Serving as my school’s Digital and Social Media Specialist, my tasks can vary from week to week but my ultimate goal is “enhancing both internal and external marketing efforts.” A major part of that is tell the Friends’ Central story in such a way that results in increased affinity towards and interest in the school. In addition to increasing interest and affinity, a crucial part of my job is ensuring that as many people as possible who are interested complete an inquiry (and do not bounce, or get discouraged/lose interest partway and abandon the process).
The responsibility for ensuring the User Experience on our website is a positive and efficient one is inherent in these lines of my job responsibilities below but is larger than the sum of its parts.
• Manage website- content generation and oversight
• Serve as the main contact for our school community on website management issues
• Monitor website usage, trends, and analytics and work to develop strategies for optimization
I’m happy to work on such a great team and am energized by our ongoing commitment to providing the best experience to our users (current families, faculty, staff, prospective families, alumni, and friends).
After reading Steve Krug’s “Don’t Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web and Mobile Usability“, I began sharing and implementing ideas about how we can improve our website based on a few principles, or as Krug refers to them, “Facts of Life”.
1. We don’t read pages. We scan them.
2. We don’t make optimal choices. We satisfice.
3. We don’t figure out how things work. We muddle through.
Organizing a website informed how people actually use websites leads to happier users, a more functional website, and a lower goal abandonment rate (about which I’ll write more in the future)
With this in mind, I’d like to share just one of the many changes we’ve made. Making changes to high-traffic and mission-critical pages like these takes discussion with and buy-in from key stakeholders and this change was no exception. I believe this improvement makes expressing interest in FCS and creating an account to apply much more straightforward. I hope that you agree and that the experience of our users (which can be understood through analytics) confirms this belief.
Our new approach follows Steve Krug’s advice and doesn’t make people think.