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The Centre for Management & Business Development (CMBD)

Creating a new online identity that better represented their high quality delivery

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Background

CMBD is a business consultancy specialising in management and business training, coaching and consultancy.

Their business had changed since their old website was developed. In the past, a product first approach worked well, now CMBD’s clients’ needs shapes their offer and their website needed to better reflect this new offering.

Over time the site had grown, lots of pages were rarely visited making it difficult to navigate. The site served as an information portal and resource centre for clients as well as an online brochure for the business. It has never effectively delivered qualified leads to the business. Overall the site looked outdated and wasn’t in keeping with the high quality courses on offer.

Brand New Online Identity

CMBD approached us to help them create an online identity that better represented the high quality courses they delivery.

They needed a new site that looked great was simple to manage in house and delivered what their clients expected.

Look and Feel

We started with the look and feel. We got to know them, how they worked and what their clients though of them.

We then translated that into 4 different visual routes.

Working with CMBD, we took what they liked, and what they didn’t to design the sleek, professional branding that you now see.

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Design

Next step was translating that into the website. Ensuring that all the pages were designed to work for the best customer journey, building trust and ultimately converting into sales.

Development

Once our design team had worked their magic it was time for the Craft experts to step in and make their vision a reality.

CMBD website was built using Craft CMS 3.0 with the following interesting technologies:

  • Responsive image technology (Speeding up loading by only serving the correct image for that device/size screen)Asynchronous Javascript loading (Improving page speed by asynchronously loading javascript that is required cutting down on render blocking)
  • CSS/JS Page transitions for a more seamless/better user experience while browsing
  • On scroll animations for a stimulating user experience
  • Image optimisation (Increases speed by automatically stripping unnecessary data from image)
  • PostCSS (Optimised CSS creation and delivery)
  • SVG (Image format for scalable images that work on any screen resolution and density)
  • Custom web fonts (Custom loaded webfonts ensuring users only have to download them once to improve speed, performance and visual aesthetics)
  • Command-line build tools (For increasing performance and delivery command line build tools are used to improve images, CSS and JS for use on the site)
  • Secure deployment (Automated deploy and build pipeline, with backup, rollback and disaster recovery capabilities).

Results

In the first month since the website went live users increased by 63.88%, sessions increased by 76.14% and organic search increased by 186.14%. Note, the site launched on 20th December 2018, so the first month of the new site included Christmas and New Years. Since CMBD is a B2B business this makes the improvements especially impressive.