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Transitioning Leadership at Stevie® Awards Winner, Moz

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 01:36 PM

Moz, a leading industry provider of search engine and social optimization software based in Seattle, Washington, USA won a Gold Stevie® Award for Best Web Writing/Content in the website awards categories of The 2013 American Business Awards, America's premier business awards program. (The entry deadline for The 2014 American Business Awards is March 26.  Get your entry kit here.) We looked at the refreshingly honest way Rand Fisher, the self-styled 'Wizard of Moz', announced a leadership transition at his company on his Stevie® Award-winning blog in December 2013.

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Picture for MozWhy am I posting this? Mostly, because I’d hate for the news to leak out some other way and have it make people on our team feel uncomfortable or put upon.

2013 was a really hard year for me. What made it so hard was partly attributable to the less-than-what-I’d-hoped-for results the business achieved, brought about by our artificially constrained acquisition funnel from June to October, between our re-brand (from SEOmoz to Moz) and the launch of Moz Analytics; but a greater portion was due to the challenges of scale.

Being a CEO at a 10-person startup, a 30-person startup, or even up to 75 people at Moz was a truly enjoyable experience. But the growth from 75 to around135 by 2013 was less fun for me. I’m still learning a tremendous amount, but I was being challenged to such a degree on issues like organizational development, HR, conflict resolution, process building, and morale that I felt out of my depth, and poorly suited—especially from an emotional-resiliency perspective—to meeting my obligations.

When these feelings started getting stronger, I talked with Sarah Bird about potentially taking over the CEO role one day, in order to let me focus more on my strengths and passions. At a Moz board meeting we had a more serious conversation on that topic, and last December, in an impromptu Allhands session at the Mozplex, we talked about it with the company as well.

Swapping Drivers on this Long Road Trip Together

Sarah likes to describe the last six years at Moz as a road trip. I’ve been driving and she’s been in the passenger seat, navigating. But while I really loved having the wheel for most of the journey, we’re getting into tougher terrain, and I really feel it might be time for Sarah and I to switch positions. She’s a different kind of driver and I’m a different kind of navigator, but we—the vehicle, and the passengers—will all be fine.

There’s a lot of nuance and complexity around a potential new CEO, but neither nuance nor complexity are how people interpret a leadership change. We human beings like simple stories, and this story isn’t simple. So, I’d like to share with you an email I sent to the Moz team at the time that helped to lay out where we were at:

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Hey gang,

Thanks so much for taking an hour out of what I know are very busy and important schedules. As promised, I wanted to follow up for those of you who couldn’t make the Allhands session in person—and for anyone who wants a refresher.

Quick Recap: For the last year, the board, eteam, Sarah, and I have been talking about changing my role/title and making Sarah our CEO. A lot of that stems from my personal passion around being an individual contributor more than a people manager, and in wanting to spend more time focusing on my strengths (marketing, product, evangelism, etc.) and less on my weaknesses (organizational development, financing, board/analyst management, etc.).

At the last board meeting, we chatted about potentially making that move as soon as January. There’s a board call to follow up on that topic next week. Nothing is set in stone, but given that I’ve written about this a bit in 15Five and talked about it on occasion with Mozzers, we wanted to have a more formal discussion with a chance for Q+A.

Questions that came up today and some answers to them:

A) When will this happen?

It’s still up in the air, but we’ll know more after the board call next week. Brad and I are also discussing this privately in a call on Wednesday morning.

B) What will Rand’s new role be?

My role will actually be very similar. I’ll likely be spending more time in the weeds with product design, marketing initiatives, and evangelism (blogging/speaking). I’ll continue to represent Moz externally quite a bit. But I won’t be doing much people managing, working on our finances and organizational development stuff, or the recruiting/hiring of senior staff. I’ve also promised to write a book next year on startup marketing.

I want to change my title to “individual contributor,” mostly because it reflects my belief that you don’t need to manage people in order to have influence. I love and want to promote the IC track/concept, and titles are kinda BS, so I will continue to be on the eteam and on the board of directors, representing internal shareholders like y’all.

C) Can we share this news?

NOTE FROM RAND: This was part of the original email to the team, but obviously (now that this post is published) is no longer applicable, but is preserved here for posterity.

