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Tag: website usability

Website Masthead, Nameplate or Header?

No matter what you call your website masthead, the top of your website is a strategic website design challenge
A funny thing happened on the way to today’s post. While doing keyword research to discover what you, our audience, call the top of your website, I found some disagreement. Various posts at other websites, from Wikipedia

Introducing: The NEW Mequoda Pro

If you’ve ever contemplated attending one of our Subscription Website Publishing Intensives, but the time – and budget – just haven’t been right, I have a new way for you to learn the proven, profitable Mequoda Method right now.

Introducing, the new Mequoda Pro. If you’re a member, you can log in right now. If you’re not, keep reading.

Mequoda Weekly: March 25th, 2013 – March 29th, 2013

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

Merging Usability Testing Methods from the Past and Present

Website usability tests are performed to determine if websites are functioning correctly. If they aren’t, users will have a hard time executing on their desired tasks, leading website publishers to fail in building rapport and generating revenue from these users.

How to Increase Online Publishing Revenues … Exponentially

Gutenberg is dead. And you will be, too, if you don’t make the transition now to meet the public’s growing demand for digital information.

Fortunately, there is one resource, one unique program that can change the way you, your staff and your entire organization think of the Internet and help you catch up to the future. Mequoda’s Internet Marketing Intensive has guided some of the oldest and most respected publishing companies in the world including Meredith, Rodale, Interweave and more, in growing a single-digit percentage of their revenue from online sources to earning 20%, 30%, 40% of their revenues digitally. And because the demand for digital products is growing exponentially, so will their revenues.

Will yours?

Building a Better Website for Less

The demands of digital publishing websites today is much different than five years ago

Do you like the way your website looks? If so, don’t get too attached to it. Your website will continuously change to meet your customers needs, and functionality needs of your business.

In order to grow online, digital publishers need their website to do a few specific jobs. First, it has to be well optimized so it can drive website traffic. Next, it was to include subscription opportunities, so visitors can convert into email, RSS or email subscribers. Finally, the website has to have an ecommerce aspect, which for most digital publishers, includes the ability to sell single products or subscriptions.

Week in Review: October 31st, 2011 – November 4th, 2011

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

Three Ways to Maximize Website Usability

Website usability tests are performed to determine if websites are functioning correctly. If they aren’t, users will have a hard time executing on their desired tasks, leading website publishers to fail in building rapport and generating revenue from these users.

There are three basic approaches to usability testing. They include expert reviews, heuristic testing and usability labs.

In an expert review, usability problems associated with a product’s interactivity are identified and diagnosed without the involvement of users. For example, malfunctioning links or contrast issues are a few of the problems that an expert review can easily find.

Usability Testing for Websites

All website changes need to be tested to assure they work properly.

If testing doesn’t occur, the online business’ functionality may be in question. This could lead to breaks in your usability. Such issues hinder the retention process and create a bad first impression for new website visitors.

To assure our Gold Member clients the best results for new software, we offer usability testing of all new plug-ins installed on their websites.

Online Publishers, Do You Get the Big Picture?

The Mequoda System Strategy Workshop details the complete picture for successful online publishing

We designed our Mequoda System Strategy Workshop so that different types of people can attend and gain value from the program.

Thus far, all my colleagues who have experienced the content have given rave reviews about the program.

The next opportunity publishers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs have to experience the Mequoda System Strategy Workshop is in New York City on October 27th at the McGraw Hill Conference Center.

Mequoda Summit East 2011 Announcement

Learn How to Start and Run a Successful Online Business at the Mequoda Summit East 2011, September 13-16th

Discover first-hand the techniques used by online publishers and content marketers for supercharging your online business

(Boston, MA)—The Mequoda Summit East 2011, a hands-on program featuring keynote presentations, panel sessions, interactive workshops and networking opportunities, will take place September 13-16th, 2011 in the greater Boston area.

This Mequoda Summit will feature a new three-track format, new speakers and all the networking opportunities Mequoda Summits are famous for. The agenda for the Mequoda Summit East 2011 includes the following:

9 More Clients

Client consultation opportunities available

As I mentioned yesterday, the Mequoda Team has been re-structuring my consulting programs over the past 18 months. Our new Minimum Consulting Unit is a two-hour quarterly WebEx meeting, which anchors a Mequoda Gold Membership Program that costs just $300 per month.

