The key challenge for Posti.fi is combining the various use cases and call-to-actions from numerous B2B and B2C services. Making these easy to find provides a significant business case in cost savings and sales. Impressively enough, Columbia Road was able to combine all this into an elegant user experience and a technically cutting edge solution that also allows us to be data-driven in the future. Timo Korander, Head of Consumer Services - Digital Commerce, Posti
When we started, Posti was not content with their existing website. The site was identified to be the bottleneck for their business – buying and self-service in general was complicated which made the system technically incapable of handling the scaling needs. It was clear that the existing service could not be transformed to support their business needs any longer, so we built a completely new scalable and sales-optimised www.posti.fi.
Firstly, the site should enable effortless purchasing of Posti services and products. In practise this means well-thought and optimised purchasing funnels. Secondly, sales can be increased by optimising search engine results. Better SEO, e.g. by identifying appropriate search phrases, makes it easier for the customer to find what they are looking for.
Additionally, it’s essential that also B2B companies can easily get acquainted with Posti’s services that solve their precise needs, engage with Posti’s inbound content, and finally contact a sales person.
Increase self-service rate
Buying and sending should be a smooth and independent process of utilising online channels and the parcel locker network. The goal was to make the process so simple that people would succeed in it without the help of customer support. A key aspect in increasing the self-service rate was to reconstruct a well-functioning customer support system with an efficient search functionality.
Build scalable tech to accommodate growth
It was essential to ensure that the architecture is scalable, able to serve a large number of simultaneous users quickly, and that it is easy to to develop further to allow continuous service improvement and optimisation. Our work would act as a foundation that enables seamless ecommerce, where the same headless service architecture can be used on different channels, such as the website or the mobile app.
We started by forming an understanding of the business goals. What is the desired business impact and how to achieve it? What kind of concept would suit Posti’s business objectives the best?
Posti.fi is a large and complex site, which meant that replacing everything at once would have pushed our go-live date very far. Instead of doing one major release we divided it into small parts while maintaining pleasant user experience in the transition phase.
One of our goals was to remove the barriers between different services owned by Posti and to combine them into one unified entity. To achieve this we started a collaboration process between different development teams at an early point of the project.
Another core design challenge was to help users to find relevant content related to their needs, from the numerous B2B and B2C business and product areas. The key success factors were to crystallise the fundamental value propositions of each area, prioritise content, and to ensure internal stakeholder buy-in for the renewed concepts.
In each phase together with Posti, we analysed the initial customer needs and defined the most important areas to improve. We built and tested different versions of information hierarchy and finally came up with the right concept, which we then turned into website designs and prototypes. The prototypes were tested with real customers and the designs were adjusted based on the feedback we received.
To support the vast amount of content and traffic on Posti.fi, we needed to create a well-functioning platform for both Posti’s customers and administration. Content management is handled through the Contentful SaaS platform. The site itself is implemented using serverless technologies, while the front-end is made with React which is then built to static pages with Gatsby. Customer service and sales contact points were integrated into SalesForce.
The content is pre-built and stateless, so there is no server-side logic that has to be executed for each request, which makes the site fast for users. This solution was ideal for Posti’s needs, as it ensures scalable delivery, allowing thousands of simultaneous users with minimal latency.
We implemented new metrics to get more data on transactions as well as customer satisfaction to enable further optimisation and testing. Posti can now easily update the site, create campaigns, landing pages and run A/B tests on their own without requiring technical help with this setup.
Posti.fi is the entry point to all Posti’s sales and self-service channels. The renewal of the posti.fi website, all the way from design to a completely new architecture, has made the customer journeys much more straightforward – from website entry until purchase.
The first steps have now been taken towards Posti’s goals, but the work is not over yet. The heavy-lifting part, creating the new service, has been completed, whilst the process of growth hacking and continuous optimisation has only begun and is continuously ongoing. Further development is heavily based on web analytics data and hypotheses around user behaviour.
Posti is the leading postal and logistics service company in Finland. Their core business includes postal services, parcels, freight and logistics services. They have the widest network coverage in Finland, visiting approximately three million households and companies every day. Posti’s history spans nearly 400 years, currently employing 22,000 people.