Nobul

Nobul

CNBCs world's top 100 start-ups in 2019. Nobul is a growth stage tech company and it's the first and only disruptive real estate marketplace where every actor in the real estate transaction process actively competes to represent buyers and sellers.

CNBCs world's top 100 start-ups in 2019. Nobul is a growth stage tech company and it's the first and only disruptive real estate marketplace where every actor in the real estate transaction process actively competes to represent buyers and sellers.

ROLE: Lead Product Designer

TOOLS USED: Figma, Photoshop, InVision

YEAR: 2020
TYPE: Product Design, Case Study

Nobul Screenshot

Product Goals

Nobul is a real estate marketplace with the intention of making home buying and selling an easier process. Nobul offers users with a platform to browse homes, book viewings, and get connected with an agent. Agents are matched on Nobul using an algorithm based of a users preferences and needs. One of the many KPIs Nobul uses to measure is looking at the amount of organic sign ups in the application.

Case Study 1: Browse Map

The browse map on Nobul offers a place where users could browse properties, apply filters, and narrow their search via the many controls.

THE PROBLEM

The pain point with the previous browse experience was that users had a difficulty navigating the filters smoothly. They found the filters "difficult to use" and "confusing". The other pain points users were having were the issue of "not feeling like I can explore homes easily".

THE RESEARCH

By conduction usability testing, and user interviews and prototyping a new concept to users. Our team presented a handful of multiple experiences and user flows. We looked at identifying the root cause of users frustrations by mapping out user journies and asking clarity based questions.

THE SOLUTION

By combining the filters with the property grid view we were able to remove all other cognitive load and place more prominence to the browse experience. The filters applied then show up as dismissible labels that the user to clear out. The filter panel was also reworked to place the most used elements at the top.

By combining the filters with the property grid view we were able to remove all other cognitive load and place more prominence to the browse experience. The filters applied then show up as dismissible labels that the user to clear out. The filter panel was also reworked to place the most used elements at the top.

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Case Study 2: Agent Sign Up & Marketplace

Agent's coming to the Nobul platform sign up through a series of steps so that Nobul can create a profile for them that users would be able to access. The marketplace acts as a place where agents can view all the client bids.

THE PROBLEM

The pain points that agents had with the previous sign up process was that they found the process to be "confusing" and "feeling tedious". The other pain point was the issue of agents dropping off during the process and exiting out. There was also a general lack of better understanding the metrics of what section the agents were having a difficulty with.

The marketplace on the other hand, sought to solve the pain point of agent's being too overwhelmed with all the bids they had. The other pain point was the lack of motivation and clarity in "what was in it for the agents".

THE SOLUTION

By conducting usability testing and collecting feedback from the customer success team, The product team was able to remap the journey for the agent in a way that made the flow smoother and easier to process and eventually finish.

The issue of the marketplace was tackled with adding gamification, clarity in the user experience, and implementing FOMO rewards.

AGENT SIGN UP FLOW
Marketplace
AGENT MARKETPLACE
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AGENT MARKETPLACE (BID SCREEN)
Agent_Dashboard_My Profile 2
AGENT EDIT PROFILE
Agent_Dashboard_My Profile Edit mode
AGENT EDIT PROFILE (EDIT MODE)
MyAgents (1)
AGENT'S BID ON CLIENT SIDE

Case Study 3: Homepage optimization / Redesign

THE PROBLEM

Since the homepage represented the top of the funnel for a user journey a few design issues had to be investigated and experimented. By measuring certain KPIs such as bounce rates, scroll rate, and success of a user continuing on their journey, Nobul looked at conduction A/B testing and gathering as much data. The previous homepage had a bounce rate of over 70%, scroll rate was minimal, and CTA clickthrough rate was below the target. It was clear that this problem was causing issues in conversion and user retention.

THE SOLUTION

By conduction various A/B testing and HotJar recordings, the team was able to gather a handful of data that gave an idea of what the probable causes where. Copy played a huge factor in solving the design issues as well. Working alongside the marketing team, copy was tweaked constantly and tested rigorously. Testing various copies for headlines and CTA action words, the team was able to determine what worked and what didn't. The bounce rate was also resolved through technical improvements like load times, and responsiveness.

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