How to contribute Community content

We've made contributing content to Community easy by providing a simple workflow experience and convenient writing resources to help you along the way.

There are two areas of opportunity for contributing written content; please submit using the following guidance:

  • Community blog: Focused on personal or company Anaplan-related success stories, overcoming business challenges with Anaplan, gaining insights, and general Connected Planning thought-leadership.
  • How To: Provide overall support, knowledge, and guidance to an end result—not applicable to all situations or implementations.

Topic ideas

We are glad you're interested in contributing! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Predictions for 2022: How do you see business changing, and what are the top 3 or 5 ways that Anaplan can help support these changes? How are you moving forward as business has evolved since last year? What insights can you share around planning in general, expanding use of Anaplan, and general success stories?
  • Top Anaplan features: Anaplan is full of valuable features—and always adding new ways to make planning easier. What are the top 3 or 5 features, or recent updates, that you’ve found most valuable and why? How have they simplified your planning process? 
  • Anaplan events: How have you implemented key learnings in your practice? What were the top 3 things you would apply to your business moving forward? 
  • Product features and functionality: Share a success story or key learnings on one of the following (or suggest your own):
    • Optimizer, Management reporting, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), CloudWorks.
  • Focus on the UX
    • Have you tried the Collaboration features? What's the one you cannot live without?
    • How did you approach your transition to the UX and what would you recommend your peers to do to get started and be successful?
    • What tips & tricks do you use to get the most out of the UX?
  • Focus on Security and Administration
    • Have you tried the new CIM governance? What are your recommendations for your peers?
    • Which systems have you integrated using SCIM APIs?
    • How have you designed User Access Management for your Anaplan ecosystem?
  • Focus on Data Integration
    • What Data Integration methods are you using? What would be your recommendations to get started on the automation journey?
    • How are you using CloudWorks to facilitate data flows in your Anaplan ecosystem?
    • What are creative ways for using Transactional API endpoints?
    • How are you leveraging Anaplan's API in your day-to-day planning? What are the top 3 recommendations you could give your peers to be successful in automating data flows and processes?
  • Documentation and Process
    • How does your organization create a cohesive modeling experience across a use case?
    • How do you approach and manage recurring model audits?
    • What are you your best practices for managing model documentation?
    • What is your governance for My Pages like?
    • How do you manage end user communications? e.g., how are Anaplan product updates rolled out to your end users?
  • Anaplan Success Stories
    • Share how Anaplan solved a business challenge and the solutions/outcomes you discovered!
  • Open to your ideas, too!

Submit an article 

Step 1:  If you're submitting a blog post, please proceed to step two to submit your article (no prior approval is needed). For 'How To' content, we ask that you create a topic outline for approval as a first step. Before you begin, search the Communityto ensure your topic hasn't already been covered. See the article attachment in the right sidebar for an article outline guide before moving to Step 2.  

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Step 2: Create your blog or submit your How To article outline directly in the  Blog  or  How To  section of Community.  

For a blog article:

For a 'How To' article outline:

Look for the “Start an article” prompt in the bottom left of the blog section.

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Look for the blue “Create an article” button in the top right of the page.

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Step 3: Once you’ve created your Blog, or How To article outline, submit it for review.

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You can Save a Draft article and continue working on your content until it's finished.

To find your draft blog post:

To find your draft 'How To' article outline:

At the bottom of the page under Blog Dashboard, look for View All Drafts.

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At the top right of the page, look for Options, and then My Knowledge Base Contributions.

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Step 4: That's it! After you've submitted your blog for review, you will be contacted for clarification or edits. You can review the workflow by clicking  View History on your article’s page. For How To articles, our subject matter experts will provide feedback or approval on your outline before. Once your outline is approved, you can continue working on your How To article in the same place you entered the outline.  

 

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Writing tips

Writing great content doesn't have to be complicated. Before you begin, consider the purpose of your content and how the reader will consume and understand your subject matter. Consider the following to help you structure your content: 

Title: An effective provides a reader with the main idea of what the article will cover. Keep it concise.  

Intro: The introduction is a short paragraph that provides an overview for the reader. It is something that a Community user can read and determine if the article is what they were looking for. It can be helpful to write this last as the introduction needs to provide the reader with an accurate expectation of what is to follow. 

Body: The body of the article includes all the main points of your message. Keep your audience in mind. What do they need to know? What questions or concerns might they have? Are there certain issues (gotchas) that they need to be aware of? Are there other resources you can provide to help them get up to speed? Are there any visuals that would help convey your message? 

Images and Video: Use screenshots and images for reference, with numbered steps or other annotations needed. Animated gifs or video are especially helpful to show a process.

Conclusion: Consider wrapping up your article with a few sentences to summarize the content of your article. Are there any next steps that might be helpful to include? Is there a question to pose to the audience that might help drive discussion in the comments? 

What's next

Remember to make timely updates if your subject matter changes. Subscribe to blogs and the 'How To' sections for real-time updates. Keep contributing! You make the Community great. 

Need help or have a suggestion to make the content contribution process even easier? Please contact us at any time at CommunityContent@Anaplan.com.


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