Iris Financial - a site set for growth
Thanks to diligent planning, execution and team work,
Iris Financial have a feature-rich, high ranking site they
can grow via their content management system and which perfectly
reflects their strategic plans for business growth.
Customer-focused is a good look
a major venture capital injection which indicated the market's
confidence in their component-based technology, Iris Financial
required a site that would not only update their look and
feel, but that would also enable and reflect rapid and considerable
company growth over the coming 2 - 3 year period.
Iris was looking for a small but committed agency, who would
push the boat out on their behalf. Rebecca Bond, Iris Financial's
Global Head of Marketing, says
"We wanted an agency that would go beyond merely promising
to make the site look nice, to one who was interested in
our content; - that meant people who wanted to find out
how we could better connect with our target audiences…
"We chose Sodabyte - from a total of 8 companies invited
to pitch - because of their mixture of technical and creative
Looking outwards to bring prospects in
At the project outset, to remove the requirements analysis
from a company-centric to customer-centric view, we canvassed
the opinion of 8 senior members of staff from offices in London,
San Francisco, New York and Tokyo.
For a greater external balance, we also conducted 2 client
interviews and compared keywords and terms gleaned from this
work against a search engine analysis tool. On the basis of
this information, we prepared a proposal for the site's Information
Architecture, so that the ordering and linking of information
on the site is considered and extensible.
A Flexible Information Architecture for growth
The site is based on a Content Management system that uses
modular components (PHP / mySQL) to give the optimal mixture
of rapid development with bespoke customisation.
The site currently is a fraction of the size it could be
grown to using just the CMS, without any recourse to additional
implementation from Sodabyte. It has several sets of multiple
pages - eg News, Press Releases, White Papers - and also 3
sub-sections in the Services category that will only become
available once populated.
Usability and Search Engine Friendliness
Particular emphasis was given to the ease of use of the site,
as interface conventions are particularly strong among the
internet-savvy audience Iris Financial is targeting, and we
knew from our research that easy access to solid information,
coupled with messages of capability and legitimacy would be
key to the site's success.
"I like it! The new website is a lot more straightforward
from a usability point of view. Also the information contained
is more relevant to the Iris Financial we know of. It's
'savvier' from a technical point of view. Well done."
- one member of staff's feedback from
the internal review
Launched in Feb 2004, and benefiting from existing incoming
links, the site was rapidly indexed by Google and as of writing
appears at nos. 1 and 2 for Equity Program Trading Systems
and no. 6 for Fixed Income Systems (Iris Financial's two main
offerings). Visitor stats have grown from around 600 visits
per month to an average of 5,000.
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