Everything You Need to Know About UniMarkit 2.0
By: Joe Taveras
September 15, 2018
After sitting down with many of our users, we quickly realized that there was a great deal of work to do to get UniMarkit to where it needed to be. UniMarkit 2.0 is the result of those discussions. Here is everything you need to know about the update we've all been waiting for.
Our redesign efforts began on the page where we noticed people spent the most amount of time: the Feed. On UniMarkit, the Feed is where all the For Sale items live. Here you can find cool furniture, affordable textbooks, and fashionable clothing. The first thing we did was to bring the search bar down front and center. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to find exactly what they're looking for when they're looking for it. The search bar as well as the category filters (top left) make that possible by narrowing down the selections however you want. Next, we wanted to revamp the overall design to make it more modern and sleek. Lastly, if you look closely at the top right corner you'll see a little compass where the search button used to be. This is a new feature that we're very excited about. It gives users the ability to find items being sold by students at neighboring campuses (up to 5 miles away!). This will be huge for college towns (like Boston) that have a large number of students from different universities in a small radius.
Listing an Item
Perhaps the thing that our users love the most about UniMarkit is being able to sell their extra stuff to peers. Not only do they free up some space in their dorm room, but they also make a little extra money (in a sustainable manner!). We completely changed the way it looks and feels to list an item on UniMarkit. Now you can choose if you want to open your item listing to nearby campuses! If you look towards the bottom of the screen you'll see something new. Keep reading to learn about it!
At UniMarkit HQ, we are always striving to deliver the best possible user experience that motivates students to grow, connect, and experience college as seamlessly and sustainably as possible. UniMarkit Gold is a cluster of features that provide an exclusive experience with UniMarkit. One of those features is Boost. With Boost, you can quickly send your listing to the top of the Feed. For every friend that you invite to Sign Up on UniMarkit, we'll give you a Boost. On us. The rest of the UniMarkit Gold features are coming soon.
The Profile page looks completely different. An aesthetically-pleasing background gradient combined with an easy-to-use interface makes for a wonderful upgrade! Here you'll be able to easily find your previous purchases and sales as well as your existing item listings.
We have now implemented push notifications to notify our users when someone has made an offer on one of your items, messaged you, or purchased an item. Push notifications make it easier for the students to interact with others in an efficient and timely manner.
We spent all Summer working on this update and we are thoroughly excited to share it with you. We are very committed to making UniMarkit the one-stop shop for college students everywhere looking to buy and sell stuff on campus and something tells me that UniMarkit 3.0 is going to be a thing of beauty.
September 15, 2018