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Structure is everything. Granted, the recipe to a great web site contains a lot of different ingredients, including web design and development, content, social media, SEO, analytics…the whole nine ...

Structure is everything. Granted, the recipe to a great web site contains a lot of different ingredients, including web design and development, content, social media, SEO, analytics…the whole nine yards. But a good foundation will allow these elements to work at their best, leaving you with a site that doesn't only look good, but functions well too.

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    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 1 How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 2 1. Define your audience 2. Measure value and resourcefulness 3. Determine the purpose of each page Overview Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 3  The recipe to a great web site contains different ingredients:  web design and development  content  social media  SEO  Analytics  But a good foundation will allow these elements to work at their best, leaving you with a site that doesn't only look good, but functions well too. Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 4  Structure dictates content  In a previous post about writing for the web, we spoke about different practices that make for good online content.  But before the writing starts, laying down the main components of your site will give you a clear understanding of the type of content you need to fill it with.  Keep in mind that even though your college or university site is already up and moving, you can still evaluate the structure of the site to make sure that you have the right type and amount of content. Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 5Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 6 Here are three essential steps to strengthening the overall structure and content value of your website. Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 7  The only way to properly evaluate the content on any given web page is:  to think about the type of audience that will be visiting that particular page.  To help determine your audience members, first breakdown the demographics of your website visitors. 1. Define your audience Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 8  For higher education marketing websites, the most common audience groups are:  Current students  Prospective students  International students  Faculty and staff  Parents and alumni  Partners and sponsors  Participating community members (i.e. volunteers) 1. Define your audience Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 9  Does the current content on your site speak to all of these demographic groups?  By mapping out your audience this way, you will have an easier time understanding which pages or level of information you need to expand on.  To be truly effective, your site needs to reach out to all of its target visitors. 1. Define your audience Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 10  Take a look at how McGill University has a distinct navigation menu for each of their audience groups. 1. Define your audience Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 11  By choosing a demographic group from the options given at the top of the screen, the navigation menu below will change accordingly.  What this does is:  allow the McGill site to be structured based on audience  ensure that their visitors land on the pages they want to go to quickly and without getting lost. 1. Define your audience Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 12  Once you understand who is visiting your site, you can gain a better grasp on what your visitors are looking for.  This brings us to our next point of evaluation:  does your site’s content provide each group with the information they need?  Determining exactly what your visitors want to know will determine the type of content that should exist on your site. 2. Measure value and resourcefulness Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 13 For example, what sort of information do prospective students want to know? Here are the main pages that this demographic tends to visit:  Program options  Admission requirements  Tuition  Financial aid  Housing options 2. Measure value and resourcefulness Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 14  Do all of these pages exist?  Can they all be accessed directly from the homepage?  If not, can they be found relatively easily? 2. Measure value and resourcefulness Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 15  You want to make sure that your visitors have an easy and enjoyable time discovering the answers that they have.  If these top-tier pages are hidden under layers of other parent pages, then you run the risk of having visitors leave the site before finding what they were originally looking for.  In other words, missing or hidden pages can potentially cause you to lose a new lead 2. Measure value and resourcefulness Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 16 Another element of ensuring your web content is resourceful is:  providing your audience with information that they don’t realize will be useful to them. Again, with our student demographic example, here are a few examples of content pages students may not think to look for but would be interested in if they found it:  Alumni mentor programs  Community engagement initiatives  Research achievements  International study options  Specials events or publications 2. Measure value and resourcefulness Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 17 Every page on your site has to have a distinct purpose.  The main Program page, for example, serves to inform visitors on the list of program options offered at your college or university.  The purpose of the Contact page is to let visitors know the easiest ways to get in touch with you. All this seems obvious, but it’s possible that in between edits or redesigns, a few pages slipped between the cracks and exist with outdated content or no real function. 3. Determine the purpose of each page Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 18 The visitor demographic and the purpose of a page will shape the type and amount of content your site needs.  For example, the Housing and Residence pages will likely be visited by prospective students and parents.  With this in mind, you will be able to craft your content in such a way that it will appeal to those specific demographics.  Knowing that prospective students will be the primary demographic visiting that page, it is reasonable to include relative information that you think the visitor would want to know. 3. Determine the purpose of each page Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 19 George Brown College International Student Housing page is a great example of how to integrate relative information on a given page by considering the target audience group. 3. Determine the purpose of each page Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 20 Does your site have all the information that your visitors are looking for? Are there instances where content exists in more than one place, causing your site to have unnecessary duplicate pages?  As we mentioned at the beginning of the post, a solid website structure will directly affect the management and development of the content on your site.  Once you have the structure of the site down, it will be easier to create the words to fill it up! 3. Determine the purpose of each page Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 21 What practice has been useful for you when evaluating or creating content on your college or university website? Does structure play a role? Let us know! Source: Higher Education Marketing – How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value
    • How Web Structure Can Increase Content Value Slide 22 Questions? 1.514.312.3968 info@higher-education-marketing.com Visit our Website: Higher Education Marketing FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON LINKEDIN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE+