Branding and Your Website
By: Adam Groff
Considering the average attention span of Internet users is around three-seconds per web page, if your company has something to say, they better say it fast and effectively.
Web design and branding might as well be synonymous if your company wants to get its message across.
And, in order for branding efforts not to be in vain, there are a few simple guidelines every business should follow.
Tidy Up the Typography
It may seem like a minor detail, but the font on your company’s website could be seriously damaging to your branding.
In regards to consistency alone, if your font sizes are all over the charts or the styles differ from one page to the next, you could be losing traffic.
Likewise, your website needs to set typography expectations early on and follow through with them all the way to the FAQ page.
For example, if your business uses a simple title, subhead, body layout, don’t suddenly change things up for the sake of being fresh – it’ll throw the visitor off.
The only thing worse than a poorly designed website is if that website is hidden underneath a jumble of various colored text, pointless links, pop-up ads, clipart, and photos. Clean and streamlined will come off as more professional and keep visitors interested.
Despite what you might think, your business doesn’t have to get every bit of information on the landing page. Instead, spread things out over a few pages, but just remember to include the call to action and contact info on the homepage.
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Break Things Up
Going along with the streamlined look, snippets are always better than blocks when it comes to text. So, break up large blocks of text into smaller, more manageable paragraphs so the reader doesn’t think they’re looking at a novel.
Also, the more headers the better; by breaking up information into to subheadings, the reader can easily choose exactly what they want to read instead of dragging their feet through information they may already know.
Visitors shouldn’t need a degree in web design to figure out how to get from the homepage to the product or contact page. If the navigation tools on your company’s website are either too complicated or non-existent, re-engineer them.
All the navigation tools for a website should be front and center or down the side of the homepage; they should follow the same layout and be in the same location from one page to the next so visitors don’t get lost.
Be Consistent, Not Boring
There is a huge difference between web design that’s boring and web design that’s consistent, so don’t construe the guidelines above as bland. Color schemes, smart graphic design, and an intuitive layout are both exciting and consistent.
Just remember, web design that exemplifies your company’s branding doesn’t happen overnight. Websites take weeks to build and the design aspect takes up a large part of that time.
If your company’s branding efforts are being squashed by bad web design, start from fresh and see where it takes your brand.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including social media, David Kiger, and personal health.
Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR
The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.”
NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well.
2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer.