SME launches redesigned website to meet members’ evolving needs
With a brand new look and feel, expanded color palate, improved navigation, updated messaging and modern industry imagery that includes more of the faces that reflect our membership, SME has launched a redesigned website. As part of a gradual process, some features will be available immediately and others will be rolled out in the next couple of months. Notably, key improvements include:
- The revamped search function will source all areas of the website and be expanded to include all facets of the website with the goal of SME being used as a resource hub for industry members to find the information they need, when they need it and in a timely fashion. The new site also has increased security and search engine optimization features, making it much easier for members. Heather Gravning, SME digital strategy and web development manager explained, “We want members to be able to find the information they need and then get back to their day because we realize everyone is so busy.”
- The “About Us” page is more accessible and robust, telling the important story of SME’s rich history rooted in the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME) and where SME fits within AIME’s four member societies, of which SME is a part. Other additions include SME’s Board of Directors, its eight divisions, strategic plan, mission and core values.
- Features still to come include exciting additions such as the Knowledge Center, which will encompass members’ various and specific disciplines and divisions, so that dynamic and relevant information will be generated knowing what the members’ interests are based on their profile. For example, if a member is part of the Health and Safety Division, once logged in and active on the site, he or she will get content provided that pertains to that topic within the site. Gravning commented, “We want members to know we recognize them and their specific interests within the Society and our goal is to provide the most useful and tailored information based on their primary division.”
Other changes and features, such as a map function that will display where members are represented across the world, will be rolled out later as the website is launched in phases and all the technicalities are worked through. And watch for improvements being made to the SME Store, where webinars and events will be easier to search and find and with a streamlined checkout process.
In the meantime, though, head on over to the new website, update your member profile, renew your dues if necessary and conveniently navigate to the new Publications dropdown menu to find Mining Engineering, Tunneling & Underground Construction (T&UC), OneMine, and Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.