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4 Mar
Posted by Jane

Rising to the top: Bigger, better, stronger website launched for Rise Network

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The journey

We’re proud to have worked with Rise Network since their name change from Hills Community Support Group in 2012. The organisation has evolved and grown extensively in this period – taking some pretty challenging changes in their stride.

The original website we designed and built was always created as a stage 1 and was not responsive by choice. Rise Network wanted to spend the rest of the allocated budget on staff training and support on how to engage with their clients using the website, Twitter and Facebook – something which was a big success and continues to pay off.

In the first 6 months of the original site, the traffic increased 400% and the site worked really well to explain how people could access services and enabled people to get in touch with the right people. The website earned its keep.

The changing landscape

Over time, as program funding changed and their services broadened, both our team and Rise Network could see the site needed to change in structure and design to enable the content to go deeper. We recognised this early and plan ahead. This is only because we made the time to meet every 4-5 weeks to review the analytics, conversions and content in a WIP (work in progress) meeting from the day the initial site launched.

planning for change

We held content audit meetings with Rise staff and then proposed a new site map and structure. This was put to the board and the staff and then approved to be designed and built.

designing and building a new website

Over the next 3 months, designs were put together and content was collated by our team and the Rise marketing crew.

The following 3 months, saw the site being built and then filled with content section-by-section, with special attention being paid to the new engagement section, ‘How Can I Help‘ where stories showcase the benefits for businesses and individuals to volunteer time or donate funds.

The result has been a huge success and the site has grew in ranking and prominence from the day it was re-launched last month.

The key features are:

what’s next? the beginning of a new chapter

Rise Network has and continues to understand how important it is to invest in the digital positioning of their brand and we thank them for continuing to work actively with us as a cohesive team.

Today we are celebrating the new site with launchcake, drinks and nibbles – but that’s not the end of the project. It’s the beginning of a new chapter. Next week we plan the next stage for Rise’s digital journey.

Want to hear what Rise have to say about their website? Read their website launch blog.

3 Oct
Posted by Jane

Clever Starfish wins WA Web Awards for both The Seventh Duchess & Perth Theatre Company

Last night was the WA state round of the Australian Web Awards – run in parallel with events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

It was held at SpaceCubed in St Georges Terrace – and was a great chance to catch up with other web nerds in our industry.

After a focus on accessibility, we got into the business of the awards – kicking off with our first of two wins for The Seventh Duchess in the eCommerce category! This followed with another award in the non-profit category for Perth Theatre Company.

There were multiple awards in some of the categories and other winners included The Frontier Group, Humaan, JuiceBox Creative, Bam Creative, 303 Lowe, Red Meets Blue, Michael Bollig and Sumo.

For all the chatter, check out our Twitter or #AWA2013 or follow us on Facebook.

The national round of Australian Web Awards runs in two weeks – Sydney here we come!

12 Oct
Posted by Jayde

Gangnam ‘Starfish’ Style: The Video

With the power of the amazing Yakub at Milkable and a spare one and a half hours at the studio down the road, this video was born…

7 Oct
Posted by Jane

Clever Starfish Team Nominated for five Australian Web Awards, take home three shiny trophies!

The Australian Web Awards, held at Luna Park in Melbourne and run by the Australian Web Industry Association, has brought great winnings to Clever Starfish this year!

We can now proudly add three more awards and five finalist certificates to our ‘cabinet’ next to the award won in 2009 for Sophie Kyron’s site, if we include the two taken home by Adam Trickett, one of our fabulous programmers.

Australian Web Awards 2012

The very first award on the agenda was for the “Personal” category – and this was taken out by Adam for his personal site. We are so impressed!

The second award was won for our own website in the Commercial category. It competed against websites from Freerange Future, Humaan, Digital Domination and BMC Solutions. You can find out a little more about this site on our project page.

Our third award was presented for Due Jolly in the Best HTML and CSS category – competing against websites created by Zeroseven, Sumo Group, Equilibrium and Get Started. We are particularly proud to have won this category because it validates (excuse the pun) the hard work we do to make sites built on a solid foundation.

Our fourth award/nomination was “Finalist” in the “Best Overall Mobile” for Adam Trickett – who was competing with websites from MatesRates Design, Sumo Group, Renrez Web Consultancy and Design City. The award was won by Design City for their own site. Great work guys!

Our final award/nomination was “Finalist” in the “Most Outstanding” category. The winner was the fabulous team at BAM Creative for the hard work they did on the FOODcents website. Nice work, Miles!

We would like to thank the Australian Web Industry Association for running events like this, where we are given the privilege of competing with companies across the nation and look forward to next year when we hope there will be more representation from all states across Australia. For the full results, check out the Australian Web Awards results page.

Photos and video will be coming! Stay tuned…

26 Apr
Posted by Jane

Media140 kicks off in perth

It’s a little like Christmas when Media140 comes around. We get to be social starfish and find out more about the latest statistics, predictions and technology advances from people in the industry. It is also exciting to see a few of our clients choosing to attend this year.

We will be updating you with some of the most interesting resources presented via our Twitter but will do our best to keep you up to date on the blog too.

 

9 Mar
Posted by Jane

Design responsively, people!

We promised our fabulous client/friend/social guru/roving blogger for the week, Joe Millward, who is over at SXSW that we would make him a video demonstrating responsive design. Here you go, man… We hope it helps to prevent losing your voice by the end of the conference.

If you are all about HD, go here.