Connecting with your On-The-Go investors: Great Mobile Examples

Take a lesson from your peers, and get mobile optimized.

We’ve been writing a lot lately about why it’s so important to have a mobile-friendly website in order to better communicate with your on-the-go investors. You’ve learned the basics of what mobile-friendly means for public companies. We explained how giant companies like Google are changing the way their mobile searches work with ‘Mobilegeddon’.

This week, we’re looking at specific website examples from Canadian public companies who have made mobile optimization a top priority. In Section Three of our interactive eBook, Connecting with Your On-The-Go Investors, we pull together examples of great mobile websites from companies of all sizes and all industries.

 

Here’s what you can expect from Section Three: Examples of mobile-friendly websites.

Analyze the mobile readiness of your peers! Below, in this week’s blog, we break down one great example of a mobile-friendly website from our friends at Teck Resources. Section Three of the eBook, however, offers many more examples from great companies as well as an explanation of why mobile optimization should be on your investor relations strategy agenda. You can also read testimonials from IR executives at Teck Resources and others about why mobile was an asset for their investor strategy. The eBook’s collaboration with CIRI BC ensures that each example takes into consideration the needs of Canadian public companies. Navigate to the eBook now for the full experience, or continue reading for one example.

 

Why we love Teck Resources’s mobile website

Many assume that only companies in the technology sector can benefit from having a cutting-edge website. However, Teck is a great example of a natural resources company with a website built for this day and age. Here are some specific reasons why we love them on mobile:

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The Design Isn’t Compromised

Teck’s mobile design is just as stunning as their desktop website. Sliding banners with high quality photos capture the attention of on-the-go investors and the mobile design keeps consistent with the same typography and colours as the desktop experience.

 

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Company News and Performance Features

Teck’s mobile homepage includes pullouts from the latest company news and investor performance figures with an option to navigate to the full page to learn more. Pulling out performance statistics on the homepage makes it easy for on-the-go investors to quickly get the bite-sized information.

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Wealth of Information

Teck’s mobile website provides on-the-go investors with all the information they need, from the latest news release to the importance of CSR and sustainability measures. Oftentimes, a public company’s desktop website offers the full breadth of information, while the mobile website lacks a majority of website sections. Teck’s mobile website, however, uses an intuitive navigation and clean design to display all the information needed in an organized way.

 

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Focus on Sustainability

Teck’s mobile website features a section called ‘Our Approach to Sustainability’ with visual icons to help mobile users grasp their environmental plan. At the bottom of the mobile homepage, on-the-go investors can easily find the 2015 Sustainability Report, as well as the latest annual report.

 

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Teck is only one example of the many Canadian companies who are helping their on-the-go investors find the information they need with their mobile websites. To see all the examples and learn more strategies, make sure to navigate to Section Three of the eBook: Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors.

5 Websites We’re Loving Right Now

It’s one thing to know what your website should look like – responsive on mobile, focused on content that appeals to your target persona, with simple navigation, to name just a few points – but what about seeing these sites in action?

If you’ve read this blog, you know when it’s time to build and launch a new website. And when the time comes and your Executive Team has approved the budget you need to make sweeping changes happen, it’s time to start the process.

As you’re embarking on this process of developing a new website for your company, it’s equally as important to check out real companies who have made the change.

And that’s why we went on a search to find those companies to share with you.

Below are 5 public company and investor relations websites we love.

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1. Shopify

There are many reasons why we love Shopify’s Investor Relations website, and these are the highlights:

  • Easy to read and easy to view “Letter from Tobi”. Tobi is the CEO and Founder of Shopify, providing a personal and unique touch to the site.
  • The homepage of the IR site makes it clear to readers why they should choose Shopify; this section includes coverage about their large and growing company, the vast ecosystem and more.
  • Shopify features a blog that is filled with great content, posted weekly.

 

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2. BC Tech Association

The BC Tech Association offers a remarkable mobile experience, which is a real favourite of ours here at Blender. As a mobile-first website, we love these features:

  • Mobile navigation is easy to use, with simple functionality
  • We love the events calendar that has full mobile navigation and functionality, easily located on the home page
  • Social media channels and icons are easily labeled on the home page.

