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  1. ProducerSarah Fisher

    Sarah Fisher

    23/07/2017
    Doing Web Design the Cheapskate way (i.e. thoughts on web hosts, etc)
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  2. Biju Paval

    Biju Paval

    21/07/2017
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  3. Biju Paval

    Biju Paval

    21/07/2017
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  4. Producerbrenda john

    brenda john

    05/07/2017
    Why will Custom Web Development save your business?
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    Sarah Fisher
    23/07/2017 #1 Sarah Fisher
    While this article has a number of valid points, custom web design isn't going to save anyone's business if they have a bad product or serious organizational problems. If they need more effective marketing, custom design is powerful, but it's not the only option.
  5. Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    Made my site mobile and completely re-designed it but the bounce rate is still too high. Any thoughts on how to improve this?

    http://www.executiveoasis.com
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
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    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #23 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    Just to clarify, I have just gone through a complete re-design earlier in the year and certainly do not have the budget to hand $3500 - $5000 over to a designer to re-do the whole site. I know some entrepreneurs who have spent $10,000 for a re-design and it did not make any difference in terms of how much revenue they generated. I am at this point just looking for suggestions to improve the bounce rate within the context of the existing design. Going from static to mobile and giving the whole site a major facelift should have made a big difference. I have the site looked before the update in comments below this one.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #22 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #20 We all have our preferences John. I understand that. What do you mean the container? Are you talking about the size of the background image?
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #21 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #19 I agree 100% re: a video. I have videos on other pages but need to develop an overall corporate video for the first page. The videos I have now are from specific programmes in specific destinations. They are on Youtube and incorporated into specific pages.

    BTW, this is not my blog but my company website.

    I am not taking any of this as criticism but I am totally confused. Of course the site is built for the client. The original page did exactly what you are suggesting. It addressed the client's pain points and issues upfront and then spoke about our services. I did a mock-up to move the text heavy portions and included the link for feedback. (see my last comment) I am not happy with it as it is much too product focused off the top but I would love to get your reaction to this version vs the one that is live..

    I think the first page IS memorable, stunning and eye catching. I don't see too many in my space that are this colourful.

    I have just gone through a major re-design and certainly cannot justify spending on a site with bells and whistles like news tickers and rotating scripts. I am not convinced that this would lead to any improvement in results. If the look of the site was the main issue, I should have seen a significant improvement in bounce rate. This was the old design, which wasn't even mobile. http://executiveoasis.com/corporateeventplanning.html With a dramatic re-design, I should have seen an improvement in bounce rate, inquiries, etc. I did book with a major luxury brand based on the new site so I am on the right track I think but not quite there.
    John de Jonker
    24/06/2017 #20 John de Jonker
    The "container" the actual content lives in means you decrease usable space by roughly 10% (on my iPhone 7 at least). Personally, I like 100% width designs with white backgrounds and either very dark gray or black text for readability.

