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Design (10)

29
Apr

Beware Of This Web Design Trend

Fashion. Architecture. Cars. Design is constantly evolving. Web design is no different.

Full-screen designs have been trending for a few years now. I don't mean responsive or adaptive designs that automatically re-size to the screen on which they’re being viewed. I'm referring to designs that take up all the real estate on the screen, have animation flying in from all directions, and require endless scrolling.

Those web designs are interactive and fun, which is why business owners and marketing departments desire them. And that design trend works great for restaurants and entertainment-related websites, but they’re not right for every business. Here’s why.

12
Mar

A Huge Opportunity to Boost Your Mobile Traffic

Google’s new ranking algorithm will take mobile compatibility into account. So, if your website isn’t compatible for viewing on mobile platforms by April 21, 2015, it may not rank as high in search results on mobile devices.

27
Feb

What Goes into a Great Banking Website

Think about your bank or credit union's website. What's most important to you, as a consumer?

When we sat down with VacationLand Federal Credit Union to discuss their new website, that was the question that drove our discussion.

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14
Jan

The Cost (and Value) of Your Website

Will you be exploring changes to your website this year?

Depending on your goals and the functionality you'd like to include, the right solution could have a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars. In order to justify that expense, you'll want to optimize the site's visibility and effectiveness. That requires keeping the site updated with relevant content. 

That might seem like a daunting challenge - maybe even a cost-prohibitive one, at first - but an effective website can pay huge dividends.

22
Dec

Marketing Meets Music

As a website design and development agency, we typically work with businesses and organizations that want to improve their user experience and increase their online visibility.

Musician Jaime Mills was looking for a company to help him develop his brand and create an online destination for his music and videos. He approached more than a few agencies that opted not to work with him because he wasn't a business or organization. Happily, it's their loss.

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12
Aug

Behind the Curtain: The Thought Process of One Website's Design

In late July 2014, WebArt launched the new BusinessVoice.com. The website is the online home of the Madison Avenue Marketing Group's On Hold Marketing agency.

We talked with Scott Greggory, the group's Vice President of Creative Services, for a little insight into what makes the site unique.

27
May

6 Tips for Creating a Great Web User Experience

The key to making your website work for you is to make it work for your visitors. To create a great online user experience, you have to focus on the details and anticipate your visitors' needs.

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23
May

The Foundation of an Effective Website

Your website is where your consumers go to look for your contact information, browse your products, and find expert insight. If your site doesn't engage your users or provide the information they're looking for, quickly, they'll move on to the next search listing.

Here are three simple foundations that will improve user retention, generate repeat visits and quality leads, and increase sales.

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14
Jul

Connecting with Customers on Your Website

As a Point-Of-Entry Marketing agency, we encourage our clients to connect with their customers in all the ways they interact with their business, including their website. But if a company’s website isn’t designed with the end-user in mind, it can confuse and even annoy current or potential customers.

In their Get to the Point newsletter, MarketingProfs quotes Jonathan Kranz: “There may be nothing particularly ‘wrong’ about the design, the underlying coding, or even the writing, but these websites aren’t right, because they fail to connect with customers in any meaningful way.”

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01
Apr

Beauty Isn't Only Skin Deep: How Web Appearance Relates to Function

So, your website ranks at the top of a Google search. Great! But does it look good? And why should you care?

Researchers in Japan conducted a study to determine if there is a correlation between appearance and the perceived functionality of an object, like an ATM. They wanted to know if people would find the ATM easier to use if it was more attractive. And people did.

In a piece for The Signal, Karen Maleck-Whiteley recapped the study: “There was no real difference between the actual machines tested and how they functioned, but the one that looked nicer was consistently thought to be easier to use.”

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