When it comes to links, using the right words or phrases matters. Have you ever come across a link that simply tells you to “click here”? It can be confusing about what the link is or where it will lead you. While this may seem like a good phrase to use to make it obvious for users to click a link or button, using “click here” is actually bad for usability, accessibility and search engine optimization (SEO). Specifically, here are 3 reasons why links that just say “click here” are bad.
At Vision, we’re proud to be a part of a thriving community of internal and external government CMS experts. Our "Digital Expert's Corner" series shares their proficiencies and how they apply them to their roles. This week, we got a chance to chat with one of Vision’s graphic designers.
There’s a common misconception that compliance with WCAG standards is possible by simply implementing “accessible technology”. While the right tools are a great first step, these standards are largely related to the content of a website. In order to maintain compliance, web editors will need to be familiar with WCAG standards and continually monitor and refine their website content.
To help, we’ve outlined three areas where you can make adjustments to ensure your residents can find and understand your website content.
Counties and municipalities work closely on many fronts, but our recent survey – What’s Next in Digital Communications for Local Governments – reveals several key differences in the way they each approach digital transformation, their missions, and how they interact with their residents.
Planning a redesign of a local government website can be a challenge. Not only is the project typically managed by a committee, but keeping a wide range of stakeholders - who have a vested interest in various pieces of the website - engaged and aligned can make it difficult. In this environment, it can be tempting to share a survey with all staff and stakeholders in order to make decisions about the content and design of the site. However, rethinking the approach and focusing on research may actually be the key to success.
People visit local government websites with specific goals and transactions in mind. If your website is difficult to navigate, frustrations and distrust in your agency can arise. A user experience (UX) driven approach to website development can uncover greater insight to why people are visiting your website and what they seek.
Getting started with and maintaining a local government blog can be an impactful digital communication strategy. To give you some ideas, here are some great examples of municipalities who are leveraging blogs to engage their communities.
For many corporations, a blog is a critical component of their digital strategies for turning complete strangers into website visitors, and eventually, delighted customers. In Hubspot’s State of Inbound Marketing report for 2016, 60% of the respondents mentioned that blog content creation was their company’s top priority and this was the second highest ranked response.
According to PlainLanguage.Gov,
Plain language (also called Plain English) is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. Written material is in plain language if your audience can:
- Find what they need;
- Understand what they find; and
- Use what they find to meet their needs.
For the third year in a row, Vision commissioned a survey to gauge the current state of digital communications in local government and project future trends. The survey — What’s Next in Digital Communications for Local Government — went out to over 3,600 local government agencies and provides a glimpse into the trends and challenges facing government staff seeking to keep pace with ever changing technology.