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Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards: Driven By Momentum

After living in Chelsea for over 15 plus years, I moved west to Hudson Yards. Hudson Yards is a new neighborhood. It rose out of an effort from the Bloomberg administration to transform a no-man's land between the Javits Center and 9th Avenue.

The transformation has been incredible. Once when you entered the Lincoln Tunnel from New Jersey, Downtown dominated your view. But now, it is Hudson Yards. It's a major cluster of large, mixed use high-rises, complete with parts and new artistic landmarks.

Because major investments were made pre-COVID, those investments have kept the neighborhood from being as hard hit as others. Those investments were predicated on convincing a large number of people to move west. After COVID, those bets are not solid. The major challenge for Hudson Yards post COVID is letting customers know you exist. Some much is new that there was not enough time to build a loyal base before COVID hit, so it will likely be similar to a relaunch.

Why Web Design Matters in Hudson Yards?

Great web design is important no matter where you are located. However, in densely populated areas like Hudson Yard, where mobile usage is high. These best practices are highly important especially when

  1. Relaunching to a new audience: You probably didn't have time to establish yourself before COVID so a great UX experience is provides an opportunity for a great first impression.
  2. Raising Awareness: Nothing kills awareness like a slow site. You have about 1 second before the potential is gone.
  3. It lets neighbors know you are nearby, open, and accessible, especially as we dig out from COVID in back half 2021.

User Experience (UX): User’s Value Finding Information Fast.

When you ask users what they want, they will tell you. They want information fast. They care about finding information over 7 times more than the care about appearance.

Important factors of web design

Therefore, your design elements should focus on helping the user find pages on your site versus just creating visual impact. Otherwise,  60% of users leave a site if they can’t find what they need easily.

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 Bounce Rate vs. Page Speed

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.

Main Drag on Page Speed is Unnecessary Code

If you are not a web designer or web developer, terms like render blocking ccs or unused JavaScript, will be very foreign. Knowing the terms are not as important as understanding the cause

Google Page Insights Illustrating render blocking resources

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

Themes Will Slow You Down

If your site is built on Wordpress or Wix, you are using a theme. Every theme carries a set of instructions (CSS), which tell the browser how to render the page. Every theme has customization options, drop-down menus, animations, and such.

When a page is rendered, the browser has to sort through all this code to see what your content requires. The unused features can stop the page from rendering, creating render-blocking resources or unused CSS. 

Theme Are Easy But Come at a Cost

A theme 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. However, there is a big trade-off, and that is page speed.

Why Local Digital Marketing Matters in Hudson Yards?

As I said earlier, I think Hudson Yard's businesses are facing a relaunch to their community. Local digital marketing can help you do just that effectively and efficiently. 

  1. Local digital marketing in Hudson Yard is about relaunching to your local audience.
  2. Digital is important to raise awareness among local residents but also making connections to new ones. 
  3. It lets neighbors know you are nearby, open, and accessible, especially as we dig out from COVID in back half 2021.

Simple Navigation That is Clear and Easy to Follow

To have a navigation that is easy to follow requires that you understand how your user is likely to search for information. It is very important to remember that your user may search for information very differently from you, especially if you are an expert in the field and they are not.

Importance of Page Mapping

To keep the communication focused, each page should be designed to answer a given set of questions around a core theme. Since we know the core theme, we can link these pages to keywords or key phrases. 

The key reasons why it is worth the effort to map pages to key words are:

  1. Helps to minimize confusion as each page has a clear answer or a means to reach that answer quickly.
  2. Helps indicate to the user and the bot what the page is about.

This is a key step in any design and development process.  

Measure & Monitor Your User Flow

People can be difficult to predict. Even with the best planning, sometimes the flow isn’t quite right. User flow on Google Analytics can really help. You can see how users are browsing the site. 

Optimizing

If you find users are acting differently versus how you intended. It’s important to take note and make changes. Web design is never “a set it and forget it” activity. Monthly monitoring and testing are recommended. 

Mobile friendly

A high-quality user experience is important on all devices. This is just the cost of entry these days.

Most themes and common website builders are responsive, which means it adapts the code (html and ccs) to suit the device. 

There are several ways to achieve a responsive design. The main tradeoff between the options is page speed.

We recommend custom sites because they are designed as mobile first. They use only the code that you need, so they are fast. Lastly, the lost revenue from bounces and poor conversions generally more than offset the cost.

All themes will require “fixing”. Without some way to weeding out that excess code, page speed load times will likely cause you to perform poorly on mobile. 

Data show page speed is a key indicator bounce rate. If your page takes over three seconds to load, bounce rates balloon. Any bounce is a lost opportunity to influence your user.

There are plugins and other solutions. But, again, there is a trade-off between cost and performance.

Summary

Your website is the most important communication tool in digital marketing. Therefore, you want it to be its best.

Users value finding information quickly. Finding the information quickly is seven times more important than fancy features.

To help users find the information they want quickly requires a simple navigation that is clear and easy to follow. 

A high-quality user experience is important on all devices. Therefore, you want a design that can meet these demands without sacrificing quality or speed. Both affect your website metrics.

This can be challenging to attempt this on your own, and there are numerous digital marketing companies that can help.

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.

See more about Small Business Marketing in Hudson Yards. If you are more interest in the borough, you can see our Small Business Marketing in Manhattan. If you want the full city, you can see our Small Business Marketing in NYC.