Posts tagged with Design

Interview: Steve Nicholas, assistant director of e-commerce at Guess

Steve talks about the challenges of multi-channel retailing, especially for a well-known brand in the fashion sector and one that has both wholesale and retail businesses to think about.

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Over 50% abandon financial service applications - study

More than half the people that apply online for various financial services abandon the process before completion, according to a new survey. 

The study, by comScore, suggests many of these abandonments occur because consumers want to find out details about the services on offer, but that information is hidden behind the application process.

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Tips on improving the checkout process

Just under 50% of online customers abandon their purchases during the checkout process - one of the biggest causes of lost revenue for online retailers.

While many of the reasons for this are beyond the control of the retailer, such as comparison shopping by users with no intent to buy, there is still much that can be done to reduce abandonment rates.

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Details of Microsoft's new web analytics tool leaked

Microsoft is set to release a beta version of its web analytics tool this summer, and sneak previews of the Google Analytics competitor have already leaked onto the internet.

 

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Danny Sullivan launches social news site

Sphinn is a new site launched last week by Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land which, in a nutshell, is a more SEO-focused version of Digg.

Sphinn

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Widgets driving traffic to photo websites

Hitwise UK has some interesting figures showing how effective widgets can be in driving traffic to websites from social networks.

Slide.com and RockYou, two providers of photo-sharing widgets, have moved rapidly up the rankings in the photography websites category, according to Heather Hopkins.

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CNN.com to revamp news site

CNN is planning to relaunch its main news site in July with a major redesign and a number of Web 2.0 features, extending the site's choice of video and user-generated content.

CNN homepage

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Plaxo relaunches 'smart address book'

Plaxo has relaunched its 'smart address book' service, which lets users share data between address and calendar programs from Microsoft, Google, AOL and others.

Plaxo 3.0, in addition to simplifying the synchronisation process, is now available in in seven languages, including French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

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Navigation tips for websites

Any decision on a website's navigation is critical to usability, findability, accessibility and SEO. It can be difficult to undo if you select a poor design. So usable navigation is best established early on in a web project.

There are many different examples of main navigation systems, (i.e. the main method for accessing content in different site sections) but the 'three Cs' of convention, consistency and context are important whatever the design.

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Web project management guidelines released

We’ve just published a new report on E-consultancy dedicated to Web Project Management, which turns out to be less of a fine art and more of a social science.

This new research is based on feedback from more than 600 project managers, who we surveyed and interviewed to find out some of the common factors found in successful web projects.

After the jump there's a glimpse of some of the key findings…

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Hellomagazine.com adds social media tools

Hellomagazine.com has added social media tools to its site, enabling users to bookmark stories on Newsvine, Reddit, Technorati, among others.

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Interview with Jakob Nielsen

In this interview, usability guru Jakob Nielsen takes aim at RSS, Flash and the design failings of the consumer electronics industry.

He calls Google's non-search products a "hotch-potch of weird stuff". He digs into sex and segmentation. And he also reveals his day rate...

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