Poppy Wyeth User Experience Designer

Vodafone Global Case Study

In 2015, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence were approached by Vodafone to help transform their site to a far more exciting and engaging experience, working alongside our partners EngageSciences, Adobe and Digital Detox.

Business problem

Despite innumerable visits, the Vodafone.com site had a high bounce rate (76%) with just a small amount of referred traffic to the local market websites (0.68% click through). There was opportunity for Vodafone.com to act as a content-driven centralised hub and a much busier traffic driver for the local markets. The site was not optimised for mobile, which represented 84% of traffic, so this presented a huge opportunity for improvements in the user experience.

Approach

Goals

We came up with a list of goals for the project:

  • Reduce bounce rate
  • Increase traffic to local market sites
  • True personalisation
  • Increase dwell time (through rich content, media and social)
  • Design to mobile first strategy

User research

Through the current website analytics we were able to learn more about the users and could appreciate that most people were visiting the site by mistake, actually expecting to visit their local market site to find out about products and services in their country. This lead us to develop an intrusive country redirect module for first time visitors to help them reach the content they wanted.

We needed to understand customer segments to get a holistic view of the visitor types and ensure the navigation, design and content was tailored for these audiences, so that we could guarantee engagement.

Vodafone global customer segments and their user needs

Information architecture

We performed a card sorting exercise on the entire content catalogue to group content on the site and create a new high level information architecture. This was further refined through client workshops.

Card sorting exercise in progress

User journeys

Facilitating a planning session with the client, to gather requirements for each of the screens we were going to design, allowed us to produce user journeys for each customer segment.

User journey for an investor

Sketching and wireframing

The user journeys we had produced helped us structure and prioritise content on the page for the different users. We performed whiteboard exercises to gather all the content that sat on each page, and created high-level page layouts. This then informed the re-usable and responsive modules that we would be designing on the pages.

Investor page layout

We developed a responsive modular system using both Omnigraffle and an interactive Axure prototype and designed page templates for the home page, six landing pages, and detail pages. This then gave Vodafone a framework within which they could develop and expand the site to meet their content needs.

Client workshops

We presented our thinking and work in regular client workshops with the developers (Digital Detox) that allowed us to work in an agile way and incorporate feedback in a timely manner.

Presenting in a client workshop

Summary

Designing from a mobile first and atomic design methodology allowed us to produce an extensible design framework for Vodafone that will be able to meet their content needs in the future. We took a user-centered design approach which allowed us to focus on the needs of each of the customer segments and therefore surface relevant content to these users to engage them in the site. It was these customer segments and our modular design system that Adobe Experience Manager were able to leverage in order to present personalised content to each user visiting the site.