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The Latest Research for Web Designers, December 2020

2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. And although I’m sure many of you can’t wait until the calendar flips ahead to 2021, it doesn’t look as though we’re going to be able to say goodbye to 2020 so easily. Many of the changes we’ve had to make this year are now expected to stay with us — a least for the following year.

The latest research gives us some hints about what’s to come.

If you want to start preparing for 2021 now, then these reports and surveys from organizations like 99designs, Upwork, Content Marketing Institute, and McKinsey & Company are a must-read:

1. 99designs Reports on the Common Challenges Freelancers Faced in 2020

I don’t want to make 99designs’s Design Without Borders 2020 report sound like it’s all doom-and-gloom. Because it’s not.

That said, 2020 has been a rough year and it would be irresponsible for me not to acknowledge the challenges that all of us freelancers have encountered this year. This report is one of the few I’ve found that includes data on the major challenges freelancers have dealt with this year, including:

  • 36% have struggled to maintain a steady flow of work or a stable client base;
  • 27% had clients who cut their business budgets and, consequently, their freelancers’ workloads;
  • 26% had at least one project cancelled or indefinitely paused;
  • 22% have been ghosted by at least one client.

Beyond working more hours and hustling to find new clients all the time, what else can freelancers do to weather a business disruptor like COVID-19? There are a number of things.

For starters, it would be really helpful to have a crisis management plan for your finances. It would also be beneficial to refocus your efforts on finding clients who pay for the value you provide and not for the hours you spend building websites. Clients who see the value in what you do will be less likely to ghost or drop you at the first sign of trouble.

2. Upwork’s Survey Reveals Educational Opportunities for Freelancers

Upwork commissioned Edelman Intelligence to put together its very first Freelance Forward survey. The goal of the ensuing report was to shed light on the state of freelancing, how the pandemic has changed it, and what we can expect in the future as a result.

One of the data sets I think web designers should pay close attention to is this:

According to this survey, freelancers only spend about 52% of their time on billable work.

Now, one of the reasons why entrepreneurs and enterprise companies make so much money is because tasks are relegated to different team members. For instance, if a design agency owner is good at building relationships with prospects, they’re going to spend time on sales calls and managing social media. The day-to-day admin tasks would then get offloaded to virtual assistants and billable project work would go to designers, developers, writers, and so on.

But as a freelancer, you don’t have the ability to delegate and scale when you’re working solo.

Rather than burn yourself out trying to handle all these things yourself, the report suggests there’s something else you can do:

Although freelancers recognize how important soft skills and business skills are, the first data set suggests that not enough attention might be paid to them.

What I suggest is that you take a look at the division of your work hours. If you’re spending less than half of your time on billable work, it might be a good idea to strengthen your non-design skills. That way, things like marketing, contract preparation, and client management won’t consume so much of your time in the future and you can bill more.

3. CMI’s Annual Report Reveals Profitable Opportunities for Web Designers

Content Marketing Institute’s annual B2B Content Marketing Report is, once again, chock full of useful tidbits about the state of content marketing.

While a lot of the data is focused around marketing organizations and how they’ve pivoted during the pandemic, I thought this bit of info would be really helpful for web designers:

For those of you who design B2B websites, take note of where these companies plan to invest in 2021. If 2020 has been particularly hard on you, or you simply want to expand your horizons, there are some other opportunities worth jumping into:

B2B Marketing Investment => Web Designer Opportunity
Content creation => Blog graphic design, infographic design, and schema markup creation
Website enhancements => Website redesign, website audits
Content distribution => Social media ad design, Google ad design, schema markup creation
Getting to know audiences better => UX research, UX design
Customer experience => Chatbot/live chat development, support portal creation

4. McKinsey B2B Analysis Suggests That Digital Is Here to Stay

For those of you who’ve worked for a B2B sales organization before, you know how important in-person interactions are to them. It’s not as though they can just sell their products or services online the way B2C ecommerce companies can. The key to B2B success is through customer (and partner) relationship building.

Prior to 2020, this meant lots of in-person meetings, phone calls, and emails. But something has changed this year, on both sides of the fence.

This chart from McKinsey suggests that digital relationship building and customer service aren’t just a temporary solution for COVID-19. B2B decision-makers are coming around to the idea that this is going to be their “next normal” (as McKinsey refers to it).

These new “go-to-market models” include the following:

  1. Talk to prospects, customers, and partners via video calls;
  2. Digital self-service options for customers who prefer the DIY method.