No! Please don’t.

While we love to be transparent, this is a sensitive topic that requires a lot of input and care. It’s going to be hard to convey the transition correctly and not send the message that it is just because of a slowing growth rate this year (which isn’t the truth, though some of the emotional challenges I’m dealing with may have been accelerated). We also don’t yet have the full details on a plan, and it’s hard to capture the nuance effectively.

Sarah and I have talked about potentially having me write a blog post on this sooner rather than later to at least bring up the idea externally. We’d hate to have it leak.

D) Will Moz’s mission/vision/values change?

No. We’ve been aligned on that stuff for many years. TAGFEE is here to stay. Helping people do better marketing is here to stay. Powering the shift from interruption to inbound is here to stay.

Even when it comes to strategy, there will likely be very little difference to how we tackle initiatives. In fact, as Nicci and I were chatting today, I remarked that having the CEO title has, in my opinion, not helped me win any arguments with Sarah over the years. We’ve always needed to be on the same page or at least be comfortable with each other’s decisions to move forward—and I strongly suspect that will remain the case in the future.

What may change are some organizational elements. For example, as Sarah noted today, she’d like to have more regular company-wide town hall Q+A sessions where anyone/everyone on the team can ask questions to the eteam and expect a direct response.

E) Why does Rand want to be something other than CEO?

There are three big reasons (and lots of smaller ones):

#1 – As Moz has grown in numbers of people, I’ve often felt overwhelmed, out-of-my-depth, and emotionally challenged to handle the complexities of intra-team conflicts, morale, and organizational development issues. I want to do what I love and what I’m good at, and I believe I’ll be healthier and happier, and Moz will be better served, by me taking that role.

#2 – I don’t really want to be CEO of a public company, and someday we hope Moz can reach the metrics that would give us eligibility for a public offering. Given that, I’d eventually have wanted to step aside and let someone else take the reigns. Getting to do that now, years before an IPO, is a blessing: It gives us time to get comfortable and means that external investors won’t be shaken by a leadership change.

#3 – I believe Sarah will be a fantastic CEO. She’s stepped up to every challenge that ever come her way at Moz, and I believe this one will be no different. I honestly believe she can do this job better than I can, and that means good things for all of us and for the value of our shares, too.

(Plus I love the idea of Moz positively contributing to the awful inequality of women in leadership roles at technology startup companies.)

F) Does this mean Rand will leave in the near future?

Hell no. It’s impossible to describe how much of my personal identity and ego and heart are connected to this company. You’d have to push me out kicking and screaming. I plan to be here for a long time to come.

G) Is this because Moz’s performance in 2013 wasn’t as good as past years?

No.

The tough year we’ve had has weighed more heavily on me than it probably should have, and that’s part of the reason we’ve been thinking about doing this sooner rather than waiting a little longer. (We’d originally wanted to do some more hiring so Sarah would have fewer direct reports and sorted out some other issues first, but we may bias to action on this one). Even if we’d had the best year ever, we’d probably still be discussing this for some time in 2014.

H) What kind of CEO will Sarah be?
A great one—and probably a better one than me. In all seriousness, it’s hard to say for certain, but it will likely feel very familiar. Sarah is already doing a lot of CEO-type things today. I’ll let her tackle this question more, but she did so quite eloquently today at the Town Hall, talking about where her strengths lie (much more on the people/operations/financing/scaling side vs. my product/marketing/industry strengths).

I) What if things don’t go well with Sarah at the helm?

We’ll figure out a plan. We’re certainly aware of many times in a startup’s life when a CEO transitions out or back in. I’ve gotten to talk to a number of CEOs who’ve made this transition and we’re doing all we can to prepare. To be honest, I feel very confident as Sarah’s been much more like a co-CEO these past 6 years than most people know. If she weren’t a good fit, we’d have known a long time ago.

That said, the board will talk about it, and I will most certainly be here to help in whatever way needed, including filling back in should Moz need me in that role.

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Read the full transcript of this article at Rand’s blog; and about Moz, how to improve SEO, and the company’s progress at The Moz Blog.

About Rand Fishkin:

Rand Fishkin uses the ludicrous title Wizard of Moz. He co-authored/co-founded the Art of SEOInbound.org, and Moz because he likes doing stuff with other people. Rand is an addict of all things related to content, search, and social on the web, from his multiple blogs to TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedIn, and FourSquare. In his minuscule spare time, Rand enjoys the company of his amazing wife, whose serendipitous travel blog chronicles their journeys.

About Moz

Moz provides software to track all of a website's inbound marketing efforts on one platform, conduct SEO and social media research, and provide in-depth competitive analysis over time, with custom reporting. Dedicated to helping people do better marketing, Moz also creates free tools, tutorials, and educational resources for learning inbound marketing—and fosters the web’s most vibrant online marketing community. With offices in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, Moz supports over 25,000 customers and 300,000 community members worldwide.

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Advice on Effective Website Design from a Stevie Award-winning Digital Agency

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Web Advanced of Irvine, California, USA won two Gold Stevie Awards for Best Website in The 2013 American Business Awards: for their own website, in the Advertising/PR/Marketing category; and for their work for Pfister Faucets, in the Products-Durables category. (The 2014 edition of The American Business Awards is now accepting entries - get details here.)

We asked Andrew McLendon, Chief Creative Officer at Web Advanced, for some advice on effective website design.

Andrew McLendonAndrew McLendon appreciated the Stevie Awards he received earlier this year, but also enjoyed the reactions from the clients on their award winning websites.  “Our history of winning Stevie Awards has helped us maintain great relationships with accounts we’ve truly enjoyed working on,” said McLendon.  “After six to eight months of hard work and close collaboration on a project, there’s a sense of accomplishment upon delivering the news that is has been named a Best Website of the Year.  It’s also great to be forwarded the enthusiastic reactions from the client’s team.  It becomes company news for them.”

In addition to the two Gold Stevies, Web Advanced’s work for StockCross Financial Services picked up the Silver Stevie for Best Financial Services Website.

“The Stevie Awards team makes these business awards a personal experience, mostly through the phone and email contacts that we receive from them regarding announcements, and the awards events themselves,” added McLendon.  “It’s always a pleasure to hear from them.  It always seems to be good news!”

Website Traffic

While Web Advanced is passionate about creating great user experiences across connected devices, McLendon advises company’s not to worry too much about the volume of website traffic.Our role is typically to generate higher quality leads and to guide users to meaningful purchasing decisions,” says McLendon.  “Upon launching an online marketing campaign, we provide a lot of additional value by optimizing our clients’ websites through A/B, multivariate, and usability testing.  The data informs incremental improvements to the design and you start to see significant jumps in performance.”

Minor Adjustments

“It’s always interesting to see which strategic assumptions hit the mark and which need more thought,” continues McLendon.  “Sometimes the content strategy needs adjusting.  Other times, a different photo simply performs better.  Every percentage increase counts!  You can easily get obsessed with chasing improvement.  Overall, leads may convert differently depending on your industry, but in every case it’s best to optimize upon a foundation of good website design and proven landing page components.”

Home Office

McLendon sometimes works from home and finds Dropbox is the most practical application when not in the office.  “We have our internal network that is accessible remotely, but Dropbox is so practical when working between home and the office.  Using the Public folder in Dropbox is also convenient since there’s no need to grant unique access to specific files inside of it.  It’s replaced our usage of HighTail for sharing huge design files with clients and collaborators.”

Creative Talent

Inside every Creative Director there’s an artist yearning to break out.  McLendon is no exception, and would have loved to write and illustrate a children’s book. “I enjoy creative storytelling,” says McLendon. ”It’s a highly competitive industry, but children’s books can produce a beautiful blend of art and story.  Recently some friends called me out on having a children’s book on my coffee table and then were instantly absorbed upon opening it.  Those artists are doing great work.”

McLendon is just as proud of his team at Web Advanced, however.  “Ultimately they are the ones that keep me going.  Producing great work is always rewarding but the process of getting there needs to be enjoyable.  Working closely with a talented team that shares a great sense of humor is what makes the tight deadlines and late nights pass by easily!”

About Andrew McLendon
A talented artist and design professional, Andrew joined the Web Advanced team in 2000 as the company’s first employee. Leading Web Advanced’s design and production team as the company’s Chief Creative Officer, he has overseen the design of more than 500 client projects over the past 13 years. Andrew combines an artist’s eye for aesthetic detail with an expert’s understanding of technology and business solutions.