While the discussions I have with my clients take many forms, they do tend to run along a number of common themes. Our Research Team has developed a number of checklists that we use when we teach sessions at live events. They also form the backbone of many consulting conversations.

The Mequoda System Strategy Workshop

Discover how our complete online business system can generate revenue for you

In yesterday’s Mequoda Daily, I discussed the core values behind Mequoda Systems, and what sets our system apart from other basic content marketing systems.

During our upcoming Mequoda Summit East 2011, attendees have the chance to experience the Mequoda System Strategy Workshop, which discusses the 44 steps that make up a Mequoda System.

41 Steps to Launching or Relaunching your Online Business

Our new step-by-step program goes from concept and theory to hands-on, practical guidance

A few weeks ago, Kim and I sat down to update the Content Marketing Strategy presentation for the June NYC workshop, as we do a couple of times per year.

We began to realize that the seven principles we’ve used to teach the program historically have appeared to be too abstract. As it is, we’ve been teaching this program since 2004, and now, seven years later, the concept isn’t as revolutionary as it was then.

Week in Review: May 9th, 2011 – May 13th, 2011

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week

3 Reasons To Perform Website Usability Testing This Year

Why it’s important to let go and allow your users define your website

If there’s anything we’ve learned from the great success of Anne Holland’s new venture, Which Test Won, it’s that we must test our websites to find out what works. Also, that whatever we think will convert better, is probably not the one that does.

However, in addition to choosing the right copy and web elements for your landing pages, improved website usability has a direct impact on the success of your website. Website users are only a click away from leaving your website when it does not allow then to find what they want fast.

Internet Marketing

Internet marketing encompasses a wide range of methods including search engine marketing, email marketing, viral marketing, affiliate marketing, display advertising, interactive ads and others. The nature of the Internet causes rapid and constant change in marketing, and new methods are always emerging. Internet marketers frequently combine several methods, such as email marketing and display advertising.

Live Coverage: Mequoda Summit Session 3 – Generating Website Revenue

Multiple Business Models are Required to Maximize Online Revenue

In session three, entitled Generating Website Revenue, Don revealed that there are the 12 different types of business models, or “archetypes” that a publisher uses to make money online.

Beating Banner Blindness

These internet marketing tips can help your website’s ads generate more revenue
Banner blindness is a real problem for publishers and advertisers. Banners that are not seen are not clicked, lowering the sponsor’s ROI and the publisher’s revenue. But how do we make online ads that capture more attention?

Finding Free Research

Valuable information without premium prices

“Knowledge is power.”

The more research you conduct, the stronger your online business will be.

You should learn about search engines, your customers, landing pages, website usability, online publishing—everything about business online.

Website Usability Tip: Does Less Hype Equal More Comprehension?

Looking back on an expert’s claim that website usability testing proved promotional language imposes a cognitive burden

It’s nearly a decade now since website usability expert Dr. Jakob Nielsen proclaimed that “that 79 percent of our test users always scanned any new page they came across; only 16 percent read word-by-word.”

“Users detested ‘marketese’—the promotional writing style with boastful subjective claims,” said Dr. Nielsen in 1997.

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report is Difficult to Join

The Internet is a constantly evolving medium. Websites get redesigned, either owing to new graphics, new content, or because the essential architecture is inadequate to serve the site visitors.

If the human factors haven’t been properly addressed — if visitors can’t easily find what they’re looking for or can’t order your product easily — you’ve got insurmountable problems that mandate you to re-engineer your website. The issue here is website usability.

In the time since we first published a review of the landing page for Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, some elements have been redesigned, but some have only gotten worse.

Online Publishing Strategy: Make Websites More Senior Friendly

U.S. Government Creates Guidelines

If the target market for your email newsletter or membership website is older Americans, you might want to heed this advice on senior-friendly websites from the National Institute on Aging. If fact, you might find these suggestions are worthwhile for any group squinting at the computer screen.

“Plain text, plain type, and plain terms are plainly effective ways to broaden the reach of a website to an older audience,” says the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine.

Website Usability Testing Should Determine Whether you Change your Website Design

Experts on Website Design and Website Usability Testing Can Disagree

“Never redesign your website,” says one of my esteemed mentors and colleagues.

Disturbing words, especially because, as a website design expert and information architect, I spend 50+ hours a week explaining to clients why and how they must redesign their websites.

