Responsive Web Design: 6 Tips to Improve Performance and UX

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2013 has seen a significant increase in the number of people turning to Responsive Web Design as a solution to deliver a consistent experience across different screen resolutions. Here’s why. Web visitors expect a similar experience regardless of the device they are using. Therefore, if a person visits your site and it is not optimized […]

Phostir: The Traffic Light Usability Testing Tool

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Can a traffic light system help you troubleshoot and resolve web usability issues? That’s what Phostir promises. It was recently featured in our roundup of web usability tools and I decided to take it for a full test drive to see how it worked. Let’s get one thing out of the way early. The name […]

When Fear-Based Marketing Stops Working, Try This Instead

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If you have any copywriting training, you’ve probably been taught to find the emotional “pain button” of your prospect … and push it until they’re practically begging for your solution. While this technique is actually quite effective to capture attention and get sales, if you’re using it too much, you may be hurting your repeat […]

23 New Resources on Optimizing for Mobile

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Stop asking whether you need a mobile-optimized site. You do, and there are multiple reasons why. Here are just a few of them. There’s the Mobile Mind Shift, which Forrester Research says is characterized by the fact that people “expect that any information or service they desire be available to them on any device, in […]

Checkout Page Design: What *Not* to Do

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Just as car engineers look at the wrecks-on-wheels of the past in order to determine what not to put into their next model, so too should web designers take a close look at examples of digital failure to determine what works and what doesn’t. Your checkout page design can be the most crucial part of […]

5 Tricks for a More Sharable, More Engaging Website

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Communication is a central aspect of most—if not of all—websites. It can be either one-way or two-way, and it happens on many different levels. Back in the days when the Internet was new, online communication was basically limited to providing information on one side and consuming it on the other. There was little or no […]

Website Navigation: 4 Tips for Maximum Usability

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Here’s a conversion optimization metaphor for you… If your website were a building, hyperlinks would be the doors. What does that mean? You don’t want people to get stuck anywhere on your website. So you should always make sure they know how to get from place to place easily and efficiently. This article will discuss […]

21 (Mostly) Free Web Usability Tools You Can’t Do Without

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What’s web usability and as a marketer, why should you care? Content marketing and social media ROI may be the foundation of your marketing practice, but if your site has usability errors, no one will ever get to find out how great you are. When it comes to web usability the acknowledged guru—a term that’s […]

The Apple Standard: 6 Guiding Principles for a Better Web Experience

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Sometimes we look at a big brand like Apple, and we know there are behind-the-scenes decisions that make that brand what it is — but we rarely get to see what they are. Recently, I ran across Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines, and I struck by the attention to detail that this company puts into everything […]