In today’s society everyone is looking for a quick fix. Although improving your website is typically a lengthy process that includes trial and error, testing, and continual improvements, there are a few simple ways to increase your website’s effectiveness today. Four easy ways that you can impact the success of your website include: Simple SEO Improvements, Mobile Optimization, Catchy Content, and Increasing Conversion Opportunities.Read More
With the popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) continually rising, it goes without saying that technology has gone beyond our smart phones and computers. Now we can depend on our refrigerators to tell us when we’re out of milk, and control our home air conditioning from across the country. It’s crazy, right?Read More
VoiceLanguage and voice are critical components of your brand - and sadly, it’s the element that is often overlooked. Whether it’s social media, email, or your website - anywhere you’re interacting with your users or customers - it is best practice to develop a consistent tone in your communication.
Planting the roots for a successful startup is difficult yet important. One of the key pieces in the successful startup puzzle is establishing a solid marketing plan. The reason being is simple; you’re new. With the exception of those working closely with you, not many people are aware of your business and all the amazing things you have to offer. Making sure that your business’s name and idea is promoted is crucial to your success.Read More
It’s important as a mobile app designer to stay informed on current trends happening in the world. It might sound a little nerdy, but here at Metova our team loves getting together and sharing new resources for finding inspiration and so we thought we’d share a few of these resources with you! Also - we are nerdy.
Muzli is a chrome extension that turns your browser homepage into a world of designer goodness. Whether it’s blogs, UI kits, or trending mockups - you’ll be able to keep up on Muzli and share with your friends.
Upside: This extension will greet you the minute you open your browser.
Downside: It’s easy to get sidetracked on articles when your initial goal was to send an email.
Similar to Muzli, Panda is a one-stop-shop offering a wide variety of articles from multiple sources. The sidebar offers news articles from across the web, while the rest of the page promotes design inspiration.
Psst.. Panda has an extension for Chrome too.
If you’re strong enough to look past the delicious casserole recipes and cute outfits - Pinterest is a great design resource for finding killer UI design. Once you have a few UI boards set in place on your profile, Pinterest is great at recommending new users and boards based on the design pins you have already.
Instagram accounts based around design are great resources when you’re needing a little design pick-me-up. Another pro to Insta-inspiration? Community! Discovering new designers and including UI hashtags on your photos allows you to connect a little deeper into the design community without needing an invite to post your personal work. Maybe we’re a little biased, but this account might be our favorite…Read More
In a successful business you have lots of happy customers. However, successfully obtaining happy customers is often easier said than done. All customers have to come from somewhere, but the question is where exactly? That’s where the principle of lead generation comes into play. In order to convert a potential customer, you must first warm them up to the idea of your business and get them to interact with your company.Read More
Every creative finds themselves in an interesting position. Whether you’re a designer, developer, or entrepreneur - you’re creating something - and creating things is personal. It’s a difficult balance, right? Inevitably there will be a time where your UI is not meant for the Louvre, your client will hate it, and you’ll feel like a piece of garbage. Other days you’ll feel like a psychic, reading your customer’s mind, knocking a clickable prototype design right out of the park like you belong in the MLB. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I’m alone here. If you’re anything like me, you need some help taking the personal out of the professional. Despite my own belief at times, it is possible to care incredibly deeply about your creative work, and be okay with criticism. Consider this a pep talk. Below I’ve identified a couple ways to combat the unpredictable pit in your creative stomach.Read More
Whether you know it or not, fonts are kind of a big deal. They are a work of art. Every great brand has put a lot of time and energy into deciding which typeface represents their namesake. It’s kind of crazy how much thought goes into something you barely notice, right? A designer will tell you otherwise. Typography is as vital to your brand as anything else. A decision on fonts can make or break the vibe you’re desiring for your audience. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.Read More
In case you haven’t heard, you should be A/B testing. A/B testing is a great way to learn more about your customers and fit your website to their needs to increase your leads. To put A/B testing simply, you use a tool to run a test on your website that compares an item on your current website against a variation and gives you feedback on which option was more successful. The possibilities of A/B testing are endless. You could virtually test every single detail of your website if you choose to do so. The difficult part is deciding what to test first. Though there are numerous options, here are 5 basic items to begin testing today.
The key to creating a successful business is defining a solid strategy. By doing so, you are putting your best foot forward and setting your business up to perform tremendously and drive growth. Now that 2016 is well underway, it’s time to start thinking forward into target areas for 2017.
There’s no time like the present.