Author Archives: United Networks

Big Changes = Big Improvements for Dean Supply

Dean Supply

Way back in 2015 we received a contact form submission from Michael at Dean Supply, a restaurant supply store located in Cleveland, and we followed up. Since then we’ve been working with them regularly to improve their Shopify webstore, culminating in the launch of a brand new site a few months ago.

Michael DeSatnik - Dean Supply

Once the United Networks redesign went live, we saw an immediate increase in every category.  Site visits, time on site, page visits, conversions, and repeat orders. Every month we continue to set new records for our ecommerce business.  Plus, it’s nice to have a website where we are complimented on a daily basis.  We can not thank United Networks enough for the success we have seen and are already planning for the next phase.  Stay tuned!

Michael wrote a much longer testimonial which can be found here. Thanks for the kind words!

Michael DeSatnik Head of Ecommerce Dean Suplly February 2, 2017

The new design was a big departure from their existing theme, as you can see below in the before/after graphic. It features a tighter header, more advanced mega menu, cleaner and more unified typography, and improved technical performance, among many other changes.

The benefits of the improved design became apparent almost immediately after the launch back in August. Comparing the five months after the launch with the five months before, Dean Supply saw a 41.66% increase in user sessions, a 29.23% increase in transactions with a 50% increase in unit quantity, and a 47.55% in revenue.

Those numbers are fantastic, but comparing the five months after launch to the same time in the previous year produces even more staggering figures: 125% more sessions, 183.41% increase in transactions, and a 158.24% increase in revenue.

Not all of the improvements were due to the launch of the new theme, however. Dean Supply has run some successful marketing campaigns and we’ve worked with them to implement a number of technical and design changes over the past few years, but it’s clear that the new design is working and paying huge dividends.

The Dean Supply website includes a ton of great functionality for their customers. Some examples include the option to pickup in the store, wishlists, live search, powerful product filtering, custom tabbed product descriptions, and smart product recommendations. Be sure to check it out a www.shopatdean.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Read more ...

A New Site For The New Leaf

The New Leaf Ghent

The New Leaf Ghent

We love working with unique and passionate businesses, and The New Leaf, a flower shop in the exciting Chelsea district of Norfolk, Virginia, is exactly that.

Throughout the process of developing their site we went through numerous designs and styles of typography until we landed on just the right combination. We created dozens of custom graphics to showcase their unique arrangements and setup a review section that pops because people love The New Leaf.

Unlike many other flower shops, The New Leaf doesn’t list specific arrangements for sale on their website. That’s because they want to be sure each customer gets the freshest, most unique arrangements possible on the day of their order. To help facilitate this, we created a “How to Order” page that gives customers information on the process and a form to get in touch with the pros.

We finally have a web site that we are really proud of, and United Networks made that happen! We get tons of compliments from our customers on the site!

Laurel & Sarah Owners The New Leaf January 17, 2017

The new design is working. Comparing three months after launching back in May to the three months prior, The New Leaf has seen a 25% increase in website users and a 32% decrease in their bounce rate. The bounce rate on mobile dropped by almost 50% and organic search traffic is up almost 13%.

Not long after the launch of their site The New Leaf became a Barrel Roll member and has received ongoing WordPress maintenance since to keep their site running smoothly, up to date, and secure.

The New Leaf in Ghent in one of Norfolk’s premier flower shops. They create wonderfully unique arrangements for all kinds of events. Be sure to check out their website at http://www.newleafghent.com and follow them on Facebook.

A Brand New Design For The Norfolk Sister City Association

Norfolk Sister City Association

Norfolk Sister City Association

Five years ago, before responsive website design was mainstream, we developed a lovely, vibrant, non-responsive website for the Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA). As the organization has grown and technology has evolved, so have the needs of their users.

Jennifer Priest - Norfolk Sister City Association

United Networks has worked with three executive directors during their tenure as web designer for Norfolk Sister City Association. Through two website updates, training of two directors, implementation of a new membership database and general graphics support, they have displayed the highest levels of professionalism, patience and good humor. I have referred United Networks to other businesses and non-profits and will continue to do so at every opportunity.  

Jennifer Priest Executive Director Norfolk Sister City Association March 22, 2016

Today we’re excited to share with you the newly re-designed NSCA website! It’s fully responsive, has a powerful, full-width layout, and integrates their event system among others. The homepage shows views of each sister and friendship city with the word “Welcome” in their native language. It includes a powerful mobile menu that makes site navigation easy on phones. It’s performance and search engine optimized so it’s found easily and loads quickly.

In the time since the new website was launched, NSCA has seen a 57% increase in sessions. Not bad! We’re looking forward to seeing all the things the Norfolk Sister City Association will do with their new website.

The Norfolk Sister City Association is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy organization that creates and strengthens partnerships between the City of Norfolk, VA and its international partner communities. Check them out on Facebook and be sure to visit their new website at www.norfolksistercities.org!

Norfolk, VA Named Google’s 2015 Virginia eCity

Google eCity 2015 - Norfolk, VA

Google eCity 2015 - Norfolk, VAGoogle has announced their 2015 eCity winners, and our home town of Norfolk has topped the list in Virginia

Google describes the award thusly:

Google’s eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state. These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies.

The report was created by looking at which cities in each state had the most companies using Google AdWords as a percentage of the population of a given city. From that shortlist, a random sampling of businesses in each city was analyzed and rated based on factors such as whether or not each company had a website, blog, or a social network presence. More on the methodology here. The city with the highest overall rating won. Go Norfolk!

 

Some of Our Clients

App-a-Cab
Forbidden Island
Rush Passport Center

Testimonials

  • We are extremely pleased with the work United Networks did designing our new App-a-Cab website. They were easy to work with and understood what we wanted, worked quickly, and also recommended many elements of design we would have never thought of. United Networks understands digital platforms and was able to create a modern, sleek new website for our constantly changing market. I would recommend United Networks to any company looking to enhance their digital footprint and showcase their brand. Frank Azzalina - Director Business Development, Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc.

Our Wonderful Newsletter

From time to time we send out an Email to our friends letting them know what's going on. It's informal, fun, and best of all, infrequent!

United Networks
Let's Be Pals!

Let's Be Pals!

We'd love to share our news with you. We don't do it often and we promise not to waste your time. 

Awe, thanks!