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The tourism industry is a visual one, wouldn't you agree? When it comes to attracting tour operators and travelers to your attraction, hotel, destination, etc., having a beautiful, easy to read, easy to navigate website is what can set you apart from the competition. But what does a successful website look like? We reached out to Mo Sherifdeen, director of integrated marketing at Travel Oregon—winner of two Mercury awards for the Best Overall State Marketing Program and Best State Travel Website in the country—and got his answers to how their website became the best. Click here to see PART 1 of Mo's Q&A session. 

Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:40

What Does a Successful Website Look Like?

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The tourism industry is a visual one, wouldn't you agree? When it comes to attracting tour operators and travelers to your attraction, hotel, destination, etc., having a beautiful, easy to read, easy to navigate website is what can set you apart from the competition. But what does a successful website look like? We reached out to Mo Sherifdeen, director of integrated marketing at Travel Oregon—winner of two Mercury awards for the Best Overall State Marketing Program and Best State Travel Website in the country—and got his answers to how their website became the best. Click here for Part 2 of Mo's Q&A session. 

Monday, 16 September 2013 08:29

How to Avoid a Networking Disaster

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Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, networking is a necessary evil, unless of course you work in a cave and are required to stay in said cave and never leave. Most of us in the professional world need to attend lunches, evening soirees, and breakfast events to grow our network and to build mutually beneficial relationships, this is also referred to as business development. It isn’t that hard right? You just show up, have a couple drinks, make conversation, and BOOM-a great relationship is born. Wouldn’t it be great if it was really that easy?

Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:42

Thirteen Writing Tips for the Web

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Just writing your message on your website is not enough. In order to effectively inform and/or persuade your users, it is essential to understand how people consume text on websites. This is because of two contradictory truths:

  • Reading is the primary action people perform on websites, and
  • Many people strive to read as little as possible on most of the websites they hit.

A new report from website usability expert Jakob Nielsen, Website Reading: It (Sometimes) Does Happen used eye-tracking studies of hundreds of users interacting with websites. The report details how effective page layout and good information architecture can guide users to your content. Once the user is there, though, the content must deliver. Using before-and-after case studies and examples from popular websites (such as The New York Times and Wikipedia), the report offers eighty-three guidelines for web content.

Here are a few:

  • Put the most important words first.
  • Write clear and very descriptive titles for pages.
  • Heading content should be concise and descriptive and stand out from the rest of the text.
  • Lead with the most important messages.
  • Tell it like it is and people will want to read more.
  • Define technical terms in place.
  • Link to pages that have simplified explanations.
  • Spell out and define acronyms.
  • Employ illustrations, tables, lists, and charts to draw attention to important or related information.
  • When communicating on the Web, do not try to tease the user. Do not try to build excitement as you lead up to your point.
  • To increase credibility and make people read more words, use balanced language, not over-the-top sales pitches.
  • Reconsider writing complex sentences, especially at the beginning of a paragraph.
  • Avoid leading with a subordinate clause, especially in a sentence at the beginning of a paragraph.

If you want to read more, you can buy the full report at the Nielsen Norman Group website.

Adapted from:  http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14769.aspx

Source: Laura Hale Brockway is an Austin-based writer and editor. Read more of her writing about writing at www.impertinentremarks.com.

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