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Best of Usabilla 2011: A Roundup of Our Favorite Posts Theory

Best of Usabilla 2011: A Roundup of Our Favorite Posts

What a year it was! While working on some very cool stuff we have to show you in 2012, we also have some time for introspection. Hereby an overview of our favorite articles. We had a lot of fun making the blog what it is now, and are eager to keep at it in the new year. Thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for a lot more!
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Usabilla Report: The UX of 18 leading travel websites Demo UX Cases

Usabilla Report: The UX of 18 leading travel websites

Summer finally hit Amsterdam. In the vacation high season we decided to devote our very first quarterly user experience report to the travel sector. We lined up a total of 18 travel sites in three different categories (hotels, airlines, and comparison sites) and invited 800 participants to give feedback and perform simple tasks.

Report: UX in the Travel Sector (cover)Screenshot: Shatner made quite an impression on Priceline.com

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Book a cheap ticket: how four sites score on usability Demo UX Cases

Book a cheap ticket: how four sites score on usability

How many times have you tried to book a ticket online and got frustrated by all the options and the cluttered information? Though travel sites embrace the importance of usability and constantly try to improve their sites, still they often fail to deliver a great customer experience (reference). The reason, in many cases, is that the goals  of the travel site and that of the user conflict. You might be stressfully looking for a last-minute ticket to see your loved one, while the travel site wants to sell you a package of vacations to Mallorca. It’s not the right moment, but the travel website unfortunately doesn’t know it, and craves to convert… Result? FAIL!

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Underdogs beat Expedia in usability showdown Demo UX Cases

Underdogs beat Expedia in usability showdown

The international travel site Expedia (Alexa Rank 816) gets defeated by its competitors Hotwire, Priceline, and Travelocity on basic usability tasks. Expedia performed the worst in a usability showdown between the four major international travel sites. A total of 148 people participated in this usability test and tried to perform three basic tasks on one of the four websites.

Alexa rank for Expedia, Hotwire, Travelocity, and Priceline

Alexa rank for Expedia, Hotwire, Travelocity, and Priceline

Book a room in Amsterdam

The 148 participants tried to book a hotel room in Amsterdam in a certain price range on one of the four big travel websites. They had to find a way to search for a hotel room (task 1), limit their search on price (task 2), and book a room in the correct price range (task 3). The task performance was measured by the success rate and the time per task.

Expedia homepage

Expedia, Hotwire, Travelocity, and Priceline

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