About Web Advanced
Web Advanced is a full-service digital agency that specializes in building effective brands and enabling organizations to grow online. Our heritage in user centered design and software development is combined with a "business minded approach" which has made it possible for Web Advanced to deliver no-compromise, digital experiences that generate demand and loyalty for our client's brands.

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The Stevie Awards' Website and App Recommendations This Month

Posted by Michelle Rutkowski on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Once a month in this space we bring to your attention several websites, apps or blogs that we think might help to make your workday a bit more productive or enjoyable.  Here are this month's suggestions.

RSSUber
A new way of connecting riders to drivers through an app, Uber is now available in 35 cities and 19 countries worldwide.

Jaunted
The online home of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, this website provides surprisingly useful travel tips, vacation ideas, destination information, and deals.

99u
A "cultural blog" that aims to make ideas happen through its website, events, and books. 99u shares useful insights from leading researchers and creatives.

GreenBiz
A website providing green business news and tools focused on sustainability and business success.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are still accepting entries, under the Media Awards categories, for Website of the Year and Smartphone or Tablet App of the Year created by or for women.

All of the Stevie Awards competitions recognize websites, apps, and blogs through a variety of categories.  Explore them today at www.StevieAwards.com

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The Stevie Awards' Website and App Recommendations This Month

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 @ 01:26 PM

RSS ImageOnce a month in this space we bring to your attention several websites, apps or blogs that we think might help to make your workday a bit more productive or enjoyable.  Here are this month's suggestions.

Huddle
Recently named a Gold Stevie® Award winner in the app awards categories of The 2013 International Business Awards, Huddle's iOS app aims to transform the way people work and enables people to get their jobs done faster and more efficiently. Supporting today's increasingly mobile workforce, Huddle brings together content management, social collaboration, and mobile collaboration productivity to unlock the true potential of anywhere, anytime working.

Freelancer.com
Another 2013 IBA Gold Stevie winner, in the website awards categories, Freelancer.com connects small businesses and entrepreneurs with over 8 million independent professionals globally, specializing in fields as diverse as IT, content, web development, sales & marketing, engineering, and medicine.

Mixbook's Mosaic
Also a 2013 IBA Gold Stevie Winner, Mixbook's app Mosaic allows users to create a quick, easy and affordable photo book from iPhone pictures that arrives in four days or less.

Sir Martin Sorrell on LinkedIn
Martin Sorrell, CEO of communications powerhouse WPP Group, airs his views on digital marketing via LinkedIn.

All of the Stevie Awards competitions recognize websites, apps, and blog through a variety of categories.  Explore them today at www.StevieAwards.com

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47 Website Awards Categories in The 2012 American Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 @ 04:45 PM

As the entry deadline for The 2012 American Business Awards, the premier business awards program in the U.S.A. approaches on March 28, we'd like to highlight 47 website awards categories that may be of interest to website design professionals and industry leaders. If you haven't already received your 2012 entry kit, you can download it here.

Categories for industry best websites include:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive & Transport Equipment
  • Banking
  • Business Services
  • ChemicalsThe Stevie Awards
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Services
  • Conglomerates
  • Consumer Products - Durables
  • Consumer Products - Non-Durables
  • Diversified Services
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health Products & Services
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Construction
  • Media
  • Metals & Mining
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Our specialty web site awards categories include:

  • Best Interface Design
  • Best Software Programming/Design
  • Best Writing/Content
  • Best E-commerce Site
  • Best Home Page
  • Best Investor Relations Site
  • Best Overall Web Design
  • Best Online Press Room
  • Best Training Site
  • Best Video Site
  • Best Facebook Page
  • Best Google +1 Group
  • Best LinkedIn Group or Page
  • Best Twitter Feed

There is no eligibility timeframe for the best website categories - it does not matter when the site or page was first published.

Entries for these web awards should include:

  • An essay of up to 100 words describing the site's purpose and achievements.
  • A link to your social media site or a video of up to three (3) minutes that demonstrates the features and functions of your site if it is password protected.
  • Optionally, you may list creative and production credits for your site - a list of the people and organizations that contribute to its development.

