ppl stuff is a people & culture consultancy that works primarily with growing businesses in need of external HR support.
Having just undergone a rebranding, they needed their website redesigned to align with the new look and feel. This was also the perfect opportunity to improve the UX of their website, in order to better convert visitors into clients.
After chatting with ppl stuff's founder, the biggest problem faced by their prospective clients was clear: since most of them are new to the world of HR, they don't actually know what they need.
UX Designer, UI Designer
Otter, Figma, Wix
Wireframes, High-Fidelity Designs, Website
I needed to get a better understanding of both their clients' needs and ppl stuff's own business objectives.
My first step was to get input from the expert: ppl stuff's founder and lead consultant, Jennifer Babic. I sent over a questionnaire to learn more about ppl stuff's services, goals, and clients.
Next, I checked out some competitors' websites to see what we could learn from them.
Bloom is a leading "workplace design" consultancy operating across North America and London.
On top of having multiple CTAs per page leading visitors to their Services and Contact pages—ok, that was an obvious one—Bloom does a great job at bucketing what they do into 4 core services. This makes it easier for visitors to quickly identify their needs without being overwhelmed.
They're also clearly interested in working with companies that are ready for rapid growth, highlighting this with a full section on their homepage.
Bright + Early is another North American HR consultancy that specializes in working with scaling startups.
Since—as Babic shared—most people new to HR don't know what they need, it's smart that Bright + Early frames common problems first before offering solutions.
In a nutshell, here's what I found out:
With these learnings in mind, I then took a look at ppl stuff's current website. A few key opportunities for improvement emerged.
Before wireframing, I quickly sketched out an updated site map, charting out new pathways that lead visitors to the 'Contact us' page.
Now for the fun part: wireframing! I created wireframes for each page, writing copy as I went. Getting at least a first draft of the messaging down really helps ensure the purpose for each section and page is crystal clear from the start.
Once we'd finalized the wireframes, I redesigned and rebuilt the website directly in Wix to meet our deadline. Thankfully, their editor was surprisingly intuitive and I could build reusable components, which cut down production time significantly.
Now, ppl stuff's website not only aligns with their rebrand, but lays out their services in a straightforward way while leading prospects to get in touch.
One of my favourite parts of any project is measuring its impact afterwards. Looking back, I wish I had helped ppl stuff's team set up a few key tracking and analytics events so we could see how much the redesign affected conversion.
If that data had been available, I would have wanted to know what percentage of site traffic submitted a contact form before vs after.
Qualitatively though, I'm happy to share that my client was thrilled with the final results!