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BBC Now: Delivering a better customer experience, faster

Red Badger is bursting with creativity... and makes the complicated straightforward.

Eleni Sharp
Senior product manager, BBC Connected Studios

The challenge

Nine million people visit the BBC Homepage each week but most use it as an access point to specific information and miss lots of valuable and relevant content. And, although personalisation tools are available, less than 10% of visitors use them.

Tasked with finding new ways to engage consumers, BBC Connected Studio was looking for creative ideas that would make it easier for visitors to the site to find content relevant to them.

Solution

The concept Red Badger came up with was effectively a fast lane. A real-time stream of BBC content delivered to the homepage, in bite-sized chunks, the instant it’s published.

Combining this with the semantic web, allowing data to be shared across platforms and communities, means the content is refined as the site ‘learns’ more about what a user accesses and how they interact with it.

The concept appealed because it allowed us to showcase much more content without overcomplicating the existing site. Plus the feed learns from the user's behaviour and becomes more and more personalised the more it learns.

Eleni Sharp
Senior product manager, BBC Connected Studios

Business benefits

For Connected Studio the key metric was the feedback from consumers and overall the reaction was very positive. The concept was proven to be easy to understand, and more than 75% of users agreed the concept was appealing; nearly 50% said they would be very likely to use BBC Now if it went live.

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