Captivate Real Estate is an online assistant tool that provides services to real estate agents.
Currently, Captivate Real Estate only provides video oriented services for property buyer, seller, and agents. The team is ready for expansion and growth, however, they are unsure about exactly which additional service to provide to deliver the most impact to property buyer, seller, and agents.
Provide Captivate Real Estate’s team with a comprehensive list of pain points that property buyer, seller, and agents experience. This will help the team develop the right strategy to launch additional services under Captivate Real Estate umbrella.
Limited timeframe: 1 week
Very specific type of user demographic
We hypothesized that if our strategy recommendations below were to be implemented, the most congested timeframe in the buying/selling property process will be shortened by half as shown below:
Selected design process:
Proposition: Show them how hard realtors work to earn their respect back while making realtors seem smart enough to feel indispensable
Captivate Real Estate wants to provide more value to their agents through providing the tools to help them close more deals by:
Buyers and Sellers don’t believe that their realtors have value equaling their cost
We did additional preliminary research to understand the end-to-end customer experience journey for all user personas: buyers, sellers, and agents.
In order for us to understand the different mental models between buyers, sellers, and real estate agents, as a group we collectively interviewed 11 buyers, 7 sellers, and 7 real estate agents.
Afterwards, we wrote down all of the relevant pain points that each customer segment experienced on color coded post its. To help us synthesize the information, we placed them into categories below:
During the process of our synthesis, we decided to not only dive deep into which pain point categories that Captivate should address, but also when within the timeline would the applied strategy will result in the most impact.
In order to do that, first, we had to synthesized our gathered pain points into an infographic (see below) that not only visually display the number of affected user, but also, display which category seems to affect the most user. From this information, we then were able to draw relevant hypothesis and design strategy recommendations.
Second, to help us understand when (if applied) will our design suggestion make the most impact on the overall customer experience journey, we took the same pain point post-its and placed them where they would normally occur on the overall customer experience journey of buying or selling a property.
Ultimately, we developed another infographics that helps us better understand which pain point categories happen when on the overall user experience journey.
As this project focus was on customer development and needfinding, our stakeholder prefers to see the result of our work in the form of a newly formulated hypothesis. Ultimately, the new hypothesis will guide the Captivate Team move forward with their product development.
We hypothesized that if the strategy recommendations above were to be implemented, the most congested timeframe highlighted above will be shortened by half as shown below:
…recorded not necessarily what sellers & buyers said but what they meant by what they said. I was very pleased to see when you mapped it on the board to find an emotional underpinning to the research instead of just factual presentation….you were able to point places in a timeline where they were experiencing that specific emotion. Selling is ultimately about understanding people’s emotions…so that was very powerful
Ultimately, the results were exactly what we were looking for and now based on your findings I have a clear understanding of what buyers and sellers in the real estate market want and now we can move towards the solutions you offered.