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 […]

6 Examples of Stunning Product Photography (And How to Use Them)

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Improving sales and increasing conversion rates are about much more than just websites and user experiences.  Done right, product photos can be equally compelling and persuasive. The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” takes on a whole new meaning online, especially since you can’t try before you buy with an online merchant. With […]

Creative Inspiration: Top 6 Apps for Designers

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The rise of the smartphone brought the rise of a tongue-in-cheek saying:  “There’s an app for that.” But there probably is an app for that. We have seen technology develop to the point where our phones can now do our work for us — or at the very least, help us get it done quickly […]

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 […]

No More Guesswork: 5 Website Formats Proven to Get Results

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Creating a high-performance website doesn’t happen by chance. It takes a lot of strategic thought. Oddly enough, we often fall short of real success, not because we’re written bad copy or made the wrong offer, but because we simply use the wrong website format. How do you know the best structure to use? According to […]

7 Bad Reasons to Redesign Your Website

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Here at Madtown, we hear all sorts of crazy reasons businesses use to justify the money they spend on new websites. Even worse are the reasons we hear from designers, trying to justify the (sometimes questionable) ways they’re bringing in paychecks. The only problems a basic redesign can fix are design problems. But the problems […]

The 59 Second Rule: 3 Reasons Why Users Leave a Website

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How long do visitors stay on your website before clicking away? According to the Nielsen Norman Group, most users stick around less than 59 seconds. So, if you don’t capture the user’s attention in less than a minute, you’ve lost them. I’ve dubbed this “the 59 Second Rule.” Basically, if you haven’t generated interest in […]

4 Ways to Design a Sparkling Web Personality (And Boost Trust Too)

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Personality in web design or web design with personality… Whichever way you like to think about it, this concept has gained a lot of popularity and importance over the last couple of years. The web becomes more and more important in our personal and professional lives. Not only do we spend more time online than […]