Enterprise Nation

Helping the UK’s most active small business network deliver a great digital experience to their 70,000 users.

Challenge

Enterprise Nation were looking for a digital agency to rescue an existing web development project and improve the user experience for its members.

Solution

We conducted a code audit and made significant technical fixes to the site. Most importantly, we carried out thorough user research and made vital user experience improvements, delivering a website that better meets their business and member needs.

Services

  • User Experience Research
  • Agile Project Management
  • User Experience Design
  • Digital Innovation Strategy
  • Ruby on Rails Support
  • Code Audits
  • Code Updates
  • Fixing Bugs

We had a fantastic experience working with Bit Zesty. They go above and beyond when it comes to service and I would highly recommend Bit Zesty as a great agency to work with.

Emma Jones, MBE, Founder of Enterprise Nation

Project Overview

Background

Enterprise Nation is an organisation that helps people start and grow successful businesses. It’s the UK’s most active small business network, connecting its members with over 70,000 start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners and enterprise experts.

Enterprise Nation’s website is critical to its business. It’s where people sign up to become members, and it’s the first port of call for existing members who want to book events, check the latest news, or access member services.

Enterprise Nation had commissioned a site redesign, but quickly realised the agency they were working with did not have technical or user experience expertise. Enterprise Nation asked Bit Zesty to come on board to rescue the project and subsequently improve the site’s user experience.

Code audit and website rescue

As with all our rescue projects, we started by carrying out a thorough code audit. This revealed such significant problems that we recommended rewriting the code from scratch. Enterprise Nation was growing quickly and wasn’t in a position to wait for a full rebuild, so we agreed to help them by painstakingly improving the site bit-by-bit. We fixed a large number of bugs, repaired code, and addressed pressing technical issues.

We then worked with Enterprise Nation to improve the user experience and user journeys, to ensure the site better met business and user needs. We made ‘calls to action’ clearer, made membership resources easier to access, and improved the sign-up process.

Integrating other systems and services

We built an API to integrate Enterprise Nation website with other key services and systems, including Eventbrite for event booking, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for email marketing, and Stripe for payments.

Enterprise Nation also has an online marketplace where small businesses can buy services from a network of advisors. We extended this service to enable members to post briefs and receive responses. Also, while the marketplace is an integral part of Enterprise Nation’s business, it was completely separate to their main website. We implemented a single sign on, so that members don’t have to log in to each of them separately, therefore creating a more seamless user experience.

User research informing strategy

The original site was designed without conducting user research. It’s difficult to improve a service without fully understanding user needs, so after fixing the pressing issues with the site, we conducted user research to help Enterprise Nation understand how they could improve their service and therefore further increase membership and improve retention.

We attended Enterprise Nation events to interview members, conducted a survey of existing and potential members carried out a detailed competitor analysis. We also did usability tests and analysed website analytics data to identify usage patterns and drop off points.

Our research didn’t just focus on the digital user experience - we also wanted to understand the offline user experience and how useful people found Enterprise Nation membership. We carried out user interviews and surveys to identify what factors motivate people to become paying members, and investigated which membership features people like and use the most and what is still missing. We also looked at attitudes to pricing among members and potential members. While competitor analysis enabled us to compare Enterprise Nation’s offering and user experience against that of key competitors.

Usability tests and website analytics, on the other hand, informed us how people used the website and what could be done to improve the user journey.

The outcome of our research is helping us prioritise our ongoing improvements to the website, and is helping Enterprise Nation define their membership and pricing strategies.