Earlier in October, IMMIX released its brand new website which was built on SharePoint Online for Office 365. This was a special release for us as it incorporated a number of new features and styles that we felt represented our IMMIX brand and culture. We opted to use SharePoint Online for Office 365 as it offered us the opportunity to design through third party tools and have greater control over the front end. To elaborate, we did all our styling on one single html page which can then be automatically converted into a master page. The complexities of the code are managed by SharePoint which makes sure we conform to best practises. Truthfully, the team wanted to really get their hands on some new technology.
Part of our IMMIX culture is the sharing of information with our clients. On an ongoing basis we are introduced and exposed to new technologies and features, which many of our clients can find value in. And therefore as a key deliverable from this new website, we wanted the ability to share these highlights and news updates on our website in a relevant way. We wanted the website to be in a constant state of flux where visitors can interact with us, post comments and manage their own sharing via other social sites.
To continue with our knowledge transfer objective, we’ve segregated articles into defined business units. Therefore, each time an article is added, it fits into one of these units which could be ERP, SharePoint, IMMIX, CRM, etc. This is great because when visitors are looking at the CRM page for example, they can see the latest news relevant to what they are looking at – new mobile applications for CRM, integration case studies, latest version releases or third party apps for quoting and marketing automation. This more intuitive approach aims to provide relevant information in the right places, easily accessible for everyone. These news articles are actually shared by team members at IMMIX (it’s that easy) as they find a bit of information they would like to share on our homepage. And because it’s hosted via Office 365, they can add these snippets from work, home or anywhere in the world. The home page site acts as a knowledge base for all our solution offerings and the articles that are added go through a workflow process whereby the articles are approved before being published. The homepage articles use a Masonary Layout, similar to the one you will see on Pinterest along with a Metro slider (targeted at mobile device users) where the upgrade is scheduled to release shortly.
When it comes to social sharing, we are especially excited about the visitor’s ability to comment on any content on the site, simply by logging into their Facebook, Yahoo, AOL or Hotmail account or even remain anonymous. The comments are then propagated onto our Facebook company website allowing for interactive communication and a marketing benefit for us. The Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) task is simplified by our ability to set SEO attributes per page thanks to Office 365.
TopSharepoint showcases some of the world’s best designed SharePoint sites. Websites can be nominated to feature, however they do undergo a review process before they are exhibited on the site. Carefully selected sites are based on their usability, design, creativity and ability to incorporate modern techniques. Sites are also categorised per country and platform. The last we checked there were only 5 sites on TopSharePoint that were developed for Office 365, with IMMIX having the most votes. Having our site featured on TopSharepoint is a great reference for what we have achieved and demonstrates our proactive interest in new technologies and dynamic change.
Anyone can vote by going to: http://www.topsharepoint.com/immix or searching for IMMIX on http://www.topsharepoint.com. Just above the IMMIX website screenshot, you will see 5 heart ratings. To place your vote, simply click the number of hearts you think the site deserves with five being the highest. These votes are per IP and therefore prevents visitors from voting multiple times – so the numbers you see there are unique. Spread the word to your friends and family and let’s get those votes in!
More new exciting features will be added in the coming weeks as we look to take the site to an even greater level, so stay posted!