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An increasing amount of shopping is done online. Almost $100 billion worth of products were sold online during the two-month Christmas buying season of 2016. It’s become especially easy for consumers to find the lowest price on a product. If consumers can’t find needed information, purchase a product easily, or don’t trust the brand or information on a website, they go elsewhere and may tell

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Online panels are the go-to method for collecting data quickly for market and UX research studies. Despite their wide usage, surprisingly little is known about these panels, such as the characteristics of the panel members or the reliability and accuracy of the data collected from them. While there isn’t much published data on the inner workings of panels, we’ve conducted our own research and compiled

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The results of the 2016 UXPA salary survey are in. This is the 5th UXPA survey we've crunched the numbers for and it showed similar patterns as 2014. The Results The data was collected from September-December 2016 using a non-probability sample. Initial respondents were recruited through postings on professional networks and websites, such as UXPA and LinkedIn. Additional respondents were recruited using snowball sampling. Please

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The fundamental idea behind usability testing is that the interface creator is not the user. We can broaden the idea of an interface to encompass more than websites and software as Don Norman famously illustrated in his book The Design of Everyday Things. An interface is the point where people and systems interact. An interface can be words, images, light switches, door handles,  or complex

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There’s been a lot of buzz about design thinking. What it means, how to apply its principles, and even if it’s a new concept. While design thinking is usually applied to more scientific endeavors, scientific thinking can also benefit design. While it may be a less-trendy topic, a scientific approach to design is certainly effective. Scientific principles lead to better decision making about designs, which

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Market segmentation is a valuable technique to understand the commonalities between customers. Knowing current and prospective customers' similarities and differences allows an organization to introduce new products or modify existing ones, and more effectively communicate and sell to the customers most interested in those products. We’ve conducted a number of market segmentations for clients and use advanced statistical techniques to identify clusters. But what leads

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User and customer research fundamentally rely on collecting data from users and customers. But it can be a constant challenge to find the right number and type of qualified participants . Even when you find the right participants, there’s a limit to how much time they’re willing to spend filling out a survey. A common question we get from clients is how long is too

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Visualizing data can make digesting numbers easier and ideally lead to more efficient and accurate decisions. Graphs and visualizations aren’t without their risks, though. The choice of scales, graph types, and styles can all have an effect, for better or worse, on how your audience interprets the findings. Here are 10 best practices (and what to watch for) that we’ve compiled from our own experiences

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Online panels are a major source of participants for both market research and UX research studies. In an earlier article I summarized some of the research on the accuracy and variability of estimates from online panels. The types of estimates from those studies tended to center around general demographic or psychographic questions (e.g., smoking, newspaper readership). To understand whether similar findings would hold for UX-related

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Content is king. Whether it’s for books, movies, audio books, news sites, or entertainment websites. When you have good content people will come and stay. But if people can’t find the content or there’s too much friction in the experience you’ll likely lose your audience even with killer content. An increasing number of consumers now subscribe to a premium content service like Netflix, Hulu, or

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