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AEP Energy launches new website

by on August 22, 2013

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AEP Energy recently launched its new external-facing website, aepenergy.com.

The site, which launched July 26, features mobile optimization which incorporates responsive design. This relatively new technique allows web pages to sense the size of the device an individual is using to view each page, such as a web enabled smart phone, BlackBerry or iPad, and adapt to display properly on that device. This strategy provides a better user experience and gives a potential customer the opportunity to sign up for AEP Energy right from their mobile device.

According to Paul Heckel, director of eCommerce for AEP Energy, the vast majority of the work was performed by Cre8 Media, a third-party web design and development company based in Chicago, but some work was completed by internal Information Technology developers to apply mobile optimizations (responsive design techniques) to the ecommerce application pages — enrollment pages and customer account management. AEP Energy also solicited input and feedback from internal stakeholders in each business area.

“We felt it was key to build a single destination, aepenergy.com, that provides a compelling and engaging user experience regardless of the visitor’s device,” said Heckel. “We mandated the site be driven by a content management system. Other features we considered mandatory were a search feature and the ability to present video content.”

The homepage of the site includes tabs for Residential (enroll online, how deregulation works, governmental aggregation, renewable energy, etc.), Business (energy supply, deregulation, environmental disclosures, etc.), Energy Management (lighting retrofits, lighting design, lighting controls, HVAC controls, etc.) and AEP Energy partners.

Heckel said the site has performed well to date, but added that, “It’s a bit early to draw any conclusions from our web analytics data, but we expect to see the total visit duration and number of pages viewed from mobile devices increase as time goes by.”

Heckel also said they are compiling a list of upcoming refinements and enhancements to the site that will take them well into 2014.

“Our digital strategies are designed to shorten the distance between a family or business’ first exposure to AEP Energy and their decision to become a customer,” said Frank Willson, vice president of Marketing. “This ‘Speed to Value’ concept has worked throughout the retail space in other businesses and has great potential in the Competitive Retail Electric Supply industry.”

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