WYNN LAS VEGAS APP REDESIGN

The Wynn is the number one luxury destination in Las Vegas, and the winner of the most Forbes Five star awards in the world. This case study explores the mobile app redesign process to create a digital extension of this iconic Las Vegas brand.

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ROLE

Ideation, Research, Interface Design, Interaction Design

TOOLS

Sketch, Principle, Marvel, InVision, Optimal Workshop, Adobe CC

TIMELINE

January - March 2019

PLATFORM

iOS Mobile App

THE PROBLEM

In an industry which thrives on guest satisfaction, the current Wynn app does not meet today’s user experience standards. The current product is frustrating, confusing, and fails to function for the consumer.

THE SOLUTION

This redesigned product focuses on enhancing the guest experience, growing brand loyalty and awareness, as well as identifying and creating opportunities to increase revenue.

DESIGN CHALLENGE

How might the Wynn Las Vegas app be re-designed to generate new business, improve brand sentiment, enhance the user experience, and become more intuitive for the user?

PRODUCT RESEARCH

UNDERSTANDING HOW THE CURRENT PRODUCT FUNCTIONS FOR THE CONSUMER

To make sure I fully understood the existing app and its challenges, I looked at it from all angles to discover the product’s purpose, its features and how it might be used before, during, and after visiting the resort. These insights became the starting point in identifying how the product could be improved, which included:

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MARKET RESEARCH

USING CONSUMER INSIGHTS THAT HELP WORK TOWARDS A DESIRABLE SOLUTION

I collected user feedback provided in reviews posted to the US and Canadian App Stores, as well as information available through App Annie. While the general consensus of this information indicates that the current product delivers more friction than function , several reviews included suggestions for features they would like to see. These insights helped to establish the initial product requirements.

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PRIMARY RESEARCH

UNDERSTANDING THE CONSUMERS' HABITS AND EXPECTATIONS

I created an online questionnaire to discover how likely Las Vegas residents and travellers are to use a resort app, what their booking habits are, what features they feel would be useful, what competitor products they use, and what challenges they've encountered with resort apps in the past. The questionnaire was issued using SurveyTandem.com and Reddit via the r/LasVegas and r/SampleSize groups. More than half of the respondents had made reservations using resort apps and their responses showed that most of these apps have little purpose for the user once their trip is over.

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COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS

CONDUCTING COMPARATIVE ANALYSES OF OTHER RESORT APPS TO IDENTIFY ITS PLACE IN THE CURRENT MARKET AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANTAGE GAINS

A competitive analysis provided deeper insight into how the Wynn app currently stands in comparison to competitor products offered by resorts in a similar space. This analysis considered the visual treatment, interactions, and overall user experience to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for each product. This not only showed what that competition is doing well and what features could be integrated to enhance the product experience, but also highlighted common trends with regards to features which the user may anticipate as being standard today.

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FEATURE AUDIT

CONVERGING FEATURES TO ANTICIPATE AND MEET RISING BUSINESS AND CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS

An audit was conducted to gather the features offered by the current app and website, the features competitive products offer, and features suggested in the reviews and online questionnaire. This helped establish the foundation for deciding which features to include or omit, as well as to recognize any redundant information, missed revenue opportunities and new opportunities for innovation.

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AFFINITY MAPPING

IDENTIFYING THE FEATURES AND EXPERIENCE OF A SUCCESSFUL PRODUCT FROM THE CONSUMER'S PERSPECTIVE

To help process the large amount of data collected, an affinity map was created to systematically organize these ideas, problems, and solutions into logical cohesive groups. This helped to make sense of the information and draw connections between individual elements to develop new and deeper insights used to define the problem(s) and develop ideas for solutions.

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CARD SORTING

LEANING ON CONSUMER FEEDBACK TO GUIDE FEATURE ORGANIZATION

Using OptimalSort, a remote card sorting study was created and distributed using SurveyCircle to attract participants aged 21+ from around the world. This approach was used to understand how people might associate and organize different features with various categories. In other words, where they would instinctively go to find a specific feature or information. This helped guide the design of the menu structure and information architecture to ensure key information is easy to find and intuitively meets the users' expectations.

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MOSCOW METHOD

PRIORITIZING PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS TO SATISFY CUSTOMER NEEDS

To ensure the content and features in the app are relevant to user wants and needs, the MoSCow Method was used to prioritize the future product’s information, features, and new technologies. This technique is ideal to help determine the greatest and most immediate business benefits early in the product development phase. A global approach was utilized to ensure the perspective of a global audience (the resort guest) is accurately considered. Using Google Forms, a questionnaire was created for participants to select which category each feature belonged under. Participants were located using SurveyCircle and the r/LasVegas Reddit group.

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PRODUCT GOALS

RECOGNIZING THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN BUSINESS AND DESIGN TO ACHIEVE PRODUCT GOALS

To ensure the user experience of the product is aligned with business objectives, product goals were determined to identify usability goals and develop the UX vision and strategy.

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PERSONAS

DESIGNING A BETTER USER EXPERIENCE BY HUMANIZING THE PROBLEM SPACE 

Using the primary and analytical research, personas were created to represent the users this product is being designed for. This helped to understand and empathize with those who might engage with the product, benefit from using it, and to ensure that multiple user groups were taken into consideration. The personas created represent three core segments which include: The Business Traveler, The Family Traveler, and The Luxury Traveler.

