The User Experience of Meeting Software (2022)

The worst of the pandemic may be over, but many changes remain, including our heavy use of meeting software. The last time we investigated the user experience of meeting software was at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, with our article published in April 2020. At that time, the usage of online meeting software had

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Effect of Thinking Aloud on UX Metrics: A Review of The Evidence

Think Aloud (TA) usability testing is a popular UX research method. Having participants speak their thoughts as they attempt tasks helps researchers understand possible sources of misunderstandings so they can identify and potentially fix problems. The signature method of having users think aloud can trace its roots back to psychoanalysis and work from Freud (psychoanalysis),

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UX and NPS Benchmarks of Ticketing Websites (2022)

In 2020–2021, lockdowns and limits on social gatherings during the global pandemic forced the cancellation of sporting events, concerts, theatrical performances, and more. Now, the live events industry has re-emerged even stronger than before, as fans are eager to return to their favorite venues and stadiums. Even though the average cost of tickets has increased

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What Percentage of Participants Think Aloud?

What percentage of users are willing to participate in a TA study? The Think Aloud (TA) method, in which participants speak their thoughts as they attempt to complete tasks, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of usability testing. Think Aloud, as a method for understanding human attitudes and behavior, has been around for over

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Evaluation of Three SEQ Variants

The Single Ease Question (SEQ®) is a single seven-point item that measures the perceived ease of task completion. It is commonly used in usability testing. Since its introduction in 2009 [PDF], some researchers have made variations in its design. Figure 1 shows the version that we currently use. In 2022, we decided to test some

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A Taxonomy of Common UX Research Methods

User experience research has a wide variety of methods. From one perspective, it’s good because there’s usually a method for whatever research question you need to answer. On the other hand, it’s hard to keep track of all these methods. Some methods, such as usability testing, are commonly used and have been around for decades.

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Does Thinking Aloud Increase Study Dropout Rates?

The Think Aloud (TA) method is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of usability testing. The method involves having participants speak their thoughts as they attempt tasks on an interface. Think Aloud as a method for understanding human attitudes and behavior has been around for over a century. While we often think of the Think

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Comparison of SEQ With and Without Numbers

Over the past few months, we’ve conducted several studies with different versions of the seven-point Single Ease Question (SEQ®), a popular task-level metric for perceived ease-of-use. As we’ve seen with other research on rating scales, response means tend to be rather stable despite often salient changes to formatting. In our earlier SEQ research, we found

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The Methods UX Professionals Use (2022)

The wide range of UX methods is one of the things that makes UX such an interesting field. Some methods, like usability testing, have been around for decades. Others are more recent additions, and some seem to be just slight variations on other existing methods. We’ve been tracking and analyzing the methods UX professionals reported

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