001 Introduction

Restore Human

"Our company is very values-based; bottom line matters but to get there we go to great lengths to ensure that we are doing it in a way that adds to society with truly positive impact. The work Andee did for us was in-line with our company values."
- Karlo Kowalczyk, Founder, Restore Human
Restore Human provides smart, sustainable fitness for lifelong performance and longevity through group classes, private training and courses. Kitsilano, Vancouver. We work hard and sweat hard with a focus on functional movement, joint health and injury prevention.
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High-fidelity wireframe over a low-fidelity wireframe of Restore Human's website.
02 stats


Project Areas

Sales Process/Onboarding
Conversion Optimization
Online Community Development


Months of partnership

Deployed new sales funnel, onboarding, website and marketing strategy.


Conversion increase

Using new and improved customer-centric acquisition techniques.

04 Goals

Business Development Goals

Founder Karlo wanted to fully operate in alignment his values, restoring human to business. This meant analyzing the business from a human-centric perspective. I promised I could deliver him affordable, repeatable exercises to gain real customer insight, and optimizations of his business impact goals.

Under further investigation, all macro conversions happened on the website, because of the use of powerful CRM/class scheduler/payment processor Mind Body. Karlo's business model was going to expand to include global franchising opportunities. He also wanted to attract more trainers to get Restore Human Level 1 certified. Essentially, all of Restore Human's business goals need to be converted online. Because of this, website usability and accessibility is where we decided to investigate first.

05 usability


We utilized two types of usability discovery, heuristic evaluation and user testing. We used the initial heuristic evaluation to form hypothesis to design the user testing sessions around. We tested the ability for users to complete the four main goals of the website.


• Create evaluation. Utilized N&Ng evaluators, and established a 1-5 ranking system for errors. 
• For each single evaluator, went through entire website (with the exclusion of the Calgary microsite)
• Ranked each finding for its importance
• Ordered findings to set testing priorities

Screenshot of the heuristic analysis.
06 User insights

Moving into user insight

Usability Sessions
We set the scope of study, taking learnings from heuristic analysis to craft sessions that will support findings, and uncover new. Because our goals were to find the important qualitative data, statistical consistency was not a concern. We opted to run three contextual and thorough sessions for the three main users.

Session 1:
A current member of the gym. Session goal to learn user benchmarks, evaluate website/app use, and brand consistency.

Session 2:
Someone in the target market that has never heard of Restore Human. Session goal was to learn what users understand about the service from the information on the website. We evaluated how easy it was for the user to learn what she needed to know before converting. We gathered navigational context with a card sort.

Session 3:
A personal trainer that may be interested in becoming certified in Restore Human Level 1, and then an affiliate. Session goal to see if website had the information and experience needed for a conversion. User needs benchmarks set.

• Plan test: Scope, scenario, questions/tasks 
• Recruit participants
• Screener used: “You are curious about enhancing your physicality. You may or may not be satisfied with it's current level, but are interested in doing more. You may or may not have an idea about what that entails, but are definitely curious.” 
• Local sessions took place in coffee shops or remotely using Zoom.us.

Usability test evaluation form over a screenshot of the Restore Human website.Copy of a participants information mapping exercise.
08 design

Green light: website re-design

We prioritized the information we gathered from our users mental models. Now it was time to redesign based on these structures. We narrowed our navigation into two main archetypes: goals focused, and identity focused. Given the user data, we decided goals focused was a way to keep users active, and experience a wider IA for accessibility.

two potential sitemaps for the website.

Two options for site map, cut the card sort.

Website re-design

• Sketched out wireframes and presented them to Karlo
• Selected Site Map
• Began wireframing mobile first, given responsive platform.
• Mid-fidelity wireframes were tested with 2 RH members, iterations made.
• Built website in Squarespace

mid-fidelity wireframe of the home page

Mid-fidelity wireframe of the desktop home page.

simple style guide that includes typesetting, visual textures and layout concept.

Basic style guide.

The squarespace builder mid-way through the development of the new website.

Building the homepage in the closest theme to the original design.

09 Feedback

Measuring success

Google Analytics customization
We set key performance indicators for our various user goals and created a custom report for it's measurement. We discovered that our page load time was affecting drop off. We saw that very few clicked on the image galleries we embedded in the home page. In our second iteration, we get rid of the gallery and choose a single image to represent the concept.

Collecting user feedback
We posted a satisfaction survey on the Restore Human's member page. It also collected other user insights. Users were happy with the redesign, goals were being met. However this data collection surfaced another design challenge that they had previously experienced: users weren't clear they had to buy three private training sessions before they could start attending classes. I wasn't clear on that either, as we did not specify this in our pricing page.

marketing collateral image making an offer using the new branding.

Pricing button for 3 session pack - a necesary package to participate in group classes

011 Sales and Marketing

Sales Funnel Development

The team had a spreadsheet to track lead follow-up, but no consistent rhythm established to when contact and follow-up would occur. We worked together to build a sales funnel, and messaging priorities in each stage. We worked to build out effective sales and marketing dashboards that the team could easily use and keep on track of leads.

With sales and marketing infrastructure in place, and a new website, it was time to fill the pipeline.

Back to School Campaign

Karlo wanted to target UBC and other university students for September back to school promotions.
We designed an offer, 15% off group classes when you sign up for a free introductory session. We used facebook ads to target our market and send them to our landing page capture form.

screenshot of a google analytics dashboard

From 6,500 impressions, 33 unique visitors to our landing page, we received 2 conversions. That gives us 200% increase than the previous facebook marketing campaign.

012 Community Development

Community Development

Marketing Measurement Model
Considering both digital and non-digital marketing efforts, we built a model that gave a baseline for goals, activity and measurement. We built the spreadsheets and reporting processes that would fill the main sales and marketing dashboard. The social media coverage continues to grow in alignment with their human connections.

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