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Positive word of mouth is a critical driver of future growth for consumer software products. Along with features and capabilities, user experience is a key determinant of how likely users adopt new technology and recommend software. We’ve found that usability accounts for between 30% and 60% of the variation in Net Promoter Scores. A positive experience leads customers to recommend a product. A negative experience,

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User Experience is a fast growing and popular field. It’s been listed as one of the best professions offering some of the best jobs. It’s not surprising then that people are interested in learning how to both get into the field and advance their career within it. I spoke with a few attendees at the UXPA annual conference in Toronto who were new to the

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In the era of big data, the issue is less about not having enough data, but about deriving enough meaning from the data you have. Techniques and tools that help quickly identify patterns and insights to help improve user experiences are becoming increasingly important. For years we have helped companies benchmark the overall website user experience with the SUPR-Q and granular task experiences using metrics

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Understanding who your users are and what they think about an experience is an essential step for measuring and improving the user experience. Part of understanding your users is understanding how they are similar and different with respect to demographics, psychographics, and behaviors. These groupings are often called clusters or segments to refer to the shared characteristics within each group. Clusters play an important role

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Despite the attention consumer-based mobile apps, websites, and software get, a lot of the world depends on business software. Business software supports core functions for organizations such as productivity tasks, communication, accounting, and sales. Along with features and capabilities, the user experience of software is a key determinant of how likely users adopt new technology and recommend the product. Benchmarking is an essential step in

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Personas are a staple of UX research. Some 70% of practitioners report using them. Persona creation is typically a qualitative process using a small sample size. Researchers conduct in-depth interviews and observations with small samples of participants (usually 5-20 people) in order to derive a rich and comprehensive profile of individuals that use, or could use, a product or service. Personas get names, faces, and

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Management often gets blamed for not appreciating or understanding the importance of UX. While managers can’t be expected to fully grasp all details of UX research and design, if they (or you) are going to effectively manage the efforts, you should know best how to measure them. Here are ten key concepts for managing and measuring UX. 1. Adopt a measurement plan. A good UX

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A better user experience can lead to increased satisfaction, more loyal customers, and ultimately more revenue. But what does it take to deliver a better user experience? Will applying one of the many methods, or hiring the right UX designer or researcher suffice? There is a general sense in the UX community that a mature UX organization will lead to a better user experience. This

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While our company, MeasuringU, is generally known for quantitative analysis (we wrote the book), we also have no problem using and recommending qualitative research when it’s appropriate. In fact, we believe in a mixed-methods approach to addressing UX research needs. It’s not Qual OR Quant but Qual AND Quant. Here are five points to help you approach and more successfully conduct qualitative research: 1. Decide

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The range of methods available to the researcher is one of the things that makes UX research such an interesting and effective field. The recently completed UXPA salary survey provides one of the more comprehensive pictures of the methods practitioners use. It contains data from over 1200 respondents from 37 countries collected in 2016. Similar data was collected in 2014 and 2011 with similarly sized

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