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Digital Expert's Corner: Capturing a New Demographic

by Kimberly Samuelson
06/06/2017

When the City of La Quinta’s website was released, it set the Vision office abuzz with its modern look-and-feel and slick use of video (and it takes a lot to wow a team who works on websites all day!). Digital branding is a hot topic and one we know many government agencies struggle with, so we recently sat down with two of the experts from the city to learn more about how they approached the project: Tustin Larson, Community Resources Manager and Marcie Graham, Marketing and Events Supervisor.

Digital Expert's Corner: Analytics Drive Goals and Decisions

by Kimberly Samuelson
05/30/2017

When leading the City of Raymore’s site redesign, Communications Director, Mike Ekey operated from a place of “both complete freedom and utter disadvantage.” Brand new to local government, and working with limited data, Mike jumped in and saw nothing but opportunity. Today, the results speak for themselves — Raymore’s search-driven site is now a lean, mean, steered by analytics, machine!

Digital Expert's Corner: The Website is Never Done

by Kimberly Samuelson
05/22/2017

If you are wondering when you can stop updating your municipal website, the answer is "never." John Bernstrom, the Communication Specialist for the City of Grand Forks, joins us for this edition of Digital Expert's Corner to discuss this and the rest of his website redesign journey.

Why "Click Here" Links Are Bad

by Nina Vuong
05/17/2017

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 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.

Digital Expert's Corner: Eating the Elephant

by Kimberly Samuelson
05/15/2017

Our latest Digital Expert is City of San Angelo’s Public Information Officer, Anthony Wilson. In our Interview, Anthony shares his wisdom regarding how to design a website that provides “information that is of interest, importance and impact to San Angelo’s citizens” with a small team AND launch early!

Digital Expert's Corner: County Health Department Redesign Website

by Kimberly Samuelson
05/11/2017

Each of our Vision clients engages us for unique reasons and are often in different maturity levels in their digital lifecycle. For this edition of our Digital Experts Corner, we've interviewed Tony Ohrazda, Project Manager for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD).

Digital Expert's Corner: Vision Graphic Designer

by Nina Vuong
05/08/2017

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.

Digital Expert's Corner: City of Shakopee, MN

by Kimberly Samuelson
05/04/2017

At Vision, we’re continuously impressed by the way that our clients apply their skills to maintain and improve exceptional websites. The City of Shakopee’s site recently underwent an information architecture overhaul to become more resident-focused. We connected with their Communications Coordinator, who led this effort, to share her strategy, tips and tricks with the Vision community.

Digital Expert's Corner: Vision Product Manager

by Kimberly Samuelson
05/02/2017

At Vision, we’re proud to be a part of a thriving community of internal and external government CMS experts. We thought it would be interesting to develop an “Digital Expert’s Corner” series by interviewing these skilled professionals, discuss their proficiencies and how they apply them to their roles. First up, is Vision Product Manager, Jake Sager.

3 Things You Can Do to Improve Accessibility

by Nina Vuong
04/25/2017

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.

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