Website Design: 8 sites that get it — and 6 sites that don’t

I’ve been watching the whole grid/adaptive design and short-form content revolution roll out in slow motion over the past couple of years. So how’s the revolution going? To see, I spent some quality time on 17 major sites on our eBusiness Index. Turns out it’s playing out in four ways.

Search Rankings | Cisco has the features — but takes the usability prize

Once upon a time, search was pretty simple. Put out a box, fiddle with some “advanced search” explanations, spend some quality man-months meta-tagging mountains of content—and let the rest take care of itself. Today, however, a new roster of features & capabilities are changing the rules.

Drum Roll Please! The Social Media Top 10 | Not your usual suspects

Every company we track has social media outposts. Twitter, Facebook, and increasingly, the LinkedIn platform. And they spend plenty of time and treasure filling them up with goodness that promotes their strategies and marketing stories.

The 5 things your Website visitors don’t care about — and why you should care.

In this new world, it’s not about what your visitors want. It comes down to knowing what they really don’t care about. How some teams are turning five lemons into lemonade—and changing the rules in a big way.

Strategy |’s revolutionary services marketing strategy redefines less-is-more design

The team was just another army writing volumes of services content when they decided to redesign the Services zone in a revolutionary way. They stripped it bare, sent all of the detailed content somewhere else – and focused the new & improved site on what Cisco can do and why customers should care.

Content Strategy | pushes the interactive video envelope – and accidentally triggers an infographics tipping point’s new interactive feature is a piece of marketing finesse well beyond the reach (and budgets) of most Web teams. But the twist in the story is that it uses something that every team can (and should) have at the top of their list in 2013.

eSelling Moment of Brilliance | When you can’t or won’t publish product prices, remember

Although went off the airwaves more than three years ago, there’s still plenty of lessons to be learned from this award-winning Website. Publishing product prices is one of them.

Online Registration Forms | 25 questions you can ask — and 80 questions you shouldn’t

When we set out to take a close look at online registration practices, we already knew that these features were, shall we say, “problem children” for most Website teams. How did we know this? Because we’ve been fielding questions about best and worst registration practices for at least ten years.

Content Filtering | Palo Alto Network’s little moment of brilliance

One of the things that’s most interesting about the IT Web is that you can find little moments of marketing brilliance on otherwise ordinary Websites. Palo Alto Networks' content filtering tool is one of those moments.

Interactive Marketing | takes video to a whole new best practice level

Have a new product you’d like to launch with maximum fanfare? Want to demonstrate its most important features? Capture your buyers imagination? Keep them scrolling for more? Then spend some quality time experiencing how reinvented video when it launched its new iPad in April.