Research Learning Spiral
The first step of the research was to understand the TED BAKER visual language, what is the target market, who are the main competitors. The gathered insights had to be put together in the form of objectives, project hypothesis and the execution plan.
Understand the user behaviour about how and why would the users use a Ted Baker app
Examine the online shopper user flow and what makes the user drop the shopping process on a mobile website vs in an app
Survey users attitudes towards push notifications that encourage immediate action in the app.
/What are they going to use the app for?
The users will browse the online store or signup for a Ted Baker account to able to shop, save their sizing details for further purchases and keep up with any upcoming promotions.
/Why would they use the app instead of the mobile website?
Mobile websites are known for the loading time and bad connection interruptions. These two factors alone can deter users from completing a transaction or returning to the website. A native app will ensure a better mobile experience for the end user, leading to higher conversion rates.
/How are they going to use the app?
The user will download the app promoted on Ted Baker website and use it whenever they want to shop anything Ted Baker. The users will browse, buy or simply save items for later
By providing a better user experience the Ted Baker app will ensure a higher lead conversion compared to the mobile version of the website
The competitive analysis allowed this research to see a broader picture of what are the strong points and challenges the competition is facing.
LOUIS VUITTON APP
The app acts more like a digital ambassador for the LOUIS VUITTON brand than as a shopping platform. The users can look for the latest collections and discover a dedicated product selection, benefit from exclusive offers, find the nearest stores.
- The app showcases the brand latest fashion collections.
- Users can signup order to collect in-store or buy online
- The app comes with a "Tutorial" explaining how to use the app
- The app promotes LOUIS VUITTON products using sets of stories in the form of photos and campaign videos
- Limited number of products listed for sale
- Not all the listed products can be bought within the app
- User has to call the store to check the availability
- The app performance is sluggish
- Lack of push notifications to notify the user of any promotions
MASSIMO DUTTI APP
A prime example of a mobile shopping experience executed with the user in mind. The app is divided in categories, by products, gender, current promotions and branding editorial. The app is displaying the entire catalogue of items available to purchase.
- Optimised user flow with categories relevant to the user's gender, current offers
- The user can use the highlighted search bar to look for items
- Users can scan items, find the nearest store, add to basket without login
- Contact customer service from within the app
- No "Wishlist" option for saving items for later
- No social media integration
- Limited nr of payment methods
- Limited options in choosing regional currency, language, sizes
- User cannot unsubscribe from push notifications
RALPH LAUREN APP
Ralph Lauren app is the first take for the brand to establish itself in the mobile e-commerce. The app features the entire catalogue, divided by categories and latest promotions. The app tries to emulate the same web experience for the mobile platform.
- Extensive range of products, personalisation options + features available.
- Social media integration, users can share items they like
- Easy access to shipping and returns, customer assistance and company information
- Add to a " Wishlist" for later shopping
- The app is not fully optimised for mobile experience
- The app performs poorly with loads of negative reviews from users
- The app feels like a non-responsive mobile version of the main website
- The user flow is not intended for a mobile experience
Asking the right questions
To backup all the future decisions an online survey has been sent out asking respondents what are the attitudes towards online shopping on mobile websites versus mobile shopping apps. The survey tried to understand how users search and buy products on a mobile device compared to a desktop experience.
How do you normally shop from your favourite brands on your smartphone?
What shoppings apps are you using on your mobile phone and how often are you using them?
Why would you choose to shop in a mobile browser or in an app instead of a normal desktop?
Can you think of any pain points from your past online or/mobile shopping experiences?
Can you give some examples when you've used your phone camera to scan QR codes to find more info?
What kind of communication messages are you subscribed to from your favourite brand?
Would you trust your app to scan your bank card or you would rather enter the details manually?
What search filters matter the most to you when you are looking for a clothing item?
To backup all the future decisions an online survey has been sent out asking respondents what are the attitudes towards online shopping on mobile websites versus mobile shopping apps.
The survey tried to understand how users search and buy products on a mobile device compared to a desktop experience.
It's all about convenience
The respondents were in favour using an app based on the fact that they can checkout faster without any network related delays that mobile pages are well known for. Having the built-in OS native functions (GPS, push notifications, camera etc) also makes the whole shopping more bearable
A rich customer experience
Users expect engagement and customised shopping experience from their favourite brand in the form of push notifications about discounted/new items or location based marketing. The majority of the respondents are inclined to buy from an app as long as the notifications are relevant and non-intrusive.
It's not mobile website vs app
The survey respondents showed a particular interest towards a mobile app compared to the mobile website. However this does not mean that a brand has to choose between the two. The prime destination for users in finding products is still the browser search engine. Since the items listed in an app do not take part in the same search funnel it is crucial for a brand to leverage both channels.
From 1st time users to loyal customers
Downloading an app and using it is a commitment that users are willing to take if they trust the brand. This can represent an unique opportunity for the brand to showcase an user experience that even an desktop cannot offer. With mobile payment options (Apple Pay, Google Wallet) users will feel more inclined to finish a transaction.
Understanding the User
By creating personas the research could develop a sense of what the users are experiencing in certain scenarios.