case study

Redesigning’s premium programme for property owners

The Preferred programme is a premium programme on If eligible, property owners can join it to receive a seal of approval and a boost in search results.

Over the years, the programme experience became complex to use owing to unmet user needs & disjointed marketing efforts.

This case study covers my journey shaping the Preferred programme UX through empathetic design led by research. I'll go through different initiatives that I took on, which ultimately led to a personalised user-centric experience and a high-conversion product.

I've omitted confidential information in this case study to comply with my non-disclosure agreement. All information here is my own and does not necessarily reflect the views of

The old preferred programme landing page
Preferred programme’s landing page when I joined the team

My role

I led the redesign of the Preferred programme experience on the Extranet as its sole designer, which is a management portal for property owners at I collaborated with a Researcher, Copywriter and a Product Owner.

The challenge

When I joined the Preferred team, the top trending pain points in our user awareness and satisfaction surveys were cost & lack visibility into ROI of the programme.

Property owners were interested in what was on offer but were reluctant to pay upfront before looking at the benefits in action leading to a loss of potential customers.

Business goals

It’s important to look at these challenges from the perspective of the business early on to ensure that the product we design meets those goals while solving user pain points.

I utilised early explorative discussions with our Product Owner to sync on our short and long term business goals for the programme.

The primary goal was to improve signups and reduce the churn rate, a stretch goal on the product roadmap was to improve the programme’s reputation as an exclusive & a desirable space meant for the best properties.

My process

Discovery & definition leads to brainstorming with user testing & iteratation leading to the launch and learnings


In addition to working with the research team, at the start of the project, I used the opportunity of an ongoing research session to conduct user interviews and collect fresh inputs from property owners ranging from small to large sized properties.

Following were the broad areas that I explored through my interview script:


From learnings gained through the interviews, I could expand on the top pain-points in addition to new insights, here’s a summarised version -

Perceived lack of empathy on the page

Users didn’t connect with the programme page, it felt like a generic product pitch to them void of any personalisation. There was a massive opportunity to make the pitch stronger through relevant touch points that connected with the property owners’ unique situations.


Research showed that the price of the Preferred programme is one of the top barriers to entry, especially when there wasn't a way for partners to know what return they could expect from this investment. The idea of a free trial (14 days) resonated well with the property owners as a way to assess the benefits before committing.

Lack of visibility on the ROI

Property owners were missing any reporting on the programme and weren't sure what kind of return they got from it. As a result, many couldn't realise the advantages of being in the programme to its full potential. This was a major contributor to churn.

Refining the product goals

Defining the target audience

Property owners ranged from apartment to middle/large sized hotels up to multinational chains with hundreds of properties around the globe.

User personas

Catering to diverse user states

In addition to property types defined by size and type of the accommodation service, there are also multiple phases/states a property could be in depending on multiple factors like its eligibility, contract type and membership status.

I went through existing user data and previous research to identify a list of 9 different states a property could be in.

This was important because the new page needed to adapt to each type of property with the communication that made sense for their situation, e.g. a property on a non-standard commission contract needs to go through the contracting team before they can opt-in or out of the programme.

User states

Mapping the user flow

Free trial as a means to validate potential investment

Considering the idea of a free 14-day trial emerged as a strong direction to explore from our research, I started by building a flow to imagine how a potential member would navigate the page that offers free trial in addition to a direct signup.

User flow


I started with lofi wireframes to focus on the IA of the programme and to ensure we have the right information present before moving on to visuals.



Take a look at some highlights of the design considerations implemented in the wireframe ideations that were informed by research and user feedback.

Introducing the 14-day free trial in the header and making the page feel more personalised through contextual imagery:

Design highlight - page header section

Performance reporting for members so they can track the return on investment from the programme, we highlight the top 3 metrics that the majority of users asked for from the research interviews, these are search views, property page views and bookings/reservations:

Design highlight - performance metrics in the members area

Visual designs and user testing

I created hi-fi mockups and worked with our researchers to organise another round of user interviews to validate the concepts we came up with.

Here are some of the highlights:

Visual designs - landing page

Revisions and readying the final designs for launch

From the user feedback sessions on initial hi-fi mockups, it was clear that better presentation of the performance stats was needed in the members area.

Feedback received on the visual designs
A snapshot of the feedback received on the initial visual mockups

I went back to the drawing board and came up with some changes:

Revised visual design - landing pageRevised visual design - landing page

Launch & learnings

We launched the new programme experience through an A/B test with the following metrics as primaries:

Additionally, as secondary metrics, we also tracked:

Ultimately, the launch of the new designs was a success with conclusive improvements on the signups. I’m unable to share the exact numbers due to my NDA. However, the programme churn rate did not decrease significantly which among other assumptions, could also indicate that the users aren’t as confident on the performance metrics as we had hoped. There’s still room to explore and iterate in the members area and the opt-out flow.