7 habits of highly successful websites #2 We should all learn to love Information Architecture

A library is nothing more than a large repository of content. This content is jammed inside books. The librarian’s job is to collate this content into meaningful categories (so Art is a family category under which sits Art History, Artists, etc). The librarian then presents this structure on the Library floor. This is done depending…

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7 habits of highly successful websites #3 It is not advertising. Websites don’t tease, they fulfil

I spent many years in advertising. Its role is to inform, entice and raise the interest of the potential customer in the product or service being advertised. The customer is then provided with details where they can have their desire fulfilled. Advertising does not sell. It pushes people to enquire and be excited about a…

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7 habits of highly successful websites #4 It’s not Public Relations

There is a fundamental difference between an organisation’s Public Relations and that organisation’s public website. The first is designed to control the conversation. It looks to create a monologue and shut down any public discourse. The other is about creating a dialogue, a relationship with the user. Have a look at websites that are controlled…

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Another 1,000 words by Joe Di Stefano

A few years ago I worked as a freelancer writer in advertising. To demonstrate my wares I actually wrote ads that explained my skills. This is #1 of 3. The headline read: “Another 1,000 words by joe Di Stefano, couldn’t he have been a writer instead.” The text below followed: A friend of mine is…

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And now a TVC by joe Di Stefano.

A few years ago I worked as a freelancer writer in advertising. To demonstrate my wares I actually wrote ads that explained my skills. This is #3 of 3. The headline read: “And now a TVC by joe Di Stefano. Or how to PTC in 30 seconds or less.” The text below followed: The commercial…

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