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The 'deck of cards' metaphor is clever but inaccessible from a BlackBerry. Maybe on an iPhone? Anyway, when a change of this magnitude is in the offing, significant change management is required. Other than the sweepstakes, there was no notice - not even an email? Even if an email did arrive, I would not be able to view the new website from a link via the BlackBerry.
Marriott Insiders, unfortunately is not among the featured cards in the deck. You have to Log-In first and then use the Scroll Bar on the bottom. Scroll to the right to 'Join the Conversation.'
If you click, 'Join the Conversation' before Sign In, you're left in limbo at a Redirect screen. Whoever is listening at Marriott, the new website may not be the award-winning online experience that your members voted for in the Freddie's. Time will tell.
I agree G:
Flash-based webs are like animations in PowerPoint, especially the ones with sounds added! OK but dangerously overused.
I would have preferred a cleaner look with less movement. Ironically my desktops, which typically download at 16-18 mbps, show the action as jerky and my laptop running on a 11.g standard wireless (54 mbps, but really 4-5 mbps) shows it seamlessly as if it were flowing from a fountain! All systems are up to date and have the latest Flash.
Also, it is hard to see the links that we were used to seeing on the older design. So, all in all, some modernization but not a great actualization of the web presence in my view.