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City of Hoboken

Hoboken: Manhattan Neighborhood in New Jersey

Fun fact, it can actually be faster to get to midtown from Hoboken than the Upper East Side or Brooklyn. Unless you've spent time in Hoboken, it's hard to appreciate how this 1 square mile patch of land on Hudson River is closer to parts of Manhattan than the outer boroughs of Manhattan.

The gentrification of Hoboken in the late 20th century through the present resembled similar changes in Brooklyn, East Village, Chelsea, and Jersey City. All of which were once predominately run down, but transformed by an influx of young creative types. It soon became recognized as safe, exciting, and then desirable. Until now, it is a town filled with cool restaurants and luxury high-rises.

Hoboken faces many of the same marketing challenges of the other gentrified neighborhood. How to stand out and be trendy enough so people take notice.

Why Superior Web Design Matters in Hoboken?

With so much choice packed into such a small area, the key to success in Hoboken is standing out and being noticed. You need a fast and mobile responsive site to do it. 

  1. A fast, intuitive, and responsive site help with differentiating and owning a small niche.
  2. Mobile is important to raise awareness regardless, but it more important in places like Hoboken where usage is high. Speed is key. If you take more than 1 or 2 seconds to load, that potential customer is gone.
  3. Being on mobile lets Hoboken and nearby Manhattan neighborhoods know you are nearby, open, and accessible, especially in the summer when local festivals add to the experience.

For a web design to be successful, it needs to be fast & responsive to do well on mobile, and intuitive so users find what they need quickly.

How Fast is Fast?

5-Second Rule Does NOT apply

I remember as a kid the five second rule. If food fell on the floor, it was still ok to eat it if was on the ground for less than five seconds.

Turns out that germs are more forgiving than mobile users. There is not broad agreement, but it seems they follow the under three second rule.

The 1 to 3-Second Rule

If a page takes over 3 seconds to load, mobile users bounce as the Pingdom chart below suggests.

Pingdom Page Speed Study

SEMRush gauges page speed using a 1 second rule. I would argue they are closer. My personal experience suggests that the widow has continued to narrow.

Search engines grade your speed as part of your ranking. Therefore, page speed is an important factor in search engine optimization.

Main Drag on Page Speed is Unnecessary Code

The root cause of most speed issues is the content management system (CMS) that you choose for your website. 

What is a CMS

In plain English, these are programs such as WordPress and Wix. These programs have three parts. 

  1. User Interface (UI): Place where you enter the content
  2. Theme: This is the general layout and design of the page with all the options
  3. Server: The place where the content and theme are stored as separate files.

The browser has to fetch the data and the full theme in order to render the page. After the browser parses the content, it has to sort through all of the themes features to see which to use. This causes delays in loading, which is typically called render blocking CCS.  

Digital Marketing Agencies Like the Convenience of CMS

With all these disadvantages, you might ask why someone would choose a CMS. A CMS is user friendly. They are faster to build, easier to maintain, and simpler to update. You do not need to understand coding or even basic HTML or CSS commands to get great looking results.

BUT, They Create Render Blocking CSS - Pagespeed Killer

The key issue with the theme. Every theme carries a set of instructions called cascading style sheets (CSS), which tell the browser how the page should look. It will load your content onto the screen following these instructions. 

Why Local Digital Marketing Matters in Hoboken?

With so much choice packed into such a small area, the key to success in Hoboken is standing out and being noticed. Local digital marketing can help you do just that. 

  1. Local digital marketing in Hoboken is about differentiating and owning a small niche. Then, exploring how you might expand from it.
  2. Digital is important to raise awareness among both Hoboken residents and those Manhattanites that are not too high and mighty to cross the river.. 
  3. It lets both Hoboken and nearby Manhattan neighborhoods know you are nearby, open, and accessible, especially in the summer when local festivals add to the experience.

Custom Build Site Will Yield Best Performance

If your developer helps you set up your tracking codes and other third party integrations, then you can minimize any issues those create.

The beauty of a custom build is there is no trade-off between speed and quality. When you factor in the lost revenue from bounces and poor conversion that a slower site creates, the investment generally pays for itself.

Any CMS Will Require “Fixing” 

It does not matter that much which theme you choose. All will need some modification to be to pull you out of the 20-40s on Google Page Speed Insights.

Main Options

There are three common options.

  1. Plug-ins: For most CMS systems, plug-in exist to help minimize excess CSS. However, they are not a true fix, but a band-aid. They can definitely help, but they will always be the slowest of all your options. Plus, most require a subscription to gain the most benefit.
  2. AMP: Accelerated mobile pages is a stripped down version of regular HTML. It has fewer options and features, so it is very fast. However, you will need to manage two sites. Plus, you will lose continuity between your desktop and mobile versions. 
  3. Theme Optimization: This requires a developer to strip out the unused code from your theme. This is not cheap, but it can get you close to if not equal to a custom built site.

No Web Design is Really Viable if it is Not Responsive

Users expect the same level of user experience (UX) regardless of device. This is simply the bare minimum of performance.

Custom Builds are Responsive by Design

Custom builds are generally designed for mobile first. They are first designed to work on mobile, then scaled for desktop, not the other way around.

Responsive CMS Themes Require Quality Control

There are several very good themes across CMS providers that can provide a seamless UX experience. However, they require some quality control. 

These are not generally built mobile first. Therefore the first issue is image sizing. If you let the theme do it, it can cost you on performance. Therefore, you will want to be mindful of these pitfalls if you go this route. 

Web Design Needs to be Intuitive

The key challenge with any design is that it is so easy to lost in the visual and aesthetics that we lose track of why people come to a site.

Users Expect to Find What They Need Quickly

Fundamentally, a website is a communication tool. If we lose sight of this purpose, the performance in terms of dwell time, bounce, or conversion will suffer.

In fact, when users were asked what they valued most in a website they chose finding information by a 7 to 1 margin.

A separate report showed 60% users left because they could find what they needed.

Summary

For a great web design, it should excel in three key areas.

  1. The site needs to be fast. Shoot for load speed of 1 second as an average, 3 as the maximum limit.
  2. A web design is only viable if it is responsive. When mobile is primary device for search, this should be a no-brainer
  3. Layout must be intuitive. Users want to find information quickly or they leave.

ProStraegix is a web design agency with offices in New York City. We also provide SEO and pay per click advertising support to our clients.

Things to Remember…

If you're thinking about finding help in Hoboken for your small business, here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Find a firm that knows your area. If your small business is marketing in Hoboken, you'll want help from someone who understands how Hoboken works. The best marketing firms understand what makes Hoboken so special and can communicate to your clientele.
  2. Find a company you can trust. If you can't trust a business to have your best interests, you're already going to be left in the lurch. Make sure you have a guarantee that your business will be treated fairly by all parties.
  3. Get the size of help you need. A larger firm can provide more resources and can do more things. A smaller firm, on the other hand, can feel like a neighbor in Hoboken, with the added benefit of one-on-one help from the best the company can offer.

If you are interested in what more we do, you can see our Small Business Marketing in Hoboken. If you want the full state, you can see our Small Business Marketing in NJ.