Corporate Eye

SKF Little Glitz, Lots of Content

SKF is one of the leading global suppliers of products, solutions and services within rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems.

Industrial products – so I expected a more serious corporate website without the “bells and whistles” you see on consumer products and services companies.

Right? Well, not entirely… The company has a video and some interactive items on the homepage, and there are plenty more “bells and whistles” elsewhere. Plus, they do a good job of integrating product information with corporate material here (not always easy).

But the real story is how they present the company.

First, the About Us section is called This Is SKF. This is only a portion of the page — the company offers too much information to display in one image.

So let’s see the menu on this page:

Pretty comprehensive, and there are bells and whistles all over the place: see Living the Vision and the Power of Knowledge Engineering, and do go to look at the history timeline. The In Focus section has loads of information about the various components of the company (very interesting). And “This website” is something I have never seen on a corporate website: it describes the organization of the website. Much better than a site map.

Next a visit to Corporate Governance.

The theme of rich content continues here but, unlike other sections, there is too much use of PDFs rather than online sources for my taste.

Suggestion for SKF–apply your overall content strategy in the Corporate Governance section as well as elsewhere.

Despite this minor quibble, SKF’s website is content rich for stakeholders.

Something for everyone…

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Ed Konczal has an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business (with distinction). He has spent the last 10 years as an executive consultant focusing on human resources, leadership, market research, and business planning. Ed has over 10 years of top-level experience from AT&T in the areas of new ventures and business planning. He is co-author of the book "Simple Stories for Leadership Insight," published by University Press of America.