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Number of Searches Skyrockets After Redesign
HousingLink – An Award Winning Client!
HousingLink is a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis. Since 1997, they have helped low-to-moderate income renters find affordable rental housing in the Twin Cities. Before they contacted Mercury Creative Group, their website logged 45,000 searches each month for affordable housing from renters, and the nonprofit and social service organizations that help those who are most in need in our community.
However, HousingLink had a problem. Over 50% of the traffic to their website came from mobile devices, but their website was not mobile friendly! In addition to a new, responsively designed website, HousingLink wanted a refreshed look for its brand communications. The logo and messaging remained the same, but the nonprofit organization wanted and needed a visual face lift. They also wanted an affordable website redesign that was sensitive to their budget. That is where our responsive web design and development experts stepped in.
After an in-depth strategy session to determine the functionality needs, the ideal user experience and the end goal for that use, we began the creative next steps. First, we redesigned the housing search functionality of the website. It now features a slick user-interface that looks and works great on traditional computers and mobile devices. Second, we updated the color scheme of the responsive website. The site now features bright, yet calming colors, and has a playful feel. Finally, our graphic designers created new imagery for the website that gives it a modern fresh feel and timeless look.
So how was this responsive website redesign received by HousingLink’s thousands of users? Well, the result couldn’t have turned out better. The new HousingLink website was recently honored with a prestigious industry award at the 2016 Minnesota Multi Housing Association MADACS Awards!
Since the website redesign, the number of searches has skyrocketed (from 45k/month to 69k/month). This fills vacancies faster. The layout is so much better and renters are more informed, leading to qualified traffic for landlords. Also, many have commented how great the website looks and how easy it is to find housing.
Congratulations HousingLink! We are thrilled to have contributed work that helped you win this award, but more importantly, benefits the community in such a meaningful way.