Bluegrass helps Petrofac achieve top Webranking


Cape Town, 09 Jan 2019
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Bluegrass CEO Nick Durrant.
Bluegrass CEO Nick Durrant.

Bluegrass Digital, a leading Web design and development company experienced in the delivery of corporate and investor relations (IR) Web sites, has been working with Petrofac for three years and has helped Petrofac achieve top position in the Webranking by Comprend 2018-2019.

Webranking is the world's most respected annual survey of corporate Web sites, with the criteria being determined by an independent global focus group comprising corporate stakeholders, analysts, investors and journalists.

Comprend ranks the Web sites of the 200 largest companies in the UK to see how well they meet the demands of the capital market and jobseekers. According to the latest survey, improvements have been made in features and functionality since last year, but the struggle to provide important IR-related content continues.

Bluegrass CEO Nick Durrant is elated that the Petrofac corporate site came top of the Webranking league table this year. "Their score increased significantly from last year, by almost eight points from 55.6 to 63.4 points (out of 100). The main improvements were made in providing information about the company to jobseekers and the IR section."

"Through proactive technical and SEO audits, we have helped Petrofac make improvements in various areas such as code optimisation, usability, and platform improvements, which has helped SEO rankings, speed and general performance," he explained.

According to the survey, Web sites are getting faster, but fall short when it comes to content. It states that UK companies are getting the basic prerequisites right in providing reasonably fast Web sites, and the majority are now secure (using https).

However, it says they are still lagging behind when it comes to delivering the kind of information that both the capital markets and job seekers require to make informed decisions about a company.

"We have been delivering successful corporate and IR Web sites for FTSE companies for over 10 years and we have good experience and a solid understanding of the technical, legal and content requirements for corporate Web sites," he added.

He says to maintain high standards requires constant improvements in functionality and content to stay ahead of one's competitors and to meet corporate responsibilities.

The report says Petrofac is one of few companies who help the capital market in making correct estimates. It says another area of improvement in the IR section is to present how the company views the near future when it comes to the market and financials.

"It also says the IR information presented on UK Web sites is actually getting worse in meeting the demands of the stakeholders, with an average fulfilment of 25% this year, compared to 31% last year," he concluded.

Jobseekers want to know what it's like to work at the company; both active and passive jobseekers of all ages agreed that information on what it is like to work for a potential employer is important. Jobseekers still prefer to find this information on the corporate Web site (70%), although the popularity of LinkedIn for this purpose has increased to 34% (from 20% last year).

Webranking says UK companies are relatively efficient in providing this information, although it could be improved by adding more information about the work environment and future competence development. It says a little more than half of the UK companies use LinkedIn on a regular basis to communicate with potential jobseekers.

Although the average of all UK companies has gone down since last year, the score of the top 10 performers has increased from 55.8 to 60.3, which is a significant improvement on earlier years. Hopefully, the increased score of the top performers will inspire the rest of the companies to improve their Web sites and better meet their visitors' needs and demands.

Bluegrass Digital (www.bluegrassdigital.com)

Bluegrass Digital is a leading provider of Web and mobile solutions and has offices in London, Cape Town and Johannesburg. The company helps its clients drive business growth through insight-led user experiences, innovation and technology, built to scale. With 20 years' experience and proven track record, Bluegrass Digital offers expert knowledge and its unique offering that is centred on service delivery excellence, helps customers innovate, transform and succeed in a digital world.

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Bluegrass Digital Nick Durrant (021) 671 1966 nick@bluegrassdigital.com
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