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Improving user experiences on the web is something we have been passionate about for years. After working for web agencies and working client side, we will use this area of the blog to share our ideas and knowledge on how to improve user experience.

Trust, focus & upsell – 3 UX lessons from online florists

26 Mar

Trust, focus & upsell - 3 UX lessons from online florists

Recently I read a really interesting article on how airlines are looking to other industries like retail, automotive, and hospitality in an attempt to improve the passenger experience.  About time too!

Looking at other industries is good practice

It’s a common approach in business to look sideways at other industry best practices to generate ideas for improvement. Rather than just look at the quote form for an insurance provider for example, we would commonly also look at airlines, ticket booking sites, and hotel booking sites to see how they deal with the quote and buy process. We find that this approach typically sparks great ideas, which would have been missed if we had only looked at direct competitors.
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Damian Rees

About Damian Rees

Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

5 alternatives to CAPTCHA that won’t baffle or frustrate users

19 Mar

5 alternatives to CAPTCHA that won't baffle or frustrate users

We spend several hours every week conducting usability tests on a variety of different websites. In our research we often see people struggle with CAPTCHA, the anti-spam solution designed to differentiate between a human and a spambot. It’s easy to see why web teams adopt this tool to avoid spam – it is clearly an effective tool. However, they are probably not aware of how frustrating users find it! We regularly hear users say things like “oh I hate these things”, “not this thing again”, “why are they making it difficult for me?” In some cases we have seen users abandon a site altogether when faced with a CAPTCHA tool.

As a result of our observations we recommend that our clients remove the CAPTCHA tool from their site. In a recent client meeting we had a long discussion about the UX implications of anti-spam tools, and they challenged us to find a better alternative, that protected them from spam but didn’t frustrate users in the process. We accepted that challenge and thought we’d share the findings with our readers. In reverse order, we provide our top 5 CAPTCHA alternatives.
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Caroline Bell

About Caroline Bell

Caroline is a User Experience Consultant. With over six years’ experience in digital she loves to understand user and business needs to create better online experiences. Caroline loves a good challenge; whether it’s running a marathon, climbing the three Peak Mountains or solving a complex digital problem. Follow her on Twitter @cazbell

4 tips to increase conversions by improving your navigation and drop down menus

12 Dec

Choosing the right navigation can be a minefield. Before you know it you’ve accidentally stuffed every single option into one gigantic menu, overwhelmed your visitors and deterred them from purchasing from your site. A mega drop down menu has become the popular navigation choice for online retailers, such as House of Fraser, however as with any type of navigation it does have its drawbacks. Despite this, if designed properly these restraints can be overcome and can help to increase conversions and drive online sales.

4 tips to increase conversions by improving your navigation and drop down menus
Here are 4 top tips on how you can improve your mega drop down menus and start seeing results right away:
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Jenny Coford

About Jenny Coford

Jenny is a Graphic Design graduate with a passion for communication, who joined our team in November 2013. She has been busy immersing herself in the world of UX, creating Axure prototypes and researching the latest digital trends to share with you. She has a real obsession with organisation, so can usually be found writing the next office to-do list. Follow Jenny on twitter @jennycoford

3 ways to stop driving customers crazy with online quote forms

16 Oct

3 ways to stop driving customers crazy with online quote forms
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Stop driving your customers crazy by forcing them to fill in endless forms before they’ve had a chance to decide what they need. As a financial services provider, if you are doing this it’s likely you are missing out on conversions. Why? Because customers don’t always understand which product they need, there are often complex concepts they need to digest in order to make a decision and they are being bombarded with difficult questions that they hadn’t even considered!
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Damian Rees

About Damian Rees

Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

Rethinking UX: A must have ebook

19 Aug

Rethinking UX ebook cover

 

At the beginning of the year we wrote an article on improving your website usability tests for Smashing Magazine. So we were delighted when we found out they wanted to include our article in their new ebook ‘Rethinking UX’. The book is packed full of advice from the top thinkers and leaders in the industry and provides practical advice based on personal experiences of the experts.
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Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

Stop waiting for the perfect time to run usability tests

30 Jul

No one is perfect, that's why pencils have erasers

 

“Perfectionism is the enemy of progress”. This is a quote I’ve found to be very true throughout my life. Whenever I hear it or read it, I remember to stop trying to do everything perfectly and focus on getting things done once they are good enough. Once I start focusing on good enough, my to do list shortens, I’m meeting deadlines, and generally feeling like I’m getting somewhere again. So when I see clients doing the same thing I try to encourage them to focus on progress rather than perfection.
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Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

Think little and often when assigning your UX budget

24 Apr

Allocating UX budgets

 

Many clients get in touch with us when they have a big project for us to work on. They might want us to usability test an entire website, redesign a website, or design a new app. Whatever the project, they seem to have a one off large chunk of budget assigned to UX which they are intent on ‘blowing’ in one go. Whilst there are occasions when this is needed, we find that the little and often approach is much more beneficial to the long term usability of a product. But it does take a mind-set shift within the organisation.
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Ali Carmichael

About Ali Carmichael

Ali (or Alasdair) is an experienced project manager who loves his Gantt charts and milestones! He has over 12 years' experience managing successful online experiences for world class brands. Ali is responsible for ensuring our clients love what we do for them. Follow Ali on twitter @AliJCarmichael

Explaining what user experience is & why it is important

18 Dec

What I do - explaining user experience

I still don’t know what to say when people ask me what I do. After 13 years of being in the user experience profession I should have a standard response by now. But I either over complicate it by explaining in detail what I do, or I over simplify with “I’m a design consultant”, “I do market research” or” I’m in web design”. Recently I’ve tried explaining that I help companies design products that look great, work well and fit users needs but I still get that vacant expression in response.

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About Damian Rees

Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees