Subscribe to Email Updates

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 9:53:25 AM by Greg DeVore

Chunking Information to Make It Easier For Your Attendees to Retain

Our brains struggle to remember more than 5-7 things. We just aren't very good at remembering more than that. But our brains are very good at chunking information.

Chunking information is the process where we break up large amounts of information into manageable chunks. It's almost like putting things into folders.

Let's look at how this works with phone numbers in the United States. I live in Northern Virginia
just outside of Washington DC. There are basically three area codes that I usually run into: 703, 571 (which are both in Northern Virginia), and 202 which is Washington, DC.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 2:52:35 PM by Greg DeVore

5 Ways ScreenSteps Makes Your Company Look More Professional

It didn't used to matter what your documentation site looked like. Gobs of text. No formatting. No design. They were awful to look at and nobody cared. 

But those days are gone. Today, the quailty of your knowledge base can play a major role in the perception of your company and your product. But making a great looking knowledge base can be tricky if you don't have the right tools. In this artilce I am going to outline 5 ways ScreenSteps makes you look great.

1. A beautiful knowledge base

The first thing ScreenSteps will do for you is give you a beautiful looking knowledge base. What your knowledge base looks like is one of the trust factors your customers will rely on. When you have a great looking knowledge base your customers will have more confidence in your company.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 7:00:00 AM by Greg DeVore

How to Cover Everything in Your One Hour Corporate Training Session

As a Documentation Admin and Trainer you may feel that you are being asked to do the impossible: 

  • Make your training engaging
  • Keep it short
  • Make sure you cover everything

How can you cover everything that you need your team to know, keep it engaging AND do it all in a 1-hour session?

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 11:30:35 AM by Greg DeVore

5 Ways ScreenSteps Helps New Documentation Managers Do Their Job Better

There are many ways that ScreenSteps can help you write and deliver documentation that your customers actually want to read. But there are a few features that are especially beneficial for new documentation managers. Here are the top 5.

1. You don't need a PhD to use ScreenSteps

If you are a new documentation manager then you have enough things to deal with. Dealing with overly complicated software shouldn't be one of them. The typical training time to get up and running in the ScreenSteps authoring tool is about 15-30 min. Other solutions can take weeks or even months to learn. Many of our customers tell us that they felt like they needed a PhD to use other solutions.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 9:10:00 AM by Greg DeVore

Converting a Word File to Publish to Zendesk

We get a lot of questions about moving documentation from Word or PDF files into an online format. It is often a necessary but somewhat painful process. Here are a few tips that will hopefully help.

In this artilce we will be talking about some tips to move from Word to an online system such as Zendesk. In a later article we will talk about how to move from PDF files to an online system.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM by Greg DeVore

How ScreenSteps Helps Enterprise Software Companies Deliver Customer Success with Better Documentation

Enterprise software is very different from other types of software. Many enterprise applications only have a handful of customers who pay a very large amount of money. That means that each customer relationship is crucial. Gaining or losing a single customer can have a major impact on your business.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 2:54:00 PM by Greg DeVore

Documentation Ninja Tricks: Changing Text on a Web Page for a Screenshot

One of the worst parts about using screenshots in your documentation is getting rid of sensitive information that you don't want showing up in your documentation. This could be names, email addresses, or anything else you don't want showing up.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 12:57:05 PM by Jonathan DeVore

Onboarding Review: Kajabi

In this week's review of how other SaaS (software as a service) products are onboarding new customers, we're going to check out Kajabi - a SaaS for building online courses, membership sites, and information products.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 9:03:00 AM by Greg DeVore

How to Evaluate your Documentation

How do you know if your online documentation is making an impact? How do you know what you need to improve? In this article, we are going to give you a a few questions you can use to evaluate how well your documentation site is prepared to help your customers.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 9:02:00 AM by Greg DeVore

How to Know What Customer Support Articles you Need to Write

One of the most overwhelming tasks for a new documentation manager or customer success manager is knowing what content they need to create.