Over the past 8 years, we’ve made some key (and some minor) changes to the look and feel of our brand. Around this time last year, we revamped our website for the launch of VWO Conversion Optimization Platform™.
As an organization that thrives on a culture of experimentation, we are always looking into data to discover insights for optimization. By turning our opinions into hypotheses, we test changes for almost everything which could have a significant impact on the business, and then derive the next logical step. Based on this simple framework, we recently made a minor change to the VWO logo. Before we delve further into the hypothesis behind this change, look at the logo in its full glory:
The Hypothesis: Making The Letters V, W, and O Prominent Will Improve Readability
In the beginning, our product was called Visual Website Optimizer. However, over the years, people (including us) fondly started abbreviating it to VWO. This is what the VWO logo looked like during this gradual change:
More recently, we dropped the accompanying text “Visual Website Optimizer” completely, and also started referring to our product as just “VWO.”
With this change, we realized that it would be hard for someone unfamiliar with our brand to read or understand our logo. We hypothesized that if the letters “V,” “W,” and “O” were made distinguishable, the brand name VWO would stand out more clearly.
The Test: Conducting an A/B/C Test to Choose a Winner
After the hypothesis was finalized, our design team created a new variation of the logo, per the new specification. Next, we decided to test the hypothesis by conducting extensive user testing through 5-second tests on UsabilityHub.
Five-second tests are a method of usability testing, where the participants are shown a visual for only 5 seconds, and then asked questions corresponding to it.
For our tests, we selected a sample of participants from across the globe, with varying demographics, location, and other attributes. They were showed the 3 variations of the logo—the existing one, the proposed one, and the one with VWO written as well-spaced plain text. Next, we asked the participants the question “What do you read?” to which they had to type in a response.
For the proposed logo, we got 90% of them answering “VWO”, as opposed to only 66% for the existing one. For the variation with VWO written as well-spaced text, the response was around 96%.
The Result: Reinforced Belief in the Potential of Testing
As an obvious next step, we decided to make this minor update to our logo which can now be seen to be live across all our digital properties. We’re proud of the fact that the basic tenets of experimentation continue to give direction to our efforts.
If it wasn’t for validating our initial, seemingly insignificant hypothesis, VWO wouldn’t have got a brand new identity. We strive to uphold this culture in our organization for the years to come.
What do you think of our new logo? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.