JMom

Role: UX and IxD

Deliverables

Project plan, research plan, research analysis covering competitive analysis, content repository, heuristic analysis, google analytics, card sorting, user interviews, interview guide, usability testing, annotated wireframes, product roadmap

Goals

JMom is an online matchmaking site where Jewish parents find potential matches for their adult children. My client had recently acquired JMom and was looking to make it profitable again by reinstating the paywall. Before doing this, the client wanted us to fix the onboarding process which he felt was too long.

Process

Research

My partner and I began with competitive research, cultural research, and a heuristic analysis of the current site.

Our research showed that the original problem wasn’t the real issue. The client assumed that the high drop-off rate was due to too many steps in the sign up process. What we found is that rather, it was the types of questions being asked, coupled with a confusing interface that was causing user abandonment. These defects in the onboarding process were also creating problems with viewing and editing profiles later on for the user.

We also ran users tests and analyzed the site’s Google Analytics, which pointed out other usability issues as well. As a result we decided to revamp not only the onboarding, but the way users created, edited, and viewed profiles as well.

Synthesis

We wanted the site to serve one purpose and to clearly accomplish it with every user interaction. Design principles were decided upon and were used to measure the site’s success in every area.

Six key areas were identified to make a complete profile. Only the most basic and critical were kept in the onboarding process. The rest were added to a ‘complete profile’ process. This way users can quickly onboard and explore the site.

Outcome

Onboarding

Before and After

The original onboarding process included asking a lot of broad questions about the user’s child. The blank form fields were intimidating and created a fear of not saying the “right thing”. To streamline the onboarding process, open form fields were eliminated and replaced with types of questions that rely more on recognition rather than recall.

Flow

Before and After

After completing the profile, it was not apparent what the user’s next steps should be. There were too many possible ‘next steps’ and there was no hierarchy of importance. To fix this we created a clear call to action for users to guide them through the next steps.

Annotated Wireframes

A few examples of the final wireframes.