Monthly Archives: January 2010

MAU Launches Redesign

MAU, a staffing agency located in Augusta, GA, wanted an extensive update to their website. Being a valued client for many years, Powerserve was thrilled to help MAU accomplish this task. They wanted both an aesthetic redesign based on their current print materials, as well as an overhaul of navigation and overall user functionality.

MAU - Before and After

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The first major change was the site’s navigation. MAU requested that the homepage act as a portal, directing users to the correct section of the website based on their needs. Thus, someone looking for a job will click on the “Applicants” button and be presented with information directly pertaining to their job search, someone looking to hire will click on “Employers” and be presented with relevant information, and so on. These streamlined navigation options allow MAU to present visitors with information in the quickest way possible, while enabling the visitor to quickly navigate to relevant information.

The second key item was the site’s content. MAU updated the site with many new features, including information about MAU, the history of MAU, and rotating client testimonials in the client section. Other additions include videos on both the history and reference sections of the site, as well as case studies that further illustrate the advantages of MAU’s services.

Powerserve looks forward to working with MAU on further projects, including a new quiz system and improvements to job search functionality.

MAU has partnered with Powerserve for several years now, and this is the second website design they’ve developed for us. We’ve continued to use Powerserve as a trusted partner because we know they care about and understand our business. As a result, they function as an extension of our company instead of just some guys who “design at your direction.” Powerserve brings all kinds of ideas to the table, and they even take our ideas and make them better! Rather than tell us what we should want, they find a balance between delivering on our requirements and guiding us toward the best result for success based on their experience. It’s a true collaborative partnership! Now our new website supports and reflects MAU’s business goals with its smart and fresh design, specifically engineered to serve each of our distinctive target audiences.Brett Yardley, Marketing & Communications, MAU

Visit the MAU website: http://www.mau.com/

Robert Flanagin Launches the New NorthAugustaProperty.net

Robert Flanagin, a real estate agent located in North Augusta, SC, requested an updated design that reflected his personality, as well as the ability to manage MLS and non-MLS real estate listings. Josh Wilkerson, the project’s design lead, was able to build a feature-rich, easy-to-use site, while incorporating design elements that were provided by Robert Flanagin himself. The result is a website with real estate statistics, property search, area info, and a unique design that truly represents Robert Flanagin.

NorthAugustaProperty.net

The New NorthAugustaProperty.net

Visit Robert Flanagin’s site: http://www.northaugustaproperty.net

Matheny Imports Launch New and Improved Site

Matheny Imports, a Jaguar/Land Rover dealership located in Jacksonville, FL, requested an updated design to better reflect their product as well as bring them above and beyond their competitors’ sites. They expressed that their old site was functional, but lacked a distinctive design and an intuitive user interface. They also requested the ability to easily update the site’s content, which made them a perfect fit for Powerserve’s WSA content management solution.

View the Before and After shots

View the Before and After shots

The Matheny project presented a number of technical hurdles that had to be overcome. First, a third-party service that provided automobile images, different color options, and 360 degree interior views needed to be implemented. On the homepage, we were presented with the challenge of displaying multiple vehicles as well as pertinent information. To accomplish this, we utilized sliding content areas to display the content in a clean and organized fashion. The homepage also features a Monthly Specials section for the most recent deals and events that are going on at the dealership. Thanks to the WSA, Matheny is able to update this content quickly and easily from their web browser.

The vehicle quick-search was another technical achievement on this project. This search functionality needed to be able to gather data entered by the user and pass it through to a third-party service seamlessly. This allows users to quickly narrow down their vehicle search, presenting them with only relevant vehicle options.

