Keep the content updated

A user, in most cases, access a website for a objective: searching the last numbers of lottery, print some medical results or even ask something to eat. It’s your (or ours) objective to think in the best way/experience in how the user will do that.

Talking more, not about of how the experience will be projected but about in what maybe would be the focus of the whole thing: the information or content that user looks for. Something that in most cases is abandoned and which only has due attention when the problems starts to appear.

In a world of digital projects not so distant, what happens frequently is related to it’s not my responsibility. So, a website area needs to finalize the content and:

  • area X says it’s not responsibility of it and that is part of area Y work.
  • however, the area Y says that does not make sense they take care of it and that could be demand of area Z.
  • the area Z says that it’s not with them, but they could help. However they are really busy and it could take some time..

So we can predict the outcome of this seesaw: content came out worse than the current Brazilian soccer team.

A real case: the reward

I only stay motivated to write briefly about it because it happened with me recently the problem of content out of date. I had some points in my credit card and I needed to chance for some benefit as I would cancel my credit cards. So, I made a simple research (because I did not have so much points), and made a choice: I changed something mine, for a reward.

The idea of reward is a important thing, because I, as a user, felt excited in could earning something, even if it is from a change of points.

The reward was nothing more than some credits that I could use in some establishments. The company has a website with some informations about the program, amongst them a map that showed the address of the establishments. So, I got some addresses from places near of my house and guess what? Two of them did not know about the program and one did not even exist.

I made contact with the company and they said that they were taking the necessary actions and they apologize for the troubles. I told them that all that mess was an absurd but that I believe that a had a bad luck and I could try again in another region. So I did it and guess what? The establishments wall all closed with wood plates (probably a new construction).

Seems like a joke right? But it’s not. What I thought about all of it is that something which experience would be great because I was using a benefit/reward, became totally the oposite. I, as user, as soon as use my benefit (I hope soon), I intend to never come back to use the services of the company.

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