Eight Website Usability Terms you Should Become Familiar With

Having just conducted a mini-usability test this week with a very confused customer, I have website usability on the brain. We have some tests scheduled for the end of September that I just cannot wait another second for!

As many of you know, website usability is a hot issue in Web development, most likely because, over the past decade, so many websites were launched without any user testing at all, leaving the Web littered with confusing and unusable interfaces.

Tips for Deciding Which Words to Use on your Website

As our usability guru, Roxanne O’Connell is fond of saying, the cardinal rule when deciding on which words to use to describe the various departments, sections and categories on your website is to ask, “What would a user call this?”

Not “What do the business people call this?” or “What does the boss call this?” …or worse “What made-up marketing term can we call this?”

The only words that count at the end of the day are those that your intended users associate with what they are trying to find at your site. And there are a couple of ways you can find these words.

Online Publishing Secret #5: Create User-Centric Websites

Usability and design are two key factors in publishing great websites. You can have a clear strategy and great content, but if your site is unusable and unattractive, it will be difficult for users to find what they’re looking for, difficult for you to get users to do what you want them to do, and difficult to get users to become loyal customers and revisit again and again.

Three Reasons to Use Paper Prototyping Before Building Websites

Getting the design of your website right often proves to be a daunting task. The development costs alone for creating a website with a unique value proposition can be staggering. Our inside joke on that is, “How do you create a $10 million Web business? Start with $38 million and work your way down.”

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to guess what your customers expect? The good news is YOU CAN—and without writing a single line of HTML code. If you have paper, pencils and some simple office supplies, you and your team of designers and developers can ask users to test your website before you even build your first page.

Craigslist.org Website Design Review

The Incredible Website Usability of Craigslist.org is a Key Component in the Success of this Community Phenomenon.

Craigslist.org (CL) was a simple online community classified site started in 1995 by Craig Newmark (yes, Virginia, there is a Craig). The originally-non-profit site was incorporated in 1999. There are 190 versions of the website—localized by city—throughout the world, featuring free classified advertisements (jobs, housing, for sale, services, personals, gigs and community) and forums.

Designing a Mequoda Internet Hub and Internet Marketing System

The Mequoda Internet Hub is the heart of a high-performance Internet Marketing System that is fueling extreme growth for the handful of savvy information marketers that have one. Here are some lessons learned from analyzing more than 20 existing Internet Hubs and then designing and building six Mequoda Internet Hubs for a variety of publishers.

How Age Impacts Website Usability for Teens and Seniors

While humans are humans, age is a major consideration in designing usable websites that will allow the targeted users to have an efficient and fulfilling user experience.

Making Website Navigation Work with Website Usability Testing

Webpage path analysis for a large advertising-driven consumer website revealed that there was a problem with website usability. Users were bypassing the “browse by category” website navigation in 85 percent of user sessions. Website usability testing revealed that the users were using search to look for reports and articles, instead of using the left column website navigation.

Morningstar.com Website Design Review

We are still in the dawn of the Internet age and Morningstar.com is one of the early lights in the crowded online investment information sky. A well-designed site with a Milky Way of investment tools, Morningstar.com earns a glowing A on the Mequoda Website Scorecard.

The Mequoda System: A Seven-Habit Website Management System

Successful website publishing in 2005 means creating happy users and healthy profits. Without both, no website will exist for long. All of the successful website publishers we’ve studied have one thing in common: a consistent management system for achieving success that includes a number of key behaviors that are repeated over and over to become organizational habits.

How to Launch a Successful Membership Website

What should you consider when starting a subscription-driven or membership website?

The answers are not always obvious, even to a seasoned print or electronic publisher. Starting a new website is very different from running an existing property. Over the past 10 years, my partners and I have worked on over 100 successful website startups, as well as several that were not successful.

Internet Media Review Names Discover.com Best Consumer Magazine Website

Bristol, RI – September 23, 2004 – With larger magazine publishing companies falling to the wayside, the Imagineers at Disney Publishing’s Discover.com have been awarded the IMR Usability Excellence Award 2004 for Best Consumer Magazine Website.

Consumer Magazine Website Design

Consumer magazine websites are as diverse in content and execution as the magazines they represent. Some offer robust content and interactive functionality that begin to take advantage of the promise of online publishing, while some… do not.