Laidlaw College is the largest interdenominational Christian College in New Zealand, offering qualifications from certificate to doctoral level, in the areas of theology and biblical studies, mission, ministry, counselling and teacher education. As a leading education provider it was important that their brand, and in particular website reflected the style, cultural diversity, values and approach of the college.
Having had a relationship for some 5 years, we were engaged to create a seamless online user experience with a clear purpose of driving engagement among prospective students. Together with Laidlaw College we established three goals: increase conversion of prospective students to the college; highlight the key services of the college and express the energy and life the college exhibits; and finally provide a portal for all other students, staff and alumni. In an effort to better inform our strategy, we conducted a comprehensive Discovery phase, drawing on key insights that set the foundation for the website and overall digital direction. We distilled the amount of information into a logical wire framing prototype to ensure the user journey was right, with clear ‘call to actions’ along the way to enhance the experience. As one of the primary marketing tools for the college, we were able to reduce the amount of written content and engage users through the use of rich video content.
In parallel to the site’s design, we were also reviewing their existing brand strategy and the college’s marketing collateral. Combining a clean design aesthetic with personal and engaging photography, rich video content and a bold colour palette that reflects cultural diversity, we were able to develop a website that has provided a significant return on investment, through increased usability, accessibility and increased enrollments.
“Service excellence and beautifully crafted creative is what we experienced working with Mike and the team at Davy & Chapman. They truly have put their heart and soul into creating a world class website, underpinned by clear and articulate strategy and blended with passion.” Shelly Neethling, Communications and Marketing Manager | Laidlaw College.