Your website is a touch-point, a first impression and an opportunity to show the world what, how, and why you do what you do. If your website isn’t an accurate representation of your organization, in simple terms, it’s a failure.
You may have noticed that we just redesigned and re-launched our own website, AdageTechnologies.com. Taking a cue from the lessons we learned during the redesign process, here are five ways your website should represent your organization.
Showcase Your Work
Put your work front and center, make it easy to sort through and make it easy for your users to get lost in your success stories.
On the Adage site, we sort our work by industry, project type and softwareand give our projects the visual representation they deserve.
Show your work instead of telling about it.
Detail All Your Offerings
Adage Technologies has a pretty wide variety of offerings in development and designfor web, mobile, software and e-commerce, so we knew our website needed to give a high-level look at what we’re about while allowing visitors to drill down into specific information about each offering.
Make sure your website lists your services and offerings in a clear, concise manner. Mystery in messaging or presentation kills potential conversion paths.
Illustrate your Process
What you do is important, but how your organization does it it is a valuable message that many websites neglect.
With Adage’s Process page, we explain our process in a visually interesting way and showcase our team members, our most valuable asset. This gives a more personal touch to the site and highlights one of our most powerful differentiators.
Represent Your Brand Promise
Our new site gives a much better representation of Adage’s personality and brand. Prior to the design process, we revisited our company’s mission statement and brand and style guidelines. It’s important for organizations to have core branding messaging in one centralized location.
Some tweaks to our branding reflect our current offerings and reaffirm our commitment to our partners, clients and our work, building stronger identity. The goal is to make sure our clients and others will be able to better associate with Adage.
It’s important that any company’s website has an identity and personality, and we made deliberate strides to achieve that.
One very specific example that we strongly recommend: We forgo generic stock photos in favor of a lot of in-house photography that shows our office, our employees and our everyday working environment.
Make Navigation Straight-Forward
Even if your site does a great job showcasing your work, detailing your offerings, illustrating your process and representing your unique branding, it doesn’t do much good if visitors can’t readily find any of this content. Simplicity of navigation and exploration is paramount.
Navigation on the Adage website was drastically improved when we employed the hub-and-spoke method of site organization. This format makes it easy both to find specific pages on the site and to explore and discover new pieces of valuable content.