Understanding
Virtual Social
Behaviors

UX Research | UX Strategy | Virtual Social Behaviors | UI/UX Design

To identify and study the social behaviors present in and around the virtual platform of Makemytrip and addressing the deviant behaviors through proposed UI/UX interventions.

The whole study focused on the various psychology aspects of an interface, where how an interface evokes and triggers the behaviors of any person and how it provides the meaningful experiences.

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Dil

Toh

Roaming

Hai...

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Design Methodology

Makemytrip platform was backed by research for understanding the virtual behaviors of users by studying deep in phases. More importantly we have used various research tools and methods for mapping out the social and deviant behaviors.

It was done through the lenses of social behaviors & UX heuristics to understand the experiences of users, stakeholders, core intent of the platform etc. 

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Phase 1

Understanding the platform

Phase 2

Data gathering: A research phase 

Phase 3

Analysis and insights

Phase 4

Prototype and solutions

Preliminary study done for:

1. About Makemytrip
2. Core intent of the platform
3. Competitors
4. Challenges faced

1. Secondary research: Trends & behavior of OTA (Online traveling agencies

2. Primary research:
- Key feature analysis
- Competitive analysis
- Auto ethnography
- Netnography & User Survey
- UI/ UX features and elements         present (usability and              application of UX Heuristics)


 

1. Identifying behavioral drivers 
2. Insights
3. Strategy for UX

1. UI/ UX interventions and prototyping for the redesigned website proposed

Understanding 
The Platform

About MakeMyTrip

Nurtured from the seed of a single great idea - to empower the traveler - MakeMyTrip is a pioneer in India’s online travel industry. Founded in the year 2000 by Deep Kalra, MakeMyTrip came to life to empower the Indian traveler with instant bookings and comprehensive choices. The company initiated its journey serving the US-India travel market offering a range of best-value products and services powered by technology and round-the-clock customer support.

After consolidating its position in the market as a brand recognized for its reliability and transparency, MakeMyTrip launched its India operations in 2005. With more and more Indians initiating to transact online with IRCTC and new opportunities with the advent of low cost carriers, MakeMyTrip offered travelers the convenience of booking travel online with a few clicks.

MakeMyTrip’s rise has been led by the vision and the spirit of each one of its employees, for whom no idea was too big and no problem too difficult. With untiring determination, MakeMyTrip has proactively diversified its product offering, adding a variety of online and offline products and services. MakeMyTrip has stayed ahead of the curve by continually evolving its technology to meet the ever-changing demands of the rapidly developing global travel market, steadily establishing itself as India’s leading online travel company.

Competitors

The main competitors of MakeMyTrip are yatra, booking.com, expedia, easemytrip, cleartrip, travelguru, and OYO.

Challenges

1. As of currently, MMT is facing a lot of criticism and bad reviews.

2. Listed hotels, resorts etc. not meeting the promised standards.

3. Lots of issues with traveler bookings. Eg: bookings not registered at the place of stay.

4. Fraudulent behaviour by third party sources.
     Imposed restrictions due to the pandemic has badly hit the travel and hospitality industry.

5. Cancellation and refund issues.

6. Increasing number of competitors, in the booking sectors. The main competitors of MakeMyTrip are
     yatra, easemytrip, booking.com, expedia, cleartrip, travelguru, and OYO.

To provide customers 
a one-stop shop for all 
their travel needs.

60%

Market share
in India

Core Intent of the Platform

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Data Gathering

Research Methods and Their Objectives

Secondary research

To understand the Online travel agencies trends, behaviors and perception of tourism industry.

Key feature analysis

To study the all possible or mostly used features of the platform to get the knowledge of effectiveness and efficiency of features.

Competitive analysis

To understand the competitors strengths and weaknesses  in comparison to our platform features to find out the gaps.

Auto-ethnography 

The aim of this is to recreate the researchers experience in a reflexive way, aiming to think and reflect about our own experiences. 

