Continually evolving Hillarys digital presence and driving up revenue

How do you help a market leader stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market?
Brand Development
Art Direction
Content Hierarchy
Content Audit
Measurement Framework
Performance and Accessibility Audit
Constantly evolving and improving Hillarys' digital presence in an 18-year partnership that’s still going strong.
The Challenge

User-focused mobile redesign

We’ve been working with Hillarys since 2005, and like all great relationships, our long-term partnership is built on openness, trust, and a desire to get the best out of each other. We noticed mobile traffic to had increased by 58% year-on-year. Hillarys customers had clearly moved beyond desktop – so we moved with them.

We upgraded the site from two desktop and two mobile versions to one responsive platform. We worked in cycles, focusing on the back-end and biggest-volume product pages, and releasing these core elements first.

The final work helped deliver almost 14,000 additional appointments and a staggering £2.6m in additional revenue over the course of the first year.

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Co-ordinated SEO strategy

A new SEO/PPC strategy, delivered by Code’s sister agency MediaCom North, worked in tandem with our on-site optimisation work to increase search traffic to the new responsive site, as well as improve cost efficiencies.

Following the launch of the responsive site, search traffic soared, with organic traffic via mobile devices increasing 203% YOY. This helped deliver a 151% uplift in appointments booked by mobile users.

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Digital rebrand

A common challenge for long-standing brands is to attract a more contemporary audience without alienating their existing customer base. In 2018, we focussed on helping Hillarys appeal to a new generation of interior addicts while simultaneously retaining already-loyal customers. To reduce the risks associated with a large scale rebrand, we took a ‘digital first’ approach to test the impact of a new look and feel and measure its impact on different customer segments.

We carried out a week-long art direction sprint where we created a new look, complete with a new font, which was then rolled out onto several sections of the website. Initial tests indicated that it was converting well, so we then implemented the new look and feel site-wide. As a result, Hillarys have been able to capture the attention of an entirely new audience base and the quality of the leads coming through the site has increased immensely.

The new Hillarys Blinds designs on mobile
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Online appointment booking

To reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction, we believed Hillarys needed to upgrade their current appointment booking process – a call centre supported by online form – to a live online interface with advisors. We quickly tested the hypothesis, using our user testing lab and a prototype to document people's reactions to live appointment booking. Initial test results were very positive so we started to build.

We integrated directly with Hillarys’ internal appointment system, providing live appointment availability so customers no longer need to ring the call centre to get booked in. The new service went live in May 2018. In the first eight weeks, it delivered a £158k increase in revenue with improved conversion rates as well as average order value.

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Homepage redesign

The Hillarys site attracts more than 100,000 visitors each week – and for many users, is one of their first interactions with the brand. We were briefed to help modernise the homepage, showcase the evolution of the Hillarys brand and improve the overall page conversion rate.

A new homepage was designed and user-tested with Hillarys’ customers ahead of a CRO experiment going live where we found:

  • 72% of participants felt the new design was more modern  
  • 59% of participants said they would prefer to purchase from the new design rather than the old
  • 70% of participants understood the service compared to 42% in the old design

Following several iterations, we used the collected insights and analytics to finalise the design, ensuring we kept the strong hero messaging around the value for customers and Hillarys core service proposition.  

Our work with Hillarys’ continues. Given that our partnership with them is based on a continual cycle of iteration and improvement, we’re securing fantastic new results for them all the time.

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"For over 20 years, Code has helped our company grow from £60m to £300m by continually improving our digital business."
Susan White
Marketing Director

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