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UX and NPS Benchmarks of Home Paint Websites (2023)

Watching paint dry might be the definition of boring, but the process of picking a paint color and actually painting usually isn’t. Shopping for paint, however, can be frustrating. One early pain point is picking the right brand and color of paint. The process of selecting a paint often starts online at paint websites. Paint

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Does Thinking Aloud Reduce the Evaluator Effect?

In Think Aloud (TA) testing, participants speak their thoughts while attempting tasks. The process is meant to help researchers identify usability problems and potential fixes. Indeed, in an earlier analysis, we found an increase in problem discovery. Our evaluation of 153 videos, split between TA and non-TA, revealed that evaluators uncovered 36–50% more problems with

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Are 3D Graphs Always Worse Than 2D Graphs?

There are many ways to visually display quantitative information. Excel offers dozens of chart types and color combinations, including those in 3D. But is it good practice to use 3D graphs? Edward Tufte is a famous and vocal critic of using 3D elements or any other decoration in graphs. In his book, Visual Display of

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Essential Metrics for Click Testing

Click testing is an efficient UX research method for understanding where people click on an image. In an earlier article, we reviewed when and why to use a click test. It is often used in the design and release phases of product development, and it generates mostly quantitative data. We also showed how click testing

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Classifying Tech Savviness Levels with Technical Activity Checklists

In an earlier article, we demonstrated the validity of measuring tech savviness with technical activity checklists (TAC™) by analyzing the correlation between TAC scores and successful completion rates in four usability studies. The TAC scores significantly correlated with success rates (i.e., people with higher levels of tech savviness tended to complete more tasks). On average,

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How Have UX Job Titles Changed in the Last 15 Years?

What we do on the job can change. Jobs change and job titles change. Sometimes the titles change more than the jobs. For example, what do you call someone who professionally creates software? One analysis shows that the most popular job title associated with this function has evolved from Computer Programmer in the 1980s, to

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UX and NPS Benchmarks of Home Improvement Websites (2023)

The home improvement industry has experienced continued growth in the United States over the last several years, with market value projected to exceed $600 billion by 2025, according to Statista. Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced people into lockdowns in 2020, interest has increased in do-it-yourself (DIY) projects such as painting, remodeling, and landscaping, contributing to

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Does Removing the Neutral Response Option Affect Rating Behavior?

Many topics about the design of rating scales can provoke strong opinions and heated debates. The arguments include whether or not scales should include a neutral response. Unlike rating scales with an even number of points (e.g., 4, 6, or 10), rating scales with an odd number of points (e.g., 5, 7, or 11) contain

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Validating a Tech Savviness Metric for UX Research

Some participants in usability studies complete a task effortlessly, while others struggle with the same task. In retrospective UX surveys, some respondents report having an easy time using a website and strongly recommend it to others, but others report having a much poorer website experience. Why? What explains the discrepancy between experiences, especially when the

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Sample Sizes for Comparing Rating Scales to a Benchmark

Is product satisfaction above average? Is it best in class? Do customers have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the current product? When UX researchers want to measure attitudes and intentions, they often ask respondents to complete multipoint items like the one shown in Figure 1. It’s also common to set a target benchmark for

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