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Duckhams has been a fixture of the lubricants industry for over 100 years, providing products for modern, industrial and classic cars, as well as Formula 1 racing teams. With such a decorated history, Duckhams needed a new website that offered flawlessly designed interactions and innovative features to communicate its position as an industry leader.

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The challenge

Duckhams wanted a new website that looked modern whilst maintaining its illustrious heritage. It was also important to offer B2B clients a truly innovative feature whereby they could find the nearest stockist of the correct oil for their customers’ cars, using just a registration number. The website design had to sell the story of Duckhams, which goes back over 100 years, whilst incorporating highly functional microinteractions and animations.

A key audience group was garages throughout the UK. As a result, the website needed to act as a quick reference guide to the Duckhams range, as well as a tool for sourcing the correct oil of whatever vehicle the garage was servicing.

How we've helped

With so much going on in Duckhams’ website, our development team felt it was important to create a website that could be easily managed so that the client could feel empowered to make changes in the future. As a result, we incorporated a block-based design that could be reused to create unique layouts while using bold animations and subtle transitions to engage users and offer a high-end feel.

These were: an API oil finder function (allowing users to search for specific oil based on their registration plate or selecting options), a custom distributor map (showing users their nearest stockist), and a bespoke heritage timeline (demonstrating the immense history of the brand in an engaging way).

Locating the oil finder

We were particularly tasked with ensuring the 'local garage' audience could locate our 'oil finder' within two seconds of landing on the website. We achieved this by placing the 'Find my oil' CTA button in three obvious positions.

This new website is the first of a global rollout of approximately 25 across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions, which is why we developed the site to streamline future launches as much as possible, sharing assets, functionality and content.

increase in sessions per user
traffic increase
growth in organic traffic
Our goal with the new Duckhams website was to deliver a site that was slick, professional but above all easy to use for the client as well as consumers. We achieved this by using easy to manage block designs that could be reused to create a multitude of layouts. Coupled with subtle accompanying animations that bring the site to life and a strong bold colour scheme, the Duckhams site is a good blend of style and function.

Jason Scarfe

Senior web developer, The Bigger Boat

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