All posts tagged: User Experience

Continue Reading

Getting Personal: Conducting User Research for Better Usability

Understanding your audience is the most important step in beginning the usability strategy for your brand. Focusing on your audience’s behaviors, needs and motivations can pave the way for the best possible designs that will appeal to the user experience. Common methods used in evaluating your users involve observation techniques, task analysis and other feedback strategies. Beginning The Process To truly understand the impact of interface design, content and layout on the intended users. As with any type of user research, the subjects must be studied for the purpose of a greater level of understanding – once that level is achieved, the necessary or wanted improvements can be made in order to build that ideal web and brand environment. Steps to Take To ensure that the needed research is thorough, analysts can consider speaking directly to their interviewees, engaging in contextual interviews that will enable observation of the users in […]

0
2 years, 3 months ago
Continue Reading

What’s In A Name? How a URL Can Affect A Site’s Usability

Often overlooked due to the fact that they aren’t the biggest ranking factor used by search engines, the structure of URLs can have a major impact on the SEO and usability factors of a website. The keywords contained within a URL are much more than just a location tool. Relevant to both the user and search engines, URLs help to assess and describe what each page on a site is about and what kind of product or services it provides. The better the URL optimization, the higher it will rank in organic search engine results. While a great deal of thought may be put into the main URL of a website, the inner pages are very important to give thought to in terms of usability. Many times, for these pages – a URL is automatically generated that can easily be optimized to better serve the site and its visitors. Being […]

2
2 years, 4 months ago
Continue Reading

Web Navigation: Understanding The Roadmap of UX

An integral element to the aspect of usability on a website is the design of it’s core navigation. This is the system of parts that helps a user move around the experience, helping them find what they need, get deeper into information and complete a task. When a user first comes to a site, it’s much like they are traveling streets in a city they’ve never been before. There is a clear reason for the visit, whether business or leisure, but in order to get to where they need to go, they must be led by visual cues. These visual cues must be in the right order and delivered to the user in clear terms to create a pathway to their final destination. A solid set of principles can help to drive navigation that fosters user connection, engages new users and heightens conversion: Create An Organizational Strategy Taking into consideration the importance of […]

1
2 years, 6 months ago
Continue Reading

5 Ways to Design a More Intuitive Mobile App

With rampant talk of responsive design and the overwhelming use of mobile devices as a primary device for users, the importance of a mobile presence is clear. Naturally, the time of a mobile user is at a premium so it’s paramount for mobile apps to be as intuitive as possible. Designing an interface that is centered around UX and usability is the keystone to create a mobile app that truly ‘works’ for the user. #1: Know Your User User experience doesn’t exist without the user – so it’s critical to involve them in the process – understanding who they are and what drives them. Conducting user and competitive research – not simply gathering analytics, but getting into the field, engaging with the ideal user – and applying these findings to the initial phase of design is a non-negotiable process. Data is a big part of gathering the information needed, however, in a project’s […]

1
2 years, 6 months ago
Continue Reading

Identifying (and Fixing) Common Usability ‘Stuck Spots’

There are many seemingly small usability issues that can go unnoticed causing site owners to wonder why drop numbers are increasing and conversions aren’t happening frequently. Making sure the site is performing at it’s highest potential across all devices by testing and correcting identified issues will help to get back on track to better SEO and happier users. Site Speed & Load Time Slow site speed is an increasing challenge across many channels with respect to design, development and ultimately – the bottom line of a company. Site users provide the data backing. Improved levels of satisfaction are present when a site loads quickly and alternately, a dissatisfaction if a page load is longer than they expect it to be. Longer load times, even at a rate of a one second delay can be an huge issue affecting the financial stability of a company, particularly for ecommerce. At this one second delay […]

0
2 years, 7 months ago
Continue Reading web-usability

The Importance of Web Usability Testing

Web usability is one of the most important aspects of a website; however often in the corporate environments, it is one of the least understood aspects of content optimization. Although UI/UX is an integral part of site design and architecture, there are few people who truly understand it enough to make it an integral part of the layout right from the start. Here are just a few of the advantages to including UI/UX in the testing and planning of your website from the very beginning of its inception. You will create better SEO from the beginning of your online presence Search engine optimization usually takes quite a while to affect a website’s presence on the Internet. However, incorporating web usability testing into the framework of a website will speed up this process immeasurably. It is well known that the major search engines place a premium on sites that have low […]

0
2 years, 8 months ago
Continue Reading

Utilizing the Customer Journey Map to Elevate UX

With increasing importance placed on user experience and expectations it has become a requirement for businesses to deeply understand and respond to the needs of their consumer. The use of data is well intended, providing high level insights that are necessary to making a conversion, offering increased detail as technology develops. Despite this information at the fingertips of an organization, customer experiences remain unremarkable as most data is unable to communicate the true feedback and emotions of the audience. Though analytic data is useful, the main roadblock is that it tends to be fragmented, resulting in a difficulty to draw actionable items from. Unless digging deep with near constant monitoring, an organization can only make small steps in optimizing their user experience through data alone. Understanding the small nuances with which a user interacts with an interface is the most direct route to creating the optimal experience which are most adeptly found by […]

0
2 years, 8 months ago
Continue Reading

Improving Usability Through Minimalism

We all have opinions on what could make a website more effective in theory, but as we have learned, designing for the best user experience based on patterns and mapping can debunk any preconceived ideas we have about what ‘really works‘ for a site. Tapping into the aesthetic of minimalist design is a good place to start in embarking upon a usability optimization strategy. Content that is well structured and straightforward, paired with simple design, can prove to be more valuable than designs filled with unnecessary intricacies. The ideal user will respond to a minimalist approach, intuitively absorbing the visual, and become immersed in what truly matters: the information. Simplicity does not automatically mean usability, but it can make the experience easier to navigate. In this case, approaching usability as the interaction between the user and the system will help to understand how the user will move about the environment and with what level of […]

1
2 years, 9 months ago
Continue Reading

A Brand’s Best Friend: Testing for Mobile Optimization

The growing importance of mobile optimization has made it the focus of brands in every industry. Since more and more users are relying on their smartphones and tablets to communicate with companies, the optimal user experience is entrenched in being the best in mobile. In order to stay relevant in the market, brands must adhere to the trends that surface. One of the best ways to ensure that your company is ready to compete would be to engage in mobile device testing. 

 Some prepping is necessary before you can move forward with the testing process. Start from the very beginning – consider your available time frame and budget, which will assist in determining the processes that will cater most optimally to your needs. Consider Your Surroundings Additionally, think about how the test will be set up and the physical environment in which it will take place. This may seem […]

1
2 years, 9 months ago
Continue Reading

3 Ways to Improve Usability for Better SEO

Web usability overlaps with many UX best practices, particularly Search Engine Optimization. Studies have shown that some benefits of properly accessible sites include better overall search results, reduced costs and increased audience reach. Search engines are not human – this we know. As this is the case, there are only a narrow number of specifications that they can detect from the mass amount of content that is processed. The engines are however, constantly being optimized, and are capable of delivering a great deal of intuitions through sifting engagement numbers, user patterns and links to determine rankings about a specific site. Content Useful, thoughtful and targeted messaging will increase the UX of a site, increasing the probability that a visitor will return to the site and have a good feeling about it. Notwithstanding the value of return visits, the encouragement of sharing via social media or on additional platforms, the application of bookmarks and resulting inbound links will all […]

2
2 years, 11 months ago