Netnography & survey

To study online social interactions by engaging with other users through reviews sections. Surveys to get the perceptual thinking of users on usability direction of the platform.

UI/UX Heuristics & usability test

To get the planning behaviors of an experienced and armature users. Also, to determine the problems faced by users on different principles of heuristics.

Secondary research | Findings

Young professionals.

Age group between 22 and 31 years 
drives the growth of the online travel market

Strongly influenced by online travel review 
sites, social media, blogs, and friend’s 
recommendations.

Increase in disposable income, rise in middle-class 
segment, and greater penetration of Internet 
facilities.

65% of desktop and 22% of mobile travel 
searches, maps (17% desktop, 23% mobile), 
and images (18% desktop, 15% mobile).

The average abandonment (dropping) rate for 
online travel sites was 90.74% in 2019, 
especially for airlines.

80% of customers who received a request 
left a review. Just 22% wrote a review without 
being asked.

People value updates on trip status, price alerts 
and discounts, as well as reminders of bookings 
in progress.

Key feature analysis

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- One Way / Round Trip / Multi City
- Flying From | Flying To
- Departure Date | Return Date
- Class
- Regular fare | Armed Forces |     Student Fare | Senior Citizen
- Trending Searches ( if applicable )

- Flights information on the right
- Popular filters to the left
- Sorting at the top section
- Total amount generated at the bottom bar

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- Book Train Tickets / Check PNR Status /  Live Train Status
- Traveling From | Traveling To
- Travel Date
- Class

- Trains information on the right (Available seats, price, time, route, available dates of departure)
- Popular filter to the left
- Sorting at the top section
- Travel dates can be changed at multiple places in the same page

4

- Traveling From | Traveling To
- Travel Date

- Trains information on the right (Price, time, amenities, pickup and drops, reviews, seat selection)
- Popular filter to the left
- Sorting at the top section
- Live tracking of buses available
- Travel dates can be changed at multiple places in the same page

4

- Outstation One-Way / Outstation Round Trip /  Airport Transfers
- Traveling From | Traveling To
- Departure Date | Return Date
- Pickup Time | Drop Time

- Cabs information on the right
- Different prices available for same option
- Popular filters to the left
- Sorting at the top section

4

- City / Hotel / Area / Building
- Check In Date | Check Out Date
- No. of Rooms & Guests
- Reason for travel (optional)

- Hotels information on the right 
   (Price and rating available)
- Extra information and details available on
   selecting the option
- Popular filters to the left
- Sorting at the top section

5

- City / Hotel / Area / Building
- Check In Date | Check Out Date
- Number of Guests
- Reason for travel (optional)

- Hotels information on the right 
  (Price and rating available)
- Extra information and details available on 
   selecting the option
- Popular filters to the left
- Sorting at the top section

5

- Traveling From | To Destination
- Destinations: Domestic / International
- Themes: Honeymoon / Family Holidays / Offbeat Holidays / Signature Journeys
- Featured: Explore by Themes / Best Selling Holidays / Special Offer
- Travel Guidelines: Domestic / International

- Holiday packages displayed in the grid of
    3 (Name of package, duration, price)
- Customize and book now options lead 
   to the same page
- Popular filters and sorting at the top in 
   the same bar

5

- Visa Destination
- Departure Date | Return Date
- No. of Travelers

- VISA details on left
- List of required documents and other required details below VISA details
- Steps to get VISA on right

4-5

- Activities / Tours/ Destination

- Available categories like sight seeing, water sports, Food & Drinks, Spa & wellness etc.
- Different activities options available in a grid of 4 in segments like trending, highest rated, new, most booked, etc.
- Other popular destinations at the bottom

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Key Observations 

Due to having all features of Makemytrip available at the top all the time provides good user control and freedom. One can jump and go back to other options in one click.

Hotels & villas have almost same search parameters with same available options. Also, steps to navigate is same.

