Northwood University

CHALLENGE:

Northwood University came to Phoenix Innovate asking for assistance with updating their website. The site had been cobbled together by multiple developers over the years, and was archaic in its architecture with almost two thousand individual, hard-coded pages. Making changes was difficult. Making universal changes was impossible.

Instead of being Northwood’s premier marketing asset, the site was a source of concern. And, because there was no universality to the site, Northwood could not employ certain ADA accessibility technologies or digital media advertising tactics that required placing pixels in a global footer.
 

SOLUTION: 

Our recommendation was to build a new mobile-first, responsive design site for Northwood using a custom content management system that would:

  • Allow non-technical staff to make updates
  • Include core modules for frequently updated content such as semester dates, program information and contact information, making it easy for Admin staff to update
  • Provide multiple levels of controlled access for users across the University
  • Integrate with their prospect and student databases for improved tracking and performance reporting
  • Integrate with third-party calendar and data collection applications
  • Improve META data and Alt tag functionality for better web accessibility and SEO
  • Allow global pixeling for up-to-date digital media activity
  • Render properly on the mobile phones that research indicated 50%+ of their visitors were using to access the site
  • Provide multi-lingual capabilities for international students
  • Allow the website to be current up to the minute
  • Ability to add retargeting to the media mix
  • Better tracking of digital media has allowed for better media optimization
  • Better mobile experience
     

RESULTS:

  • The new format and coding structure allowed them to achieve their goal of ADA compliance for the web content
  • Mobile friendly design is more compatible with users’ browsing habits and increases SEO rankings

 

Custom CMS-driven marketing website


 

Digital devices with statistics showing
Integrated prospect database to easily deploy content assets based on profile data