September 12, 2023

Expecting the Unexpected

The user-centred design methodology is the best way to produce optimal digital experiences, but it's not without risks. Here's some lessons we've learned about how to get the most out of the process.

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August 2, 2023

AI and the Future of Design

Artificial intelligence is expected to play a significant role in the future of digital design. Over the past few years, AI has become much more advanced and is dramatically affecting every industry, including design.

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June 14, 2023

The value of experience design

Experience design is the process of creating memorable and transformative experiences. It contributes to the overall strategy of reaching customers, which is always at the top of every brand’s list of priorities. Having an experience that is designed and tailored to the target audience doesn’t just help attract new customers, it nurtures existing ones across the buyer’s journey. And right now, digital transformation is driving experience design and the way consumers interact with a brand. 

As digitisation has grown, customers expect interesting content, products and services that are relevant to what they’re doing at any given moment, and on the device of their choosing. That’s why brands must adapt to meet the demands of today’s market and design experiences that are truly valuable to customers in the present moment. So, how exactly does experience design elevate branding? Read on to find out.  

Paving the way for quality design experiences 

Experience design is a holistic approach that can be applied to any experience that solves a problem, drives behaviour, and creates an emotional response. From marketing messages to web builds and new products, experience design is an entire ecosystem that includes strategy, user experience, implementation, and maintenance.  

Quality experience design means every customer touch point is considered. The best businesses can sell an entire experience to audiences, rather than just their products or brand identities. Design experiences can be a competitive advantage because today’s consumers are always seeking more meaningful interactions with brands. There’s a variety of brands that have continued to improve their customer design experiences to convey their core messages and principles:

  • Nike boasts an array of in-store, product, and digital experiences, all of which are focused on the customer. Nike’s immersive “Rise” store, based in Seoul, is a high-tech shopping experience that combines the digital and the physical to create an immersive branded experience that connects customers to the store. Ultimately, Nike has positioned its brand as expressive and forward-thinking, to create a positive perception and bring in new customers.  

  • When it comes to customer-centric experiences, there’s been few brands more effective than Apple, which has positioned itself as a highly innovative company. Apple has continued to build products that are more advanced than previous iterations. The brand has become synonymous with technology and its products are a crucial part of people’s daily lives.

  • The BMW brand has also continued to evolve over the years. BMW launched a new magazine that focuses on feature stories, with issues focusing on a single theme. In this way, BMW is providing their customers with further value to keep audiences inspired and connected to the brand. The idea was born out of a desire to engage audiences that are interested in stories focused on innovation and future changes in society. By creating a magazine, BMWis providing customers with a bespoke experience that aims to leave them feeling inspired about a positive future of technology. 

Experiences have always played a key role in the automotive sector. Today, the car driving experience is the most advanced it’s ever been. Cars are no longer just hardware-driven machines, instead, they serve as a platform for digital products, apps and services. The modern car now offers on-demand and customer-centric features that provide a highly personalised vehicle experience. For example, many BMW models have an integrated personal assistant that drivers can speak to and ask questions. 

While an in-car intelligent personal assistant creates a more comfortable driving experience, it also creates a stronger connection between the customer and the brand. Again, customer expectations are changing, and car features are beginning to reflect that, but more importantly, higher quality, ever-evolving customer experiences make brands like BMW that much stronger. 

The business value of experience design 

In the customer journey, every touchpoint should reinforce the principles and personality of the brand. Since today’s consumers have so many options, a brand’s customer acquisition strategy needs to be well-defined, meaning that the brand needs to be distinctive. Why? Because a well-crafted brand experience differentiates a business from competitors. So, the biggest value of experience design is improving the performance of a brand and enhancing the customer journey.  

The purpose of user experience is to keep customers engaged and loyal to the brand or product and to create a meaningful experience. According to research, 88% of online consumers are less likely to return to a site after a bad experience. This shows just how valuable user experience is for generating interest and engagement and developing a business’s online performance.  

Quality experiences are extremely important for inspiring customers and driving results, as it forms the foundations on which the values of the brand are built and delivered to the digital world.Experience design is about driving products, features, and environments to meet the needs of the customer across the buyer’s journey, which leads to more sales for the brand. 

What’s the future of experience design?

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, experience design is only going to become more advanced. Experience design enables brands to take visitors on a journey that showcases their values and personality. The experience itself becomes a part of the brand and allows a customer to connect more deeply with its products and services. In the future, experience design is likely to become even more personalised and immersive.

Studies have shown that 66% of consumers expect companies to understand their unique needs, indicating just how important personalisation is for keeping customers engaged. Today’s customers no longer want generic marketing, but individually personalised, unified experiences. Moving forward, brands will need to shift to personalised design experiences that fit customer needs.

TMWX have a deep understanding and knowledge of experience design. We’re experts in helping to establish and promote brands through creative digital experiences, which is fuelled by human understanding. TMWX has worked with Broadwick Hotel and many other platforms like Yoti to create unique brand identities and user experiences. We create genuine value and business advantages for our clients.