Holiday packages have both customized and book now options, but both take to the same page.

Most of the process have long, where one  can not able to find on what page he/she
is now and how many left ahead.

Competitive analysis

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Aesthetics 

- At first sight, it appears like
   a website for booking flights
- Bold and to the point design

- At first sight, it appears like
  a website for booking flights
- Simple, cool and lively

- At first sight, it appears like
  a website that provides travel
  services
- Minimal, light and airy

Consistency/
Standards

- Cognitive load at the top
- Easy to identify the icons
- Profile icon at the top right
- Offers and travel blogs
   (changes to chosen services)

- Lack of icons
- Low cognitive load
- Profile icon at the top right
- Offers and travel blogs
   (changes to chosen services) 

- Easy to identify the icons
- Consistent icons & low cognitive load
- Unlike common standard 
   homepage. Search parameters to the left and information on the right changes according to chosen services

Categorization 

Search Parameters

Option Pages

- No categorization of key features. 
  They are placed according to the 
   frequency of usage.

- No categorization of key features. 
  They are placed according to the 
   frequency of usage.

- No categorization of key features. 
  They are placed according to the 
   frequency of usage.

- Traveling From | To Destination
- Destinations: Domestic / International
- Themes: Honeymoon / Family Holidays  / Offbeat Holidays / Signature Journeys
- Featured: Explore by Themes / 
   Best Selling Holidays / Special Offers
- Travel Guidelines: Domestic / 
   International

- Destination search bar
- Popular categories displayed below 
   and the options are displayed in a grid of 4 with sliding bar
- Given details: Destination, duration 
   and price

- Depart from | Going to
- Month of travel

- Holiday packages displayed in the 
  grid of 3
- Given details: Name of package, 
   keywords, duration, price
- Customize and book now options 
   do not have specific functions and 
   lead to the same page.
- Popular filters and sorting at the top 
   in the same bar

- Search bar at the top
- Holiday packages displayed in the 
  grid of 3
- Sorting options at the top and filters 
  open after a click. Both initially available in the same bar
- Given details: Name of package, duration, rating, price

- Modify search bar at the top
- Filter bar below that, followed by 
   the sorting bar.
- Holiday packages displayed in list
- Given details: Name of package, 
   duration, places to visit, price
- Comparison feature available

Customization 

- After selecting a holiday package, one can customize it
- Top bar: Starting from | Traveling on | 
  Rooms and guests
- Package name and photos at the top
- Detailed itinerary of each day
- Lack of visibility of system status. 
   Which step of booking one is in.

- No customization
- Basic Package name with duration
- Package overview | Hotel details | 
   Day wise itinerary | Additional info
- Contact details to the right

- No customization
- Photos | Hotels & Transport | 
   Departure dates | Inclusion | T&C | 
   Detailed itinerary | About the place
- Lack of visibility of system status. 
   Which step of booking one is in.

Steps

Other Key Points

- 5 steps to book a preferred holiday 
   package

- 3 steps to get a call back from a travel 
   consultant

- 4 steps to get a chat with a travel 
   consultant and book

- Good user control and freedom. 
  One can jump and go back to other 
  option in a click.
- Use of non functioning icons.

- Holiday packages for a solo traveler 
   not available
- Booking remains incomplete. 
   Call back from a travel consultant

- Own transition page
- Holiday packages for a solo traveler 
   not available

Key Findings 

Makemytrip has potential strengths as, to the point and bold info., one can easily identify icons because of good labelling.

It has both connectivity, domestic and interational, 
with lots of search options as theme holidays, special offers, keyword searches and popular filters. Also, One can easily customized their packages.

Lack of visual diversity in searches and  appearances of key features findings. Stacked features increases cognitive load.

Lack of visibility system status as finding yourself at which steps we are? categorization of features are placed as per frequency of usage. Function of two icons with having same feature 
looks different.

