Next Gen, CDK Global’s newest website CMS, was focused on increasing sales and lead generations for automotive dealership clients. Next Gen offered dealerships modern and fully-responsive website designs that were fast and flexible.
I was tasked with providing design solutions that increased sale conversions and lead generations for GM’s dealership websites.
My primary focus was on improving the user experience, conversion rate, and lead generation for the Vehicle Search Results (VSR) Page and Vehicle Details Page (VDP) – the two highest trafficked pages.
With the launch of the new Content Management Software (CMS) website platform, the opportunity arose to redesign all dealership websites. As the biggest client, GM received the highest priority and was also first to pilot the conversion focused design.
Sr. UX/UI Designer
Design directly impacted over 30,000 dealership websites, and more than ten automotive companies including General Motors, Toyota, BMW, Nissan, and other renowned automotive brands.
In addition to a good desktop experience, the new design is optimized for smartphones and tablets using a mobile first approach to accommodate the majority of traffic (74% mobile traffic) and help dealers stand out from their online competition.
Create a user centered design by utilizing the latest design principles and divergent thinking, while staying within CRM Next Gen platform development boundaries. All proposed design solutions passed through a rigorous usability testing.
FLEXIBLE AND CUSTOMIZABLE
The all new site editor and intuitive content management tools make Next Gen websites far more nimble – allowing dealers to customize and make site-wide design changes in minutes.
On business KPIs, goals and ROI objectives.
INTERVIEWS & REQUIREMENT GATHERING
To set a base for understanding the project requirements, KPIs and business objectives, I conducted interviews with stakeholders, SMEs, and dealership clients.
IDENTIFYING THE USER
With a base understanding, I identified all of the users and departments involved in the car buying experience.
Participants were involved in the primary user research
PRIMARY USER RESEARCH
Using addresses collected via an email lead form on the dealership websites, I worked closely with the marketing team to reach out to real-life users through an emailed “car shopper” survey. The survey was successful, and data was collected from over 1,000 participants.
COMPETITIVE HEURISTIC ANALYSIS
A competitive heuristic analysis was performed to establish the functionality and usefulness of the features within both direct and indirect competitor websites. I recorded each feature and later reviewed with rest of the team.
In order to further understand the automotive shopping experience, I recorded the total number of monthly visitors, including both incoming and outgoing traffic, for each competitive website.
At this stage, I compared the components of current General Motor’s website pages to the components on competitors’ pages. From this comparison, I presented what competitors were doing successfully to the product team and drew ideas that could be incorporated into later designs.
Example of CDK websites mathbox and comparing it to Dealer Inspire and Joyride.
INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE & PERSONAS
The websites’ information architecture provided a holistic, architectural view of the desired goals and needs of the users.
User personas helped me to establish empathy for our primary users – automotive buyers and automotive dealerships.
USER JOURNEY MAPS
I created two user journey maps – one for the consumer and another for the automotive dealer.
These user journeys visually conveyed the steps that consumers and dealers undertake on the website in order to purchase and/or sell vehicles. This helped me to identify the necessary page components and pain points from the perspective of both consumers and dealers.
USER EXPERIENCE MAP
Experience maps helped me to recognize the experiences and emotions of the users interacting with the dealership websites. After presenting my findings to the team, these experiences were acknowledged and the user pain points were collaboratively addressed with UX solutions.
With Facebook’s Oculus team to create a first virtual car shopping experience.
CREATIVE CONCEPTS – VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE
I explored many creative concepts that were focused on improving both the user experience and website conversion rate. Some of the notable concepts included: collaboration with Facebook’s Oculus VR, and a creative concept that aided in acquiring Nissan as a new CDK Global client.
I developed wireflows to highlight and identify the functionality within the design – which aided in obtaining stakeholder buy-ins.
I created and used functionable, high-fidelity prototype for user validation.
Before any design could be approved, it had to go through several sessions of user testing to ensure that the provided solutions solved user needs.
Components were implemented one-at-a-time into the Next Gen CMS. This required me to collaborate closely with the engineering team.
Implementing a component followed a three stage process, based on its development level of effort (LOE) – low, medium, and high.
“CDK Next Gen websites are a game-changer in automotive retail, providing consumers a premium experience that connects them to dealers in ways never before possible. Our 100% responsive platform built on 20 years of automotive retail experience delivers the speed and flexibility needed for dealers to have their own next generation competitive edge”
MAX STECKLER – PRODUCT OFFICER, CDK GLOBAL
MY MISSION & GUARANTEE
By removing barriers to launching digital products, I deliver design solutions that matter – transforming the way we live.
I put my name on the line with every project that I work on – as a seal of my guarantee to deliver the best possible results.