What is User Experience and why is it so important?
What is the User Experience?
The User Experience is everything that happens to your users when they interact with your business or organisation via your website, application or online communications. It includes everything they see, hear and do as well as their emotional reactions.
Why is the User Experience so important?
For many years, hugely successful companies like Google, Twitter, eBay and Amazon have recognised that the User Experience has a direct impact on their bottom line. These companies didn't succeed by chance. They continuously test every aspect of their business with real users to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction.
That's because on the internet, the customer is king. At any point your visitors can opt to leave your website and go elsewhere - usually to a competitor. We have all experienced this when we've visited a website that was slow or buggy or simply made it difficult for us to achieve our objectives.
Common sense tells us that if your users can't find information easily or have trouble buying your products they will quickly leave your website and shop elsewhere..
And they won't come back.
Econsultancy identified that a good User Experience:
- Increases sales and online conversions
- Improves brand perception
- Improves Google search rankings
- Reduces customer dissatisfaction and churn
- Reduces the costs of development and support
What is User Experience Testing?
User Experience testing has several names—UX Testing, usability testing, and user testing to name a few. They all refer to the process of understanding what users do and why they do it.
Traditional user testing involves individual test participants who are recruited to sit at a computer and be observed carrying out tasks that they are given. The process of watching and listening to real people carry out these tasks provides a great insight into what works and what doesn't, and, critically—why.
Traditional usability testing is very effective but it is time consuming and expensive and, as a result, few organisations invest in it. We believe that everybody should be able to reap the benefits of UX testing so we created WhatUsersDo to make the whole process faster, easier, and much, much cheaper. For everyone.
It sounds simple. And it is. But it is an extremely effective way of helping you understand what you can do to improve your user experience and increase sales, build brand loyalty, and grow the number of customers coming to your website.
Video: Why Should You Use Remote User Experience (UX) Testing?
How does User Experience Testing help me?
User Experience testing lets you see your website (or any digital content) from the perspective of a real user.
It’s about observing what people actually do, and hearing what they think as they interact with your website, application, or marketing content.
It’s the best way to discover what works (so you can do it more), what doesn't work, and WHY. Then use these insights to fix it.
If you use analytics software (like Google Analytics or Adobe Marketing Cloud) then your conversion goals, funnels, and statistics will tell you a great deal about what happens on your website. User experience testing tells you why.
Why your users stay and why they leave
Why they buy and why they don't
Why they pay and why they abandon their shopping carts
Why they buy from your competitors and not from you
In fact, you can test pretty much anything and find out what your users do and why they do it.
Video: 3 Problems that Remote User Experience (UX) Testing Solves
What the experts say
"Usability problems kill conversions. There’s no easier way to grow a business than to eliminate them."
"Improving user experience can increase both revenue and customer satisfaction while lowering costs."
"Studies show that for every dollar a company invests to increase usability, it receives $10-$100 in benefits, and wins customer satisfaction and loyalty".