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?

 

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December 14, 2013 0

designing a great website – step 4

designing a great website – step 4

 

 preparing content

there are many benefits to working with a creative agency, digital agency or actual web design companies – over freelancers. one of those key benefits is providing your web or online marketing project with insight and knowledge on more than “just design” and “just development” (coding).

one area of insight in planning, designing and building a great website, whether it be for a short term campaign, a corporate website or a product/service website, is to identify and create web specific copy and content. by now, you have established an internal team to work with your chosen creative or digital agency (or website company) and you can establish an editorial workflow that starts by organizing content, looking within your organization for unique content and having the agency rewrite the copy specifically for the web.

(it is also important to have someone from legal review the copy and content going on your website.)

at this point you will have a clear vision of what content needs to be created and you can allow your selected creative team commission this new content which could be copy and/or visual and media assets.

this makes perfect sense when you think about how your organization is built – you have people that have specific skills, educations and abilities into roles where they can flourish and deliver the best results – rather than trying to force an accountant, to also be a sales person, or a sales person to manage a supply chain.

 

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 12, 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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