We are nothing if not humble here at VGM Forbin. Well, that and busy. We don’t always take (or have) the time to recognize the awesome work our team does day in and day out. That being said, the Forbin team was recognized publicly at the AAF-Cedar Valley American Advertising Awards on Feb. 21, walking away with three awards plus the highly coveted People’s Choice Award. In a break from our normal noses-to-the-grindstone approach, we wanted to showcase our work that was deemed worthy of a Gold or Silver American Advertising Award.
VPanel® Content Management System for Monroe Wheelchair
Forbin’s proprietary CMS, VPanel, was built to give clients an easier way to access and manage their own websites without needing a degree in computer science or coding expertise. This upgraded version for Forbin client Monroe Wheelchair in Rochester, NY includes a newly designed interface and some additional tools to make the customer experience even better:
- A product catalog that makes adding any of the 17,000+ products in our product library easy for clients, and is also easy for users to navigate and place orders.
- Website statistics upon logging in to see website visits, top performing pages and other valuable information.
- The option to have a featured video highlighting a specific product.
- Industry-specific newsletters to position your company as a resource.
Iowa State Bank Website
With locations in Burlington, Wapello, Mount Union and Morning Sun in southeast Iowa, Iowa State Bank posed the unique situation of marrying a modern look and feel without straying too far from their roots. The solution was an “illustrated” design – no stock images, all custom illustrations and icons – that incorporated the characteristics of their area and customer base. The website was built using responsive design technology. In a world thinking “mobile-first,” we consider responsive web design a standard, not an add-on. We are also one of the first in our area to provide responsive web design to our financial customers.
“Site feels friendly, particularly for a bank. Responsive design works nicely, easy to access pull-down menus and all info on a phone. Social links stay in view.”
- Brent Anderson, founder of Stir and Enjoy out of KC
The Cedar Valley Connect App for the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber
The heart of economic development in the Cedar Valley, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber needed their most important information available to users on all kinds of mobile devices. The Cedar Valley Connect App allows users to see all of the GCVAC’s upcoming events, the latest economic and business development news, contact information for area businesses and organizations, and Near Me mapping.
“It’s like the local yellow pages in your pocket.”
- Corinne Skoog, Creative Director at Ahni & Zoe by Creative Memories
People’s Choice Award- The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance App
Winning this award is sweet, but winning it with the client in attendance made it even sweeter. Getting to share in the excitement of winning this award with the amazing people you created for was a unique experience we’ll keep with us forever.
Getting to enjoy a night on the red carpet while taking home a few awards was a great reward for the Forbin team. We look forward to partnering with our great customers in pursuit of the highest quality work throughout 2014 and beyond!