockets too small on a jacket? Are the boots badly fitting at the heel? Is the compass able to withstand a knock or two? (no it wasn't...!)

Payola (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943543)

This is payola. Perhaps the worst slashdot post ever.

Re:Payola (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944459)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payola ......Payola, in the American music industry, is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on music radio in which the song is presented as being part of the normal day's broadcast. ////////

So who is paying who here?

Don't start an article about good web design (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943591)

by saying "With Adobe Flash, it's possible to quickly get a pretty web site up and running". At least not if you want to be taken seriously. If you're trying to open with a joke, make it funny.

Re:Don't start an article about good web design (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944027)

Isn’t that PRECISELY the point of this book?

Don’t focus on the flash, focus on the content.

customer? really? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45943941)

Any site that refers to me as a 'customer' (unless I'm actually shopping) has already lost me.

Shopping sites have customers.
Hobby blogs have followers.
Business sites (non-shopping) have visitors.
News & information sites (like slashdot) have readers.
Service websites have users.

I'm not a 'customer' if I'm looking at photos of the lego spaceship you made on your dining table, and I hope nobody is considered a 'customer' if they're looking at photos of your family!

Re:customer? really? (1)

psyclone (187154) | about 9 months ago | (#45945967)

I always thought the advertiser was the customer, and everyone else was the user regardless of content.

Re:customer? really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45947483)

I always thought the site with the advertisements was the user, and the people who visit such sites (or are dumb enough to click an ad) were the suckers. (viva adblock!)

It's not about Flash... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45944563)

Most of the comments seem to fixate on the Adobe Flash comment.

Flash is the 3rd word of the review...did anybody read more? Until the end?

It's NOT about Flash...

Re:It's not about Flash... (1)

madprof (4723) | about 9 months ago | (#45945083)

True. The rest of it was about stating the obvious however, so maybe no one felt obliged to comment on it?

Re:It's not about Flash... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45945149)

If it was obvious, why then is there such lousy content on most web sites?
maybe he obvious is really not so obvious.

Re:It's not about Flash... (1)

madprof (4723) | about 9 months ago | (#45948763)

!?! Non sequitur, surely? The book is written for organizations.

Most organizations who are in a position to enact this stuff (SMEs and upwards) actually do do this already. You can say "oh if they do it then it must be good advice" but it's just obvious.
Involve stakeholders early? Well blow me down with a feather. Who would guess that (say) the lead technical documentation writer in my organization might want to be involved early in a website rewrite that involved new docs for our software?

Why build a website if you don't have content? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45945585)

If you need a book to tell you what content to put on your site, there's something wrong with your project. But unlike other commenters I find it totally appropriate that that kind of web sites use Adobe Flash. Sometimes having Flash disabled by default is the most effective spam filter.

What does Flash have to do with this book? (1)

matthewv789 (1803086) | about 9 months ago | (#45945809)

The phrase "With Adobe Flash" that starts the review is orthogonal to the book and its content, which never anywhere mentions either "Adobe" or "Flash" as far as I can tell, and is unrelated to the rest of the review. The whole thing would be far better if it just started with "It’s possible to quickly get a pretty web site up and running", despite the somewhat awkward wording, since it's got everyone off on an unrelated tangent. (Neither of the words "Adobe" or "Flash" are found by an Amazon "search within this book", in the Table of Contents or Index of the book, or in a search of the free first-chapter PDF linked in the review.)

The review submitted here is identical to a customer review by the same person on Amazon. It's not bad as customer reviews go, aside from the irrelevant lead-in mentioning Flash, which is now thankfully dead for delivering actual content on most websites. Since this is one of many web content strategy books available, in addition to related books on user experience, usability and information architecture, I'm not sure how newsworthy it is, though prompting clients to think seriously about content strategy, etc. is definitely something all web designers, developers and project managers should be doing, as there are still far too many pretty(-ish) sites lacking readable, useful, or well-organized content.

OP is spam, Flash = Death (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45949487)

I hate sites that use Flash. It's closed source, poor performing bollocks. I also hate /. posts that are obvious advertising for bad products. Steve Jobs was right to nuke it on iOS.

Re:OP is spam, Flash = Death (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45949577)

what product was adfertised?

Flash web page == big blank nothing (1)

Mike Van Pelt (32582) | about 9 months ago | (#45955845)

That's all I see of these web pages that are nothing but flash -- a big blank nothing, and a little icon telling me that NoScript has blocked something.

At that point, I decide just how interested I am in the content of the page after all. Usually, the answer is "Not interested enough", and I close the tab.

Depends (1)

NewYork (1602285) | about 9 months ago | (#45962233)

For e.g. in India business/trade/commerce/entrepreneurship is exclusively reserved to http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bania_(caste) [wikipedia.org] for the past 2000 years.

Cat got your tongue? FUCK YOU SLASHDOT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45980587)

This piece made me feel like I was reading one of those Dilbert comics where they mash up a lot of buzzwords and present it as something substantial.

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