What do you do when you need to improve conversions/sign-ups for a tool and optimize the experience of people using it—but you don’t have clear insight to point you in the right direction? The team at Bannersnack was facing this problem: despite a lot of analytics data points, they were in the dark when it came to understanding what people were actually doing on their website, and why.
Bannersnack is an online banner maker & design tool that helps people create slick and professional-looking banners and social media visuals in just a few minutes.
At Bannersnack, most of the 60+ team members are developers or UX designers; the marketing team consists of 13 people in the sub-departments of Content, SEO, Social, Email, and PPC.
Different teams at Bannersnack relied on web analytics tools to track and measure traffic, but they didn’t have as clear a sense of how people were actually using the website once they got there, which meant they didn’t know what to start from to improve it.
Despite all the tools we used to measure traffic, such as Google Analytics, we didn’t really know what our users were doing on our website or how they were using our online tool. Our goal was to start optimizing based on data, not assumptions—but we felt like we didn’t have enough information to make our process shorter and more efficient.
Content Marketing Specialist
To speed up their optimization work, the product/design and marketing teams turned towards Hotjar because they thought it would help them get useful insight they could combine with their existing analytics data.
But Gabriela had a concrete objection: what if adding one more tool to the website would impact the page load speed and ruin the experience?
"Our only concern was the impact the code would have on the overall page load speed. So we checked the load speed using the network tab from the browser's Inspect Element tool to see the load time, and also the Page Speed insights from Google.
Gabriela Popa, Content Marketing Specialist
Once Hotjar was up and running, the team started by placing Heatmaps on the landing pages they needed to optimize, gathering evidence of how people were interacting with them. Based on the data, the team would then produce an alternative design and A/B test the old and the new versions against one another.
Through this testing cycle, the product design team kept reviewing heat maps and eventually understood that all they needed to do was make the call-to-action button on the landing page bigger and add more contrast to it. Here are the before and after versions:
By applying this change, the team managed to increase sign-ups by 25%.
The UX designers at Bannersnack also wanted to understand how people were interacting with the tool. Hotjar Recordings came in handy when the team started noticing that their just-launched ‘Timeline’ feature kept going unused by many of their longer-standing customers.
After watching lots of recordings, they realized that the button to show the ‘Timeline’ option (which was closed by default) was not quite as visible to the users as the designers had initially thought. The fix was easy: the word ‘Timeline’ was added to a button that also got slightly repositioned.
After adjusting the UI to make the timeline feature more visible, the team noticed a 12% increase in the overall usage of the tool.