YMCA of
Greater Nashua

User Experience, Website Design, Inbound Marketing and SEO

YMCA of Greater Nashua

Strengthening the Foundations of Community

The YMCA of Greater Nashua operates four facilities (Nashua YMCA, Merrimack YMCA, Camp Sargent, and Camp Spaulding). The primary program and service areas are: Child Care, Camping, Youth Sports, Teen Leadership, Health & Wellness, Aquatics, Dance and the Arts. The Y is a positive force in this community. Everything the Y does is in service of making us – as individuals and a community – better.

YMCA FootballMerrimack YMCA Facility

Website Design and Development

More than half of this Y’s website users are returning visitors. People use this site for a variety of reasons–to look up a class schedule, register for a program, or learn about an upcoming event. It was important for the website to be designed in a way that made it easy to use for the current members, but also informative for people looking to learn more about the organization.

YMCA of Greater Nashua Responsive Display
YMCA of Greater Nashua Home Page

Quick and Easy Navigation

People who navigate to a website for a specific reason want the answer that they’re looking for fast. We created a search bar that picks up results throughout the website. Whether it’s a program, job posting, or an event listing, the user can find it quickly. The menu itself is designed with a mobile first approach, so seeing what they’re looking for is easy–no matter their device.

YMCA Search Module
Nashua YMCA Mega Menu Dropdown

Custom Daxko Information Display

Daxko is a great tool for internal operations, but we wanted to make sure it was also user friendly. With the custom program display, users are able to learn about every program without having to browse through another website.

Daxko Display of Programs and Class
Efficient Online Checkout

Strategy and Goals

More than just an online brochure, we made sure this website is also a selling tool. By paying attention to the common questions people ask, and laying out the answers on the page in a way that is easy to understand, we can convert more customers without taking up the bandwidth of the Y staff.

Goals of Increasing Membership

Inbound Marketing

Inbound marketing tools were put in place to start collecting leads. The Y was already offering tours and free passes to interested parties, so we took these offers and put them on the website as well. A user redeems the offer by filling out a form, and the front desk follows up with them. As time goes on, they will be able to market directly to these users using even more inbound marketing tactics.

Request a Tour Landing Page
Lead Generation Popup for Free Pass

User Experience Research

For a few weeks after launch, we kept track of the user experience using a few different tools. During this time, we were able to make quick changes to the website to make the experience even better. Even when you use best practices, website design is always an assumption. When you can really see what users are doing, that’s when the magic happens.

User Research Click Behavior Heatmap
Nashua YMCA User Scroll Behavior Heatmap

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