The luxury car business has to really be innovative to be successful. Our customers’ expectations are for nothing short of excellence. So when we decided to redesign our website we not only wanted it to reflect the prestige of our product lines, but we also wanted it to be functional as well. Powerserve knew exactly what we needed and jumped in the driver’s seat, if you’ll pardon the pun. They developed a sleek new design for our website and then set us up on their content management solution, which allowed us to update all of our content whenever we want. They even made some special modifications that allowed our site to import product images directly from an industry content provider. Bottom line? This new website will help us sell more cars.Richard Mustafa, Matheny Imports

Visit the Matheny Imports website: http://www.mathenyimports.com/

Meybohm Commercial Properties

The New MeybohmCommercial.com

The New MeybohmCommercial.com

A few years back, Meybohm Realtors was one of the first new media innovators in the Augusta area. They were also one of the pioneers that helped bring real listings direct to the consumer using the Internet. At the time, Powerserve had the privilege of working with the Augusta-based real estate company to develop their first-generation web presence. Continuing on that path of innovation, Meybohm Commercial Properties tapped Powerserve to help make their latest vision a reality: A new real estate website dedicated to the commercial market.

Meybohm came to us with an existing design concept that needed to be pushed across the finish line. Powerserve was able to expand their design concept, making it more user-friendly and easier to navigate while being progressive and eye catching.

Allowing the website visitor to quickly search their available listings was key for Meybohm, but because the listings are displayed through a third party they were having difficulty making it easy for the visitor to search.  We created a quick-search form that allows people to easily search for properties from the homepage, something Meybohm was originally told wasn’t possible. The site also enables Meybohm to easily display agent profiles and listings on the same page, display multiple featured properties on the homepage, and show off some of their properties in a large splash image on the homepage.

Powerserve was proud to work with Meybohm, a company with a tradition of leadership and excellence in the real estate business. The website development project was huge success. We were able to capture their vision and deliver the final product very quickly – just in time for a New Year’s launch!

Our latest website launch was an important project for us. We were essentially extracting our commercial properties division out of our main website and giving it a web presence of its own. We had approached Powerserve about the project after several months of working with a freelance web developer. We challenged Powerserve with a tight deadline but they stepped up and actually exceeded our expectations finishing the site well before the deadline! And because they’re a full-service web development firm they had the knowledge and expertise to “plus it” with some innovations that enhanced the way our property listings are presented to the consumer online. Within a matter of weeks, we had a fully functional website to promote our business.Jennifer Samuelson, Meybohm Commercial Properties

Visit the Meybohm Commercial website: http://www.meybohmcommercial.com

Fuller, Frost & Associates Launch Redesign

Fuller, Frost & Associates, a law firm located in Augusta, GA, came to us wanting a site design refresh in order to bring their site up to date and improve usability. They wanted to utilize plenty of white space with minimal use of images, making the content stand out as the primary focus to site visitors.

To enable Fuller, Frost & Associates to maintain their own website and update content as needed, the site utilizes our WSA content management solution. The WSA allows anyone with basic computer skills to update and maintain their site.

Fuller, Frost - Before and After

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Working with Powerserve was a great experience. Our website looked even better than what we had anticipated. We received excellent training on the WSA and found it very easy to use.Steve Loflin, CPA, Fuller, Frost & Associates

Visit the Fuller, Frost & Associates website: http://www.fullerfrost.com/

Learn more about Powerserve’s WSA content management solution.

Augusta Capital Completes Sutherland Mill Renovation

Sutherland Mill

Sutherland Mill

Augusta Capital has just completed the rehabilitation of another Augusta Canal mill – first known as Dartmouth, and later, Sutherland Mill. This 56,000 square foot mill is just steps from the completed Enterprise Mill project.

Sutherland is uniquely situated across the Canal from several medical facilities, including the Medical College of Georgia, University Hospital, and the VA Hospital, and its adjacent neighbor is Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition, the long-anticipated construction of the St. Sebastian Way Extension is well underway. The intricate road project will provide a new connection over the Canal, linking Greene Street and these two mills to the medical facilities on Walton Way.

Read the Augusta Chronicle’s article: Getting into shape

Visit the Augusta Capital website: http://www.augustacapital.net/

WSA 4.0 – A Better Content Management Solution

WSA-4-logo-white-bgAt Powerserve, we realize that in order to continue providing great products and service, we must be continuously developing and improving. Powerserve’s content management solution, Web Site Accelerator, is currently the focus, receiving some cosmetic changes as well as some key functionality updates. It is our goal to improve and streamline the WSA, making it easier for our clients to maintain their websites.

Be on the lookout for more Web Site Accelerator 4.0 details as we come closer to launch day. Click here to find out how to get this upgrade for FREE!