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Websites Don't Age Well: 5 Web Redesign Ideas via @Curagami

Websites Don't Age Well: 5 Web Redesign Ideas via @Curagami | timms brand design | Scoop.it

Websites don't age well. Sooner than you think it's time for a web redesign, but don't forget the 5 CSFs (Critical Success Factors) shared here.

5 Critical Success Factors For When Your Web Redesign

Start with Why.Listen to customer votesTest if you can, jump in if you can’t.5 Easy to forget things.Prepare for rain, hope for sun.


This post features behind the scenes notes from our http://www.Moon-Audio.com redesign. Picture above is a "Before" and "After" view of Moon Audio's website. We spent a lot of time working on the site's information architecture.

We spent so much time because we have a lot of customer data now thanks to Google Analytics. We used that data to find the 80-20 rule and kept that finding in mind as we changed site navigation and categories.

This kind of "What Business are we In" work goes to the first two bullet point - Start with Why and Listen To Customer Votes. Another goal, not stated in the Curagami post, was to create an immediate sense of "I'm in the right place" scenttrail.

Ecommerce, especially in popular categories such as #headphones and #electronics, have two kinds of sties. One site is informational making money from passing customers over to sellers. Cnet.com is an example of a content site making money by capturing attention with great content and then passing customers on to a site where they can buy what they've just researched.

The New Ecommerce
We see the New Ecommerce merging Cnet and commerce to build sustainable online community. But there's a problem. Either of those missions is a full-time job - commerce, content or community. Merchants will need to delegate content creation to trusted members of their community and find ways to merchandise content and commerce more seamlessly than ever before.

The new Moon-Audio.com begins the move toward sustainable online content, commerce and community by clearly signalling THIS IS A STORE. Soon we hope to increase the signal to THIS IS A STORE WHERE YOU CAN LEARN TOO and finally THIS IS A COMMUNITY WHERE YOU CAN BUY AND LEARN.

Mashing up, curating and listening are the new skills needed to be a successful online merchant. No ecom site is GREAT at content, commerce and community...yet. Moon-Audio.com will fire on all three ideas over the next few months. Stay tuned.


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Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 20, 2015 2:58 PM

I count on Marty to #curate #content that helps me make my #business better. Thank-you. 

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2014 Marketing Trend: Smaller More Visual Messages, Bigger Impact [great #startups tip]

2014 Marketing Trend: Smaller More Visual Messages, Bigger Impact [great #startups tip] | timms brand design | Scoop.it

The new word in content marketing is small. Increasingly, brands are marketing via short-form social media like Vine, Twitter, Instagram, Instagram video and the newer platform Snapchat--not by broadcasting their silly old messages but by treating their prospects and customers with respect, engaging with them directly through brief snippets of conversation, personality and humor.


But it's not just for fun: Consumers who engage with brands via social media demonstrate a deeper emotional commitment to those brands and spend 20 to 40 percent more than other customers, according to a report from Bain & Company.


Taco Bell has been killing it on Twitter, creating a hip, fun presence to turn customers into evangelists. Based in part on its snappy, very human interactions, the fast-food giant generated enough early buzz to make Doritos Locos Tacos its most successful product launch to date....

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 25, 2013 11:47 AM

Ann Handley says increasingly, brands are marketing themselves via short-form social media.

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:07 PM

Great post for content-phobic startups. If sitting down and blogging daily is too much find alternatives for "little messaging" and do so more frequently and more visually (video, graphics). 

I'm a content and social marketer so would prefer to have both long form and short form content, but if creating the one is too intimidating create the other (short form) since some content marketing is always better than none.

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Experience Economy and storytelling - new ways in the branding process

Experience Economy and storytelling - new ways in the branding process | timms brand design | Scoop.it

Which is the main purpose of “experience economy”? The most important result of this new way of branding is that the customer’s emotions and senses are influenced. the customers are involved and actively participate into this new type of relationship. Through this the customer is invited to make use of all his five senses. the sixth one being represented by the atmosphere, the feelings that are created.


The story telling is considered to be another strategic tool in the branding process, a concrete rhetorical tool. It can be described by the emotional involvement, the experience, the corporate branding and spirit and also the recognition of the products/services. It can be used when products are alike and there is a need for differentiation, and also when the price or the quality of the offers are not enough and there must be something else in order to engage the customer. The storytelling can be a very powerful way to illustrate the value of your products/services.


The words above are from the article.  I like this piece because it hooks the significant of storytelling and branding into our present-day experience economy. We know stories capture listener's imaginations.  Stories also provide listeners with an experience.  So read this article for more insights around creating effective business stories.


Thanks Gregg Morris for this article!

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5 Simple Rules To Know Your Site's Navigational Taxonomy via @Curagami

5 Simple Rules To Know Your Site's Navigational Taxonomy via @Curagami | timms brand design | Scoop.it

Knowing your website's navigational taxonomy can mean the difference between millions in traffic and money. Here are 5 Simple Navigational Taxonomy Rules.

* It's About THEM not YOU.
* Create A Commons.
* It's FREE and EASY.

* Srart with Brands & Work OUT.

* Find Engagement & Work IN.

Easy to follow rules so your site's nav WINS traffic, hearts, minds, SEO and loyalty needed to be around for a bit.

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Cause Marketing And Emotional Design

Cause Marketing And Emotional Design | timms brand design | Scoop.it

Doing good is increasingly the right thing to do and that is the good news. The bad news is many companies are jumping off the "cause marketing" ledge like so many lemmings. 

This new website explains how to embed cause marketing into design, sales and marketing in order to enrich all.  

Steal emotional storytelling tips from these top 10 charities ($ is expenses and use as a model gauge):  


1. American Red Cross $3,329,153,7072
2. Feeding America $1,559,486,3353
3. Smithsonian Instiute $1,101,404,2234
4. World Vision $1,078,549,1555
5. Dana-Faber Cancer Institute $965,097,7186
6. Food For The Poor $950,853,3607
7. American Cancer Society $943,813,2978
8. City of Hope $898,752,8669
9. St. Jude $896,335,00610
10. Nature Convervancy $756,406

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