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Benchmarking is an essential part of a plan to systematically improve the user experience. A regular benchmark study is a great way to show how design improvements may or may not be improving the user experience of websites and products. After you’ve decided you’re ready to conduct a benchmark, you’ll need to consider whether to conduct it internally within your company or outsource all or

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As the world continues to go mobile, there’s a huge demand for both mobile devices and cellular plans from mobile carriers. A lot of that buying happens online. Having a good online experience for wireless carriers ensures customers select the right device and plan. If customers can’t find the right device or have questions about the already complicated plans, they need to visit a store,

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It was another busy year on MeasuringU.com with 50 new articles, a new website, a new unmoderated research platform (MUIQ), and our 5th UX Bootcamp. In 2017 over 1.2 million people viewed our articles. Thank You! The most common topics we covered include: usability testing, benchmarking, the 3Ms of methods, metrics and measurement, and working with online panels. Here’s a summary of the articles I

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A good measure of customer loyalty should be valid, reliable, and sensitive to changes in customer attitudes. For the most part, the Net Promoter Score achieves this (although it does have its drawbacks). One area the Net Promoter Score lacks in is how its scoring approach adds “noise” to the customer loyalty signal. The process of subtracting detectors from promoters may be “executive friendly” but

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To understand problems on a website, nothing quite beats watching users. The process provides a wealth of information both about what users can or can’t do and what might be causing problems in an interface. The major drawback to watching users live or recordings of sessions is that it takes a lot of focused time. 5 to 20 participants—the typical sample size in moderated studies—isn’t

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Benchmarking is an essential step in making quantitative improvements to the user experience of a website, app, or product. In an earlier article and course, I discussed the benefits of regularly benchmarking and it's the topic of my forthcoming book. While technology platforms like MUIQ have made unmoderated benchmarks popular, moderated benchmarks are still essential for benchmarking physical products, and desktop and enterprise software. It

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The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a popular metric for measuring customer loyalty. For many companies, it’s THE only metric that matters. With such wide usage across different industries, departments, and companies of various sizes, it’s no surprise many questions and controversies arise. Some are systemic—should the NPS be used as a key metric?—and some are trivial—should the NPS be treated as a percentage? In

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Many researchers are familiar with the Hawthorne Effect in which people act differently when observed. It was named when researchers found workers at the Hawthorne Works factory performed better not because of increased lighting but because they were being watched. This observer effect happens not only with people but also with particles. In physics, the mere act of observing a phenomenon (like subatomic particle movement)

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The System Usability Scale (SUS) is the most widely used questionnaire for measuring the perception of usability. It’s been around for more than 30 years. While its original term “system” has fallen somewhat out of favor, its usage has not—with thousands of citations in the literature. The system can be anything from business software, consumer software, websites, mobile apps, or hardware. With such wide usage

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Surveys often suffer from having too many questions. Many items are redundant or don’t measure what they intend to measure. Even worse, survey items are often the result of “design by committee” with more items getting added over time to address someone’s concerns. Let's say an organization uses the following items in a customer survey: Satisfaction Importance Usefulness Ease of use Happiness Delight Net Promoter

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