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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Oct 25, 2010 3:51:00 PM

Web Navigation Can Be a Pain in B2B

To understand how to think about website navigation for B2B companies, it's useful to understand B2B audiences. B2B companies are often run by technical people with products and services targeted to other technical people. In our experience creating B2B websites and brands, the common tendency from a website perspective is to push products and services, because one's features or benefits outshine those of competitors. B2B websites often tend to be challenging to navigate and full of industry insider terminology. It's not unusual to find no value proposition at all.

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Tags: web design / B2B / information architecture / navigation
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Sep 28, 2010 3:48:00 PM

What Factor Determines Website Navigation Most?

I was talking to a European client this morning, He was asking me for examples of websites with navigation typical of an American company. While the client was perhaps looking for cultural distinctions, I thought that website navigation was an interesting topic and one that we are asked about often. The subject warrants a series of posts, so for the sake of brevity, this post will present the macro view. For this discussion, I will address the B2B space.

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Tags: B2B / information architecture / user experience / user interface / navigation
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Mar 10, 2010 3:22:00 PM

5 Tips for Creating an Effective U.S. Website

We've been asked recently by some global companies seeking to increase their U.S. business,"What makes an effective website for the U.S. market?" This article is addressed to them but the answer represents general best practices.
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Tags: web development / web design / branding / SEO / user experience / writing / user interface / navigation
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Dec 15, 2009 10:13:00 AM

Good Enough is the New Great in Web Design

In the New York Times Annual "Year in Ideas" issue, that came out this past Sunday, December 13, 2009, there are a collection of ideas that the editors believe characterized the year. One idea that caught my attention was titled, "Good Enough is the New Great," and was described by Robert Mackey. Mackey contends that everywhere you look, people are accepting a lower level of technology and quality in exchange for ease-of-use and lower cost. Mackey provides examples such as the growth of Flickr, which displays snapshots often taken with cell phones and cheap point and shoot cameras. Despite the easy availability of multi-megapixel cameras with zoom lenses and auto focus, iPhone images are "good enough." Although high definition plasma TV's are available, more and more people spend time watching blurry, low-res videos on their laptops or iPhones. Younger audiences he contends, actually prefer the lower-end sound of music on an iPod than then the crisper fidelity of a CD and so forth. In the field of graphic and web design, this has been true for some time, although 2009 put the ! on the concept.
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Tags: technology / web design / client service / brand messaging / graphic design / navigation
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