User Insights

Tell them about the drill, not the hole

September 5, 2016

I recall being taught about features & benefits in the marketing part of my MBA. We were told nobody wants a drill – they want a hole. The drill is just a means to an end, so you have to talk about the benefits of the hole not the features of the drill. However, often this does […]

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Supplier portals – a UX nightmare!

August 25, 2016

  Supplier portals must rate as one of the worst areas for UX experiences. Have you been unfortunate enough to have to use the Bravo portal or the ProContract service – horrid, yes? I can only assume they think we will jump through any number of hoops to get their business so they don’t have […]

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Hamburgers don’t give off scent!

August 2, 2016

Like many commentators we think the increasing trend of using hamburgers at desktop screen resolutions is a triumph of bad design over good usability. Primarily because it hides the links. Hamburgers give off no scent for users’ goals, it makes them think – not a good idea – rather than just word match. This example […]

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Why I got Brexit wrong

July 20, 2016

I don’t know about you but I found the Brexit vote quite a shock, I did not believe for a moment that the UK would vote to leave. On reflection, one of reasons for this is that I move in circles where most people were remainers. I know few leavers, or people who will admit […]

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How to use Personas

July 20, 2016

We are often asked to produce personas for websites, and will diligently research and craft these, but how can you use these effectively rather than let them gather dust in the bowels of the organisation. Here are our top tips for making sure they get used and add value: They need to be visibly present […]

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Martha Lane Fox and a vision of a united and robust digital economy

July 6, 2016

Martha Lane Fox wrote a thoughtful (as ever) piece in The Sunday Times last weekend in which she talks about spreading “digital skills to unite the nation”. In the wake of the Brexit vote she argues for an inclusion agenda in which the 12.6 million adults in the UK with no digital skills must have […]

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When usability testing goes strategic

June 27, 2016

Recently we have been working with a start-up business developing a new website. They were working on tight timescales and budgets so it was essential that the research delivered added-value: it went well beyond ‘usability testing’ and significantly informed the strategic USP and brand proposition. The client, a provider of business finance, assumed that processing […]

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So you think you know what is ‘normal’

May 26, 2016

I was reading an article in the Sunday papers about middle aged men drinking too much. This was accompanied by pieces by people who drank more than 50 units per week. These were not raving alcoholics but people with good jobs and happy family lives that you might meet in the course of your professional […]

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Hall of shame – 17 steps to get my Vodafone bill

March 30, 2016

Every month I need to go to the Vodafone website to print a copy of my mobile bill in order to submit my expenses. Every month I have to click 17 times to get this bit of paper. Every time it infuriates me. So that is 12 times a year I have a bad user […]

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