Positioning

Partners will use the UNiBA website as an extension of their marketing tools. We identified a key user journey where a client will visit both the partner’s site and UNiBA’s concurrently. It was important that the overall design and aesthetic of the UNiBA site weren’t overly dominant and allowed the partner’s marketing materials to shine through.

However, another key objective of the site was to entice newly invited partners. For this audience group the site needed enough gravitas to feel relevant.

Striking the right balance between these two objectives and audiences was a challenge. We purposely chose a minimal but elegant style that had just enough character to be its own piece of marketing collateral but without it getting in the way or feeling more important than the partner websites.

To show UNiBA’s scale (something that would appeal to clients and new partners) we gathered large scale statistics, punching them through the website. 

Using statistics to show scale

After attending a UNiBA dinner event in London and spending time with the partners, it soon became obvious how much they respect each other and that their collaborative approach is fundamental to their business model. The home page features real photos of partners with real quotes from them talking about what UNiBA means to them. The partners were so proud to be part of UNiBA they were more than happy to associate their face with it - a powerful message.

Quotes and partner images
Partners were happy to 'put their name and face' to UNiBA

To further push the idea of collaboration and partnership, we shot and produced interview and conference videos that are used on the website as well as social media.

One of the key reasons a partner joins is that by working with partners in other countries they can offer international services as part of their business. This is conveyed throughout the site using content. From a visual point of view we wanted to avoid a reliance on tired stock photography showing international city scapes. Instead we created custom made illustrations of famous landmarks. These were uniquely created for UNiBA ensuring that they wouldn’t be seen on any other websites and the illustration style conveyed a friendly and relaxed feeling while maintaining a corporate edge.

Horizons extranet: A space for partners to communicate

Horizon's Extranet

We designed and built an extranet that enables easy communication and collaboration between partners. This wasn’t merely an add on—it provides the platform that glues the partners together.

The extranet works across different devices, allowing partners to use it on the move. Much of the focus of the design was around creating something that was simple and easy to use. It features an area where partners can ask and answer questions as well as an intuitive and searchable assets and documentation area.

In order for partners to find out about each other and know who to contact we built an extensive directory with profile pages for each brokerage and their employees. This database needed to be searchable and it was critical that the we got the UX right for this. The search form was split between users searching for companies or people that they already know and users who needed to find a certain expertise in a certain country.

From experience of using similar tools, we know that getting too many notifications can lead to them being ignored. To alleviate this we created a notification centre where parters can choose what type of notifications they are interested in and how often they receive them.

Powerful search presented in a intuitive UI
Questions and answers enabling partners to communicate
Partners are able to control the frequency of their notifications
 

The Future

We’re more than pleased that UNiBA has decided to become one of our retained clients. We’ve already produced a video for their recent conference in Valencia and work has begun to design a visual identity that will increase brand recognition and consistency.

As a retained client, we’re able to be proactive and constantly improve the website over time. We see the website as only the beginning of our partnership with UNiBA. 

“Liquid Light impressed us with a very thought-provoking and highly effective approach to thinking about our brand and producing our new website. Imaginative, patient and yet challenging – this was a very professional process. We never imagined that we would be so delighted with our website!”

Mareen Hüffmeier, CEO, UNiBA Partners

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