Makeover for a Music Icon
Legendary music artist, Roberta Flack, was scheduled to perform at the 2010 Grammy Awards. She and her team anticipated a rush of new online traffic but her website was sorely out of date. The time frame to overhaul the site was two weeks.
Studio 678 partnered with LeeFenVisual design to deliver a fresh new look for the website leading up to her appearance. The modernized site was delivered as requested, just in time for her performance, leavingRoberta and her management pleased with the direction and improved functionality of the site.
Roberta Flack won her first Grammy for her album, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, forty years ago and she has been performing ever since. Despite this, her website did not match the quality of her brand.
The old website was rather crude and simplistic. The homepage had a disproportionately large main image and a very small and cramped navigation menu. There was no way to easily listen to Roberta’s music from the homepage. The site had static html and needed to be updated manually using a clunky html editor.
All of this meant the site was very difficult to browse and virtually nonfunctional, restricting her management team from the ability to make critical web updates and announcements.
One of Roberta Flack’s managers contacted Studio 678 shortly before the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, inquiring if we could put something together in time for the show. We, of course, jumped at the opportunity with an enthusiastic “Yes!”
We also wanted to display Roberta’s extensive discography, as well as have her show schedule up to date and easily accessible to her fans.
Another very important goal of the project was to allow for Roberta’s management team to be able to easily edit parts of the website.
The new site was ushered into the modern era and featured some of her more recent tracks using a sleek audio player. We added her entire discography of over 20 albums with links to iTunes, Amazon, and Rhino Records.
In addition to the upgrading main menu listed at the top of the site, we also employed Call To Action buttons such as “SEE ROBERTA” to lead visitors to to view more content: announcements, music samples, and information about her upcoming shows.
We implemented a simple administrative area of the site where Roberta’s management team could securely log in and update the content of the site, including the show schedule, which was of significant importance. This same admin area also allowed her team to update her 20+ albums listed in her discography as needed.
Additionally, to manage the expected traffic spike resulting from her Grammys performance, we selected a hosting plan with the ability to scale.
Roberta and management were grateful with the fresh and professional appearance of the website as well as how well it handled the new influx of vistors.
It was an honor to assist with improving the online presence of such an iconic figure as Roberta Flack. The tight time frame and limited assets made this project a challenge, but ultimately she and her team were happy with the end result.
Roberta, herself, expressed her gratitude to me personally when my wife and I met her backstage after a Valentine’s Day show in San Francisco. It was unforgettable and certainly one of the highlights of Studio 678’s portfolio.