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A few months ago I got a lovely gift: A watch. It may have been a hint. I used to be a punctual person, but with an overloaded plate of routine tasks, I might have teensy-bit neglected my commitment to timeliness lately. But anyway. It was a nice watch and I liked to wear it, and be the person people came to for time advice.

That joy lasted for a while, but then... The watch tragically stopped working. And that meant I had to do one of my least favorite things in the world... Reach out to customer care. You already know I'm a content person. And the fact is that many companies have got gorgeous front-room content. Beautiful ad copy. Glorious site wording. Marvelous checkout texts. But then, once customers make the purchase, there's a significant drop in content quality.

🔵 The templates are often poorly written, are so far from the brand voice they may be on another planet, and are full of grammar mistakes.

🔵 The people editing those templates (customer service reps) are often not fully fluent in the language they're meant to be writing in.

🔵 Localization makes this worse, as the already-poor source makes for a bad starting point, and there's rarely enough context provided as templates are meant to fit many cases and get adapted later. This is the response I got this time, from this Spanish watch company.

The fact is that to create a great experience for our customers and users, we need to embrace a 360 approach - for both source and localized content. Yes, you can start with one piece of the puzzle. Real improvement is incremental. But in your long-term plans, you should always strive to have every single touch point on-brand and strategically phrased. Post-purchase content or edge case copy are just as critical, and can have a huge impact on things like stickiness, retention, and more.

So in this newsletter, I wanted to send over some resources on creating content for those areas. I hope these will help you place the spotlight on some neglected gaps in your company's content.

So in this newsletter, I wanted to send over some resources on creating content for those areas. I hope these will help you place the spotlight on some neglected gaps in your company's content.


 

Six localization tips for multilingual customer support Gabriel Fairman for BureauWorks

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Content design and legalese: Collaboration within constraints Panel by the UX Writing Hub

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Improving the help center experience with user-centered design Sulaimon Salako for UXCC

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When life gives you lemons, write better error messages Jenni Nadler for Wix UX

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Writing user feedback requests: Five guidelines Anna Kaley for Nielsen Norman Group

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Boost conversions with transactional emails: A dummy guide Samavia Malikfor Unlayer

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Are there any other often-neglected touchpoints you think should be covered?

The 360 experience [23/11/23 newsletter]

A few months ago I got a lovely gift: A watch. It may have been a hint. I used to be a punctual person, but with an overloaded plate of...

Michal Kessel Shitrit

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22/11/23

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