Case Study:

Marketing Website

The Client:
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Highland Wholesale Foods Inc. is a food distribution company that has been established since 1999.

They provide value to food programs in the corrections industry, retail markets, non-profit food agencies, food banks, school programs, and other specialized markets.

The Opportunity:

Their website hasn't been updated since it was built circa 2008.

Highland was missing out on opportunities to reach new clients on their website. 

Four Months

(April - August 2020)

Duration:
My Role:

Lead Designer

Facilitate Research

Analyze Feedback

Build Product in Wix

Research

Visual Design

Prototyping 

Design System

User Testing

Methods Used:
Outcome:

First day of the live site resulted in the acquisition of a new client through the form submission

Discovery Phase:

Heuristic Analysis

  • It is clear that the whole website requires a total visual overhaul

 

  • Reduction of the pages in the navigation

  • Need for a contact form and updated contact information

  • Update and simplification of business's information

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Discovery Phase:

Research

Research shows that websites influence 97% of client's purchasing decisions 

According to a study done by RainToday.com having a professional website can significantly increase your client base. With the power of a well designed website a business can: 

  • Establish that they are professional : through professional design, writing, and arrangement of content.

 

  • Establish that they are worthy of consideration : through an overview of their services, their client list, biographies of their professionals, and show how they helped clients and delivered what they promised.

  • Establish themselves as an authority : through blog posts, publications, videos, and other resources to help build credibility, reliability, and trust-all essential elements necessary to win clients

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Discovery Phase:

Information Architecture &

Content Strategy 

  • The "Logistics" page was not a clear label in relation to the information on the page​

  • The information on the "Logistics" page was excessive and needed to be paired down 

  • The "Become a Customer or Vendor" page was unnecessary

Analysis Phase:
Feature Prioritization

This website needed a complete visual makeover and an update to the information architecture was needed.

  • Home page: including multiple calls to action and impact

  • About page: that breaks down the info into bite-size chunks 

  • Products page: that showcases private labels and description of offerings

  • Services page: offering classification and information

  • Contacts: a list of significant employees that includes their email and also a form submission feature for people who don't know whom to contact

Final Design:

Features

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Design for Impact

The Highland brand was missing from the old website. Part of my mission for this project was to display the physical quality of Highland. I took a couple of trips to the office to take photographs of the property (and the people). Displaying the trucks that Highland uses on a daily basis builds trust with potential and current clients. 

Design for Impact

Including the main points of the mission statement followed by another call to action in order to develop trust from clients.

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Design for Information

Giving details about the variety of services Highland has to offer in a distinct manner offers clarity to potential clients and makes Highland worthy of consideration.

Design for Action

Creating a form submission page allows for potential clients to reach out with a generalized request if they don't know who to e-mail. 

The first day the new website launched a legitimate new client reached out through the form submission. That client became a routine customer who would purchase loads of product for delivery every two weeks.

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Final Design:

Live Site

Every day since the website has gone live there have been multiple form submissions a week. Resulting in new clients that would not have otherwise been reached without this update.

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