JOB STORIES

IDENTIFYING CONSUMER MOTIVATION TO FRAME HOW THEY MIGHT ENGAGE WITH THE PRODUCT

Using Alan Klement’s model for replacing the user story with the job story, multiple stories were created to frame customer motivations, events, and intended outcomes based on the user personas created. While the personas help to understand who this product is being designed for, the job story helps to focus in on the needs of the consumer and the context of use.

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SITE STRUCTURE

DESIGNING A FRICTIONLESS AND INTUITIVE MOBILE EXPERIENCE

At this stage in the process, I began to organize the pieces of the puzzle to create a site structure that supports the user's goals in as few keystrokes as possible. I began thinking about how this product could be designed to improve the discoverability of key features, how the customer's interaction with the product could work, and how they might accomplish the various "jobs" without friction.

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LOW-FIDELITY PROTOTYPE

TESTING THE USER FLOW, FUNCTIONALITY, AND ERROR DETECTION

With the site structure in place, I began to sketch out different screens and user flows for each job story to create an interactive prototype using Marvel's POP app. This phase allowed ample room to annotate and work through the logic of how the content and navigation should flow. Preliminary user testing with the paper prototype provided quick insights into the users’ interactions and reactions to the product, their responses to various features integrated into the design, and whether or not they could complete key tasks quickly and with ease. The outcome of this early testing phase showed where changes needed to be made, such as a more personalized dinner reservation process and which the tools should be placed in the tab bar along the bottom. Comments were also made about the position of the guest check-in option which initially I felt was a great tool implemented by other resorts, but people who tested the app felt it could be placed under a guest account option instead.

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DESIGN SYSTEM

BUILDING A COHESIVE BRAND EXPERIENCE

The goal of the interface design was to ensure the app felt like a companion product to The Wynn's newly re-designed website. To maintain consistency and ensure design components could be handed over seamlessly to a development team, a modular design system based on reusable components was created. Every component can be rearranged and combined with others while maintaining brand and design consistency and recognizable UI patterns for the user.

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CURRENT ITERATION

A NEWLY DESIGNED PRODUCT TO ENHANCE THE WYNN'S DIGITAL PRESENCE

This re-designed product strategically considers how guests navigate through their phones and in what context to best suit the needs of the consumer. This current iteration of the product helps guests to seamlessly check-in / check-out of the resort, feel a personal connection to the Wynn's core services, and utilize technology to enhance their experience. It also acts as a utilitarian product for non-guests, allowing local residents to easily purchase show tickets and make dinner reservations with ease.

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SIMPLE ROOM RESERVATION WITH ENGAGING FEATURES

Customers are no longer redirected to the website or prompted to call the resort to make a room reservation. The new design provides customers with detailed amenity information, multiple accommodation photos, as well as an interactive room features floor plan.

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QUICK CHECK-IN WITH DIGITAL KEY EXPERIENCE

Digital Key is a convenient option for resort guests to access their room within minutes upon arrival. Guests now have the option to use their mobile device to conveniently unlock any door that would typically be opened with a key card, from their room or suite to the fitness center and more.

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DINING SUGGESTIONS AND IN-APP RESERVATION SYSTEM

In a resort as large as The Wynn and Encore, deciding where to eat can be a tedious task, especially with more than twenty different options to choose from. To help guide the guest's dining needs, this newly designed product offers suggestions based on mood, time, experience, and more.

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PERSONALIZED CONCIERGE ASSISTANCE

Designed with the needs of busy guests in mind, this personalized concierge service allows the customer to message specific areas of the Wynn's concierge service within the app. From housekeeping to wake-up calls, or even special requests, guests are now able to converse with the right representative from anywhere: waiting for their luggage at the airport, in a meeting, or while getting in an extra hand at Blackjack at the casino.

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INNOVATIVE VALET TECHNOLOGY

The re-designed Wynn app is geared towards helping guests use their time as efficiently as possible. Instead of waiting at the valet stand, customers are now able to spend more time in the resort or pick up a quick bite to eat before leaving to claim their vehicle with an innovative valet service built into the product. From using QR code technology to a menu of additional options such as a fuel-up request, car wash, or vehicle service, the new product is designed to benefit both the business and customer in a variety of ways.

REFLECTION

RE-DESIGNING A PRE-EXISTING PRODUCT REQUIRES A DIFFERENT APPROACH, ONE MORE ALIGNED TO SOLVING A COMPLEX PUZZLE

The process of redesigning a pre-existing product requires a different approach than when you are creating an original product. Rather than a blank canvas, you must fit together existing assets to satisfy user expectations. When people are familiar with a brand and have an idea of what to expect (in this case a five-star experience), meeting and exceeding expectations, and ensuring the users' mental model are aligned with the product architecture is equally challenging.

As a long-time fan of Las Vegas and the Wynn brand I wonder what the outcome of a redesign like this could potentially do for the company? Would deeper engagement with the app on the consumer side align with company goals? What other opportunities might exist that could be turned into a viable revenue stream? On the development side, what are the technical constraints? What newly added features could realistically be implemented? Taking a large amount of content and ideas and distilling it into a simple solution that users find intuitive and pleasant is a challenging undertaking. In many ways, perhaps because of this elevated level of complexity, this has been my most gratifying endeavor to date.

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