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This Advisor Monitor Report examines the navigation menus employed on advisor sites. In our report, we graded firms based on the usability and design of their main menus as well as the navigation options included. We examined the availability and functionality of common main menu features such as dropdowns, flyouts and rollover shading and how these factors affect site use. Additionally, we examined if links to the homepage and other important locations for advisors are present in the main menu.
When reviewing navigation menus, we graded firms by the following:
Firms vary in terms of usability. Levels of menu sections range from one to four. The majority of our firms, 83%, offer main menus with only a couple levels.
In general, advisor firms are successful in designing their main menus. Eighty-three percent effectively use colors and shading to help advisors on the site locate links and navigate throughout the main menu. Additionally, 77% of firms maintain a consistent main menu design throughout the site, ensuring that users would be oriented as they read advisor materials.
Navigation features in the site’s main menus are less consistent, reflecting differences in priorities for site resources. Fifty-eight percent of firms offer main menu links to literature centers, and 53% offer direct access to Sales Resources.