3 Media Web Helped a Local Chamber of Commerce Upgrade Their Old Website Design
The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) has been driving business exchange and progress in the Metro-West Boston Region since 1924, long before they even needed to think about a website design.
MRCC members are a diverse assembly of local business owners and representatives. The MRCC is dedicated to providing opportunities for growth through legislative advocacy, educational programs, and other valuable resources to area businesses.
The Challenge: Redesign An Outdated Website After Rebranding
Several years ago, the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce introduced a new leadership team and began the process of rebranding themselves. As all the new and exciting changes were taking place, the MRCC’s website design was neglected and began aging.
This resulted in a couple challenges for MRCC in regards to modernizing their website.
Challenge 1: Update the site design with new MRCC branding
Because MRCC wasn’t able to update their website regularly, the new branding was never added to it.
Naturally, one of our priorities became incorporating the new MRCC branding into the new website design we would be creating for them.
Challenge 2: Website redesign featuring an improved user experience
As we mentioned, the old MRCC website had not been aging very well.
Because the site was older and had outdated content, it gave the impression that the chamber was no longer active. As a result, people weren’t visiting the site.
The overall user experience needed improvements to reflect MRCC’s active membership in the surrounding community and demonstrate the same level of professionalism the chamber is known for.
One of the first steps we took in the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce website redesign project was to connect with the client and get to know their business needs and goals.
It was a pleasure working with the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce team on their website refresh. It was truly a coordinated effort between both teams.
3 Media Web website designer, Jon Langberg, met with MRCC representatives to determine the key items they wanted on their homepage.
From there, Jon was able to work on work out the best placement for each of the items, which included:
- Member registration drives for events
- Support of local businesses in the chamber
- And opportunities for visitors to learn more about MRCC
After three weeks of discovery and design, development began on the new MRCC website. During this time, 3 Media Web and MRCC also worked together to clean up some of the content, making sure it was as fresh and relevant as the newly rebranded chamber.
As with all our projects, we wrapped it up with in-depth quality assurance. This enables us to ensure our clients are 100% satisfied with the work we’ve done together.
The sites usability, functionality, aesthetics, and user experience are all put to the test during quality assurance.
Many thanks to you and your team for the time and effort against this initiative. Could not be more proud and excited for our members to get this new resource that we commit to making very special from a value offering.
Robert Schlacter, President and CEO, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Results: A Thoughtful Redesign Leads To Demonstrably Improved Metrics
The new design Jon came up with delivered an improved hierarchy in the messaging. The hierarchy of a site is important to guide site visitors to key areas and, in this case, working to increase participation in the chamber.
Jon’s designs were very effective in doing so.
As a result of the improved messaging and user experience, visitors are spending more time on the website overall.
When comparing data from the month following the launch of the redesigned website, to data collected a year ago for the old site, we’re seeing a lot of positive results.
Increased User Sessions
We’ve recorded a 17.05% increase in the total number of sessions on the redesigned site, compared to the old site last year at the same time. This shows us that people are returning to the site more than ever before.
Increased Sessions Duration & Page Views
An drastic improvement in session duration has also been a result of the redesign. In fact, the average session duration on the new MRCC website is up 39.27% from the former design.
Additionally, the number of pages viewed per session are up 6.53%.
This is all thanks in large part to the improved user experience of the new site design.
Increased Participation & Member Advertising Sales
Although the new site has just launched, we are also expecting to see results regarding participation and collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce.
Event sign ups are expected to rise thanks to the new design of the homepage which does a better job of highlighting key events MRCC is hosting.
Furthermore, it is also expected to see an increase in member advertising since the member ads clicks are now being tracked and better presented on the homepage.
Easy To Update Interface & Goal Tracking
The work 3 Media Web completed for Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce made the site easier to use for those updating it.
Now, MRCC are able to create well designed pages on the fly using the built in front end page builder included in the updated theme.
With the launch of the new site, we also started tracking goals in Google Analytics. This will allow MRCC the ability to further gauge the success of their promotion efforts.
Get The Results You Are Looking For With A Website Redesign
Since the launch of the redesigned Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce website, our partnership has continued to grow. Especially with an increase of online events brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.
We are looking forward to our continued collaboration with the MRCC.
We appreciate your patience and guidance. Thanks to the team members who worked on the committee to make this a reality. It feels like we have definitely arrived and are poised to assist our members to network, refer and grow! Looking forward to doing some fun and creative things with this upgrade!!!
– Robert Schlacter, President and CEO, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce
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