Here is why font choice is important for your website!

 

 

It’s called typography. The art and technique of arranging type to make written language readable and appealing. Dated back to the early 17th century it has been used in many countries by many languages for many reasons. You see it everywhere you look; magazines, billboards, books, on your cell phone, in your mail, on your box of cereal, stitched into your favorite jacket, on a website.

Typography and the font-faces we choose have a huge impact on multiple aspects of our website including readability, mood, perceived article length, user experience and much, much more. In order to properly portray the vision and mood of the website, it is essential that website designers know and understand the different principles (source: webinsation).

So… let’s talk about first impression. First impressions are lasting impressions. Whether we are talking about shaking someones hand, greeting them on a phone call, or an individual visiting your website. Something you may not realize is that typography helps to create an experience on a website before the visitors ever even click a button or read a word. The treatment of type creates an atmosphere and elicits a response much the same way as tone of voice does (source: smashing magazine). In saying that, typography can be said to establish the personality of the website.

Take the example of a resume. If you were an employer, which candidate would you be more likely to pass on for an interview?

Candidate A:

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OR

Candidate B:

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Based on the look and feel of even the very first sentence of their resume you are most likely going to go with candidate B. The clean and clear font looks professional and conveys a distinguished mood helping you to feel the credibility behind their voice.

Let’s take an example of a logo. Imagine you find yourself unfortunately in need of a lawyer. Would you rather…

Candidate A:

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OR

Candidate B:

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Most likely if you’re seeking someone to represent you in a court of law you’re going to want someone who looks like they know what their doing. Something as simple as the typeface of a logo can be the deciding factor between two potential candidates.

Alright, so we based on the two above examples we know that typography is very influential, but let’s talk again about your website. When potential clients first lay eyes on your page, you want to give the best first impression possible by setting the tone. Check out this College Humor video on how fonts give personality:

 

 

Anyways, one thing to keep in mind when choosing a font is legibility. And with the evolution of multiple device viewing, you’re going to want your webpage to look the same across all tablets, PCs, Macs, iPhones, etc. In other words, you’re going to want the fonts on your website to be responsive no matter which device it is being viewed on.

Traditionally, below is a list of fonts that are widely known as “web safe” because you can use them without embedding a font code in CSS.

Serif Fonts  

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Sans-Serif Fonts

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Monospace Fonts
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In conclusion, when picking out a font for you website it can be quite overwhelming. You want something interesting and detailed that gives you credibility while still being edgy and hip. Be on the lookout for the things mentioned in this post (legible, responsive, etc), and remember the list of traditional fonts above as a safe zone when you’re not exactly sure what may or may not work for you.

Check out this article for more information: Web Font Typography

 

The Underrated Tragedy of Email Marketing

There are some people that fear that with the introduction of the sleek and new shiny toy known as Social Media… it’s predecessor Email has been permanently pushed aside. THINK NOT OF THESE FALSE ACCUSATIONS! Email is still here and sexier than ever!

 

Here is the proof:


No Competition

In the year 2014, Radicati Group projected 2.5 Billion email users worldwide. There are studies upon surveys upon reports with proof that email dominates when it comes to total users worldwide.

Reach

In social media we usually talk about “Potential Reach” to refer to the number of followers. For example in the case of SocialMouths, its potential reach on Facebook is 13k. That’s just the number of Page Likes (Fans) but your content only reaches a small fraction of that. Granted, email is only opened by a fraction of subscribers, but here’s the difference, the actual message will reach its destination, s/he then has the option to not read it.

Life Span and Action Orientation

The actual life span of social media postings are very very short. There a sent to a limited audience and can easily go unnoticed within a matter of minutes. Email, on the contrary, doesn’t die unless it is killed. It patiently sits in your audiences inbox until they delete it, open it.. OR possibly forwarded it to more potential clients. Email has become transactional in nature and you can use it to direct traffic to your website and it ultimately drives sales.

Return on Investment–

Email marketing as a channel was the third overall lead generation source for marketers in 2013, producing 13% of all leads (Source: HubSpot)…. AND For every $1 spent, $44.25 is the average return on email marketing investment (Source: Exact Target). Utilizing email marketing is a low-cost, affordable, and EFFECTIVE strategy that should be implemented if you’re a business trying to get the most BANG for your BUCK.

Analytics– 

With the availability of tools and software monitoring statistics such as delivery, open, click, bounce, and unsubscribe… rates are TRACKED AND MONITORED so you know how certain campaigns will perform (B2C).

Engagement and Targeting–

With email marketing, customer targeting can be implemented through lead scoring, which is a classification methodology used to rank prospects against certain criteria (B2C). You, as a business, can easily choose who receives your email and who doesn’t.

Build Relationships and Rapport–

Email marketing is important for building relationships with prospects, leads, and current customers, and even past customers because it gives you a chance to speak directly to them, in their inbox, at a time that is convenient for them (Source: Half A Bubble Out).

Protection– 

Google is constantly changing its algorithm and, sometimes, you can end up with a penalty without even knowing what you’ve done wrong. In that situation your mailing list is the only real protection you have. (Ramsay Tapling, The Blog Tyrant).

Promotion–

If someone has given you their email address they are ready to engage with your content or products. And, best of all, they’ll help you promote it so you can get more email subscribers. (Ramsay Tapling, The Blog Tyrant).

“If there is one thing that business, content, and conversion rate experts agree upon, it is that building an email list is vital. Don’t be the business owner that misses out on engaging with your audience, driving new business, and protecting yourself from changes in search and social algorithms.” (Campaign Monitor)