13 quotes that show the customer isn’t ready for a good website

Sometimes a potential client says something that makes it clear to usability professionals and information architects that they are simply not ready for a good website. At that point you’ve got a choice. Do you try to convert the client? Or do you just walk away?

When an existing client says something like that when you’re in the middle of the project, things are a little harder. Fortunately we’re not easily deterred. We just keep on preaching that usability gospel.

Our favourite quotes

  1. “Why we want a new website? We don’t like the old one anymore.”
     
  2. “Interactivity is very important to us.”
     
  3. “We know what we want. Our web team has had a brainstorm session about it.”
     
  4. “We’d like a big visual at the top of every page.”
     
  5. “We’ve already chosen the technical system. Now all we have to do is get the content in there.”  
  6. “Our advertising agency has already made the lay-out. All you have to do is make the tree structure.”
     
  7. “Where in the menu is the procurement division?”
     
  8. “That’s a very sensitive issue in our company.”
     
  9. “Prices on our website? No way.”
     
  10. “We really think we need a news section.”
     
  11. “We’ve positioned the product like that for 10 years. We’re not going to change it.”
     
  12. “That word doesn’t really fit our corporate image. We don’t want to use it on our website.”
     
  13. “Our web builder/ IT department says that isn’t possible.”  

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  • Jen

    True post. I often hear them myself. Would it be possible to explain each of the quotes though? The meaning behind each one? Would have made it a more insightful post.

  • Dieter

    I would love to see a reason why you think these quotes are ‘wrong’. Some are really obvious but others aren’t… I’m curious

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  • http://www.agconsult.be Els Aerts

    @Jen and @Dieter: You’re right. A little explanation is in order. My bad.

    I felt so guilty I wrote a new post: “14 quotes and explanations“.

  • http://rabbitweb.com.au John @ Cairns Web

    lol, nice list. True about the explanations (haven’t read that yet though), only a web designer would understand these.