Do you want to find out more about experience? Contact us to discover how we can help your brand shine.

June 7, 2023

Why Human Understanding is key to metaverse success

The metaverse was once a niche concept, first coined in Neal Stephenson’s seminal novel “Snow Crash”. But now it’s a major player in digital technology and set to become a multi-trillion-pound market. There’s no doubt it will have a major impact on our everyday experiences. As Microsoft’s Satya Nadella puts it: “The metaverse is here, and it’s not only transforming how we see the world but how we participate in it – from the factory floor to the meeting room.” 

The metaverse isn’t new, but ever evolving, having taken more than a decade to reach the heights that it has today. Epic Games’ Fortnite played a crucial role in the development of the metaverse. Fortnite was the first online game to introduce virtual concerts and social hubs.  

Before that, we saw Pokémon Go – an augmented reality game – capture the attention of millions and become a global success. All these experiences are creating more communities and social environments, which leads us to the question: what’s the connection between Human Understanding and the metaverse, and how does it contribute to its success? Keep reading as we take a deep dive into how the metaverse is shaping the human experience.

The role of Human Understanding 

The rise of the metaverse, alongside the expansion of web3, is one of the biggest pivots in the digital experience that we’ve ever seen. It’s a seamless system that blends physical and virtual reality. From a creative perspective, the metaverse is going to demonstrate the true power of technology. Social connections lie at the heart of the metaverse, and it offers creatives a canvas for experimentation and to develop entirely imagined places to explore, discover and play.

Initially a gaming environment, the metaverse has now evolved into a place for brands to connect with consumers anywhere in the world. The immense success of virtual reality is evident in the growth of VR headsets, which sold nearly 7 million units in 2021, with Meta estimated to have shipped over 10 million Quest 2 headsets alongside many apps and games receiving updates to support hand tracking. Virtual reality is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years, but how does the metaverse relate to Human Understanding?  

Splendid is always looking for new and innovative ways to capture information through human understanding. Our Human Understanding Lab uses a unique mix of insights and expertise across neuro, data and behavioural science to build strategies around human beings that deliver better business outcomes.  

As part of the lab, we use LUCA – which is an AI-powered platform that mines digital data to help brands understand current human insights and market research. Human Understanding allows us to measure human response and behaviour, and the other half of the Lab, EMMA is another tool that’s used to measure emotion, motivation and meaning. The metaverse can be an effective way to measure human response because our experience with virtual worlds is unique to the individual. At the heart of the metaverse is a digital understanding of human emotion and behaviour, as well as how we interact with others. We’re now in an age where our understanding of relation, emotion and perception is going to be challenged more than ever before. 

When it comes to the connection between the metaverse and understanding human behaviours, there’s no better example than Glitchers’ mobile game Sea Hero Quest. It was designed to help advance the understanding of spatial navigation. Sea Hero Quest VR allows you to track detailed and subtle eye moments, and it’s become the benchmark for measuring human response to virtual reality.  

How the metaverse is changing the world of marketing 

For brands, the metaverse presents an opportunity to push the boundaries and engage new customers in a range of industries. One of the ways the metaverse is changing marketing is through ad placements. In-game advertising has become a major force in the entertainment world with partnerships continually on the rise. In the metaverse, advertisements can be deployed in immersive environments on behalf of sponsors. For example, Sport NFTs are making an entrance into the metaverse. Yesports is one company that’s building an NFT marketplace for teams where they can buy tokens. It’s a metaverse engagement platform that improves the fan experience while promoting the sports club. 

Essentially, it’s a virtual form of advertisement that captures the attention of a narrowly targeted audience. Virtual placements help to create a human-centric metaverse where brands can interact with customers in a full-scale experience. It’s also a way to differentiate your brand from the competition, remain adaptable and experiment with a new form of advertising, which can be enhanced by Human Understanding. In hindsight, the metaverse remains the best opportunity for advertising and marketing since the birth of television. As a community-driven environment, it’s the next stage of advertising, social media and streaming. 

The metaverse and the future of digital 

The metaverse is set to elevate the human experience by driving real change in how people interact with each other. This includes socialising with friends and working and meeting colleagues. While online gaming and social spaces have existed for decades, the metaverse is a step forward and has the potential to transform and expand people’s lives, all the while demonstrating how far technology has come.  

So, where does that leave Human Understanding and response? In the metaverse, the most successful experiences will likely depend on a deep understanding of customer behaviours. Focusing on human interest will continue to ensure the metaverse is successful as people journey through the array of virtual environments. 

At TMWX, we offer our clients introductory workshops to give you a basic understanding of the metaverse. You’ll have the chance to wear the headsets, play a game or two and explore the virtual worlds that can help take your brand to the next level.

Fancy a go? Contact Steve Garside, our Divisional Head of New Business & Marketing to secure your spot. 

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