The Mises Institute

Giving a scholarly audience access to more content.
Mises Institute homepage
The Mises Institute homepage

Client Overview

The Mises Institute is the world’s largest, oldest, and most influential nonprofit educational institution devoted to promoting the Austrian School of economics, freedom, and peace in the tradition of classical liberalism. For scholars worldwide, the Mises Institute offers an online graduate degree program, fellowships, research grants, opportunities to publish in scholarly journals, academic conferences, access to our extensive libraries, and more.

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The Challenge

Helping students discover the economics of freedom, and inspiring them to go on to teach at the university level, is what drives the Mises Institute. With this in mind, they were creating meaningful podcast content that was growing in popularity. As their listener base grew, they had an opportunity to enhance the content on their website to support their vision and drive listeners to learn more about the organization. Their homepage was sparse and needed major updates, and the podcast website pages needed a revamp. Overall, their digital presence needed an overhaul, and the website needed to match their level of influence and professionalism.

The Process


Mises Institute homepage wireframes

FInal Homepage

Mises Institute homepage

The Solution

Our team designed and built a modern, user-centric architecture, then migrated 450,000 pieces of unique content, with a meticulous eye on SEO. We implemented a custom Apache Solr search to drive content consumption and a donations microsite, integrated with SalesForce. This is an excellent example of our Responsive Web Design skillset.

We saw an opportunity to improve the homepage and podcast pages as listenership continued to grow rapidly. Working with internal stakeholders, we conducted on-site surveys, Google Analytics statistics reviews, and heat mapping to create a new look and UX for the homepage and internal pages.

Key Features

Homepage refresh

Visitors can now find different types of content easily as well as enter into sections based on likes.

Improved UX

A modern, user-centric architecture creates a superior site experience.

SEO Audit

A strong search and keyword strategy makes Mises is more discoverable

The Result

The site redesign (2012), brought the Mises Institute an astronomical increase in subscribers. This has lasted year over year; there was a 207% increase in signups in 2018. This demonstrates how building a sustainable and strong foundation from the beginning results in longevity and use of a site.

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Increase in Visitors
+ 30 %
Increase in Sessions
+ 18 %
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