The Society & College of Radiographers

Improving the user experience of c30,000 members in the first phase of an extensive digital transformation programme.

Services: Research & Strategy | Technology & Web Development | UX & Web Design

Sector: Membership Organisations

Female holding x-ray up to lightbox
Statistics icon

615%

increase in new registrations

Statistics icon

482%

increase in conversion rates

Statistics icon

74%

increase in organic search traffic

The brief

As part of an extensive digital transformation programme lasting several years, SCoR’s vision to improve their members’ experience started with the Society and College’s digital presence.

The first phase of the organisation’s digital transformation focused on its web presence that needed to match the high, professional and modern standards they expect the sector to follow. The current website was dated and very text heavy, challenging to navigate with the inconsistent layout and huge number of subpages, and experienced a high bounce rate as users couldn’t find what they were looking for.

What we did

Our discovery phase revealed the need for two separate websites – one for the Society and one for the College – where content was personalised according to the user and members could use one set of login credentials to access everything their membership offered. The project included migrating their CMS from Drupal to Kentico Xperience, developing an integration with their CRM (Stratum by APT) and implementing a single sign-on (SSO) so they could integrate with their other third party platforms, i.e. extranet, events platform, shop and e-learning.

The results

The rebuild of the SCoR sites has given the Society and College the opportunity to showcase their updated branding and modernised the look and feel of a 100-year old institution. Phase one of the digital transformation met its goal of improving member experience, as evidenced:

615.02% increase in new membership registrations

482.46% increase in conversion rates

Almost parallel conversion rates on mobile (1.4%) and desktop (1.61%) devices meaning the site’s well optimised for both

74.18% increase in organic search traffic (finding the site more easily)

The Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR) is the trade union/professional body and registered charity respectively for radiographers and all non-medical members of the workforce in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy in the UK. It’s responsible for their professional, educational, public and workplace interests. Founded in 1920, it’s one of the oldest and most experienced radiography organisations in the world.

User-centric discovery

Every project starts with a discovery phase to really get to the heart of what users want and need. For SCoR, this involved workshops with internal and external stakeholders to gather qualitative insights. Surveys followed to gather quantitative data.

Discovery workshops were held with each team that represented the main areas of SCoR: education, practitioner, the membership success team, and sales and marketing. Understanding their needs and internal processes allowed us to map out the customer journey with a cross-departmental user flow that included every on and offline touchpoint to inform UX design.

Aligning fragmented stakeholders

Aligning stakeholders is key to a project’s success, especially a complex digital transformation programme for an organisation that has c30,000 members, from a largely national base, and across multiple medical disciplines. In addition, the Society and College had separate identities and leadership teams so getting feedback and ensuring there was equal representation within the design and user journey was challenging. But in the end, we had a joined-up leadership team with a clear project outcome that helped towards their ultimate goal of total digital transformation.

CMS migration

SCoR’s legacy CMS – Drupal – needed to be migrated to Kentico Xperience (DXP). Not only does Xperience give the SCoR marketing team a superior content editing experience, it also has an extensive marketing functionality with features such as content personalisation, email marketing and analytics. This meant SCoR’s digital marketing strategy could be implemented and managed from one place by a distributed workforce and content governance was easy to control.

Self-serve user experience

The old site had limited self-service for visitors to apply for membership and for members to manage their membership online so making sure the new sites had this functionality was a big part of the vision to transform members’ digital experience.

The new site has a vastly improved interface, information architecture, navigation and search function, so relevant content is served up consistently with members able to easily find the guidance and support they’re looking for.

Now members no longer have to log into multiple platforms (CRM, CPD, event software, payment gateway, and website) – everything they need for their profession and studies is accessible through a single sign-on.

Multiple integrations

Giving members a seamless user experience meant a number of third party integrations needed to be made. Our discovery phase had identified all the data points and mapped every customer journey. It was time to pull everything together to give SCoR’s members the exceptional experience they deserved.

Firstly, we integrated with SCoR’s CRM so that member data could be pushed to the CRM and replicated back into the CMS via a two-way sync so members could update their account online and be prompted when their membership was up for renewal.

The claims based authentication tool, Auth0, was integrated to give members a SSO, allowing them to access the website, CPD portal, extranet and event management system from one set of login credentials.

For the sections of the site that needed a more customised approach than the existing Kentico Azure Search integration would allow, we built a bespoke Azure search integration. And integrating World Pay as a payment gateway was required to take payments for events.

UX & UI design

During the design research process, creation of the design concepts, and working with the branding to identify a unique visual identifier for SCoR, our UX/UI designer was inspired to design a circle graphic.

The idea came from looking at one picture in particular, that of an MIR machine, in which circles were identified within the machine. After playing around with this idea, a circle graphic was created that is now featured throughout the site. Circles appear a lot throughout radiography – in the machines and scanners themselves, when carrying out certain procedures (focal spots on X-rays and radiography treatment), and the joining up of governance and clinical practice is a circular approach rather than a linear one.

This cemented the circle idea and in turn, created the circle theme that you’ll see throughout the site’s UI in terms of backgrounds and icons.

See related work:

We found the culture at Distinction an excellent fit for us, the individuals across the company are intelligent, easy to work with and clearly dedicated to succeeding at their profession.

Kentico Site of the Year 2021 Finalist

NGO & Association category - The Society of Radiographers

Education & Careers category - The College of Radiographers

Outcome

With the simplified structure, users can find content more easily which has reduced bounce rates on the site. Comparing the first half of the site launch (June-August 2021) with the second half (August-October 2021), SCoR enjoyed:

  • 615.02% increase in new membership registrations
  • 482.46% increase in conversion rates
  • Almost parallel conversion rates on mobile (1.4%) and desktop (1.61%) devices meaning the site’s well optimised for both
  • 31.17% increase in overall website visitors
  • 53.17% increase in mobile visitors
  • 74.18% increase in organic search traffic (finding the site more easily)

Caution waits. Action takes.

Turn your ideas into decisive actions. Seize the opportunity while it’s still here. Talk to us today to make progress tomorrow.

Get in touch

Enhance experiences

Enhancing your customer and user experiences

The Distinction team were excellent throughout the project - consistently responsive to our queries and those of our many stakeholders. They deftly adapted timelines to best suit us and our CRM partner, and their developers are friendly, relatable, and easy to understand. Overall, we found the culture at Distinction an excellent fit for us, the individuals across the company are intelligent, easy to work with and clearly dedicated to succeeding at their profession. We recommend Distinction as digital partners.

Dilip Manek

Director of Finance and Operations | The Society and College of Radiographers