Measuring UX: From the UMUX-Lite to the UX-Lite

For the past few years, we’ve written extensively about our research and usage of the UMUX-Lite. That research has followed the increase in popularity of this compact questionnaire. From its initial publication in 2013, the UMUX-Lite (Usability Metric for User Experience—Lite Version) has become an increasingly popular measure of perceived usability. Figure 1 shows the

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A Review of Alternates for the UMUX-Lite Usefulness Item

The UMUX-Lite is a popular two-item measure of perceived usability that combines perceived ratings of Ease and Usefulness, as shown in Figure 1.     Figure 1: Standard version of the UMUX-Lite (standard item wording with five-point scales). Since we began regularly using the UMUX-Lite in our practice, we’ve had numerous clients ask whether it

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UX and Net Promoter Benchmarks of Drugstore Websites

Drugstores seem to be on every city corner. They are a blend of convenience store, retailer, and pharmacy. Drugstores are a type of mass merchant enterprise, but they fit in a smaller box than their big-box counterparts. According to Kentley Insights, the total 2020 drugstore revenue in the United States was $312.1 billion. Additionally, e-commerce

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Replicating Assessments of Two UMUX-Lite Usefulness Alternates

The original wording of the UMUX-Lite Perceived Usefulness item is “{Product}’s capabilities meet my requirements.” Since we started using the UMUX-Lite in our practice, we’ve had numerous clients ask whether it would be possible to simplify the wording of this item to more closely match the simplicity of the UMUX-Lite Perceived Ease item, “{Product} is

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UX and Net Promoter Benchmarks of Mass Merchant Websites

With the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on consumer shopping behavior (e.g., increased online shopping for delivery or contactless pickup), mass merchant revenues rose dramatically in 2020 and the first part of 2021. For example, Target reported a $15B sales growth in 2020, higher than its total sales growth over the past 11 years. For another example,

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UX and Net Promoter Benchmarks of Auto Insurance Websites

Fifteen minutes could save you 15%. Nationwide is on your side. You’re in good hands with Allstate. Auto insurance commercials are ubiquitous. It’s no wonder, considering the market. In 2020, the population of the United States was 331,000,000, and 230,000,000 Americans were licensed drivers. If you drive, you should have auto insurance. Until recently, most

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Randomization

What a Randomization Test Is and How to Run One in R

The two-sample t-test is one of the most widely used statistical tests, assessing whether mean differences between two samples are statistically significant. It can be used to compare two samples of many UX metrics, such as SUS scores, SEQ scores, and task times. The t-test, like most statistical tests, has certain requirements (assumptions) for its

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Change Verbs

From Soared to Plummeted: Can We Quantify Change Verbs?

Cases spike, home prices surge, and stock prices tank: we read headlines like these daily. But what is a spike and how much is a surge? When does something crater versus tank or just fall? Headlines are meant to grab our attention. They often communicate the dramatic story the author wants to tell rather than

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Latin and Greco-Latin Experimental Designs for UX Research

During the fall in the northern hemisphere, leaves change colors, birds fly south, and the temperature gets colder. Do the birds change the color of the leaves, and does their departure make the temperature colder? What if you gave participants two versions of a rating scale, with the first having responses ordered from strongly disagree

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The UX of Vacation Rental Websites

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in how people have vacationed in 2020. To get away from it all without spending time in crowded places, vacationers have turned to vacation rental websites and have planned longer stays. For example, Airbnb recently reported a year-to-year doubling of long-term (>28 days) rentals and a shift

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