 

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3. Teck Resources

Not only is Teck Resources a CIRI BC Member, they’re also Canada’s largest diversified resource company – which means that their website needs to reflect their size and scale. The great news is that it absolutely does.

Here’s why we love Teck’s website:

  • It’s visual-focused, making the website engaging to visitors.
  • The annual report is front and centre on the website’s slider, making it accessible to investors.
  • The home page features an interactive map, which allows visitors to view current Teck projects.

 

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4. CNW Group

CNW Group has a clear focus of mobile with both their website and the Investor Relations section of their site. While we like this website on desktop, we really love how it displays on mobile.

Here are the highlights:

  • Brand colours and images are enhanced on the mobile site.
  • News releases and financials are front and centre on mobile and desktop.
  • The language toggle from English to French is easy to navigate.

 

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5. University of British Columbia

We saved one of our favourites for last. We’re using the University of British Columbia as a fifth and final example because they’re a CIRI BC Member (the second we’ve highlighted on our list), and one that has a beautiful website that navigates well on both mobile and desktop.

Here’s why we love UBC’s website:

  • The website features easy-tap image galleries that also have pop-up images
  • Messages are enhanced through faculty and students by using a visual content slider
  • There is a clear “Student” icon that is on the mobile navigation, which makes it easy for specific searches.

 

As you’re developing your website for mobile and desktop, be sure to not only discover the tips and tricks you need to know, but also make reference to companies who are leading the way in website development. It’s important to not only admire the best, but learn from the best, applying your favourite design and feature elements to your project along the way.

 

7 Reasons Why Public Companies Can’t Afford to Miss Out on Mobile

When companies the size of Apple make announcements, the whole world listens. And, in fact, the whole world changes. Remember when the initial reaction to the iPad was resoundingly negative? (It was even referred to as the “big yawn”, courtesy of Business Insider). Fast-forward six years, and Apple has sold over 282 million of the tablet devices, all the while making way for competitors like Samsung to create their own version of the iPad.

The same can be said for Google. When Google released the first round of, what was quickly referred to as “Mobilegeddon”, the whole world knew they needed to listen. And when the second round of “Mobilegeddon” was released this past year, it was another reminder that Google truly sets the rules of anything and everything to do with how people will find and access your company’s website.

What is “Mobilegeddon”?

On April 21 2015, Google released a mobile-friendly ranking algorithm that impacted businesses around the world. Ultimately Google decided that, if your website was not mobile-friendly, your search ranking would be negatively impacted. This means that if your business and a fellow public company competitor both had stellar websites, but yours was mobile-friendly and theirs wasn’t, your company would show up higher in mobile Google searches.

Make sense?

In this algorithm, there are no degrees of mobile-friendliness. You either are, or you aren’t.

Why does this matter?

Simply put, not having a mobile-friendly website for your public company could break your business online. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s true. Read why below.

So here’s why public companies can’t afford to miss out on mobile…

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1. You’re putting the future of your company’s online presence at risk.

Without a mobile-friendly website, your company will suffer in Google search rankings. As both Apple and Google have well demonstrated in the last six years, it’s time to pay attention to the big players in the game for your business to truly take advantage of your online strategy.

(As a side note, we have a handy checklist to determine if your website is mobile-friendly. Give it a spin here.)

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2. Mobile use has skyrocketed.

It’s true.

Mobile now represents 65% of digital media time, which means that the desktop is now a secondary touch point.

Now, that’s not to say that your business can forget about desktop, but if a potential 65% of your target audience is on mobile, wouldn’t you want to speak to them?

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3. Investor interaction is all about mobile.

If you caught yourself thinking, “yeah, yeah – but those 65% are all Millennials or even teenagers,” from our last statistic, think again.

68% of investors view investor-related content each and every day through their mobile device.

Your target audience.

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4. Emails are primarily read on mobile devices.

Do you catch yourself skimming through an email on mobile, only to click off into link-land to other websites and platforms?

That’s because over 67% of email is opened on a smartphone device. That’s well over half of each and every email that is sent and received every single day.

So, if your company is sending newsletters or issuing press releases, it’s important to ensure these are mobile optimized, too. And if you’re driving traffic back to your site, having a website that is mobile-friendly is key.

