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Allegheny Valley Bank

Comprehensive Strategy, Responsive Website Redesign

Allegheny Valley Bank came to us seeking much more than a fresh look.  Amidst a rapidly changing market, they needed help understanding their users’ needs, perceptions and online behaviors, rebuilding content architecture, and adding high-value content that would support their brand promise.

Our goal was to create both an intuitive design and an experience as smooth and effortless as sitting in a chair and talking to a banker – one who anticipates all your questions and has your best interest at heart.  

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Identifying Project Goals

15 years ago if you needed to withdraw or transfer funds, you went to the bank. Today, 51% of smartphone owners use mobile banking. Itís safe to say the banking industry is changing- and will continue to change- at an incredible pace.

One of the biggest project goals for AVB was to create a website that supports both the current and future needs of their AVB customers. The site needed to prompt prospective customers to research products, think about their needs, and learn about potential options.

Prototyping & Wireframing

Banking decisions can be overwhelming and complicated. AVB wanted to change that for their customers. Due to the nature of the industry, it was clear early on that the website would house a lot of information. Our challenge was to streamline that content so users could easily identify and consume the information crucial to them.

Our User-Experience team developed several iterations of homepage and internal wireframes that would increase engagement with high value content including tools, comparison charts, and product information.

Designed to Drive Action

The design of the site needed to support AVBís positioning as a friendly, approachable community bank that could compete with the larger national banks.


Our designers got to work crafting a design that projected the new brand identity: fresh, innovative, bold, inviting and most of all Ė trustworthy. The homepage now drives action for personal, business, and wealth management customers. Site visitors can access their online bank account, enroll for online banking, explore business services, and more.


In order to maximize the siteís flexibility and facilitate ongoing site-updates, we created multiple internal designs that include comparison tables, responsive grid-layouts for products and services, and custom employee sections.


From Our User-Experience Lead

"When we met the staff of AVB, we liked them, as people. They made us want to start learning how to take better care of our money. They changed our opinion of what a bank could be, and we wanted to make that experience happen for people who visited their website."

-Susanna, Blue Archer User-Experience Lead

Custom Comparison Tables

Due to the breadth of service options, site-users would naturally compare products to find the right fit. In order to cater to their decision-making process, we developed simple comparison tables where users can compare products like Free Checking and Interest Checking side-by-side.

Using the content management system, AVB can easily define attributes for each product and then specify the pages that the tables appear on throughout the site.

AVB Feedback

"From branding and strategy through design, population, testing and site launch, the team at Blue Archer did a great job! In the early stages of the project, Amber and Susanna did an excellent job of learning about who we are, how we define ourselves in the market, what our goals are, and most importantly - how to reach these goals via our websites. The team at Blue Archer was invaluable to me as a one person marketing department tackling a project of this magnitude!"


- Marsha, AVB Marketing

Conclusion

Complete with fresh content, custom product comparison tables, and system integration with dozens of calculators including mortgage loan calculators, retirement planners, life insurance calculators and more, the Allegheny Valley Bank website is a crucial extension of the bank's growing capabilities. After working with our team, AVB now has a stronger understanding of their target consumer's needs, and they can successfully cater to those needs ongoing with their flexible content management system.

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