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The Handicap of Hype Announcements

The Handicap of Hype

Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince journalists that what you’ve made is worth the misery of having to review it.” — Federico Fellini

Publicly launching your startup and scoring a post at one or more of the mythical tech blogs might seem to be the ultimate way to kickstart your early stage startup. In many cases it isn’t. Sustainable growth needs different mechanisms. Don’t pat yourself on the shoulder for that one time hit that distort your metrics, but instead focus on the triggers and channels that help you to grow your user base in both volume as activity constantly. Pitch potential customers and the real thought-leaders in your field, instead of wasting energy inside the small world of techies.

Traffic from Techcrunch after mobile release

Traffic referred from Techcrunch.com after the release of our mobile version

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How User Scenarios Help To Improve Your UX

Why would I take the effort to write a user scenario? I know my target group—is that not enough to design for them? Knowing your target group is important and working with personas definitely helps to ‘get to know’ your users. What personas do not tell you is why users come to your site, what exactly they are looking for and how they go about it. A good user scenario helps you grasp your users goals and design your product to perfectly match them. Get to know your users, understand their motivation for visiting your site and then start designing. Let’s have a look at how working with user scenarios can help us to achieve a high user experience.

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5 Effective Ways for Usability Testing to Play Nice with Agile Design

5 Effective Ways for Usability Testing to Play Nice with Agile

Usability testing has been a fundamental tool in the UX arsenal for decades now. The value of actually meeting your customers and letting them experience your product makes a significant impact to the shape of that product. In it’s most formal version, testing can be a multi-day, multi-thousand $/€ process that delivers final analysis days if not weeks later. With many organizations moving to an Agile philosophy and methodology, UX practitioners are finding it difficult to integrate formal usability testing into this faster-paced, iterative approach to software development.

See? Lions and zebras can get along. So, too, can Agile and Usability Testing.

See? Lions and zebras can get along. So, too, can Agile and Usability Testing.

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The Perfect Task: Optimizing Usability Tasks And Questions

Automated remote usability testing is a very simple and efficient way to gather feedback on digital interfaces – if done correctly. When you do usability testing automated AND remotely, it’s good to keep in mind that the participant is missing some common communication channels. You ask participants for feedback, but you can’t see their faces, while your participants can’t ask any questions to express discomfort or uncertainty. When you’re aware of these limitations you’re able to compensate for  it by carefully designing your test questions.

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Test before you spend: simple early stage user testing Design

Test before you spend: simple early stage user testing

An astonishing design, wide content, and innovative interactive elements might be of no use if not focused on the future user. The actual users foreknowledge, needs, and interests must be met to offer both a satisfying source of information and positive user experience. This sounds complicated, but really, user centred design is just a matter of the right approach. The key is to start user testing early…

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Transparent Usability Announcements

Transparent Usability

Usabilla helps you to collect feedback from your users. We take a new approach to usability testing with visual feedback & transparency. We provide a tool to actively involve your users in the process of design & improvement. Test your website or concept in less then 15 minutes.

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