Projects

Below are select projects I've had the opportunity to lead. For each I acted as creative director or executive creative director, but they represent the work of hundreds of talented individuals.

Wellness Brand Launch

Through cross-functional partnership, rapid iteration, and broad research, the Walmart Wellness brand was launched in 2019 to better better serve Walmart customers' health needs and strengthen Walmart's business ecosystem. 

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Post Production

Once the final shot is complete, the real work begins to put the final polish on your story. We'll perfect the color grading, compositing, and final edit, delivering your narrative with exceptional craft.

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Business Challenges

Walmart's health & wellness offering has historically been fragmented, with siloed priorities, budgets, and leadership across serval areas. The result was duplicative work and a customer experience that reflected the internal silos. 

 

The current state of Walmart's health and wellness offering was also very transactional in nature, mirroring the approach with general merchandise. While this approach works well for cloths, toys, and groceries, it prevented Walmart from deepening engagement with customers on their health and wellness journey.

While some of the challenges stemmed from organizational design and prioritization, Walmart's health and wellness business was also held back by aging technical infrastructure. This meant that often times the best ideas did not win, but instead were held back by technology that could not support them.

 

To overcome these challenges it would require significant coordination, investment, and most importantly, change.

Project Goals

As a company with such a broad reach and incredible scale, Walmart has the opportunity to redefine healthcare, setting a new bar for customers and the industry as a whole.

Holistic Service

With industry that is fragmented and a current offering that is siloed, it is essential that our new service support the customer across their journey.

Differentiated Offering

Go beyond market parity and craft a health and wellness offering that pushes the market forward and exceeds customer expectations.

Keep Core Promise

Walmart's core promise to customers from its inception has been to help customers save money and live better. This new offering needed to be grounded in that promise. 

With the strategy and visual language defined, we'll craft your story using 2D and 3D animation techniques, bringing your narrative to life for your audience.

Research & Insights

Organizational Design

To begin this effort, it was essential to reorganize the business vertical to support a seamless customer experience. To this end, I partnered with executive leaders from across health and wellness to bring all design, product, engineering and marketing under a singular set of leaders with a single set of priorities and roadmaps.

In addition to this new org structure we began organizing teams using a "4-in-a-box" model, with each project team having clearly defined product, design, business, and engineering resources dedicated. This helped to mitigate unbalanced teams from being formed, created shared accountability across skillsets, and  ensured that every product effort would have the right skillsets to be successful.

Scope of Work

The scope of this effort stretched across every part of the Walmart business, including product, design, marketing, brand, analytics, engineering, subscription services, general merchandise, and many others. For this case study, I'll focus on a few key areas.

Strategy & Vision

In partnership with business, product, marketing, brand, and various other teams we set out to better understand out customer and craft a North Star vison for a holistic wellness offering.

Marketing

In support of this new part of the Walmart ecosystem, we crafted the visual language the represented the brand and resonated most with customers. 

Product Design

With greater insights into customer needs and behaviors, we crafted the future state Wellness experience.

With the business unit aligned under a central leadership team and utilizing new ways of working, we kicked off a series of qualitative and quantitative studies to better understand our customer's health and wellness related needs, their current healthcare journey, and their perception of Walmart's current offering. This effort spanned spanned 4 weeks and covers multiple geographies across the country.

In partnership with marketing, product, and customer analytics, we conducted multiple research studies that included broad customer surveys, ethnographic studies, co-creation workshops with current customers, and in-store intercepts. The teams came away with hundreds of data points that we then synthesized through several cross-functional workshops. Below is a selection of some of the high-level findings.

Privacy

Customers expect to give more personal information to get their healthcare needs met...with the exception of SSN. Asking for SSN too early in the journey can be a red flag for customers.

Expectations

Customers are expecting to interact with their healthcare services the same way they do with other consumer experiences, with the same expectations around experience.

Confidence

In order to commit, customers need to see that they are in control the aspects of the experience that are important to them. (store, time, channel, etc.)

Trust

Customers are sensitive to both direct indicators of trust and more subtle indicators. "If you can save me money and you don't, how can I know you are looking out for me?"

Experience Strategy

Through a series of targeted, cross-functional workshops we began define the strategic direction for Walmart's health and wellness offering. As part of that strategy we aligned on the core customer groups we would target, the business opportunities we would pursue, and the experience we wanted to provide our customers.

With with a fully aligned leadership team, we began to craft strategic artifacts articulating the experience strategy and vision that would act as the North Star for the organization. This included consideration of both physical and digital contexts, as well as the individual touchpoints along the customer journey.

Brand & Marketing

Using customer insights and our newly crafted experience strategy as a foundation, my team and I partnered with marketing and brand to craft the visual identity for what would become Walmart Wellness. From a design perspective we crafted all of the visual identity including logo treatments, custom iconography and illustrations, and marketing design guidelines for both digital and in store usage. 

Product Design

Using customer insights and our newly crafted experience strategy as a foundation, my team and I partnered with marketing and brand to craft the visual identity for what would become Walmart Wellness. From a design perspective we crafted all of the visual identity including logo treatments, custom iconography and illustrations, and marketing design guidelines for both digital and in store usage. 

Boundaries

Unexpected positive moments are appreciated but care must be taken to respect existing mental models. "Why did you text me to ask how I'm feeling on my meds? That's for my doctor to know."

Price

Although price comparison/transparency in healthcare is in its infancy and not expected by customers, providing it where we can helps to elevate the perception of the entire servce.

Family

Thinking of customers only as individuals creates an inaccurate picture of who we are creating for. Our target customers play multiple healthcare roles , often across multiple households, geographies and generations.

Priorities

For our target customer, convenience is a bigger priority than price from a healthcare perspective. Our services need to meet them where they are in their existing journeys, rather than defining separate journeys even if they are world-class.