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ever the currency or economy in your country is going up
down pictures will have their role to play to tell the story
the world, of people's moods, indicating concepts and symbols,
function as eye-openers or attractive decoration in all
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FOR CONCEPTUAL PICTURES # 3
This new list
can hopefully further your own ideas.
function as symbols, icons or
analogies in advertisements,
for book covers,
and features etc.
... Red roses
... Red hart
... Kissing girl
... Two animals
snout to snout
... Flowers of
... Duck with
... Animal pubs/kittens/youngs,
... Seeds from
Dandelion (Taraxacum) beeing blown away
way of sowing a field by hand.
New concepts will
also be listed in the next issue.
By Michel Fortin
I supposed to do?"
That's a question
your visitors may be asking, and one you
need to avoid
at all costs. It's like a disease that will do
nothing more than
cost you sales and traffic. The solution
is to "take
them by the hand." Tell or show them, literally,
what you want
them to do -- even if it's simple or obvious.
components to your website is not just
about Web usability,
it's about directional marketing. In
order to encourage
longer stays, repeat visits and, of course,
you need to direct your audience to take action.
And you need to
make it easy for them to do so, whether you're
to click, join, enter, type, download or buy.
If you don't,
with today's leery and click-happy audience your site
will be no more
than a passive, electronic billboard -- a mere
blur. Your website
may be a beautiful work of art, and it may
also drive traffic
because of its educational or entertainment
value. But if
they ask, "what am I supposed to do," you may in
turn be left asking,
"why is my site not making any sales?"
Rick Olson (see
http://www.ibizcenter.com/), in his Internet
ezine, said it best: "While there is debate
on whether the
Web is all about direct marketing or branding,
the fact remains
that you probably want to elicit some kind of
your visitor." I concur. In fact, even big-brand
sites like Coke.com
and Nike.com, whose purpose is to increase
and build brand equity, use direct marketing.
On the other hand,
while the Internet offers us the ability to
gain the attention,
consent and response of such a discerning
audience, I also
admit that succeeding in doing so is a whole
I'm far from being a Web usability guru, like
Dr. Jakob Neilsen
(see http://www.useit.com/jakob/). But what
I do know, from
experience and research, is that much of the
Web still lacks
a certain friendliness. It lacks *direction*.
when I conduct critique consultations I notice
that about 85%
of the sites I analyse fail to adequately lead
visitors to take
some kind of action, be it through the copy,
design or navigation.
When I visit some of these sites for the
first time, I
ask: "What am I supposed to do?" Obviously, if I
feel that way,
most visitors probably feel the same way, too.
Studies show that
a large majority of sites are confusing to,
by, their target audiences. According to Joe
Gregory (see http://www.joegregory.com/),
97.7% of the sites
that his company
evaluated failed or are poorly marketed, and
82.2% of them
lacked a clear objective. For example, he
found that it
was difficult to find the phone number on sites
people to call, and that it was a challenge, if
to order online on sites that sell products.
(Joe Gregory found
that some sites even omitted prices. In
websites also frequently "hide" their order
them inconspicuous at best.)
During the early
days of the Web, when it was mostly populated
the Internet was filled with technical jargon.
The need to design
websites and have them communicate in a way
that most people
can understand was non-existent. The pioneers
and the first
"colonisers" of the Web understood the dynamics
of the Internet.
They easily recognised links, mark-up, files,
protocols, and so on. This is no longer the case.
Few people will
buy from a website that confuses them in the
fact, according to Gregory's research mentioned
of the sites his company evaluated targeted a
or used a language that only experts would
As more people
enter the Web for the first time, the online
"newbies" continues to grow. Of course, people
don't remain newbies
forever. But even users who are a little
savvy can get easily confused by a poorly
When visiting a site for the first time,
they become newbies
all over again as every site has its own
copy and message.
extremely important to use words, layouts
structures that help the visitor to navigate
your site and
find what they want while strategically directing
By doing so, you will immunise your website against
this lack of direction.
Now, there are many ways to accomplish
it. And to list
the steps within the confines of this article
-- our resident site reviewer, Ralph Hilliard at
has a site completely dedicated
to the subject.
