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Attention – The Lifeblood of Your Web Design

Attention

Traffic gives you the attention you start with. If your traffic is the right traffic, they’ll want what you offer, and you’ll have more initial attention.

The web designer’s job is to preserve that attention, to nurture it, and to guide it to where it needs to go.

So each page must catch visitor’s attention immediately, so they’re convinced they’re in the right place to get what they want.

Then the page must keep visitor engaged so that the full message can be shared. Finally, the goal must be to draw attention to a call to action:

  • to buy
  • download
  • request a call
  • fill in contact form
  • do a search
  • or select another page to view

… Anything that keeps visitor’s attention on the site and keeps them moving forward.

The more stuff you have on your pages, the more you dissolve attention between all those visual elements. So the trick is to balance Simplicity with Appeal.

The more detail you put into your packaging, the less attention goes to your product. That’s why “Save the Pixel” tells designers to “design your content – not the box it comes in”.

About the author

Ben Hunt

Ben has over 20 years' experience in web design and marketing, and is one of the most influential figures on the subject of effective web design. He has written a bunch of books and spoken at multiple conferences internationally. In 2015, Ben created Open-Source Marketing, which promises to turn the practice of marketing upside down.. Find out more at http://opensourcemarketingproject.org

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