Putting a festival on the map

Visa Wellington on a Plate 2020: Festival website

The challenge

Visa Wellington on a Plate is the biggest event on Wellington's calendar, a month-long region-wide culinary takeover. It’s about people coming together to celebrate and support Wellington’s amazing foodies. 2020 has seen us integrate a dynamic map on the website so you can find Festival offerings near where you work, play, or stay. This feature also helps people explore more, rather than just look up their usual favourite places.

A visual feast …

We built on the user-interviews and UX research we've done in the past, and set out to create a website that makes you HUNGRY! So, we feature the food being served everywhere - let your eyes do the choosing before you dive into the detail. Planning your Festival activities however can’t be done on an empty stomach.

Making tough choices

With 130 events, 76 dine menus, 71 cocktails and a whopping 241 burgers; there's a LOT of data for our fans to grapple with. All that data is a whole lot more digestible with some sweet filtering, and some tasty extras such as the ability to create your own wish list, which you can then sort into (shareable) lists. Now, narrowing down your favourite burger (with fries), and finding it again, is easy.

Hitting the sweet spot

After a few years of success with this Festival, we wanted to take what we've learnt about Visa WOAP over the years and create a site that truly works for its users. With so many mouth-watering photos to load, a dynamic map, and literally hundreds of simultaneous visitors, we have ensured the performance of the site is fast and responsive. The analytics speak for themselves - thousands of users accessing the website before, during and after the festival, and hundreds signing up every day.


The Results are in

At the end of the Festival season we also do careful analysis to find interesting trends and where we got increased user engagement. These are then visualised in infographic form for easy reference - that helps inform our thinking for next year’s Festival - it’s a job of constant improvement! Besides, it’s fascinating to look into user behaviours; who knew fried chicken would be the number 1 searched item?

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