But here are some of the most obvious ones:
1) Above all,
start a heading with a verb, which tells people
exactly what to
do or what they will be doing. For example, if
a link leads to
your guest book, use the words "sign (or view)
our guest book,"
rather than just "guest book." If the link
leads to a product
description page, include the words
"Discover how life-altering widgets will give
you up to 179.3%
more of [whatever the benefit is]."
2) Without overdoing
it, include the words "click here" (or
something to that
effect) within text links. If your site
offers thumb nailed
images for example, include "click to
somewhere near the image. In short, show visitors not
only what they
must do, but also what they *can* do. You would be
amazed to know
how many of your visitors fail to do something
just because they
don't know it is possible.
3) More importantly,
keep your links underlined. Web designers
often opt to remove
them for aesthetic reasons, such as with
the use of style
visual guides; without them, the majority of
people will not
know the link exists and will inadvertently
ignore it. Take
a look at http://www.engage.com/. The links
underlines (even within graphical texts) or
the words "click
4) Include navigation
bars with links on the top, side(s) and
bottom. In other
words, make it easy for your visitors to know
they are at any time, as they read or scroll
down your webpage,
and where they can go next. Of course, if
your page is small
and fits within a window at the smallest
only one -- and use common sense. But if a
to scroll, in any way, make it easy for them to
know at the very
least how to return (such as with "back to
evenly distributed throughout).
5) The reverse
is also true. If you want your visitors to do
one thing and
one thing only, then don't distract them with
too many links,
particularly external ones that can easily
take them away
from your site. (This is particularly true with
long copy or direct
response websites.) For example, if you
offer too many
choices, users will find it hard to make a
offer more choices further in the site
based on the specific
path(s) a user follows.
that directional marketing is important
and will be more
important as time goes on. If your site does
not direct its
visitors to take some kind of action, or fails
to lead them to
some sort of outcome, then you will need to
your site's purpose and strategy.
The more qualified
your visitors are and the more compelling
your message is,
the higher will be the percentage of visitors
that will buy.
Or that will refer others. Or that will return
to the site. Or
that will join your mailing list. Or ...
About the Editor -------------------------
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better travel pictures. Tip 3
Don't be afraid
of going close on whatever you want to
of. With permission you can go more close to people
than you immediately
intended. Go closer to buildings, artefacts,
animals and symbols, too.
When you go closer
you concentrate your picture taking - what is
the most important
you want to capture? The involved cropping of
framing of the picture can also be achieved with a
zoom lens, and
that is fine. But in general the mantra of "going
worthwhile pursuing for some time. When you shoot
the like, go close to one object which can function
as an interesting
or decorative foreground of the final picture.
Your main object
in your picture doesn't need to be in the centre.
Often the final
result will be much better if you have this to one
of the sides.
To have it to the left is regarded as most "natural"
by many people.
Just be careful with the focusing and measuring of
the proper light
for this close part of your picture. The closer,
the more delicate
is a precise focusing.
In general people
will regard a photo with one clear main object as
the most successful.
good luck with your travel photography.
Do you want to
share your personal photos with others?
Yahoo has a great
service with free sign up and good
space for storage
TO FIND PICTURES FROM AROUND THE WORLD?
World Photos is
a general portal for news pictures and press
photos from around
the world. You will also be directed to more
e.g. about environment or photos of war
and to press sites.
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21 August 2001:
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releasing a revolutionary
new feature for picture agencies, Agent 1.0.
to requests, alamy.com is now offering agencies their
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The agency can also handle negotiations directly with
- all library contact details are displayed on their
home page. Agencies
can also use this tool to create collections of
images, much like
a catalogue, to represent their best images for a
a major breakthrough for the industry. For the first time,
agencies can offer
their customers full e-commerce capability. Agent 1.0
is an effective
and secure way for agencies to take their first step
into the digital
future. By having no upfront costs, libraries can also
invest more in
marketing and focus on delivering value to their
said James West, alamy.com CEO.
Some of the libraries
using the new service include:
Steve Bloom Images
Image Source (http://www.alamy.com/imagesource)
- Contemporary business
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