A Year in Review: Best Tips and Practices

By Content Bloom

It’s crazy how quickly a year goes by. What’s even more outrageous is how much can change in those 12 short months.

Looking back, Content Bloom has made some major strides. We’ve expanded globally with two brand new offices in our India and Canada headquarters and grown our internal teams.

If that’s not enough, we’ve experimented with a variety of tools and apps to test ways to improve our time management, communications, and administration. We’ve attended conferences where we had the opportunity to:

  • Travel overseas
  • Present demos/panels
  • Speak to rooms full of avid industry folk
  • Share best practices
  • Network
  • Grow and nurture new and lasting relationships

If we had to describe 2019 in one word it would be busy. We did a lot to challenge ourselves and encourage internal and external growth through experimentation and implementation.

As we leap into the roaring 20s, we’ve decided to reflect on some of our favorite moments, tips, and blog posts from 2019.

Sharing is Caring

Instead of just talking about our favorite tips, tools, apps, blogs, or software amongst ourselves, we decided to get way more vocal and began sharing these insights. This meant cheering on businesses via social media channels, creating dialogs at events, and sharing highlights on our own platforms.

If a company delivers a solid quality solution, product, or service the world needs to know! As a result, we made some great connections within the SDL and Sitecore communities and created some much-welcomed buzz-worthiness around services like BambooHR, Trello, Zoom, and Slack.

Tips, Lessons, and More

We realized that the Content Bloom team is exceptional when it comes to managing work-life balance, remote work, and offering up useful advice for the workplace. Yet again, we’d been keeping all of these great insights to ourselves, never realizing that others within the tech industry might benefit from our experience. The solution? A blog series dedicated to the team’s favorite, most useful tricks, and hacks.

Let’s be honest, the majority of “tips” on the internet are repetitive, redundant, and not very useful. We decided to compile a list of insights from everyone in our office because each one of us is coming from a different level professionally and our skills are diverse. So why not create a list that reflects working in the tech industry on all levels?

Attending Conferences

The CB team in Amsterdam at the 2019 Tridion Developer Summit.

We said yes to a lot of things this year and really took on the adventurer role. You can find a look at our best conference moments here.

What we learned:

  • Traveling for work can be fun
  • Networking is a fancy word for making new friends
  • Saying yes to invitations is a great way to develop personally and professionally
  • Participating opens you up to new opportunities
  • The tech community is full of smart, fun, friendly, and open-minded individuals

Stand-Out ICYMI Blogs

A Non-Techie’s Guide to Technology: 6 Valuable Tech Tips for Beginners

From tools and tips to advice and lessons learned, if you’re new to the tech world or looking for a quick refresher, this blog has you covered. This piece delves into time-saving tech hacks that’ll make your entry or return to the digital industry way smoother.

Learn How to Simplify Your Governance Model

Isn’t it great when you stumble across quality blogs that can breakdown high-level concepts in a way that isn’t condescending or repetitive? Well, we’re handing this gem right to you. This post received a lot of attention due to its step-by-step directive approach to CMS and content management principals, as well as the effect and impact on editors and businesses.

7 Important QA Tips for Beginners

There are various types of qualitative testing but the principals are basically the same, even when methods vary. In this article we dissected this practice from beginning to end and includes getting started, pushing to live, and documentation processes.

New Developments at Content Bloom

Before the finishing touches.

In the early spring of 2019, Content Bloom took on one of its hardest feats yet. Relocating. This blog series described the ups, downs, delays, wins, and construction processes undertaken in constructing a brand-new office from the ground up. If you’re currently in the midst of renovations, looking to expand your offices, or are just dealing with construction and restoration, this read will have you laughing and sometimes crying at the amount of work moving and renovating requires. Color mix-ups, delays, teamwork, cooperation, and successful outcomes. This blog post covers it all.

Overcoming Customer Experience Challenges – Where Should CX Be Placed within an Organization?

This piece reflects on the evolution of personalization and the importance of the customer experience in the digital world. If you’re curious about how renowned enterprise-level companies were able to adjust, adapt, and revolutionize their customer service in an ever-expanding market, you’re on the right page.

What Agile Methodology is Best For Your Development Teams in 2020?

Everything you ever needed to know about Agile methodology (we had a bit of a debate happening on social media about this one!) is right here in this post. Sure, some might call it a bit controversial but you can’t argue that these comparisons are insightful.

The Roaring 20’s

Well, there you have it. 365 days of Content Bloom recapped in less than 1,000 words. Content Bloom wishes you a very happy 2020 and we cannot wait to share our 2020 campaign with you, so keep your eyes peeled!

Do you have a favorite 2019 blog, conference, or moment?

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