Why do you trust Mint? Takeaways from a visual survey
Two weeks ago we published four tiny visual surveys to help inspire Usabilla users. Our users and visitors participated in these surveys and shared their feedback on different webpages. We will share the results of these test cases to give you an idea of how these short visual surveys can help you understanding your users. As requested we will start with a selection of the results from the Mint demo case: “Click on the things that make you trust Mint. Please explain why.”
We analyzed the results 177 participants in this survey. These participants answered the question with 596 points (3.4 points / participant) and explained with 140 notes (0.8 / participant). We will share four takeaways based on a selection of their feedback.
Press boosts credibility more than a testimonial
Users seem to value the opinion of the press about Mint more than testimonials by their peers. A total of 84 users (48%) of all users clicked in the middle section “Why our users love Mint” and “What the press is saying”. Only 23 users shared that the testimonial from a Mint user made them trust Mint more. The short quotes from Money Magazine, The New York Times, Good Morning America, and PC Magazine impressed users: 74 users (42%) clicked on one of the logo’s or quotes.
Some quotes from our participants:
“Social Proof, from credible sources who’d I’d expect to raise concerns. Assuming this links to the review, it’s even more credible.”
“references from well known magazines are good too!”
“editor’s choice award sounds awesome”
“good reviews of big names create trust”
“I trust money magazine”
“credible magazine rating”
“Any reference to outside well-known publications help.”
Earn trust for free
We all love free. The free mentions and signup buttons were attractive targets for participants.
Some quotes from the participants:
“Free package offer is always better. Makes me want to try out the service if I find it interesting”
“Yes – a free try out! However – could be even more clear: “Totally Free”
“I can see if I like it”
Quote, quote, and quote
More than half of all points participants used to mark elements that help to gain trust were external sources. Mint is using quotes from media coverage, reviews, user testimonials, and security certificates to boost credibility. 21% of all users clicked on the reviews and ratings in the header of the page, 13% of all users clicked on the user testimonials, 41% clicked on the quotes from the press, and 30% of all the users clicked one or more of the security certificates in the footer of the page.
Selection of feedback about these sections from users in our test:
“I read Money Magazine and I trust them.”
“reviews and ratings”
“A good indicator that a site is safe”
“Having this logo always makes me feel better about doing business with a website”
“secure website sign #1″
“virus safe and good certifications”
“Testimonials, of course it brings trust. But …. like I said, does Google knows what am I going to eat tonight? ;)”
It’s all in the (visual) details
Even the smallest visual details got the attention of participants in the test. A selection of some interesting eye-catchers on the homepage of Mint:
20 points have been placed on top of the small icons in front of the ‘Signup’ and ‘Login’ buttons.
“The lock is a really good idea. Helps to build a sense of security and that it will be safe to use the site”
“lock icon (implies security)”
“Padlock sign!!! Means nothing, but is reassuring anyway.”
17 users clicked on the stars in the Money Magazine rating.
“Star ratings tend to attract my attention – step 2 is the source… If that’s cool: That’s cool!”
“5 stars.. this thing must be good”
The piechart is an important eye-catcher for 20% of all users.
“charts are appealing”
“good looking chart”
“This pie defines the website, ..”
“Data = credibility”
“I’m glad I’m not the only one spending half my income on rent.”
Multiple users commented on Mint’s brand identity like the logo, visuals, and overall styling.
“grass + green = positive”
“the grass is sothing”
“nice shade, leafs”
“the overall design of the website makes a good impression from the first.”
Want to know more?
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