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Build a Business Case to Attend the 2019 LavaCon Conference

Question: How do you convince your boss that attending The 2019 LavaCon Conference is a smart investment?
Answer: Build a business case that shows how attending LavaCon will help solve your organization’s content challenges, reduce production costs, and generate revenue.

Whether you want to improve your customers’ experience, move towards structured authoring and XML, or strengthen relationships with stakeholders, LavaCon offers sessions and case studies that will help you make a difference in your organization.

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LavaCon 2019 Call for Speakers Is Open

Calling all Content Strategy Professionals:

Do you have a content strategy business experience that you can present for the LavaCon Content Strategy Conference? Are you working on projects that create unified content strategy experiences?

Are you able to share your insight on how to solve content-related business problems? Decrease production costs? Generate revenue?

If you have an interesting topic that can teach content professionals other skills that they need to succeed, consider submitting your presentation during our Call for Speakers.

Program tracks for our 2019 program will be organized into the following tracks:

  • Creating Unified Content Experiences
  • Content Development, Localization, and Management
  • People Management and Personal Development
  • Emerging Technologies (AR, VR, xR, etc.)
  • Customer Success (Case Studies)

The deadline for proposals is February 28, 2019 at 5 p.m. ET.

Read through the entire LavaCon 2019 Call for Speakers guide to learn more about the specific details and requirements for submitting your proposal.

Then submit your 2019 proposal on our conference website.

Be The Captain of Your Career Webinar Series

Jack Molisani,
President, ProSpring Technical Staffing

Webinar Dates: November 7th, 2018 – December 19th, 2018

In this webinar series, professional recruiter and author Jack Molisani will give you tools you need to take your career the next level, and then to absolutely new heights!

See the details and register online for this exciting series.

Make Powerful Infographics… Fast!

Mike Parkinson Owner, Billion Dollar Graphics

Webinar Date: September 14th, 2018, 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST [closed]

Watch the webinar recording.

Harness the power of infographics to improve understanding, recollection and adoption. Learn how to turn words, data and ideas into clear, compelling graphics. NO design skill or previous experience needed. Participants get a free copy of Mike’s popular “Graphic Cheat Sheet,” learn amazing tips and tricks, and discover low-cost and free tools. Attend this high energy, interactive session and increase your success rate. After this session participants will be able to…

  • Turn words and ideas into clear, compelling graphics.
  • Visualize anything and improve writing and development speeds up to 50%.
  • Spend less money and time making graphics using free and low-cost tools.

LavaCon Keynote Speaker Preview:
Karen McGrane on Content in a Zombie Apocalypse

A content zombie apocalypse is upon us! An onslaught of new mobile devices, platforms, and screen sizes, hordes of them descending every day. We’re outmatched. There aren’t enough designers and developers to battle every platform. There aren’t enough editors and writers to populate every screen size.

Surviving the content zombie apocalypse is possible. In this talk, LavaCon Keynote Speaker Karen McGrane will explain how. Interview by Ed Marsh.

Attend Karens’s keynote presentation at the 2018 LavaCon Conference.

Make the Business Case to Attend the 2018 LavaCon Conference

How do you convince your boss that attending The 2018 LavaCon Conference is a smart investment? Build a strong business case that connects your organization’s needs with the LavaCon program. Whether you want to improve your customers’ experience, move towards structured authoring and XML, or strengthen relationships with stakeholders, LavaCon offers sessions and case studies that will help you make a difference in your organization.

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Content Personalization and the Power of Metrics – The LavaCon Conference: 2017

Oded Ilan recently joined Ed Marsh to talk about his upcoming LavaCon presentation, Personalization of Content and the Power of Metrics. Currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Iridize, Oded’s start in content can be traced back to his degree in English literature. When he joined the world of high tech, he quickly learned the experience of writing and telling stories could be used to make a living: marketing and sales is all about telling stories. In the end, it’s content creation.

People working with content know that managers want metrics, but some metrics are easier to capture than others. For example, when there is a change in the user interface, we can measure the impact by the number of clicks. But how do you use metrics to follow a “solution”? How do you measure the effectiveness of support or training materials? When content is used once or twice, there is usually no option to know if an application’s feature was used as a result of the content related to that feature. Continue reading

Make a Quantum Shift in Structured Authoring – The LavaCon Conference: 2017

In this podcast, Eric Kuhnen and Michael Rosinski of Astoria Software join Ed Marsh to talk about their upcoming presentation at LavaCon, Making a Quantum Shift in Structured Authoring.

According to Eric, one of the key changes in the content industry has become the inability for multiple groups within a department to share content while using a common set of tools. The technical documentation team works with structured content, and the content repository is often not available to those outside the team. Astoria Software now provides integration with Witty Parrot to enable “rich sharing” and ensure that XML-based content is available to non-XML content creators. Continue reading

People Love to Give You Money! And Recognition! And Headcount! – The LavaCon Conference: 2017

Chellie Campbell joined Ed Marsh to talk about her LavaCon keynote presentation, People Love to Give You Money! And Recognition! And Headcount!

Chellie started her career as a musical comedy actress and then became a bookkeeper. When she learned that not many people could read their financial statements, she started teaching them, which led her to write books and teach workshops. She has found that most people look at money from the perspective of stock brokers and financial planners, which means they view money with a negative perspective:

These people say, “You’re going to run out of money. You’re not going to have enough money for medical expenses.” It’s a place of fear. It’s ridiculous. You should be enjoying your money. I take the money piece, and I make it fun. Budget means Baby U Deserve Getting Every Thing, and I talk about that in my talk.”

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How MOOCs, SPOCs, and Next Generation e-Learning are Impacting Content Strategy – The LavaCon Conference: 2017

Keith Boyd recently talked to Ed Marsh about his upcoming keynote,  How MOOCs, SPOCs, and Next Generation e-Learning are Impacting Content Strategy. The growing popularity of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) provides the opportunity for traditional technical communicators to work with other teams and incorporate e-learning into their content strategy, resulting in mastery and deeper commitment from customers. By becoming aware of the options, we are better equipped to have conversations with the other teams, identify opportunities, and deliver engaging solutions.

I’m going to talk about how learning science is impacting our ability to motivate people, to keep them in the game, and to keep them wanting to learn.

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