Contentful is more than a content solution or a development tool. It changes the way you work, making editors, marketers, product owners and developers much happier and more productive. “It’s just another way of life,” asserts Esa McGavin, the product owner of Contentful’s website.
“I’m already forgetting how bad it used to be before Contentful,” she says adding that she doesn’t think she could go back. “If I ever left I would insist that the company use Contentful or a system like it.”
So what sets Contentful apart as a solution that both developers and content editors love?
If you’re a manager of a team of editors, or an editor yourself, it won’t come as a surprise that research shows editors spend over half of their time on content operations. That’s a lot of time that could be spent creating high quality content which drives the business forward.
Content operations is a term to describe the set of processes, people and technologies for strategically planning, distributing and analyzing content. These operations are increasingly becoming a core requirement for content teams.
As an editor or manager, you’ll recognize content operations in your daily work as uploading content, updating, editing, distribution and governance. This was a very reasonable set of tasks in the early days of content marketing; posting one or two blog posts a week wasn’t a big drain on your time. Now, with huge amounts of content being created to engage keen audiences, these tasks have taken over.
GraphQL has been available since its public release in 2015, but it’s still making people nervous. When people are cautious about incorporating new technologies into a team’s stack, it’s generally a good thing. Why break or mess with something that’s working? But how are you supposed to grow and stay up-to-date if you always have to await the approval of someone higher up?
Contentful's new authoring hub is focused on giving both editors and developers the customizable tools they need to streamline the way they create, optimize and deliver content across their projects.
Decades ago, media companies were firmly in control of content distribution. They meticulously crafted the stories, images and advertising into newspapers that subscribers read each morning.
The rise of digital content changed everything.
Media companies lost control of content distribution and monetization, explains journalist Kyle Chayka in the Nation article, “In the Shadow of the CMS.” He believes building their own CMSes might be the key to taking back this control. “If traditional media companies can build their own distribution and monetization method via the new CMSs, then they can counter the tech duopoly’s advance on their terrain and wrest back some control,” he writes.
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