Content Management Systems

  • August 19, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • POP

Is it "content management system" or "content manglement system"? It's up to us. Join content strategists and the content curious for a night of refreshments, commiserating and sharing around how we manage content. To kick of the coversation, there's a double-header of short talks, interrupted by one mercifully long intermission, along with plenty of time for questions and chat at the end.

Wordpress Smarts

While WordPress started out as "just a blogging platform" in 2003, it has earned an honored spot as one of the most popular web content management systems. In fact, the latest statistics from W3Techs shows WordPress has cornered over 57% of the known CMS market and powers nearly 20% of the internet.

From the University of Washington homepage to an online campus map, Mindy Messenger from University Marketing will share some of the creative ways her team has leveraged WordPress.

Empathy For The Devils

In the lightning round, Scott Pierce, POP's Senior Content Strategist, takes us on a familiar tour through the small circles of hell we go through toward CMS readiness. Many of the gremlins and demons we encounter can be exorcized, destroyed or made our pets. Sprinkled with insights and examples, it's a manifesto on recognizing the challenges we'll face, and imagining a future we can build for a better author experience.

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Again, thanks to POP for providing the space, snacks and refreshments for the evening. POP has been transforming ideas into experiences for the world's most visible and vibrant brands since 1996. They're fully-digital, technology-agnostic and over 250 strong, with offices in Seattle and San Jose (Costa Rica, that is).

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  • Maria

    Hello everyone. I am what you would call content-curious. This was my first meetup and I am very happy I decided to join you. It seems to me that this group is about good, approachable people who want to do a great job and that is a wonderful thing to be a part of. I learned many things and I look forward to the next meetup. Thank you to everyone and to POP for their hospitality.

    August 27, 2013

  • Luis A.

    Really enjoyed the evening, thanks again to the presenters and to POP.

    I've got a request of the group: I'm looking for a woman who'd be interested in representing the interests of content strategy at an AAF Seattle panel on content and engagement on 9/19.

    Details are in a post of mine on the discussion board for this group: http://www.meetup.com/Content-Strategy-Seattle/messages/boards/thread/37331512#[masked]

    Hoping to give some visibility to the cause and to a talented person from the group here, so please don't be shy!

    August 27, 2013

  • Nick

    Sorry I couldn't make it. Last minute dinner with the team to prep for client meeting tomorrow. "Yes, we need a content strategist on our visioning team." I figure you'd all forgive me for missing this meetup in favor of employing one of our own. ;)

    1 · August 19, 2013

    • Scott P.

      Absolutely - somebody has to create the work!

      August 20, 2013

  • melinda h.

    Scott and Mindy's presentations were relevant, informative and very entertaining! Thanks to you both!

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Elizabeth R.

    Thanks to POP for hosting and to Mindy and Scott for presenting very informative insights into their encounters with content management systems. I'm now so proud to be a printer's devil leading teams chunk and blob out into the light.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • John S.

    Content content content

    August 19, 2013

  • Maureen

    Due to a conflict, I'm sorry to back out last minute.
    Tonight's topic is timely for me as I am on contract along with 5 other content specialists to help a company manage a web site/migration (massive) from MS Server 2003 to Limelight/Clickablity

    August 19, 2013

  • Derek W.

    Sorry I have to cancel last minute. Hope someone on the wait list can use my spot

    August 19, 2013

  • Ana M.

    Nonprofit communications specialist here.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • John S.

    Content content content

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Nick M.

    Looking forward to my first meet up!

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • Cynthia H.

      WElcome Nick, it's a good group and lots of fun.

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • Lauren H.

      Nick! We've come a long way since our time interning together at ChemPoint. :) Looking forward to catching up!

      1 · August 15, 2013

  • Terry S.

    Terry Schmidt

    August 15, 2013

  • Ryan B.

    Would it be bad form to just show up and assume that one of the confirmed 101 attendees will be stuck in traffic...or stuck at happy hour?

    1 · August 15, 2013

    • Scott P.

      Thanks for asking - that gives you a pass. We just had to lock it off for the venue today. Folks, if it looks like you're going to be in the situation Ryan described, be a buddy and change your RSVP, would you?

      2 · August 15, 2013

    • Ryan B.

      Excellent, Scott! Thank you! I'll be sure to start happy hour extra early so I get there in time.

      August 15, 2013

  • S. E.

    Any idea how much beyond Wordpress will be discussed - and I presume there will be comparisons.

    1 · August 15, 2013

    • Scott P.

      In the meantime, I feel compelled to show this chart: http://trends.builtwi...­

      1 · August 15, 2013

    • Scott P.

      Edit: fill in

      August 15, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    I am owner of my firm's website content,, but my day job is executive search. Struggling with figuring out a content strategy. Struggling painfully with Wordpress.

    August 14, 2013

    • rick g.

      Shannon - a site that can help with specific questions is http://www.wpbeginner...­ too.

      1 · August 14, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Rick, thank you so much. I appreciate it!

      August 15, 2013

  • Merith B.

    I work in non-profit and we're beginning to research DAMS. Misty suggested that I check this meetup out! Looking forward to it.

    August 14, 2013

  • Luis A.

    It's been too long, guys. Looking forward to being able to make one of these!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • ensley

    First meet up with this group. I' work as a content lead for a travel app.

    August 14, 2013

  • James C.

    Sorry, I'll be in Portland.

    August 13, 2013

  • Melinda

    my first meetup in Seattle, can't wait!

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    see you there

    July 19, 2013

  • Mindy Messenger changed the date and time from Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM to Monday, August 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    June 24, 2013

  • Mindy M.

    Bumping to August. Love you guys, but one meetup a month is plenty. :)

    June 24, 2013

  • Mindy M.

    I can look into booking a venue at the UW, but we won't be able to have alcohol (boo). If anyone has better options, let me know.

    June 18, 2013

    • Mindy M.

      How many can you host? I think one of the organizers can cap the list accordingly.

      June 19, 2013

  • Mindy Messenger changed the date and time to Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    June 18, 2013

  • Grant L.

    I'm a bit of a WordPress nerd, and can bring the design/technical perspective... happy to share my thoughts or contribute what I can to the discussion!

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Paula L.

    I'm a bit of a CMS geek. At this point have worked with: TeamSite, Documentum, Vignette, SiteCore, DotNetNuke, Ektron, Joomla, Mojo Portal, Squarespace, Concrete5 (and probably forgetting something). Happy to share experiences/horror stories.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Beth

    Please, please, please get this one going :) If only so Charles and I can tell you all about Ektron ;)

    1 · January 9, 2013

  • Charles W.

    I have gone through two CMS selections with two different orgs and am preparing to lead a third. So this topic is timely

    1 · September 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have used WordPress, Joomla, SharePoint and have a strong interest in further CMS experience.

    March 30, 2011

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