Here are some resources to help you submit your best of the web entries:

Which of your favorite websites will you submit entries for?

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Best Websites, Apps & Blogs of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 @ 12:36 PM

Every month we bring you the latest best websites, new apps, and winning blogs findings to make your work day more dynamic and pleasant. Check out our recommendations:

Work Matters
Stanford Professor Bob Sutton's blog on management and related topics.Stevie Awards Logo

Global Economic Trends
                               
A blog on global economics from registered investment advisor Mike Shedlock.

MightyMeeting

MightyMeeting allows users to store presentations and demo videos in the cloud and access them anywhere and anytime from the web, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android smartphones. Free.

iNap@Work
                      
Worn out by the holidays? This app plays office sounds like keyboard typing, mouse clicks, a stapler, and various other sounds that allow cubicle workers to take a nap while their colleagues think they are hard at work.  Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. 99cents.

Which websites, apps, or blogs would you recommend?

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10 Tips for Winning Web Awards in the 2012 Stevie® Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Dec 07, 2011 @ 04:58 PM

We've just updated our 10 Tips for Winning Web Awards in the Stevie® Awards tipsheet for 2012!  Get it here.

Let us help you get the most out of your Stevie® Awards web awards submissions: Download our 10 Tips for Winning Web Awards in the Stevie Awards tipsheet.

Our newly updated tipsheet will help you:

  1. View all of the possible website award categories.
    Web awards include categories for recognition of IT professionals, as Stevie Web Awards Tipsheetwell as categories dedicated to exceptional web sites, blogs, videos and other produced tools.
  2. Get an introduction to our new app awards for smartphones and tablets.
    Submit entries for your organization's latest app (issued or updated since January 1, 2011).
  1. Increase your chances of winning a Stevie Award!
    Get insider tricks to help you choose the best web award categories for your organization.

The 2012 web awards tipsheet provides helpful information on three of our Stevie Awards programs, including:

Which website, blog, video, or application will you be submitting for the 2012 Stevie Awards?

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Social Media Awards Highlighted in The 2012 American Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 @ 02:19 AM

The Stevie® Awards is pleased to highlight social media marketing awards in The 2012 American Business Awards ℠. Organizations with interactive web outreach programs are strongly encouraged to apply. (Entries are now being accepted, request your entry kit here.)

The Stevie AwardsSocial media awards include:

  • Best Facebook Page
  • Best Google +1 Group
  • Best LinkedIn Group or Page
  • Best Twitter Feed

Entries for these web awards should include:

a. An essay of up to 100 words describing the site's purpose and achievements
b. A link to your social media site or a video of up to three (3) minutes that demonstrates the features and functions of your site if it is password protected.
c. Optionally, you may list creative and production credits for your site - a list of the people and organizations that contribute to its development

There is no eligibility timeframe for these website awards - it does not matter when the site or page was first published.

Love social media? Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube!

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How Auto Industry 2011 Web Award Winner Drives Traffic to Website

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

Tesla Motors of Palo Alto, California, won multiple awards in the Web Site Awards & Blog Categories of The American Business Awards, including Stevie Awards for Best Web Site in Automotive & Transport Equipment, Best Home Page, and Best Overall Web Design. (Entries for The 2012 American Business Awards are now being accepted- get your entry kit here.) We asked the company for their latest developments in transitioning the world to electric mobility.

Tesla Motors seeks to challenge the auto industry status quo with its game-changing electric vehicle technology and to upend the sentiment that EVs are synonymous with sacrifice.  Its Stevie Award-winning website is an extension of this mission. Built by a small team on an open source platform, the website demonstrates Tesla’s start-up approach. Here are their thoughts on the future of electric vehicles:

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Tesla's goal is to put as many electric vehicles on the road as possible. Through the Roadster, Tesla catalyzed the rest of the auto industry to develop their own EVs while proving that electric cars have the attention of the public. Mass production of their new sedan, Model S, in 2012 will accelerate adoption of EVs in the premium sedan market.

Tesla sells cars online and at 19 stores worldwide. By owning its own retail outlets, Tesla can closely control the customer experience. Tesla stores are positioned in high traffic areas and are designed to invite the passersby in--even if he/she isn’t car shopping--to learn about Tesla's technology and the benefits of electric driving. Tesla will open more stores over the coming months with a goal to inform and engage the public about EVs.

