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May 29, 2019 Product Updates

Legendary soccer player Mia Hamm-Garciaparra said, “The backbone of success is...determination, good planning, and perseverance.”

Why are we quoting Mia? We’re counting the days until the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and while Mia won’t be competing, her quote resonates because successful content doesn’t just happen.

Far from it: Creating impactful content requires good planning.

If you’re not gung-ho about soccer, that’s okay—we can all get excited about this release’s updates to Canvas timeline charts, which show you your teams’ plans for bringing your content strategy to life.

Now, your timeline charts will expose custom field dates, task dates, and event dates so you can visualize your campaigns and programs and the content within them more powerfully than ever before.

Leverage these content dates to:

  • Plan with full awareness: Look at the content in your initiatives and the most important dates to plan against to bring content through idea to execution to impact.
  • Identify (and avert) bottlenecks: See where potential roadblocks might arise and make a plan to avoid them with deftly allocated resources.  
  • Increase leadership visibility: Share your timelines with directors and executives so they can see your planned initiatives and content dynamically, and know you’re executing your organization’s strategy on schedule.

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(Make sure to read Miliana’s pro tip below on how to set up your initiatives and their content in Studio in order to surface these dates in your timelines!)

 

In addition, your Canvas plans and Insights dashboards are now sorted alphabetically, making it easier to find the campaigns and programs you’re looking for.

 

Miliana’s Kapost Pro Tip

We’ll share a Kapost Pro Tip—a handy platform how-to that you might not know about yet—in each product release summary article. This one is from Miliana Budimirovic, Senior Customer Success Manager at Kapost.

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The new content dates in Canvas timeline charts unlock brand-new timeline visualization capabilities in Kapost. The event dates, content task dates, and custom field dates you can see on your timelines will enable you to drill down into not only your initiatives’ details but their content, too.

Now that it’s time to build your new and improved views, how do you make sure you’re setting up your initiatives and their content in Studio so these dates are visible in your timelines?

Event dates may already be familiar to you if you manage events in Kapost. Similar to the start and end dates on your initiatives, these are the start and end dates on an event content type within an initiative. You might have seen these dates on your calendar views in Studio—now, you’ll see them in Canvas timeline charts as grey diamonds.

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Task dates are workflow deadlines on content. They let you see where a piece of content is along its production cycle. In your chart’s settings panel you’ll select exactly which workflow tasks on which content types you want your chart to display. This lets you control which dates appear, and when some should be removed to declutter a busy timeline.

  • Pro tip: Leverage shared tasks for the most powerful use of task dates. These are the tasks that are configured in your settings and included in workflows across content types. This unlocks full functionality for tasks in Canvas as well as Insights, the calendar, and your catalogs.

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Keep in mind: Task dates will only appear in the timeline for content with workflows that have task deadlines assigned. If a piece of content doesn’t have a filled-out workflow with task deadlines, task dates won’t appear on your chart.

Like the task dates you select to see in your chart, you can choose specific custom field dates you’d like to add to your view as the small grey squares. These dates are helpful when you’re managing custom field dates on content, such as original target completion date or other dates that might not be represented as a workflow task.

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