This is a startup we embraced from its first steps. We ended up creating its branding, product, development and go-to-market strategy. Venga!, like all of our projects, starts with an in-depth briefing to get to know exactly what we are delivering to whom – the Unique Value Proposition (UVP).
After we are sure we understood the target customers, all of our product decisions are based on an in-depth analysis of target personas – and how the product is relevant for them. So let’s separate this presentation in the two main blocks:
- Briefing Summary
- Brand & Product Study.
Venga! is a Social Events Marketplace where hosts and participants come together at amazing events such as themed dinners, retreats and parties. The goal of Venga! is to bring the collaborative economy to the private events segment and create a peer-to-peer community.
This is a shortened version of the most relevant conclusions:
This is a place to find unique activities to enjoy with interesting people. A Web app where hosts can create their own activities (parties, retreats, or dinners) and participants can apply to these experiences. Then the hosts can decide if the participants are accepted or not. At the end of the experience, hosts and participants can mutually rate and review each other – all the participants can see the host’s ratings and reviews (which are public), while only hosts can see participants’ rates.
For whom do we want to solve a problem? Who’s the Target
Age: From 25 to 35 (millennials); Living in big cities.
Jobs: Financial, Startups, Culture related jobs, Creative job (Artists, Marketers, Designers), Fashion related job.
- Open-minded Single or coming together with their partners.
- Expats who do not have an established circle of friends and are willing/need to meet and interact with new people.
- Someone who travels a lot
- Someone who wants to find an escape from day to day places and people they already know and isn’t finding that in bars and clubs. They need something deeper and want to interact with other people in a more meaningful way – escaping from mainstream events/usual clubs/pubs.
Researching, we’ve found out a meaningful trend for our target and context:
The motto is: “Life is about the people you meet”
Which problems are we solving for our target?
- Participants: Many people want to meet like-minded individuals and clubs, mainstream events and venues are not a good environment for that.
- Hosts: Some people want to make money creating) and they don’t have a platform to reach people and manage the logistics.
How do we intend to solve the client’s problems?
- Participants: A marketplace to find activities that favour close interaction among like-minded people.
- Hosts: A marketplace where anyone can create her/his own activities, find participants for it and generate money in less time, with easy communication and a proper structure to manage the activities.
Why are we better than our competitors?
- Extreme curatorship (top-class events with great pictures taken by professionals)
- We have a people-centric approach
- We will have unique types of events.
- Activities are organized by mood (party, relax, etc.)
- It takes just three taps to book an event.
- No chat (it causes distractions) but the participants can send messages to the host (as AirBnB does).
- We don’t charge the user to access the community.
Brand & Product Study
Let’s now go through the Brand & Product Study that is the result of the briefing studying the UVP and the target:
Color + Logo
Venga! is warm, feels like action and shared moments. Venga’s brand colour is a mixture of red and orange. Venga’s font is a compromise between playful and solid (trustable).
UI > User Interface
The Events List
In the centre (Desktop version):
The navigation bar is at the top. Here you can choose to see either the list of all the events or the ones you booked or created (first future events, then, past events).
On the event preview, we highlight the host and three participants’ faces. The three participants shown are selected by a scoring mechanism that relates several parameters (example: Number of friends on Facebook, number of followers, interests in common). So you might see different faces from other users. The host is always identified with a golden halo which gracefully enhances their role in the event and in the community as a whole. It generates curiosity, leading users to click/hover and access their profile, where they will find their events.
The events listing algorithm is based on a scoring system. The eight vectors are:
- Where most of the people that you maybe know (have attended the same events that you had) will go.
- Ones in your town.
- Those with the same hashtags as the previous events that you have been to.
- Where people from the same country and city from where you come from (if you are abroad) will attend.
- From the same host of other events that you’ve been to.
- The same category as the events that you’ve been to.
- Ones which participants that you follow go to.
- The events which participants that you showed more interest in (clicks and time on their profiles) will attend.
Showing that participants have already booked an event enables very basic psychology that makes it easier to imagine yourself there. Venga! events are all about the participants. Knowing who hosts and who is going is fundamental to choosing an event.
On the left sidebar:
Your name and your big profile picture are on the top of the sidebar. Before signing up in Venga! you are assigned a personal profile layout with a dummy profile picture, “Your Name” and a button to “Get in with FB” or with email. This is a high incentive to Sign In for the first time and to log in if you’re not logged in.
Below your profile, you have the filters. They are designed to make the research of relevant events easier.
If you have not signed up for Venga! yet then you will be limited to seeing the latest 10 events taking place in your city.
In the centre, you will find the event cover photo, name, description and pictures of participants. On the left, there is your picture and bio, on the right the host’s picture and the most relevant information.
Just below the host section, you will find a large “Get me in” button with your picture embedded.
The psychology of dream: having your picture lying close to the event’s participants – which is itself sided by the host. This tells you that you belong in this event just as much as they do.
To further achieve event validation assessments you will find great quality pictures of the venue and a map of the location (which colours change to match Venga!’s style). The general location is visible but the precise address will only become visible once you’ll have purchased your place.
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The People List
In the centre:
There is a navigation bar at the top where you can choose to see everyone, people who you follow or followers.
The most visible elements of the “people” search within the community are the name and picture for easy lookup.
The second level has the most recent events the user is attending (either future or past) show up for easy access.
On a third level, you will find how engaged that person is with the community. Thanks to the number of following and followers (for all the users) and rating and halo (if the user is a host).
Furthermore, you can view which interests (hashtags) apply to the user and choose to follow that person (if not already followed the button will be more highlighted).
The people listing algorithm is also based on a scoring mechanism. The most important vector is people who attend or create future events (to generate more clicks). Other vectors are Friends on Facebook, followers, same interests, same town, the opposite sex (ratio 2/3).
On the left sidebar:
Your big profile image is again on the top of the sidebar.
You will be filtering people according to
- Location – searching for people from … in … (great for ex-pats to meet their people in a foreign country – e.g. From Italy in London ). Then you see the events they’ll go and you immediately know the only way you can meet them: joining these events.
- Date range – great to find people who are attending events within a target range of dates
The feed will have an algorithm based on a scoring mechanism that will prioritize showing you what matters on two sets of triggers:
- Community triggers – if someone starts following you, if a group of people you follow joins an event and if Venga! posts community news.
- Event triggers – if a host you follow creates an event or if a host adds pictures to an event or if a person with whom you’ve been in a past event is joining a new one.
As mentioned before, the host displays a golden halo around their picture and a rating in stars which reflects the consensus to their events.
The navigation bar for hosts separates events which they are involved in (future and past events) as a Host or as a Participant.
First shown are the events created, highlighting first the events they are hosting in the future and then those hosted in the past.
In this screen you will also see community engagement data such as numbers of followers and following, the follow button and the hashtags (interests).
For participants, you will see the events divided into two categories: upcoming (shown by default) and past events.
Again, you will also see community engagement data such as numbers of followers and following, the follow button and the hashtags (interests).
Hope you liked Venga! We built it with huge amounts of passion.