Kargo is a mobile advertising and technology company based in New York City that serves high-quality ads in premium digital publications.
The demo site showcases its latest and greatest ad units to stakeholders, current clients, potential clients and internal staff. It’s used in sales pitches, presentations, press releases and ad conferences. The demo site is—for many—their first point of contact with Kargo. Its design was outdated and in desperate need of a face lift.
We interviewed members of Kargo sales, publishing, account managers and directors, and ad design teams to get an understanding of the current feedback they had on the demo site.
- There are multiple demo sites created for different purposes and pitches.
- Team members have access to edit which demos are displayed on the demo sites.
- Used on a weekly and sometimes daily basis by team members.
- Multiple uses: from pitching new ad units to current clients to trying to close a new publisher deal.
- Great for interactivity in meetings and supplementing presentations.
- Users often open it on desktop, but are encouraged to look on their phones.
- If shown to higher-ups in a company, we’re only getting about 10 seconds of their time.
There was no team solely dedicated to this product, so the main pain points were that it needed to be as simple and low-maintenance as possible.
Brainstorm and Explorations
My goals for this redesign were better navigation, easy implementation, easy to share, eliminate unwanted elements, and maintain consistency with Kargo’s branding.
I prototyped different options to share with the department stakeholders. (See a prototype here.)
For the desktop view, implementing a “Share via SMS” and a “Share via Email” allowed the users to quickly send out a link directly from the page.
The result was a bright and clean interface, with smooth animations to guide the user.
Project scoping, managing, researching, designing. This project required me to wear many hats. To be so involved in a project from start to finish is very fulfilling to me. It hasn't been easy as resources to work on this project are low due to other priorities for the product team at the moment, but being able to work with some of the marketing aesthetics was a nice break from my usual product design.
The new demo site is currently under development, with an expected launch in end of Q3 2018.
Product Designer: Carolina Barbosa
Product Manager: Ben Raifman
Developers: Christian Tate, Benjamin Zhang