Various opportunities lies for this platform- to provide customized packages, Tap the cab services more engaging manner.

Apart from hotels and villas, platform can primarily target the wedding and such ceremonies where one can book banquets, and lawns for different occasions like an engagement.

Makemytrip can provide the chat and sharing experience services for making platform more livable and least depended on other platform for sharing photos and informations.

New entrants are the possible threats by giving
more price discounts, and offers. Whereas, Existing
Ola, Oyo, and Airbnb or local rented places are the  possible threats to make primary features of 
Makemytrips as addons or obsolete.

Auto Ethnography

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1. Questionnaire
To help ourselves for understanding travel type and engagement with Makemytrip

2. Time- bound task
Every trial of task were time bounded approximately
20- 30 minutes

3. Observing the task
We were observing the tasks in ourselves by noting down the observations

4. Observation method
On completion of task, we did group interview for discussing out the experience on Usability, changes, passuses, confidence etc.

5. Recording and analysis
The process notes were recorded to be used for analysis later

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Key Findings 

First
Impressions >

Round trip
flight >

Booking hotel
2 people + 2 nights >

Cancellation
of booking >

Looks like flights booking website

Cognitive load: Too much on homepage

Easy sign in with google mails (2 steps), with other it will take up 3 steps.

Icons are understandable

Too much information on homepage, tried to ignore and focused on primary

Easy to navigate the proceedings

Interesting loading and searching flights graphics

Cognitive load with available of too many options.

Struggle to find the sorting tab

Total cost of the both flights summed down the bar

Didn’t required the filters

Lost in between the steps of booking

Can’t select the seats

Overwhelming but moderate learning curve

Easy to navigate the proceedings

Suggestions help to fill in the search parameters 

Cognitive load with filters on the right

Struggle to find the sorting tab

Prices shown sometime don’t match the pay@hotel option

Not easy to cancel the booking

Cognitive load and struggling to figure out how to cancel the booking

UI/ UX
Heuristic Evaluation

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1.

Functionality 

My boarding station is “Lucknow” that starts with “Luck”  whereas I wrote “Lick”. I got to see irrelevant boarding  station options as shown below. When I type “Licknow”,  the system did show the correct venue. This might be a result of varying implementations of full-text-search.
Wouldn’t it be more appropriate that when I type “lick”, the interface says “Sorry. I don’t know that city.” (or) “Did you meant: “Lucknow?”. I leave it for the readers to judge.

2.

Visual design

Login/ sign up page have pop ups for delivering the quality of  the platform towards best hotel prices, cheapest flights and cool  trip advices which is unattractive, less explained and short screen time.

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6.

Functionality

The first heuristic violated is Helping users. When selecting infants more than adults, the interface stops this move. Notice how it says that “infants can’t be more than adults”.  What if the three adults included: three young mothers, out of  which two were having twins? What should the mothers do? Why I believe this to be a violation is because the website  doesn’t offer any help to users over here. When you design a product, you want to lead the customer to what he wants, which I think is having a gap over here as the user (about to become a customer) is left to wonder and figure his own solution. A confused user may very well use any other portal.

Language/ content

Have a look at the image below. Say if I have a child of 12 years or 12 years, 2 months, which category do I put him in: “Adult” or “children”?

Navigation/ freedom

The portal asks you to choose the travel class. I couldn’t find any option where I could book separate class tickets. For example: if I wanted one business class ticket and one economy. I do think that it is rare that people would book separate class tickets so maybe that’s why the interface is like that

Consistency 

On the same section, there’s a button that says “APPLY”.  When I was choosing other inputs like the departure date, it didn’t have a button to confirm the inputs. In this case, there’s a button that says “APPLY”. However, once you click the button, the action is still similar. I was expecting to see my available flight options but I got to see a regular screen as shown below.  The button always said “Apply” and not “Apply & Search”, and so maybe, it was my fault to set the wrong expectations.

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Makemytrip
Usability Test