An interactive annual report that allows shareholders to customise content based on their interests and preferences. That’s pretty wonderful.
Type of work
- Annual reports
What we did
- Technology and development
- Silverstripe CMS
Annual Reports are a hard read
Let’s face it, most corporate Annual Reports are a hard read. They’re bursting with detailed financial content that many investors don’t understand and are principally designed for a small audience of financial market analysts rather than mass market shareholders or consumers.
Annual reports are also typically designed for print first, with digital a distant afterthought. More often than not, the digital solution is to turn the print version into a downloadable pdf or browsable equivalent. Easy, but not very wonderful!
2019 Mercury NZ wanted to make its annual report more consumable, more accessible, and more relevant to its wide range of shareholders.
For context, the Company has one of the largest shareholder bases in NZ with over 80k mum and dad shareholders, large-scale investors (domestic and international), trusts, and the Crown. That’s a diverse audience to design for!
The printed report was once again the primary asset (beautifully designed by our friends at Culture & Theory). Still, when the Mercury team asked us to help them create a digital microsite to host the 2019 report content, we spotted an opportunity to do something a little different... and a lot more personal.
Deliver it online
Since they rebranded in 2016, Mercury have established a distinctive visual identity with yellow as the undisputed hero colour, and a cool, contemporary illustration style as a key component of the brand style guide. These components would form the basis of our digital solution.
The idea was to build an Annual Report microsite that would unveil a wonderful, illustrated story (fully animated), highlighting all of the year’s major achievements as the user scrolled down the page. As this highlights package was revealed, the user would be presented with the option of selecting specific sections that interested them to create a customised version of the detailed report.
When they reached the bottom of the landing page, the user would then be presented with two options: download their custom report, or get the full report.
Our team illustrated, designed and built the mobile-first site in less than 4 weeks.
Reporting made Wonderful
Digital reports, done well, are a much more immersive, interactive and user-friendly experience for readers than a conventional print-based annual or interim report. With the inclusion of videos, animations, infographics, imagery and personalised storytelling, a digital annual report enables organisations to connect with clarity, emotion and relevance, resulting in deeper, longer-lasting engagement with stakeholders.
We’re super proud of this piece of work for Mercury. It’s not easy to make an Annual Report engaging. Still, by focusing on the important story points, making it inclusive and interactive, and allowing each user to customise their content, we could turn a compliance document into a piece of entertainment.
What’s more, shareholder engagement was measurable. Mercury could track site visits, user profiles, and dwell time and identify the most appealing content areas. And this data can be used to influence future reporting designs.
Put simply, it’s Reporting made Wonderful!