The business initially started peddling conventional ‘beauty’ products/services in the 80s (massages, eyebrow services etc.).
After an almost speculative foray into tattooing, the business changed focus after recognising that more customers were coming to them for these services than for anything else.
Consequently, the business has flourished as one of the premium tattooing and piercing studios in Dublin over the past 15 years.
This is but one example of where a business recognises customer needs early, adapts to meet them and consequently thrives. So what has this go to do with digital content? Well actually, everything.
Know your users
Do you know what your users want? More importantly, do you know how your user needs are changing?
Any work in digital content development that doesn’t have some insight into user needs is stifled from the offset.
Those user needs may be determined by a number of methods; analytics, audience research, user studies etc. – in fact most meaningful customer facing exercises should identify some user need, but it is analytics that I shall be focusing on in this short article.
Make time to analyse
It is an imperative that teams are aware and alive to the changing behaviours and whims of their users and time should be dedicated to analytical exercises.
For example, in large organisations modelled on devolved authority, ownership of content should not mean responsibility for veracity, timeliness of it alone, but also responsibility for some knowledge of the data around it.
This is why even a shallow exploration of your analytics pool becomes such an important exercise.
"..pay attention to what users do, not what they say."
Harvesting the data, and making recommendations out of it should be the currency of sound digital content development.
Begin the begin
So where do you start?
First of all start by recording what you know, what you think you know of how users engage via your online platforms. Then make a concerted effort to analyse data for a given period, building up records of key sets and trends.
Examine some topline statistics including:
- goals completed
- user paths
- how users search
- organic search performance
- what devices are used to render your content
These topline stats will more likely beg questions than bestow answers initially, but it is but a start to a process where you meet user needs by delivering solutions in a track, test, tweak and release cycle for content development.
Instigating this approach and importantly, communicating it clearly too, should inspire user-centricity throughout an organisation that ultimately leads to the delivery of engaging online content.
Be the organisation that strives to know its users inside out; wear this with pride; wear it like a tattoo.