The Fitbit Community Team was formed in 2013 with the mission of providing users accurate information, timely inspiration, and a complete support experience through broad social listening and on-brand engagement across an increasing variety of digital platforms.
Company: Fitbit, Inc.
Entry submitted by: Allison Leahy (Director of Community)
Community: Fitbit Community
Lithy category: Digital Design Excellence
As the leader in the connected health and fitness market, Fitbit’s mission is to help everyone live healthier, more active lives. By combining the power of technology with insights, inspiration and guidance, Fitbit helps people reach their health and fitness goals.
The Fitbit Community launched in 2013 as a space for customers to seek product support and discuss personal health. The forums were a major step for Fitbit’s support presence, facilitating conversation around dozens of unique products and features, and across eight different languages. We iterated and improved upon this initial platform to evolve with customer expectations, until it was clear we were ready to go even farther with a full redesign.
In aligning with Fitbit’s ongoing mission to facilitate healthier living for all customers, as well as the Support Team’s objective to provide world class assistance to customers on their social platform of choice, our redesign goals included:
Fitbit’s brand has always had a striking visual presence, incorporating stylish products, bold colors, and friendly communication, so it was important to us that our forum felt stylistically aligned with existing Fitbit webpages and app interfaces. We want Fitbit users to feel at home and familiar in our Community Forums.
The end result prominently features the products themselves, more effectively guiding users to the appropriate forum for their needs (figure 1.1). Active community member avatars appear on every landing page, contributing to a sense of continuity within the Fitbit site. Updated Community profile pages allow users to share a little more about themselves so that they can find and spark connections with like-minded community members.
Figure 1.1: Community landing page
Aside from aesthetics, it was important to us that users felt a strong support presence within our forums. The Fitbit Community is first and foremost a support forum, and we wanted to give users the opportunity to stand out and be recognized for their contributions. We put a great deal of focus on votes and solutions, pairing those totals alongside usernames and putting respective components in full visibility on every board. We also clearly identified our Community Council superuser group using a unique custom icon and footer component to give them more of a standout presence and provide other users with a better understanding of their purpose (figure 1.2, 1.3)
Figure 1.2: Community Council and Moderator author widgets
Figure 1.3: Community Council footer component
The Fitbit Community’s responsive redesign took place over a six-month period, with contributions from several individuals across a wide variety of teams. This process involved the following stages:
As early as Q1, 2015 we observed an increasing trend of mobile visitors, and the need for an improved mobile experience.
Following the responsive redesign, we observed a steady increase in mobile traffic, peaking at 73% over the 2016-17 holiday season.
Similarly, we saw increased engagement with features like votes (kudos).
The positive engagement trend continued throughout 2016, coupled with an increase in responsiveness and interaction as illustrated through the CHI Factors Trend graph.
Even louder than numbers are the words of our visitors, “The layout is very good. Ease of use and user interface are both excellent,” says longtime Blaze user and community member, Dr. G.
Excellence in digital design is a pursuit with many small victories along the way. We never want to be done with this process, and we are always enthusiastic about putting more time and energy into refining our online community spaces to deliver collaborative, engaging, and fulfilling experiences with every visit.
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