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Redesigned Site Sets Habitat for Humanity EBSV Up for Success


The Client

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley (EBSV) is a regional off-shoot of the national nonprofit that partners with communities to build or repair homes for those in need. They work on home development and preservation projects in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties in California. As costs rise and housing availability lowers, families with limited income face instability that could result in poverty -- something Habitat for Humanity EBSV vows to battle.

Habitat for Humanity EBSV Homepage

The Need for a New Website

Habitat for Humanity EBSV benefits from brand recognition that helps gain and retain their audiences’ trust and affinity. Yet, they felt their site didn’t promote a favorable user experience due to its outdated look and poor functionality. Specifically, they recognized their volunteers, and various donors spent too much time digging for information on a site that was overrun with unnecessary text. This meant website visitors didn’t receive the valuable marketing information they needed to make clear decisions.

Customer Story

When they reached out to us to begin a partnership, they had clear goals in mind and signed on as a valuable Growth-Driven Design customer to maintain consistent support. For their website redesign, they needed to address these issues:

  • Too much copy
  • Outdated fonts and colors
  • Uninspiring, unorganized content
  • Confusing blog structure
  • Unclear and unmotivating CTAs
  • Bulky navigation that didn’t follow the “3-click rule”
  • Lack of visuals further complicating their content issues

To achieve both a visually appealing site and functional marketing hub, we worked on:

  • Keyword and SEO strategy to help power their content marketing efforts
  • Buyer persona research on Volunteers, Donors, and Applicants to create more striking CTAs and persuasive copy
  • Site architecture to limit and guide visitors to the most fundamental pages
  • Six wireframes to ensure good user experience on various site pages and guide design and copywriting
  • Six designs, including revisions, to bring their message to life
  • Custom template development for their blogs, emails, and landing pages



The Results

After collaborating, we created a modern, responsive website based on the inbound marketing methodology that was awe-inspiring in look, messaging, and function. Design results include:

  • Easy to follow navigation that allows users to find what they need quickly
  • A blog that succinctly divides content for different audiences through CTAs and visuals
  • Inspiring, buyer-persona specific content across the entire site
  • Straightforward and eye-catching CTAs for every buyer persona: Donate, Apply, Volunteer, Restore
  • Minimized use of colors and fonts for impact (i.e., three colors and two font styles)
  • A customized form to aid the donation registration process that also integrates with their nonprofit management system
  • Strategically used negative space to emphasize graphics and text
  • A compelling layout for their volunteer page to highlight opportunities and ways to give
  • Concise content across all pages with accompanying custom icons
  • Optimized photographs from real-life events featured across several pages, including a captivating hero image on their home page 

Aside from great design results, Habitat for Humanity EBSV has implemented further inbound strategies and enjoyed an uptick in their website’s visitors, as well as other improved metrics. Comparing the year after the launch versus the year before, the site benefited from the following growth: 

  • 27.35% increase in organic traffic
  • 27.7% increase in new users from organic traffic
  • 12.18% increase in new users from all referral sources
  • 11.5% increase in overall active users
  • 4.32% increase in sessions, including direct referral, email, and social media

Are you interested in redesigning your site? Reach out today.