designing a great website – step 8

designing a great website – step 8

launch and maintenance

there are two key areas where you will notice the difference between the web ninja, wizard, expert you found on Craigslist or Yelp and the the digital agency or creative agency that you properly vetted.

1) how your new site is promoted

2) the maintenance plan

there are two big myths in website design and development, one being “if you build it they will come”. part of investing the time, energy and resources into re-designing or building a new website is including a roll out plan for promoting the website itself, new features and information.

the second biggest myth is that website design and development is a one time cost. you can definitely treat it as a one time occurrence that only happens every 24-36 months – but if you are unlucky enough to be in a competitive industry or field – you will lose out. to get the most out of your online marketing and website, you need to have an on-going maintenance and management plan that includes content editing and updates as well as technical and security updates that will optimize your website for search engines, viewing and interaction for your users.

ideally your website designer, digital agency or creative agency has a pro-active monthly/quarterly maintenance plan or if you are large enough to have your own internal IT department, part of launching and promoting your new website also includes a transition plan to shift ownership and maintenance to your IT and marketing departments.

 

hot soup media is a creative agency, headquartered in Vancouver BC and provides graphic design, website design, AD design and branding services to our clients. hot soup media has the people, the processes, the tools, the knowledge and the intuition to be the ideal business/agency partner for your [company, campaign, vision, brand, product, service]

 

December 16, 2013 0

designing a great website – step 6

designing a great website – step 6

 

 developing the technical design

for some reason, this is where a lot of website design conversations begin…and often how an amateur will approach your website and online marketing needs.

technology is a tool to leverage and/or execute on an idea – TECHNOLOGY IS NOT THE IDEA.

if you the web design agency, company or team that you are meeting with starts the conversation with buzzwords like WordPress, HTML5, Responsive, AJAX, PHP,e-commerce, CMS, SEO, XML, JSON, JavaScript, Ruby, Perl, Python, Drupal, Joomla, and any other odd combination of letters and numbers – kindly thank them for their time and move on.

a great website building team, company, agency always chooses the best technology for each specific project. what YOUR goals are, what YOUR website’s purpose is and what content will be shared – determine how to best choose, implement and leverage different technologies – NOT what the developer is only comfortable with.

how good is the fanciest and smartest phone – without any sort of network/internet connection?

 

hot soup media is a creative agency, headquartered in Vancouver BC and provides graphic design, website design, AD design and branding services to our clients. hot soup media has the people, the processes, the tools, the knowledge and the intuition to be the ideal business/agency partner for your [company, campaign, vision, brand, product, service]

 

 

December 14, 2013 0

designing a great website – step 3

designing a great website – step 3

 

define structure

the most common misstep in planning, designing and developing a new website is thinking that content is the last step. content is critical. content is the reason your audience wants to engage with your brand online. content is why your marketing efforts drew them in. before any concepts are developed, before any layouts are approved – your content plan needs to be outlined and the relationship between all of your content needs to be mapped out.

once you have defined and logical relationships – not based on your company’s hierarchy or department structure – but based on how your audience will be interacting and engaging with your website(s). this takes thought and insight – this is what separates “web designers” you will find on craigslist and web design & web development teams that work within creative agencies.

deciding on technology and feature sets – all depend on the content you plan to have online, so worry more about web specific content and less about wether your website will be responsive, running wordpress, use HTML5, JQuery and yada yada yada – if you hire a great digital agency and web design team, they will show you all of the cool things your website could do.

there is a difference – and your marketing ROI will show it.

 

hot soup media is a creative agency, headquartered in Vancouver BC and provides graphic design, website design, AD design and branding services to our clients. hot soup media has the people, the processes, the tools, the knowledge and the intuition to be the ideal business/agency partner for your [company, campaign, vision, brand, product, service]

 

 

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