Since 67% of email is opened on smartphone devices, more email read on phones will translate to more mobile page views, making your user experience integral to your online strategy.

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5. Website design instills trust.

According to a Stanford study, 75% of us admit to making judgments about a company’s credibility based on the design of their website.

So, can you imagine a potential investor arriving on your website through their smartphone, only to find that they can’t engage or interact with your content because it’s not mobile-friendly?

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6. Speedy sites make for happy visitors.

Imagine if your website took forever to load? Fingers crossed this isn’t the case for your company (and if it is, click here).

Content that’s above the fold (the first content you see when you land on a site) on mobile should load in under one second. You can take a speed test here.

Speedy sites make for happy visitors, which means that these visitors are more likely to stay on your site and make their way to more pages on your website.

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One of the greatest benefits of responsive web design is that the site is designed to look good on any screen size, not designed specifically for a certain monitor or device. What does this mean? In the future, as new devices are released, your responsively designed website will still be set up for success.

 

Having a mobile website for your public company is no longer simply a nice feature; rather, it is a necessity and literally impacts the growth of your business online. As more and more investors are visiting your website to learn about your company, you truly can’t afford to miss out on the mobile experience.

How Blender Helped B2Gold Tell Their CSR Story Online

So, you’ve decided that telling your CSR story online is a must for your business. You’ve started to discuss next steps in recent leadership meetings, and you’re responding rapidly to questions posed from your Executive Team. Your budget is starting to come together to bring your story to your website, but you’re just not sure what the end result will look like.

It’s a question (and sometimes, a concern) that we hear often, so rest assured – you’re in good company. While you might have a great idea and vision of how you want to tell your story, what it will look and feel like is often a mystery.

That’s why we’re here. And that’s also why we’re sharing one of our favorite examples of a company that’s doing great things in telling their CSR story online: B2Gold.

About B2Gold

B2Gold is a Vancouver based gold producer with a strong portfolio of development and exploration assets. They are one of the fastest-growing intermediate gold producers in the world and, since its inception in 2007, have evolved into an international gold mining company.

The Challenge

When B2Gold came to Blender, their website wasn’t mobile or tablet friendly – and quite frankly, it was difficult to navigate. The breadth of information, including their CSR story, was deep within their website, and sometimes non-existent.

That’s why we’re here…

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Knowing that B2Gold wanted to tell their story in such a way that displayed their global presence of their products in a highly visual, easy-to-consume way, we were ready to take on the challenge.

Working closely with the client, we collaborated to revise the sitemap and information architecture so we could, first and foremost, develop the framework. It was important to demonstrate B2Gold’s strengths of their assets, including their CSR work, and it was even more important to outline how the site would perform before determining what it would look like.

The Result – Their CSR Story Online

The result of this work was a truly interactive and detailed project map that rivaled the very best in the industry (spoiler bias: we think the map we created for B2Gold is the very best). This map accomplished their overall goal, which was to accurately display the global presence of their business and projects from Asia-Pacific to South America.

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To experience the interactive map for yourself, click here.

The CSR portion of B2Gold’s website was also a priority; with active work in responsible mining, social responsibility, occupational health and safety, environment and biodiversity, it was important to tell the entire story in an easy-to-consume, responsive way.

B2Gold’s CSR site focused around image-based storytelling on mobile, desktop and tablet-responsive pages, making it easy for prospective investors to view and digest.

So, what should you look for when selecting your agency?

When you’ve decided that telling your CSR story online effectively is a must for your business, there are three things you need to look for when selecting your partner agency.

  1. Find an agency that works within Investor Relations

If you’re crossing your fingers and hoping that any agency will work, we hate to break the bad news to you – but they probably won’t. Working in IR is a whole new ball game, so you need to find an agency that has a positive track record within investor relations. Be sure to request case studies from clients who are in your industry.

  1. Ask the question: what happens when you’re finished my project?

One red flag of a potential agency partner is one that leaves when the project is complete.

What happens if you find bugs a few months later? What happens if a broken link is found just a few days after the contract is complete?

Look for an agency who will be with you every step of the way – not one that leaves you when your website has launched.

