As it turns 10, Voice of San Diego introduces redesign and editorial changes around membership

The San Diego nonprofit went through an earlier redesign that “didn’t go as well as hoped” and has put attention in this new design on creating the right flow from newcomer to member (and donor). Some of this involves making the homepage mostly a “poster to get people to sign up for our morning report [a newsletter],“ said Editor-in-Chiefand CEO Scott Lewis. The newsletter product has led hundreds of subscribers to later convert into paid members. “At the heart of [all our changes] is to get more people to engage with us with their information so we can get them into the pipeline for potential membership,” Lewis said.

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