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OVERVIEW

Content and UX writing for the Reporting feature in Campaign Manager 360 and Display & Video 360.

ROLE

Technical Writer Intern

TEAM

Technical Writer Manager, UX Writing Lead, Program Technology Manager, Interaction Designer, Software Engineer

Based at Google NYC

TIMELINE

June to August 2021 (12 weeks)

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TLDR;

As part of the Ads Technical Writing and UX Writing team, I had the amazing opportunity to improve the usability of the ads management systems, Campaign Manager 360 and Display & Video 360. The products allowed users to analyze their ad campaigns based on relevant metrics and dimensions.

My summer project had 3 overarching themes:

Due to the nature of the product, the project details and internal deliverables are under NDA. For anyone at Google, feel free to check out my work as rhoh@.

Here’s a brief overview:

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UNDERSTANDING THE ADS SPACE

After interviewing users and researching the product, I found that there’s a complicated, ads-specific vocabulary used in the advertising world. As a result, new users felt outside of their comfort zone when they scrolled through unfamiliar metrics and dimensions.

Users needed more:

  1. Context within the product
  2. Consistent use of terminology or concepts across products
  3. Updated and clear documentation to reference
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KEEPING CONTENT WITHIN REACH

I talked with software engineers, UX designers, and other technical writers to refine the solution of adding in-UI tooltips with descriptions to educate users on the meaning of complex concepts without ever leaving the page.

This is roughly how the writing process went:

Researching metrics and dimensions Drafting metrics and dimensions Feedback for metrics and dimensions Revising metrics and dimensions Implementing metrics and dimensions

The biggest challenge was condensing paragraphs of information into copy that would fit on the limited real estate in the UI. Leveraging the domain expertise of subject matter experts and the technical aptitude of our users, I drafted 50+ descriptions that were explanatory, yet concise.

Through this process, I also learned about translating text to other languages and creating a design system for content!

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ADDITIONAL PROJECTS

I learned that technical writing is a juggling act –– I split my time between several projects during my 3 months on the team.

Product education

UX writing

Documenting product launches

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PUBLISHED WORDS

The following docs were originally published in summer 2021.

Other deliverables include:

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LEARNINGS

Technical writing is, at its core, education. We are teaching users about our products, beyond just how to use them. In order to accomplish this goal, I learned that more content isn't always the answer. Sometimes removing information or being intentional about the placement of content can make the main idea more clear. Placing clear, instructional writing within the user interface itself is an effective and accessible way to provide valuable context.

Finally, the time spent researching patterns and speaking to subject matter experts may not yield tangible deliverables, but it's one of the most crucial steps in the technical writing process. I now have even greater appreciation for the importance of this work and learning how to communciate the impact of this work to stakeholders!