USA Rice Think Rice Wins Association Website of the Year Award
Written on November 13, 2023
USA Rice Think Rice came out on top to take home the honor as Association Website of the Year in the Progress Sitefinity Awards
USA Rice delivers both industry-focused and community-facing digital experiences through its USARice.org website and Think Rice consumer-focused microsite.
As the result of a website redesign, Think Rice has transformed into a modern, content-driven, search-optimized, and high-performing website providing stellar experiences to both end users and content contributors.
USA Rice was eager to expand and support its promotional efforts to raise awareness and use of US rice through the Think Rice microsite. However, the at-the-time CMS could no longer support the needs and wants of the organization, warranting an upgrade.
USA Rice teamed with Results Direct to leverage the Progress Sitefinity content management system (CMS) to:
Incorporate more consumer-focused features on the microsite
Integrate Solr search, enabling users to look for specific content such as recipes
Develop new content curation and management capabilities
USA Rice has experienced tremendous growth in website visits and usage as the result of its Think Rice microsite redesign:
Over 400 rice recipes can be searched through specific criteria, including meal, cuisine, lifestyle and rice type
50% increase in unique users visited the website after upgrading the digital experience for web and mobile platforms
Web traffic jumped up by 43% as latest content was optimized for SEO, such as newly published articles on its The Scoop blog.
“One of my favorite parts of the site is our new recipe search, which was a completely customized tool. When users come to this search, they can start with a keyword and it will not only search the recipe title, but it will also search the body of the recipe. It’s incredibly helpful when users are searching for the website by ingredient.”
Director, Domestic Promotion Programs
USA Rice Federation
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