Why tables and data are your best friend arguing subjective and emotional topics to your stakeholders and in the context of content strategy.
Content analysis first
A content strategy project normally begins with the analysis phase. You find out what the user- and business goals of a project are by talking to people in charge – also referred to as stakeholders. And you want to have a look at existing content. You take inventory and audit existing content, for example on your clients website (for more information about content audits and why you should conduct them, see Birgit’s post here). Why? Because a good chef never starts cooking without knowing what the ingredients are. Now you might be wondering what all of this has to do with beautiful excel sheets. Trust me – we’ll get there.
For both content inventories and audits you will need some sort of framework to put your data and findings into. Most times, this will be excel sheets with hundreds of rows, multiple pages and numerous people working on them. Sounds like a nightmare to you? Welcome to a designer’s life.