    Grats on the (re-)launch tho!
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #19 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    who is the site made for You or Them? Dress your iffers as events and happenings instead of a menu, use the time dimension to make it soon released, booked, done, archived, gone. Law of attraction love novelties. Make it fun, eye catching colors, trailers, video announcements, interactive.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #18 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    i envision an intro focusing on clients experience and featured benefits. Then navigation should be lateral ...Just saying. If you keep it this way too long you will loose audience and targets on the long term. A first page must be stunning and memorable.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #17 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    The use of heatmap analytics would define the actual users behavior and drop off areas and topics.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #16 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    The website should be redesigned with a kind of software UI style, like a mobilemor web app, otherwise we stay in cognitive overload. Use News tickers rotating scripts instead of stacking up read more blocks.
    ☘️Don Philpott
    24/06/2017 #15 ☘️Don Philpott
    #11 Hi Anna, I see your reasoning. I'm looking at the multiplicity of ways a customer can reach your site, direct, search, ads, mailings, business card, referral, backlink, etc. I like ... "We offer management consulting, organizational development consulting,
    executive retreats, team building, & keynotes." It begins the FAB flow. Its keyword specific, factual and object specific. On a side note - objective info is always better, so A/B test, multi-variant test, crazyegg.com, hotjar.com + google analytics will give concrete method of approach overtime. I like sumo.com too
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #14 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Your page slider script shouldnot showcase experiences but several positionning of your activities, subdivided in different sub-blogs. What CMS are you using?
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #13 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Leave the first page as it is if you wish, but just put a landing page prior to it or several that would segment the different field of interests, to funnel them into categories.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #12 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    #7 Thanks Don Philipo, we are on the same frequency, lol ! @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA we are not criticizing the content nor the site, but the first page ergonomy.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #11 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #9 @☘️Don Philpott @stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Frankly I don't think this flows as well in terms of addressing client issues up front. I think it breaks the rules of engagement and that it's much too "product" focused before addressing client pain points. However, I have experimented by moving the more text heavy portions lower down on the page. Does this help? http://www.executiveoasis.com/indexnew.html
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #10 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #9 The links to my cores services are the first things people see on the page so I am not sure what you mean. I have to set the context to differentiate my company from those that are promoting strictly recreational services as team building.
    ☘️Don Philpott
    24/06/2017 #9 ☘️Don Philpott
    #8 Fairly straightforward ...if I'm your current or potential customer, I'm looking for specific information in regard to your key product (and its utility to me) contact point/points and potentially pricing, etc., After that there the "social proof"elements - which you hit well (links are branded, the youtube site is particularly good). Your analytics will tell you where you lose people, how many pages they view and if they considered, attempted./aborted on your "call to action."
    https://www.pinterest.com/ad360/landingpages-youve-just-landed-paging-mai-seo/
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #8 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #7 I don't know what you mean by cognitive overload. The first page has basically 2 sections of text broken up with photos. Please clarify.
    ☘️Don Philpott
    24/06/2017 #7 ☘️Don Philpott
    Its fine - links work, Mr. Metral does have a point with the cognitive overload element. Analytic would give more info.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #6 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #1 Bounce rate means that people aren't staying on the pages or the site as long as I would like them to.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #5 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #4 Hmmm There is not very much at all on the first page. I'll reach out to discuss it with you though.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #4 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Dear @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA , what is the exact bounce rate vs the total quarterly total hits , do you have intel on your analytics, can you share it privately. For
    From the first the 1st page look, a high disegagement rate is no surprise. That can be corrected with way less different infos giving to much to the brain to proceed and choose from. Message me in private if you wish to do a session together.
  6. ProducerMuneeb Qadar

    Muneeb Qadar

    02/06/2017
    How to Increase User Engagement with Web Design Elements
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  7. ProducerJohn Enright

    John Enright

    29/05/2017
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    Louise Smith
    30/05/2017 #1 Louise Smith
    Very good advice thanks John
  8. Natasha Tsakiris
    Outdated Website? 3 Common Website Mistakes That Scare Away Visitors
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  9. John Enright

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    27/04/2017
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  10. ProducerRinki Sharma

    Rinki Sharma

    24/04/2017
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  11. ProducerEdwin Meehan

    Edwin Meehan

    22/04/2017
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  12. ProducerCharlie Brown

    Charlie Brown

    20/04/2017
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  13. Irfan Ahmed

    Irfan Ahmed

    12/04/2017
    If you want to know about how to look a creative website design with well user experience then you must read shared story.

    See here: https://goo.gl/RX6v3c:
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  14. ProducerIrfan Ahmed

    Irfan Ahmed

    12/04/2017
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  15. ProducerAngle Studios

    Angle Studios

    23/03/2017
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  16. Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    Something is wrong with this picture - Pre & Post Conversion to Mobile

    I have been working really hard since the Christmas break converting my website to mobile. It has been a TON of work and the conversion is almost complete. I just went into my Statcounter stats and I was absolutely horrified. My site is doing worse now than before the conversion.

    Take a peek:

    http://www.executiveoasis.com

    Any ideas as to why this is the case?
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
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    Sarah Fisher
    23/07/2017 #18 Sarah Fisher
    the process needs to be repeated.

    4) The font that you are using for your top-level headers needs to be updated. That really stood out to me against the more modern glass like design and the other fonts as an eyesore, that it took me a second look to appreciate the work that you had in fact put in. Many users may not give you that chance.

