Fully engaged members are vital. But it was apparent that not every member shared this feeling.
Clearly the company’s members-only website – mySLH.com – was struggling. Traffic was low and things had to change.
What do you do if your audience isn’t engaged, opportunities are being missed and a key online channel is being ignored?
We immediately identified what had to change. The members-only website, mySLH.com, felt like an overflowing inbox where any and every piece of content produced by the business was kept – unread, unfiled and uninspiring.
In addition, only a monthly PDF of performance data was driving traffic. The website just wasn’t working hard enough to engage with its audience.
The team at SLH instinctively understood the value of a design approach that was user-centric. We worked together to generate audience personas that would drive the content planning and design process. To reinforce this approach, we conducted ‘real world’ user testing on our proposed site architecture. This made sure the project team wasn’t caught up in its own bubble.
Interesting way to conduct a test. Very intuitive and simple. Keep me updated on the development of the new structure. I’m a bit of a NERD and love to know more about how the process works.
Everyone agreed that the key to increasing engagement was to create a website that felt like an everyday tool. Members needed to see immediately that it made their lives easier.
This pushed our thinking in the direction of applications – and a strong emphasis on user interface design. It also highlighted the fundamental importance of performance. After all, no one makes daily use of a service that makes you wait as it loads.
Before beginning the design process, we established assumptions about the bandwidth available to users in different global locations.
Then we set a ‘performance budget’, with initial load duration as a specific metric. This informed our infrastructure recommendations and identified specific challenges early, such as streaming video in China.