On Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 the Chicago HubSpot User Group gathered before a panel of experts who reviewed the websites of three lucky participants, live in front of the group.
We're ready for the HUG tonight! Can't wait to hear lots of awesome website optimization insights from our panelists! #ChiHUG #HubPartner #HubSpotUserGroups #AlwaysBeLearning pic.twitter.com/3W93r72dHP— Chicago HUG (@ChiAreaHUG) March 28, 2018
We had over 80 people in attendance which made for a packed house! The meetup was graciously live tweeted by our Elite Social Volunteer, Emma Sepke! Think you've got what it takes to live tweet a HUG? Email us to get on the list and you could be next!
So, onto the meetup. Sarah and I loved planning for this meetup and seeing how many HUG members were brave enough to submit their sites to potentially be reviewed live! It takes guts to do it and we are proud to report we had over 50 websites submitted!
This definitely made it tough to narrow it down to just three but we ended up choosing eSpark Learning, Accel Entertainment, and MPOWR. We tried to pick different types of sites that would have lessons for a variety of HUG members.
At my first #ChiHUG to have our new @MPOWRsolutions website reviewed (!!) by an awesome panel of marketing pros! Hosted by @Impactbnd @HubSpot @dkardys @SmplMachines @oneims Great job panelists! Super useful info. pic.twitter.com/7NVRRWv8kD— Matt Schmid (@MattSchmid) March 29, 2018
Excited for another #ChiHUG event, and tonight is something special: live website reviews. The sharing of #HubSpot marketing insights at @ChiAreaHUG is impressive and (if we can wave our geek flag a bit) fun! pic.twitter.com/LNGe3NdrFl— NeigerDesign (@neigerdesign) March 28, 2018
Our Panel of Experts
The panelists had some fantastic feedback for all three sites and some great takeaways for everyone in attendance. My favorites included:
If you take all the font sizes on your website and put them together and they look like a powerball ticket, that’s probably not good. - Dennis Kardys, WSQL for #ChiHug’s website throwdown. pic.twitter.com/ZWJ5SsSxBK— Kirsten Agnello-Dean (@Kirsten_AD) March 28, 2018
#ChiHUG seems like everyone can benefit from focusing more on channels you can control.— Dustin Sier (@miraclemans) March 28, 2018
Explore design and theme options that evoke warmth and an emotional response from your audience. #ChiHUG— Clariant Creative (@ClarCreative) March 29, 2018
If your site didn't make the cut - not to worry! IMPACT does monthly LIVE Website Throwdowns with a panel of our experts and a special guest! WSOL also provides mini UX reviews if you'd like to dive in more on UX.! Plus, Simple Machines offered to review your site for SEO if you'd like:
That's it for this time! Our next meetup is May 2nd so mark your calendars! Invites will be emailed out soon.
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