As a web designer, you can help your B2B clients level up their efforts to achieve this next normal.

For starters, you can integrate scheduling into their websites. This’ll empower prospects to schedule video meetings (for demos, discovery calls, etc.) with your clients’ sales teams.

Another thing you can do is build out self-service elements like live chat or chatbots, FAQs pages, knowledgebases, and support portals. As consumers become more confident with doing business online, these self-service options will make a world of difference in their experience with brands.

Wrap-Up

I know, I know. 2020 sucked. But at least we have a good amount of research and experience that gives us a much clearer idea of what we’re getting ourselves into with the coming year. (At least, I hope so.)

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CERTFR-2020-ALE-025 : Vulnérabilité dans Fortinet FortiOS SSL-VPN (27 novembre 2020)

Le 24 mai 2019, l’éditeur Fortinet avait publié un avis de sécurité corrigeant la vulnérabilité CVE-2018-13379 qui affecte les systèmes FortiOS lorsque le service VPN SSL est activé. Cette vulnérabilité permet à des attaquants non authentifiés d’accéder aux fichiers systèmes via des requêtes …
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Télétravail & productivité – Un logiciel PDF adapté

Au travail, on a tous eu besoin un jour d’un outil concernant les PDF : lecture, modification ou encore convertisseur. Voici une présentation d’un logiciel qui fait cela sous forme d’un tout-en-un : PDFelement.

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NordVPN – Découvrez l’offre Black Friday avec 3 mois gratuits !

Une fois n’est pas coutume, les fournisseurs VPN vont lancer des offres incroyables pour obtenir des abonnements à prix cassé lors du Black Friday 2020 ! Voici la promotion choc de NordVPN !

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Digitally Signed Bandook Malware Once Again Targets Multiple Sectors

A cyberespionage group with suspected ties to the Kazakh and Lebanese governments has unleashed a new wave of attacks against a multitude of industries with a retooled version of a 13-year-old backdoor Trojan.
Check Point Research called out hackers affiliated with a group named Dark Caracal in a new report published yesterday for their efforts to deploy « dozens of digitally signed variants » of
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Branding 101: How to Get Your Design Business Online

You’ve named your business. You’ve sorted out the visual branding piece. Now, it’s time to get your business online so you can start making money.

In this post, we’re going to look at where your web design business needs to set up shop online and how to get it up and running quickly.

Step 1: Set Up Your Website

As a web designer or developer, having a website is non-negotiable.

Not only does a website provide prospective clients with all the information they need about you, it can help you automate many of those annoying tasks that get in the way of your actual paid work.

So, let’s start here:

Buy Your Domain Name

If you haven’t done so already, use the business name generator exercise to come up with a domain name. You then have a couple of options for buying it.

To Do:

  • Buy it from a domain name provider like GoDaddy or Domain.com;
  • Or buy it from your web hosting company;
  • Check the next step to see which option makes the most sense for you.

Choose a CMS

Use the same CMS as the one you’ll use to build your clients’ sites. That way, clients don’t wonder why you’d use something like Squarespace for your site, but then recommend WordPress for theirs, for example.

To Do:

  • If you use a self-hosted CMS (like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla), hold on this until you purchase your web hosting;
  • If you use a hosted CMS (like Wix, Squarespace, or Shopify), you won’t need to do the next step. Instead, just sign up for your website builder and buy your domain name now.

Buy Your Web Hosting

If you’re wondering what the difference is between the various types of web hosting, read this post.

Basically, this is what you’re looking for:

  • A hosting company with a good reputation that provides expert and timely support;
  • An affordable starter plan — either shared or cloud hosting;
  • Server locations near you (at the very least, in the same country as you);
  • Top-notch security features at the server level as well as the physical hosting facility;
  • Caching and other speed optimizations built into the server and on-site equipment;
  • Compatibility with your CMS (look for one-click install, too).

Also, look for add-ons like SSL certificates, CDNs, and, of course, a free domain name.

To Do:

  • Sign up for the hosting plan you want along with your domain name and SSL certificate (this is a must for SEO);
  • Install your CMS from the control panel once you’re ready to go.

Build Your Website

Ultimately, you have two goals here:

  1. To build a website that convinces prospective clients that you’re the real deal;
  2. To build a website that prospects would want for themselves.

So, there’s no need to go crazy with outlandish features or futuristic animations and design. Keep it simple. Keep it neat. And give prospects an honest portrayal of who you are, and what you can do for them.

