Website Redesign & Content Creation

As I often mention, I’m the Online Marketing Manager at Binary Tree. We’re currently in the process of redesigning our website and we’rehoping to go live in the next 6-8 weeks (fingers crossed tightly). The project is very near and dear to the hearts of the entire company, including the Executive team, who are more than eager to see the new design along with the recreated messaging. It’s a project that will redefine the company’s message and position us as THE go-to partner for everything encompassing migrations to Microsoft.

Anyway, I have to say that the most difficult aspect of the project hasn’t been the design, the sitemap, or the navigation, but rather the CONTENT. Populating the CMS with current and newly created content is not easy. Silly me …I thought entering content into the new CMS would be a piece of cake, a no-brainer. But, alas, I was wrong. It’s not that it’s difficult to actually copy-n-paste into the new CMS …it’s not that at all. Rather, it’s the TIME it’s taking to repurpose our existing content, create new content with refreshed messaging, and populate the new CMS with our existing website’s archived content.

So the lesson learned is this …if you’re embarking on a website redesign project, you may want to include in the project’s budget a placeholder for a web content consultant or strategist. Two that I recently came across that you may want to consider (in no particular order) are:

  1. Pybop
  2. Predicate

Well, that’s all for now. Back to work!

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Essential B2B Website Design Elements

B2B Website Design Elements

  • Should PROVIDE the visitor with a PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Should have a CLEAR, CONSISE, EASY-TO-USE NAVIGATION
  • Should have an ATTRACTIVE VISUAL DESIGN, ELEMENTS, and ORIGINAL NAVIGATION
  • Should have a CONSISTENT DESIGN that’s APPEALING to a PARTICULAR VISTITOR
  • Should have RICH, STRONG TYPOGRAPHY
  • Should have a FRESH PERSPECTIVE (especially in a somewhat unfresh industry)
  • Should have a COMPELLING CALL-TO-ACTION
  • Should ALIGN the DESIGN with the MESSAGE
  • Should CHANGE MINDS and INCITE ACTION
  • Should POSITION the BRAND as EXPERTS
  • Should PROVIDE SALES with a REASON to ENGAGE
  • Should CREATE BRAND TRANSPARENCY
  • Should PORTRAY BRAND as THOUGHT LEADERS
  • Should encourage COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY, PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT
  • Should be designed for the SOCIAL WEB
  • Should be CONSISTENT in LOOK AND FEEL across all CHANNELS
  • Should be DESIGNED and OPTIMIZED for SEO
  • Should have MEANINGFUL CONTENT
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