Flash Intros

04/06/2007

At a seminar that I gave last winter, I told a group of marketing people that if they were considering Flash Intros that they should seriously reconsider this choice. About half of the group had “uh oh” looks on their faces. They had all planned Flash Intros and had no idea why these intros will kill traffic to your site.

Flash intros are the bane of users. Users hate waiting for them to load and about 90% of users skip them anyway. Whenever I see a Flash Intro, I bail immediately. This means you are losing site traffic right away. We always tell our clients not to use them because, besides being usability nightmares, they usually cost quite a bit and don’t add any value to your site.

Perhaps the only audience who actually watches these things are marketing people. That’s because they are marketing people. Your users aren’t marketing people and your Flash Intro is not going to convince them to buy your products or services.

Do your bottom line and your users a favor and don’t add a Flash Intro to your site.

Ivy Hastings is a Project Manager at Fusionbox, a Denver web development company.