Tesla is also putting EVs on the roads by supplying battery packs and drivetrains to Daimler and Toyota. Tesla builds the battery for Daimler's electric Smart and Mercedes' electric A-class, and it is developing a full powertrain for the Toyota RAV4 EV, due out in 2012.

What are the top 3 reasons to transition to an EV?

1.Tesla vehicles offer the best in efficiency without requiring a tradeoff in performance or design.

2.EVs are incredibly convenient to own, as they require less service than a gasoline-powered car and can be refueled at home.

3.The world's transition to electric vehicles will end our dependence on oil.

What are the latest developments at Tesla?

Tesla is currently focused on bringing its second car, Model S, to market. Model S is the world's first premium sedan engineered from the ground up as an electric car. The Model S will push the boundaries of functionality, style, and efficiency.

Built around the driver, Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The in-dash 17-inch touch screen features wireless connectivity, including streaming radio, web browsing, and navigation. The car seats five adults and two children. Tesla designed the car with the battery pack under the floor thereby maximizing packaging efficiency. The space under the front hood becomes a second trunk, resulting in extra cargo room and increased versatility.

Model S has three battery pack options: 160, 230, or 300 miles per charge. The battery can be recharged using any conventional outlet. Model S deliveries begin in 2012, and Tesla is currently testing Beta versions of the vehicle.

Winning Website

The overarching objective of Tesla Motors’ Stevie Award-winning website, Teslamotors.com, was to deliver information about the company, its cars, and its technology to a variety of audiences in a manner that was both engaging and informative. The website redesign was released immediately following Tesla’s successful initial public offering on June 29, 2010.

The redesign of Teslamotors.com represented a significant departure from the
site’s previously dark and mysterious look. The website now symbolizes the company’s new branding, with the change to a light, airy design mirroring the company’s shift towards a consumer-focused, mass-market approach. The current site provides a clear framework to demystify, rather than obscure, the benefits of Tesla’s technology.

Flexibility for Future Growth

The goal of the site’s simple information architecture is to invite visitors to quickly identify the content they want to explore. The site, built on open-source platform Drupal, provides flexibility for future growth. The clean, simple homepage effortlessly places the car as the hero using stunning imagery.  The architecture feeds the “I want more” response by allowing visitors to quickly identify their next area of exploration: deeper dives into cars, technology, or company information.

About Ricardo Reyes:

Ricardo Reyes leads global communications and public relations for Tesla, overseeing media relations and product, corporate, online, and internal communications. Before joining Tesla, Ricardo was the head of communications and public affairs at YouTube. He previously handled litigation, competition, and policy communications for Google, Inc. Ricardo also spent a decade working on public policy and communications in Washington DC, including two years at the law firm Bracewell and Giuliani LLC. Among the corporate and political clients he advised, he worked closely with General Motors’ suppliers as they faced major changes to their business structure. Ricardo was a spokesman for US international trade policy when he served as Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Public and Media Affairs from 2001 to 2004. He was also managing editor of Regulation Magazine, published by the Cato Institute, and worked with various public policy groups during his time in DC.

About Tesla:

Tesla’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. Based in Palo Alto, California, Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 1,840 Roadsters, the world’s first electric sports car, to customers worldwide. Model S, the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, will go on the market in mid-2012 in North America, and in Europe and Asia in late 2012.  For more information go to www.teslamotors.com/about.


Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about Tesla's website!

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Best Websites, Apps & Blogs of Note

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 @ 03:17 PM

Stevies 2011Once a month in this space we bring to your attention several best websites, apps, and blogs that we think will help to make your work day a bit more productive and enjoyable.  Here are this month's recommendations.

QuickOffice Mobile Suite: Quickoffice will open any Microsoft Office file or document and allow you to make quick edits from your phone. While the app can be used to create documents, it is far more useful for small work tasks while you are on the move. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and more. From $14.99.

Glympse: A way to share information about your location with anyone for a specified period of time. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry & more. Free.

Hyperthinker: Blog from Brussels-based ZN, a communications agency for global organizations.

Pink Slip: Maureen Rogers posts comments on the workplace, business, management, the economy, lay-offs, etc.

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