Somos21 is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to create connections between Australian and Latin American professionals. They host regular events and run an online platform to facilitate networking.
The majority of their users logged into the platform once and then never returned. They wanted to know why this was the case, encourage users to log in more often, and become financially self-sufficient.
Focusing on Latin Americans who have moved to Australia, we began by scheduling interviews and researching other initiatives to help Latin Americans settle in Australia.
We then conducted 1-1 interviews and analysed data from the platform’s user database and Facebook Analytics.
We discovered a range of initiatives, including:
We spoke to 9 Latin Americans who moved to Australia to find out what motivated them to relocate, what challenges they faced, and what helped them.
“I moved to Australia in search of a better quality of life”
“It’s been difficult financially”
“It is helpful to know someone who is from here to guide you, ideally Australian"
We also interviewed 2 volunteers from the organisation to understand their role better.
Somos21’s platform contained a variety of information on its 1067 users’ demographics, including country of origin, Australian working rights, and professional industry. We mined the data to uncover trends and insights.
We also accessed information from the company’s Melbourne-based Facebook page to see which types of content were getting the most engagement.
In the last 12 months, 450 users had viewed the organisation’s posts on job vacancies and 5% had clicked on them. 3884 had viewed their events, and 10% had expressed interest in them.
Collating our research insights, we sought to identify which personas have contact with Somos21, what their biggest pain points are, and which opportunities existed to add value to their journey.
Reviewing our research data and clustering our insights, we identified 4 personas who came into contact with the organisation.
Jose, Miguel and Andrea are Latin Americans who have moved to Australia, each in different industries and with different working rights, while Sarah is a Somos21 volunteer from Australia.
By forming these personas, we were able to identify which Somos21 members could most benefit from changes to the platform and focus on alleviating their pain points.
We decided to map out Jose’s journey to find where we could add the greatest value to him.
We chose to focus on Jose as he had the greatest number of needs which matched what Somos21’s events and platform aimed to help with: we assumed he would have the greatest commercial benefit.
Using insights from our interviews, we created Jose’s journey map to show the steps, emotional responses, and pain points he encounters as he settles in Melbourne and tries to find work in a company which will sponsor him.
We presented the 4 personas and Jose’s journey map to the client, but the client was unconvinced that we were going down the most lucrative path by focusing on Jose. Their intuition doubted whether Jose really represented the majority of Somos21 users.
That left us with the question:
We took a deeper dive into the platform data and found that most of the Latin American members in Australia were either on student visas, or were citizens or permanent residents.
We correlated the visa statistics with the visas our personas held to identify which persona represented the greatest portion of users:
We pivoted to focus on Miguel’s journey, as he represented the largest segment of users which we had collected research insights on.
We mapped out his journey from arriving in Australia through to looking for part-time work and used this to identify Miguel’s most difficult step.
After establishing Miguel’s journey, we focused on the opportunities available in Miguel’s most painful stage of his journey - failing to secure a part-time job in his industry.
I facilitated a remote co-design workshop with our team and a key stakeholder to come up with a solution.
How might we help Miguel find work in his industry?
Provide Miguel with free access to the jobs portal
This was the winning solution. We were to to remove the need for a paid membership to access Somos21’s jobs board and investigate how the jobs board could be improved to better cater for Miguel’s needs.
We sourced testers who fit Miguel’s persona and conducted current state testing with them. Using their insights, we were able to identify Miguel’s pain points on the platform and how it could be improved to help him find relevant work.
We produced a Figma prototype to improve the jobs board experience for Miguel, testing and iterating until validated.
“I don't understand what they are offering.”
"I’d prefer to see a photo of my city instead of people having fun."
"How long does it take to get a verification email? I don't think I will get it today."
“Why are jobs from Peru here? I want jobs in Melbourne.”
From current state testing, we identified Miguel's pain points when using the site:
We started by sketching out wireframes of possible solutions to these pain points. We then transferred these into Figma as low-fidelity prototypes and tested and iterated the prototype twice, validating the features and design through testing.
“Very professional. It looks so neat”
“Fortunately, now it's very easy to find”
“It is perfect - I like it, I like it so much”
“I love that it has the visa requirements!”
“I want to be able to filter by visa requirements”
“I want a way to look for part-time jobs”
“I like that it has the contact information”
“I like that it appears as a pop-up page”
“The amount of work you’ve done in such a short space of time, the depth, the look of it - everything is just amazing. This gives us direction and is really good information to have right now."
The client is in discussions with their developers to modify the platform as per the prototype.
They have also dropped their membership model and are looking to generate revenue via corporate sponsorships. This way they can achieve financial independence without putting strain on their most vulnerable member group.