Improving the UX of our advertising page
By Natalie Forman • Sep 19, 2018
Industry Dive’s advertise page explains the value we bring to our clients and welcomes marketers to download our media kit.
This past spring we updated the style of the page to look more modern and consistent with our design systems. While the design improved, some key goals of the page were not addressed. Our latest changes re-evaluate the UX of the page and optimize the copy to convey our desired message.
Goals and Requirements
We began by interviewing key sales and sales operations stakeholders. Based on these interviews, we determined two main goals and five message priorities.
- The first goal was to communicate the value of our audience. Our audience is our product. We provide a unique, targeted audience of industry executives, distinguishing us from our competitors. While marketers care about our offerings, our main selling point is that our audience is a good fit for their product.
- The second goal was to incentivize the user to contact our sales rep. Our sales team will always provide better, more personalized information than our media kit. We want to avoid customers making assumptions about our placements and products, so we prefer to walk them through the opportunities we offer.
Finally, we defined the messaging priorities and ordered them by importance.
- We help marketers create successful campaigns
- We are a modern media company
- We are an industry publication providing key insights through an email newsletter
- Our clients are well-known industry brands
- We have successfully helped clients achieve goals using our offerings
Goal assessments and solutions
Next, we compared the page’s current UX and copy to the goals and messaging priorities we outlined. The page’s success rate of each goal fell into three buckets: success, ok or failure. Based on the success rate, we made design changes to better address each goal and message.
1. Communicate the value of our audience
Problem: The value of our audience was explained in a paragraph as part of a three-column section. The sentence listed the number of executives we reach, but there was no visual emphasis or further explanation of who our readers are.
Solution: We added an audience section to breakdown our analytics and emphasize the reach of our audience and the speed at which it is growing.
2. Incentivize the user to contact our sales rep
Problem: The page encouraged marketers to download our media kit through the form and a CTA at the bottom. However, the copy was not clear on why the reader should download the media kit or who they should contact with any questions.
Solution: We added an inline CTA to further emphasize contacting our sales representatives. We also changed the copy of the other CTAs to encourage marketers to reach out or download the media kit
3. We help marketers create successful campaigns
Problem: There was no clear explanation for how Industry Dive helps marketers. While the company’s product offerings were listed below-the-fold, there was no context or explanation for how they could help.
Solution: We moved the about us and our product benefits to the above-the-fold section. We switched the list of products with copy that focused on how we can help the marketer.
4. We are a modern media company
The design of the page was already modern and slick as well as cohesive with the rest of the company’s sites. Because the focus of this project was to improve UX and copy, there was no need to change the overall design aesthetic as it was already successful.
5. We are an industry publication providing key insights through a newsletter
Problem: The only context for what our publications do was a paragraph in the three-column section.
Solution: We addressed describing who we are the same way as we solved goal #3. We moved this information to the top header section so the marketer would have context as soon as they hit the page.
6. Our clients are industry name brands
There was already a comprehensive logo section with client logos. There was no need to change this section as it already successfully highlights the big name brands that advertise through our sites.
7. Our clients have found success using our offerings
Problem: While we offered one marketer testimonial at the top of the page there was no context as to why you should care. We also provided other testimonials at the bottom of the page but these focused on readers and not clients.
Solution: We restructured the testimonials to emphasize successful clients rather than our readers. We also adjusted the copy of the header to better explain that we are focused on solving markters’ problems.
By encouraging marketers to reach out to our sales team and conveying our audience quality, we were able to create a design that better communicated our value to our clients.