Compass Fairs is one of the biggest fairs organizers in Scandinavia, with more than 20 years in business and representation in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. They are experts on the planning, building and implementation of fairs and exhibitions.
Today, they are the lead technical contractor in the field, hosting more than 60 fairs a year (called Boligmesse) and providing logistics solutions to more than 100 additional events, and growing each year.
Compass Fairs decided to renew their entire brand & online presence, so they entrusted us with the task of finding a new direction for their visual identity while keeping their essence.
BUT, the true challenge was not only giving a multinational company a face, we also had to design and develop all their websites and eCommerce at the same time.
Before we started working on the project, we took a lot of time to analyze and plan our work, covering every detail as possible, so our journey –and our questions– began.
Additionally, Compass Fairs wanted to develop a complete online store from where exhibitors could rent technical solutions and products/equipment to use at their stands.
Compass Fairs needed to become more efficient in handling new orders and technical deliveries by reducing paperwork and workload for both, customers and employees. They wanted to give their customers the ultimate ordering experience.
Once we set our hands at work and got all the answers we needed, we started drafting the first sketches and shaping the new identity. During this stage we did a lot of research to ensure all our decisions were backed up with real data.
While we were defining the key aspects of the new identity (logo - type - colors), we also started to make progress with the eCommerce development.
We needed to keep our clients and at the same time attract new ones, but our website was not up to the challenge. We contacted with Moka and they immediately understood our needs. Many meetings and many cups of coffee later, we ended up achieving our goals.Stewart L. Stjernholm
Creating wireframes and interactive prototypes was the way to start. User feedback helped us to adjust the concepts and come up with simple and practical designs that set the foundation of the eCommerce platform.
Compass Fairs’ team and us worked back to back during all stages of the process, making sure that all the big decisions we made were aligned with their business goals and users needs.
Technology wise, a streamlined version of the shop was developed to be used in kiosks stationed at the events. Customers could order in place without having to fill up any paperwork.
Also, we designed and built a web app that routs and classifies orders as they are received so that technical assemblers can deliver them in seconds. To help with internal operations and traceability, push notifications and an internal messaging system completed the package of services implemented.
It was a long and challenging process, with lots of iterations and feedback from the client, but we couldn't be happier with the results. This was a great opportunity to work on a large scale project with multiple phases happening at the same time.
Up to this day, we continue to work on the platform, constantly iterating based on user feedback to improve the system and developing brand new features.
- More than 100 logo concepts were created as part of our exploratory process.
- Prospect enquiries from the website increased.
- The platform was integrated and localized in four different countries.
- There was a boost in productivity for the technical and marketing departments.