Basecamp didn’t know how to define itself now that people were using it so differently from its original premise. Ryan Singer, Head of Strategy, and the team hired The Re-Wired Group to come in and help them to figure out why customers hire Basecamp.
Using The Re-Wired Group’s Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) framework, Basecamp and Re-Wired interviewed 15 customers to find out exactly why people make the choices they do. The interviews focused on identifying a customer’s ‘struggling moment.
What is a struggling moment? People don’t wake up one day with an urge to buy your product. They have been asking themselves questions for a while before they take any action.
Unearthing those questions is a valuable way to begin to understand what the customer is going through and what they are looking for in a product to help them. But it’s not so simple. At the same time that the customer wants to move from Point A to a happier Point B, they may feel anxious about trying something new. Maybe they’re afraid that things will actually get worse if they stop doing what they’re doing.
JTBD helps you understand that moment for the customer before your product is even in the picture. It begins by pushing customers to refine their language in interviews.
Basecamp asked its customers to clarify what they were trying to describe. For example, many customers said they chose Basecamp because it was “easy”. How do you take a word like easy and translate it into product development and marketing specifications?
You also have to be careful that you aren’t just hearing the words and not truly understanding what those words mean. A designer/developer may run with the word easy and create very different features, possibly more than your customers really need. You could create the wrong–perhaps too complicated–product.
Basecamp and The Re-Wired Group finally began to hear what customers really value about Basecamp. By uncovering consumer insights, the team then understood the progress customers were trying to make and why they hired Basecamp to do these jobs.