Design It

The first thing to do is take all that work you did to create your visual branding and use it to design your website.

If you’re building a WordPress website, consider starting with one of these multipurpose themes.

Build Out the Pages You Need

A theme will automatically create the pages you need (most of them, anyway). If you’re not sure which ones to start with, these are the ones your prospects are going to be looking for:

You may also want to add separate pages for Testimonials and Case Studies once you’ve accumulated enough of them to show off. For now, you can include samples of your work in the Portfolio page and testimonials on the Home page.

Fill in the Content

Even if writing isn’t your strong suit, that’s okay. So long as the content you write for your site is free of spelling and grammar errors, your prospective clients are going to focus on what you’re telling them, not on how proficient a writer you are.

That said, if you’re nervous about this piece of your website, here are some tips to help you out:

1. Be concise, it’s not just minimal design that goes over well with modern audiences. Minimal copy does, too.

2. Be transparent. Tell prospects what exactly they can expect when they work with you and why your web design services are going to be different from the competition.

3. Consumers don’t trust companies that use meaningless buzzwords and make empty claims. Instead, focus on writing about the real and very competitive skills you have. According to research from NIDO Student, these are the skills employers look for when hiring a designer:

4. Let your images tell some of the story for you. Just make sure you use (or create) images that will impress your audience.

5. After you’ve written your content, take a step back and tackle the structure and formatting from a designer’s POV.

6. Before you hit the “Publish” button, run your copy through Hemingway Editor to ensure your content is error-free.

Add the Right Features

When I talk about features, I’m referring to anything outside the main design and content on your website. These are usually sales and marketing tools like:

  • Chatbot/live chat
  • Contact forms
  • Pop-ups or notification banners
  • Discovery call scheduler
  • Cookies consent notice

Only add the features you absolutely need. In other words, the features that will automate the marketing and sales tasks you’d otherwise have to manage on your own.

Step 2: Optimize Your Website for Search Engines

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a very important part of the work you do to get your business online. Here’s why:

After you launch your business and website, the next thing you’re going to focus on is getting clients. This can take a lot of work as you pore over the following resources for referrals and leads:

  • Your existing contact list (i.e. family, friends, old employers, colleagues, etc.);
  • Freelance job boards;
  • Industry-specific job boards;
  • Social media posts, pages, and groups;
  • Google search results for “we’re hiring”;
  • And so on…

And when you’re not busy cold-emailing prospective clients or talking to them on the phone, you’re probably going to be working on your business’ processes. Running a business is very time-consuming.

So, what happens when you finally start working on website projects? It’s not like the client search ends there. It’s an ongoing thing. Which is why your website needs to be optimized for search.

Once your site gets indexed by Google and starts to generate authority, your pages will rank better and the increased visibility will start generating leads without you having to actively make the first move.

SEO is a huge topic, so I’m not going to cover it here. However, the links below will do a good job of guiding you towards your next steps.

To Do:

Step 3: Get Active on Social Media

Your website is going to play a lot of roles:

  • Digital business card;
  • Authority builder;
  • Marketing vehicle;
  • Sales platform;
  • Content marketer.

But there’s one very critical thing it can’t do and that’s directly converse with your audience and grow your network. This is why you need to spend time building out your social media once your website is good to go.

As for which social media platforms to use (as there are way too many), here are my thoughts:

Become an authority on Twitter.

Twitter is a good place to share daily thoughts and interesting content you’ve found on the web.

Get discovered on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is useful because it’s another place to get noticed by potential employers, so make sure your relevant work experience and portfolio are up-to-date.

Connect with other creatives on Facebook.

It’s really hard to get noticed on Facebook unless you pay to play. Instead, use it to find groups that you can turn to for support, referrals, and brainstorming.

Share your work on Dribbble.

While you could use Instagram or Pinterest to show off your work, you might get more traction on a design-specific platform like Dribbble. Serve as inspiration for others and potentially get discovered by prospects looking for designers there.

Down the line you might decide to expand your business into recurring revenue opportunities like online courses. In that case, a platform like YouTube would be great. For now, focus your efforts on the main ones above.

To Do:

  • Create your social media accounts;
  • Brand them to match your website — both the visual component as well as the bio;
  • Start sharing content on a regular basis. You can automate sharing with a social media management tool, but remember to log in at least a couple times a week so you can engage with others, too;
  • Be careful not to commit these social media faux pas.

