About Yolanda Fintschenko

Yolanda is a scientist, writer, marketer, community leader and avid runner who lives and works in Livermore, CA. Yolanda started out in the field of lab-on-a-chip at Sandia National Labs. After having to transfer technology to industry, she moved to industry to build an international marketing team of scientists to exert technical influence in the field of food safety for Thermo Fisher Scientific. She took that expertise to LabSmith to run marketing and sales. At a small company, she discovered the significance of digital tools to amplify word-of-mouth, and is now a passionate advocate of a holistic digital marketing approach tailored to technical products and markets as co-founder of FounderTraction.

5 Must-Haves For Developer-Friendly Advertising

Developers look for information much in the same way as any other consumer. They use search engines, peers, and social media. But unlike the average consumer, they also rely heavily on developer-to-developer (D2D) communities, and newsletters from these communities that alert them to technical content and news. Within the context of their D2D environment, they do consume advertising like banner ads. And, the good news is, they don’t necessarily hate advertising...provided it comes in a form they appreciate with information they can use. Thanks to our own anecdotal evidence from our Meet the Developer series and the good people [...]

By |2019-11-21T12:19:19-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Advertising to Developers, Marketing to Developers|

Your Developer Community Technical Content Starter Guide

Developer Community Building 101 There are many sources of developer community building information, including conferences (DevRelXCon), training, and articles. An interesting article about developer community building best practices by SparkPost CMO Josh Aberant made it to a mainstream marketing media site, MarketingLand. This worthy piece invited the question: What content accompanies these useful best practices? The 6 Best Practices Josh Aberant offered these best practices: Research what kind of members you want to attract, so you’re able to draw them in with authentic interactions and relevance. Put a plan in place before you launch, making sure you’ve got perfect [...]

By |2019-11-20T17:09:46-05:00October 30th, 2019|Content Marketing, Maximize Content|

Talk Technical to Me: Voice Search and Developer Content Marketing

Really, though? Really. Even for technical information, voice search is on the rise, and developers, DevOps teams, and other IT professionals are using it. Don’t believe us? Believe Evans Data. Results from their  2019 Developer Marketing Survey reveal that developers commonly use voice-activated search or voice-recognition-based search to look for technical information. How common is it?  >60% said that this activity occurs at least a few times per week. Now what? Start simple. There are some voice-activated search principles that translate into creating content across markets, including developers. The translational voice-activated search principles for technical content are common sense [...]

By |2019-09-18T06:48:33-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Content Marketing, Maximize Content|

Meet ContentLab Director Michael Desmond

Quality Reigns The role of ContentLab director is fundamentally a business role, developing and perfecting product. With Michael Desmond, former Editor-in-Chief of MSDN Magazine, in that role, the message is clear: content quality is job one. The Person Behind the Role Tell me about yourself. Where did you grow up, where do you live, and what is your role in ContentLab? I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the vacation capital of the Midwest. I went to college in Vermont, at Middlebury College where I was actually a Soviet Studies major, of all things.  A few years after [...]

By |2019-11-05T17:00:42-05:00October 18th, 2019|Meet ContentLab IO|

What Should a Tech Resource Hub Look Like?

Before Tech Support If you are marketing to developers or other experts in tech, it’s likely you are building some kind of community. Sure, you have your existing customers who need documentation, tutorials, etc. However, what attracts new techies to your brand and your product is all the information you provide before they hit Download, and certainly before they hit Purchase. Enter the tech resource hub. Why? Well, some of it is about building developer enthusiasm for your product. But they can’t talk about it if they don’t know how to use it. So there’s the developer/tech buzz factor. [...]

By |2019-11-05T17:01:17-05:00October 16th, 2019|Content Marketing, Maximize Content|

The Making of Developer Buzz

Developer Buzz What makes for developer buzz? Getting regular programmers to share thoughts and information in developer communities (not necessarily just social media). What makes them valuable is that their posts get engagement. So how do you ignite developer buzz? You give them a technical story to tell, then let them — and hopefully several developers like them tell it in developer communities all over the interwebs. Here’s the thing: You may use paid channels to promote the content, but truly persuasive developer buzz happens organically. Why? Organically shared information is much more authentic. For a highly skeptical community [...]

By |2019-11-05T17:02:03-05:00October 9th, 2019|Maximize Content|

Maximize Your Content: You Can Infographic That!

It’s Like a Map It’s true, a picture is worth a thousand words. But infographics often include words, and even need them to tell a story. That’s because an infographic is more of an information map, helping the viewer understand a frame of logic, a concept, a process, and the significance of information. By using eye-catching graphics with minimal words, infographics engage our brain’s ability to see patterns and trends. While developers lack patience for infographic overuse, they will respond to judicious use. Increase your technical content ROI by finding an image you can create that is more impactful [...]

By |2019-11-05T17:02:29-05:00October 2nd, 2019|Content Marketing, Maximize Content|

Social Media and The Snack-Size Campaign

What Is That Loud Sucking Sound? Whether you have produced content in-house or have it produced for you, content is a huge investment. Your content marketing campaign likely feels like a vacuum of endless content need. However, it’s doubtful you have the budget to feed what seems like a force of nature. No worries — Repurposing content allows you to maximize your investment and provide a seemingly infinite content source for your campaign, including your social media campaigns. Why Social Media? Social media networks are just one of many channels where you will find a developer audience. Serving content [...]

By |2019-11-05T17:04:23-05:00September 25th, 2019|Content Marketing|

How to Create Consumable Technical Content

Even Developers Get Bored Yep — No matter how cool the technology, topic, or tutorial, if it’s not served in the way your audience wants to receive it, they’ll just ignore it. Developers are just as likely as any other audience to ignore a technically rich deep dive if they can’t easily connect it to information they need or want. So what does it take to make developers taste (much less consume) technical content? All They Want Is Extra Time — K.I.S.S. It’s not what you think. Remember K.I.S.S.? (That’s Keep It Simple, Stupid.) Matthew Pruitt, Head of Global [...]

By |2019-11-05T17:03:46-05:00September 18th, 2019|Content Marketing|

3 Ways to Maximize Technical Content Marketing Campaign Results

Maximize Your ROI You’ve acquired authoritative, developer-community resonant technical content. Now what? Is it just going to sit on a landing page or get buried in your blog? Not if you want to maximize exposure and your ROI (return on investment). Focusing on location can help you maximize your technical content campaign results. Location There are three critical aspects to location: where you place the content, where you promote the content, and where you point the content (and the reader). Placement. With something more deep, technical, and evergreen, like a white paper, you might be committed to a landing [...]

By |2019-11-05T17:03:23-05:00September 11th, 2019|Content Marketing, Maximize Content|