The Concept of Content – Simplified

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This article will help students understand the basics of content, content types, and its usage. Students must learn the fundamentals before exploring the world of content writing.

Defining Content

Content is the amalgamation of Information and Communication in any form that is comprehended by its intended audience. In other words, it is an art of sharing knowledge or information. Content should be presentable, relevant, fresh, and useful to its audience.

Yet to grasp the bottom line! Let’s re-simplify: Essentially, anything that you say, write, see or hear informative, meaningful and useful, is content.

Insightful Aspects of Content

  • Content has always been more (diverse, dynamic, powerful, effective and unexplored) than we know or think of. Eventually, you will come across the reason through my next posts.
  • Each piece of content has a purpose. When you write an exam paper you have a purpose to get marks. Similarly, when you hear breaking news on TV, you have the purpose of knowing about the event.
  • Content can be online and off-line depending on the medium you use to learn it. The same news item appears in newspapers, TV news channels and online.
  • The term “Content” has close relations with documentation, social media, presentation, article writing, blogging, videos, WhatsApp and Facebook messages, and so on.
  • The information within content can be primary and secondary based on its origin and time of ideation. The same content can be reproduced in different ways, through different mediums – yet may appear original.  
  • Content can have shelf-life depending on the type of information it contains. It also depends on the freshness of information. A news item published a week before may not draw much attention from readers.

We will learn the various types of content that you may not know exist. The following is an indicative list, not an exhaustive one.

  1. Advertisements
  2. Articles
  3. Blog posts
  4. Books
  5. E-books
  6. Online courses
  7. Email marketing
  8. Newsletter
  9. Photos
  10. Videos
  11. Audio
  12. Podcasts
  13. Webinar
  14. Presentations
  15. Case Studies
  16. White Papers
  17. Newspaper
  18. E-paper
  19. Magazines
  20. Brochures
  21. Fliers
  22. Billboards
  23. Posters
  24. Mobile apps
  25. Social Media Messages
  26. Chats
  27. Website content
  28. Microsites
  29. Blog comments
  30. Interviews
  31. Q&A
  32. News
  33. Product Reviews
  34. Product Announcements
  35. Reports
  36. Demonstrations
  37. Forum
  38. Press Releases
  39. Wikis/Dictionaries
  40. Workshop
  41. Events
  42. Contests
  43. Conferences
  44. Meet ups
  45. Live Chats
  46. Polls
  47. Surveys
  48. Quiz
  49. Worksheets
  50. Guides

It is important that you are familiar with content categorization and its uses. We will elaborate on each content type in my next posts. Subscribe to our newsletter to know when there is a new article for you.

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