ninemsn unveils new homepage

Monday, August 1, 2011
Sydney, Australia, August 1st, 2011:Australia’s number one online publisher ninemsn, today unveiled its new homepage, designed to better suit the needs of the 9.7 million people who use ninemsn as their digital base to stay informed, entertained and connected on the web.

The image led new look is based on 18 months of audience research, readership analytics and thinking patterns of users. It features a new identity and a more intuitive format that helps users better interact with the site. It also offers visitors faster loading times, simplified navigation and search, increased personalisation options and an enhanced daily voting tool.

Commenting on the re-design, ninemsn’s Director of Content & Audience Experience, Todd Forest said: “There is a lot of science and research behind the new homepage. We received feedback from hundreds of our users and the changes to the homepage are based on these insights”.

“The page has been re-engineered to incorporate evolving media trends such as the increasing demand for video on the web, sharing content through social media channels and the use of tablets or smart phones to access web sites. A few years ago Facebook didn’t have much traction and iPhones didn’t exist. It is a different world now. Our audience has changed and we need to change with them".

“The ninemsn homepage still has everything our audience loves, but now with a sleek new look and improved user experience, that will ensure we remain the number one online publisher in the future".

More than 2.2 million people visit the ninemsn homepage each day. To experience ninemsn’s new homepage visit www.ninemsn.com.au.

New features of the ninemsn homepage include:

Simplified navigation: Searching the web has never been easier. With ninemsn’s bigger, cleaner search box, visitors can find what they are looking for quickly and easily with Bing; the most beautiful way to search. A shortcuts bar has been added at the top of the page that allows users to add links, such as Facebook and their bank, to make the page more useful.

New identity: The new homepage reveals ninemsn’s new identity. The ninemsn 10-year-old logo has evolved with a fresh look, which brings together the MSN/Bing typeface and the blue of Nine Entertainment Co.

Vote enhanced: The ninemsn audience has always loved the vote but the only interaction option has been to vote Yes or No. Now, when the audience vote, they can access more information about the vote topic through related links and Bing search.

New TV section: ninemsn’s left-hand rail has all the latest buzz-worthy stories from the popular entertainment and magazine teams including TheFIX, Australian Women’s Weekly and TV Week. Audience research revealed that ninemsn visitors loves television so there’s a new TV section on the right with the ever-popular guide, news from TV Week and TVFIX, plus catch-up shows from FIXPlay and Nine.

The ninemsn Editor’s Picks section showcases the best feature material from across the ninemsn network of 85 sites. This section features four different daily editions with time-relevant content and services from partners such as eBay, Domain and Seek.

‘Now on ninemsn’ real-time feed: A real-time feed of content from across the network is now featured in the ‘Now on ninemsn’ area halfway down the homepage, providing up-to-the-minute news from sites such as TV Week, Celebrity FIX and Wide World of Sport. Users can choose which sites they want to include in the feed - - another small personalisation element included to boost the relevance and interactivity of the page.

New advertising spots: ninemsn has created some additional advertising spots and new rich-media placements/packages on the homepage that will drive cut-through for advertisers.

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