How often do you miss an anniversary, birthday, or other important event? This is exactly the disaster that the Anniversary Alert website is trying to prevent. The website is aimed at men, who seem to be the most likely to forget important events.
The function is simple: you enter important dates and the event that they commemorate. Then, the website notifies you by email of the event at the time that you specify. You can ask to be reminded either one, two, or four weeks prior to the event, allowing you plenty of time to make plans and buy gifts.
Website Reviewed: Anniversary Alert
Website Address: http://www.anniversaryalert.com/
This website is aimed at solving a common problem that busy people struggle with, so it is important that it be as simple and problem-free as possible. It seems to meet this criterion. The website is simple and sleek, with a simple black and white design with dark red accents. Retro-style cartoons bring a little humor to the issue without detracting from the somewhat romantic feeling of the website.
For people who don’t get the concept from the explanation on the home page, there is a FAQ’s page that explains the business in more detail. There is also a disclaimer at the bottom of every page that incorporates humor into the standard legal language absolving the website of responsibility for adverse outcomes.
One of the major benefits of the website is that the information is organized so it can be presented and understood quickly. Again, speed of use is essential here! Different fonts and organizational elements such as bullets are well-used to break up information and emphasize key facts. There is also a strong commercial element in the form of a ‘Help Hotline’. This feature gives suggestions for gifts to placate significant others who have already been forgotten. The Help Hotline is likely the economic driver of the website considering the lack of other types of advertisement.
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Creativity: 5 stars. The cartoons used in this website are very creative and compliment the somewhat retro feeling of the website.
Ease of use: 5 stars. The website is intuitively designed and created for easy use. Placing the sign-up feature on the landing page makes it easy for interested parties to join the website quickly.
Functionality: 5 stars. There are links to social networking sites as well as a contact form. The ads on the Help Hotline page help the website’s bottom line without interfering with the overall design.
Content: 2 stars. Unfortunately, the content is a major shortcoming of this website. There are many misspellings and grammatical errors that detract heavily from the otherwise professional feeling of the site.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. Despite the wording, the website is very appropriate for the brand and presents a fun feeling that will be attractive to website visitors.
Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars.