13JunJune 13, 2018by Evelyn Wolfin News, Press Releases98.5% of asset management companies’ websites don’t meet basic readability levels – latest researchAsset management websites not promoting trust, according to VisibleThread’s 2018 Website Clarity Index. BALTIMORE, June 13, 2018 – VisibleThread, the content optimization vendor, has released the results of its global clear language study of 69 asset management firms. This follows from the 2016 survey, which showed dismal readability scores across the industry. This year’s results improved little in an industry where clarity in communication breeds trust.Language clarity directly affects business efficiency. If visitors cannot understand a website or information documents, what does it say about an organization’s transparency? And what assurance do clients have that internal helpline staff understand them either?Research shows that the effort required to simplify content is minimal. Improving just one or two key metrics affects overall readability. The ripple effect of that is much-needed trust. Trust in the financial services industry has stalledThe financial services sector took a knock on trust, says Edelman’s 2018 Trust Barometer. Financial services organizations hold people’s investments, their future, their possibilities, in the palm of their hands. It is therefore little wonder that people want to have faith in the guardians of their assets.Increasingly, pressure to communicate simply and transparently is mounting from legislative bodies (MIFIIDII & KIID are two such examples).Meanwhile, investors are consolidating their assets. Asset management firms are fighting harder for fewer clients. Website Clarity Index metricsVisibleThread analyzed up to 100 pages on each of the 69 websites for the following key metrics:Readability – How clear is the content?Passive Language – Active language speaks clearly. How many sentences are passive?Long Sentences – How many sentences are too long?Word Complexity Density – How many complex, hard-to-understand words are in the content? Key findingsOnly one of the 69 firms surveyed in 2018 had acceptable reading levels for web content. 98.5% of all firms didn’t meet basic readability levelsApproximately 85% of those surveyed had unacceptable levels of passive voice. Of those that did do well in this regard, four firms had scores of 0%Not one firm met recommended levels for long sentence use. 97% of the firms sampled used long-sentences at least 3x greater than recommended levels66% were at 4x48.5% were at 5x10% of all firms achieved complex language density levels of less than 1 per 100. (These would typically be good scores compared to other industry samples. But financial jargon/terms may not be flagged by the plain language dictionary in the system.) Download the full report here:ASSET MANAGEMENT WEBSITE CLARITY INDEX 2018About VisibleThreadVisibleThread’s solutions help organizations test & audit their written content for risk and content quality, with dramatically less cost. Customers include; Boeing, Intel, Accenture and Fannie Mae. Our software instantly finds brand compliance, poor readability and language risk issues within documents and entire websites. Customers produce better quality, more engaging content. Unlike consumer-grade analysis tools, VisibleThread processes hundreds of documents and web pages in minutes. Marketing, Sales and Risk/Contracts Teams in leading global organizations use VisibleThread.Visit www.visiblethread.com for more information.