Case Study Overview
RettSchool Online is inudstry standard in Texas real estate education. Its long-standing mission is to help individuals increase their success in succeeding in the real estate industry. They partner with VanEd to provide online real estate courses, but also provide their own live, classroom courses throughout the state of Texas. With their site taking a huge dip in search engine rankings over the past year, we wanted to provide them a foundation and strategy for improving and maintaining their SEO moving forward. This was accomplished with a modern and up-to-date, logo and a new, responsive website with content and coding strategies that would surely increase their SEO immediately.RettSchool Online
Step 1: Redesigning an Old Brand
RettSchool Online's logo and website were updated to say the least. The website hadn't been redesigned since the early 2000s and the logo was outdated and didn't reflect the brand's visions or goals.
A new branding and logo design were crafted, which became the foundation for building Rettschool Online's success in the digital world. The new brand was to represent professionalism and respectibility while also giving off a feeling of understanding and good intention.
Branding Goals and Objectives
-Decide on two font families that would pair with one another and which would be used on the new website as well as in print and digital marketing pieces.
-Develop a professional and modern color scheme, which would also be represented on the website, in the logo, and in print and digital marketing pieces.
-Design a logo that took elements from the old design and helped to make the brand stand out amongst affiliates and industry competitors.
-Design a branding guideline for print and digital marketing, which addresses elements such as the se of imagery, the use of slogans and taglines, and how to focus on blogging, and social media effors, etc.
Step 2: Provide students an easier path to purchasing courses
It didn't take much UX research to come to the conclusion that RettSchool Online's old site was difficult to navigate. The path to conversion and links to affiliates were difficult to find and the internal site navigation was difficult to follow.
Our plan to create a site that was useable and that emphasized conversion (the amount of visitiors to paying customers) was as follows:
Remove side navigation menu and place secondary, "nested" pages in top navigation dropdown menus. - done
Present clear, universal call-to-actions throughout each page, which direct users to purchase courses or contact RettSchool Online for more information. - done
Display promotions and discounts on "purchase" pages that RettSchool received from affiliate partnership - done
Note: The reason that this type of modern web programming is so useful is that it creates a website with fewer routes the user must take to get to the "conversion" area of the site. Having a user go to a separate page each time you want to present them with new infromation makes the user feel confused and impatient, thus much less likely to want to buy your service or product.