As we’re roll into July I’m looking out from the Webcredible offices into the beautiful sunshine. It’s been a pretty consistent view weather-wise this past month as we’ve had a lot of sunny days, and apparently the driest 6 months in 80 years.
Aside from looking at the sunshine, I seem to have spent a lot of my time this past month watching the World Cup. With so many games on during work hours it’s been fantastic that both the BBC and ITV have been streaming the games live on their websites (or maybe not, given England’s dire performances and early exit from the competition).
It seems to have been an equally miserable World Cup for ITV for a number of reasons:
ITV also came last in our recent World Cup usability report, a dismal 20% behind the next lowest score. The report evaluated the websites of FIFA and 4 major broadcasters – the BBC, Sky, ITV and Eurosport – against 10 best practice usability guidelines. It’s free to download so have a read as it describes lots of general usability principles to which any website should adhere.
We had another report come out this month, that of our travel usability report. British Airways managed to hold on to their top position, which is something for them to smile about given the cabin crew strikes and volcanic ash cloud that have impacted them this year. They scored a whopping 78%, up from their table-topping 71% last year.
We also launched a 5 new training courses this month, including:
This takes our total number of training courses to 15, which is very exicting for us as we look to grow this part of the business.
July is looking to be a government-focused month, with us publishing our annual council usability report and attending the Building Perfect Council Websites. We do a reasonable amount of work within the public sector, but fortunately not too much as the impending government cuts are likely to massively affect spending. I fear that any company relying on revenue from the public sector is going to be in for a torrid time over the next year or 2.
On a brighter note, we’ve got a lot more going on in July. We’ll be busy interviewing for a UX consultant – we’ve been so busy this year, with no sign of respite that it’s time for us to grow the team. Based on our current projections, we’ll likely be recruiting quite a few new people over the next year or so.
Finally, and as usual please take a few seconds to vote in our latest poll: When starting university what would be the most useful online activity? As usual, we’ll share the results on the website once we get about 1000 responses.