Wrap-Up

I realize this is a ton of information to throw at you. However, if you want to get your new business online and for it to succeed, you need to maximize the opportunities that are available to you.

I hope this three-part guide to starting a new business has been helpful. If you have any questions on the tips provided along the way, let me know in the comments.

 

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Spotify victime d’une cyberattaque par “credential stuffing”

Une base de données ouverte contenant les identifiants, avec les mots de passe et les mails, de plus de 400 000 comptes dont 47 456 abonnés français de Spotify a été découverte par des chercheurs en cybersécurité.

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2020 : l’année des fake news, des escroqueries liées au COVID-19 et des ransomwares

L’année au cours de laquelle le COVID-19 a pris le contrôle du monde réel, mais aussi du monde digital.

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SAP conforte sa position de leader dans les indices de durabilité du Dow Jones

WALLDORF – Pour la 14ème année consécutive, SAP SE (NYSE : SAP) a été désignée leader du secteur des logiciels au Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). SAP a dépassé ses scores des années précédentes et a creusé l’écart par rapport à ses pairs du secteur, malgré les défis causés par la pandémie.

SAP a obtenu 74 points sur 100 (2019 : 69) au score global, soit cinq points de plus que l’entreprise classée en deuxième position. SAP a amélioré sa valeur de percentile dans 15 des 20 catégories par rapport à 2019, notamment en matière de « sécurité de l’information/cybersécurité et disponibilité des systèmes », d’« attraction et de rétention des talents » et de « rapports environnementaux ».

Cette évaluation souligne les efforts déployés par SAP pour mettre en place une stratégie de cloud fiable et conforme, en valorisant les employés comme son atout le plus important et en améliorant ses capacités de reporting interne. Cette année, 83 entreprises du secteur des logiciels ont participé, soit plus du double par rapport à l’année dernière. SAP a également amélioré sa notation dans les trois dimensions principales :

  • Gouvernance et économie : 65 (2019 : 61)
  • Environnement : 87 (2019 : 83)
  • Social : 81 (2019 : 73)

« Nous sommes fiers de notre classement au Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Cela nous prouve une fois de plus que nous avons une responsabilité particulière en tant que leader de la durabilité dans l’industrie du logiciel », a déclaré Luka Mucic, directeur financier et membre du conseil d’administration de SAP SE. « Cela nous pousse à redoubler d’efforts auprès de nos clients pour leur fournir des solutions destinées à leur transformation durable, afin que nous puissions tous ensemble construire une économie plus inclusive et plus régénératrice ».

Créés en 1999 par la société de gestion d’investissements RobecoSAM, les DJSI sont les plus anciens indices de référence mondiaux en matière de durabilité. Ils sont cotés en bourse depuis leur création. Basé sur l’évaluation de la durabilité des entreprises (Corporate Sutainability Assessment, CSA) de SAM, le DJSI fournit une analyse des performances économiques, environnementales et sociales des entreprises. Ils comprennent des critères de durabilité généraux ainsi que spécifiques à chaque secteur pour chacune des 60 industries définies selon l’Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB).

En 2020, la solide performance environnementale, sociale et de gouvernance (ESG) de SAP a également été reconnue par d’autres notations ESG. SAP est restée présente dans la série d’indices FTSE4 Good Index et dans les indices Euronext Vigeo Eiris (Europe 120 et Eurozone 120). SAP a de nouveau été reconnue comme un leader ESG par MSCI Inc. (anciennement Morgan Stanley Capital International), qui lui a attribué la meilleure note, soit « AAA ». Et pour la première fois, SAP a figuré dans le nouveau classement du Wall Street Journal des 100 entreprises les mieux gérées sur le plan du développement durable.

Reconnaissant l’importance croissante des performances ESG non seulement pour son activité, mais aussi pour la réussite de ses clients, SAP fait du pilotage et du reporting holistique un domaine d’action essentiel. Grâce à son programme Climate 21 et à d’autres programmes axés, par exemple, sur l’économie circulaire, SAP propose des offres qui aident ses clients à améliorer leurs propres performances en matière de développement durable. Le rapport interne de SAP reflète sa conviction que les entreprises peuvent mesurer leur succès de manière plus globale grâce à de nouvelles pratiques comptables qui relient les impacts économiques, sociaux et environnementaux. SAP a également rejoint des initiatives internationales telles que celles de la Value Balancing Alliance e.V. et des initiatives locales telles que QuartaVista, un projet financé par le gouvernement allemand qui vise à standardiser les mesures générales de l’impact des entreprises.

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