    5) Finally I would consider external factors for the drop in traffic, as I'm sure you've probably done already. Check your SEO and your social analytics.
    Sarah Fisher
    23/07/2017 #17 Sarah Fisher
    After a quick comparison with this: https://web.archive.org/web/20161005130945/http://www.executiveoasis.com/
    I have some advice as to why the website is suffering.

    1) The mobile iteration of the website makes it so I have to scroll down to see the name of your company. I don't know what's going on and what you're about immediately, which is important for establishing credibility. In the previous iteration of the site, your company name and logo was front and center - I immediately knew what you were about. The colorful images don't tell me much. I would suggest moving your company name above the images, and perhaps changing the font of said name to match the navigation.

    2) The Social Media links, which are above the images, are a colorful distraction to draw visitors away from your site. You already have them at the bottom of the page, so you don't need them at the top of the page - you want your easily distracted visitors to stay on the website and convert.

    3) For the mobile site, you badly need to ditch the form-style dropdown and get a proper jQuery mobile menu that's organized properly. The form dropdown is hard to tap open for fingers, and the options in the dropdown menu are confusing to sort though or scroll though. This is admittedly a complex process, and I understand why you would want to skip over it if you are new to web design or finding the process arduous.

    For an example of what I mean, gradually shrink your internet browser window on this website: https://www.apple.com/ Basically, you want to use your media queries to remove the floats from your horizontal navigation and turn it back into a vertical list, center it, then make it so it doesn't display when the page loads. Then you need to have an image (like an arrow, or even text with the word menu) that does display. Then you need a jQuery onclick(); element so that the menu displays when the user taps the image. Yours is even more complicated because you have submenus, for which Close
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    26/06/2017 #16 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    @Ross Hall My Google Analytics are now working. I couldn't figure out what was going wrong.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    25/06/2017 #15 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    Hmmm who was the anonymous user? Did I say something to offend him?
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    25/06/2017 #14 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    @Ross Hall Thank you. I thinik I figured it out. I completely missed the Google Analytics code in the HTML markup. Let's see if it works now. Once again thanks.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    25/06/2017 #13 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #12 Thanks. Hmm I think I ahve the right GA code. Where do you see the GA code for Uxbarn. What file? Please copy and past the lines of code so I can figure this out.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    25/06/2017 #11 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    One thing is certain though, I simply cannot get Google Analytics to pull in any data for my site. I am not sure why.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    25/06/2017 #10 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #7 Not sure where you are seeing 40 errors. This is what Google returned for me. Tested on: 25 Jun 2017 at 10:49
    Page is mobile-friendly
    This page is easy to use on a mobile device
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    25/06/2017 #9 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #7 I will run it through the test. I have no follow on some pages that need to stay there. Maybe about 4 pages. I am just guessing. It's definitely mobile friendly. It was based on this template which has been completely validated. http://preview.themeforest.net/item/lamoon-responsive-resort-and-hotel-template/full_screen_preview/2791966?_ga=2.175585313.209696405.1498333604-1453231375.1496922513
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    24/06/2017 #6 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #5 I had no idea where it was coming from as I don't know javascript but I figured it out.

    Most of the traffic comes from Google.

    Any other thoughts?
    Harvey Lloyd
    22/03/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    Great website.
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    22/03/2017 #1 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    In Q4 2008, it was generating 18K a month. In November, 2008 alone it was 8.9K.
  17. ProducerWilliam Turner

    William Turner

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    Noël De Castro
    23/02/2017 #3 Anonymous
    #2 Hay mucho cabrón suelto. Pero tb existe la parte dura de los creativos con el cliente, este video resume una pequeña parte :P
    https://vimeo.com/39861702
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    23/02/2017 #1 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Thanks !! I really enjoyed it !
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  23. Bohdana Komichak
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  24. Sam Codd

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    Kristen Begley
    06/02/2017 #1 Kristen Begley
    Mobile devices make up 58% of total searches! It's high time we all make sure our websites are mobile responsive. I found these mobile website design tips super helpful.
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