  1. Request to see examples of CSR sections they’ve developed and launched.

We’ve talked about the importance of CSR for your business, and while you might have a storytelling concept that you love, it’s important to receive feedback from the agency who will build your CSR online presence.

What works? What doesn’t? What will differentiate you from competition? What’s your favourite CSR section that your team has built?

Ask these questions from a potential agency so you can truly understand their grasp of the industry and the importance of telling your CSR story online.

Conclusion

We loved working with B2Gold here at Blender, and we couldn’t have been more proud of the final result. As you’re starting your CSR storytelling journey, and while you’re identifying potential agency partners, keep this blog bookmarked – we’re sure it will provide inspiration as you move forward.

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5 Best Practices for CSR On Your Website

We’ve talked about how important corporate social responsibility (CSR) is for your company, and even various elements that should be included when you’re telling your story online, but, when you’ve made the decision to move forward with CSR storytelling (high five, by the way), what are the best practices for CSR pages on your website?

Thankfully, we’ve done the work for you.

Most companies are practicing a form of corporate social responsibility with the overall goal of contributing to their community. The storytelling aspect, however, has changed over the last decade; companies have felt increased pressure to “dress up” CSR and that they need to be delivering every single aspect of every single initiative on their website.

We’re here to tell you that you don’t. We believe that CSR activities should be expressed online in a way that focuses on the fundamental goal of aligning your company’s community projects and initiatives with its business purpose and values, making your CSR endeavours easy to consume online – not difficult to understand.

So, how can your company do it?

We’ve pulled together five of the best CSR websites online now, while providing best practices that will help you stand apart from your competition.

5 Best Practices for CSR On Your Website

1. Ensure that it’s mobile-friendly. Example: Cisco

We love Cisco’s mobile, tablet and desktop-friendly CSR website. It’s easy to navigate, it’s responsive, and it’s worked well on every device we’ve tested.

It’s important to have a mobile-friendly website for investors. 83% of mobile users say that a seamless experience across all devices is very important to their browsing habits, and it’s even more important when a potential investor is arriving to your website.

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2. Include a dedicated blog. Example: Microsoft Green Blog

When you’re putting together your CSR section or dedicated website, consider the power of a blog.

Microsoft Green is committed minimizing their environmental impact, so they’re working with partners around the world to focus on a sustainable, low-carbon future for our planet. On their website, Microsoft writes frequently about related topics such as Earth Day, press releases, and company events.

A dedicated CSR blog allows you to focus on internal and external activities as a business, giving you the ability to showcase authenticity and differentiate yourselves from competitors.

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3. Keep your CSR reports visible. Example: IBM

It’s important to have CSR report downloads from both current and past years in a visible, easy-to-navigate place on your website. This makes the research experience simple for visitors, including investors, and decreases the possibility of high bounce rates.

IBM does it right. The company has two clear navigational drop-downs on their homepage, with one being “Our Reports”. It’s easily found, providing a strong browsing experience.

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4. Pull out the “big wins”. Example: Disney

We love how Disney pulls the “big wins” and displays it on the Philanthropy section of their website.

Disney isn’t afraid to display the massive 23.1 million books donated figure on their homepage, or 333.3 million in giving throughout 2015. Instead of including every single aspect on their site, Disney pulls only the statistics that matter most and have the most impact.

For your business, highlight the big wins; pull 2-3 key statistics that you’re proud of, instead of paragraph upon paragraph from your latest community event. With read rates and time on site lower than ever, you must attract visitors quickly.

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5. Make your purpose clear. Example: Google Green

When a visitor lands on your CSR site, there should be no question what the focus and goals of your programs are. Included in this should be your history, business, and overall economic impact of your CSR endeavours.

Google Green knocks this out of the park with their website. When landing on Google.ca/Green, a visitor knows that Google is committed to supporting resource efficiency and renewable power.

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Conclusion

From building mobile-friendly sites to celebrating big wins, it’s important to have a CSR section or website that is focused on delivering the key information to the end user – whether it’s the investor or the customer. Too often, we see companies make the mistake of having the CSR site serve the purpose of Executive or Leadership groups, without taking user experience into consideration. With these 5 best practices for CSR on your website, your business will be equipped with the tools you need to break apart from the competition in Corporate Social Responsibility.