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Lily Dart
Freelance user experience design & research
No excuses
user research
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Most of us are plagued by
opinion-driven design
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Design and development
based on subjective
opinion, not objective data
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
When we can’t agree, it’s
the highest paid opinion
who gets to break the ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Forced to prioritise features based on internal
wants and pressures
Make ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Forced to prioritise features based on internal
wants and pressures
Make ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Forced to prioritise features based on internal
wants and pressures
Make ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Forced to prioritise features based on internal
wants and pressures
Make ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
For most of us,
this sucks
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
To counter to subjective
opinions, we need
objective data
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
We just don’t have the time,
money or people to do
research.”
“
Excuse
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
We already have a site that
people use. Why do I need to
know more about ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
We already know what our
users want.”“
Excuse
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
We don’t know enough
about the behaviour or
needs of our users
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
User research doesn’t have
to be time consuming,
expensive or difficult
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
User research doesn’t have
to be time consuming,
expensive or difficult
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Method
Usability feedback through
complaints and bug reports
Method
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Bug reports, where no
functional bug can be
identified, are a potential
s...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
The problem does not
exist between chair and
keyboard.
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
If you’ve handled ‘PEBCAK’
reports, then you’ve been
handling usability f...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Complaints are feedback
borne of frustration and
dissatisfaction. They of...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify potential usability issues in our
interfaces
Identify mis-matche...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify potential usability issues in our
interfaces
Identify mis-matche...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify potential usability issues in our
interfaces
Identify mis-matche...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Record reports in a system that allows
tagging
Tag reports with appropria...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Record reports in a system that allows
tagging
Tag reports with appropria...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Record reports in a system that allows
tagging
Tag reports with appropria...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
I’ve just tried to make
a payment on my
credit card but the
debt is still...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
I have just moved
house and am trying
to update my address,
but the butto...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
I have just moved
house and am trying
to update my address,
but the butto...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
An individual bug report or complaint isn’t
enough to give us certainty o...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
An individual bug report or complaint isn’t
enough to give us certainty o...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
An individual bug report or complaint isn’t
enough to give us certainty o...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
An individual bug report or complaint isn’t
enough to give us certainty o...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Users who report issues in
anger are unintentionally
doing you a favour.
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify usability issues
Identify product misunderstandings
Reduce compl...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify usability issues
Identify product misunderstandings
Reduce compl...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify usability issues
Identify product misunderstandings
Reduce compl...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Complaint and bug report analysis
Dev time
None
Analysis time
30 mins +
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Method
User feedback through
transaction audits
Method
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
A transaction audit allows us
to capture feedback from
users at the point...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Transaction audits are usually
single questions or short
forms that we as...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Transaction audits give us on the spot
feedback about user interactions
T...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Transaction audits give us on the spot
feedback about user interactions
T...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Transaction audits give us on the spot
feedback about user interactions
T...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
testtransaction.com
Did you find what you were looking for?
Yes No
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Thanks for your feedback.
testtransaction.com
Did you find what you were ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Thanks for your feedback.
testtransaction.com
Did you find what you were ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
testtransaction.com
Did you find what you were looking for?
Yes No
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Did you find what you were looking for?
Yes No
What were you looking for?...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Did you find what you were looking for?
Yes No
What were you looking for?...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Thanks for your feedback.
testtransaction.com
We use all of the feedback ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
How was your shopping experience today?
We’re sorry. What could we have i...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Keep questions as simple and straightforward
as possible to maximise resp...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Keep questions as simple and straightforward
as possible to maximise resp...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Keep questions as simple and straightforward
as possible to maximise resp...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Keep questions as simple and straightforward
as possible to maximise resp...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Keep questions as simple and straightforward
as possible to maximise resp...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Audits can be created from scratch, or can be
embedded using an external ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Audits can be created from scratch, or can be
embedded using an external ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Audits can be created from scratch, or can be
embedded using an external ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
So that transactions audits do
not become intrusive to users,
they must b...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Transaction audits are
not surveys.
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Transaction audits are
not surveys.
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
They are satisfaction gauges,
or red flags for
underperforming transactio...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Transaction audits can help you to:
Gather feedback at the point of succe...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Gather feedback at the point of success or failure
Identify unsatisfactor...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Gather feedback at the point of success or failure
Identify unsatisfactor...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Transaction audits
Dev time
30 mins +
Analysis time
1 hr +
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Method
Content and language
analysis through search logs
Method
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Internal search logs are a
rich, often untapped, source
of insights about...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search log analysis
reveals the value of
“search returned no results”
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search logs can help us to identify content
missing from our site that us...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search logs can help us to identify content
missing from our site that us...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search logs can help us to identify content
missing from our site that us...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Top search queries Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassia...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Klingons
Daleks
The Doctor
Vulcans
A.I.
Borg
Cardassian
Ferengi
Hirogen
R...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Top search queries
in the top 20 most
visited pages
Klingons
Daleks
The D...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Top search queries
in the top 20 most
visited pages
Klingons
Daleks
The D...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Losing traffic for popular content to other sites
in natural search
Some ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Losing traffic for popular content to other sites
in natural search
Some ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Losing traffic for popular content to other sites
in natural search
Some ...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Top search queries
in the top 20 most
visited pages
Klingons
Daleks
The D...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search query
analysis results
User language and categorisation
doesn’t al...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Consider the timeframe for analysis; do external
factors affect your traf...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Consider the timeframe for analysis; do external
factors affect your traf...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Consider the timeframe for analysis; do external
factors affect your traf...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search log analysis can help you to:
Identify missing or difficult to fin...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search log analysis can help you to:
Identify missing or difficult to fin...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search log analysis can help you to:
Identify missing or difficult to fin...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Search log analysis
Dev time
10 mins +
Analysis time
1 hr +
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify usability issues and reduce usability
related bug reports and co...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify usability issues and reduce usability
related bug reports and co...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify usability issues and reduce usability
related bug reports and co...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Identify usability issues and reduce usability
related bug reports and co...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Using all of these methods on
a project would likely take
less than 8 hou...
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Reduced uncertainty
Better outcomes
Less conflict
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Reduced uncertainty
Better outcomes
Less conflict
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Reduced uncertainty
Better outcomes
Less conflict
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
Reduced uncertainty
Better outcomes
Less conflict
@lily_dart lilydart.com
No excuses user research
User research is the cure
for opinion-driven design.
@lily_dart lilydart.com
Lily Dart
Freelance user experience design
& user research
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As designers and developers, we don’t always have access to research to about our end users, or the opportunity to learn about them. This can leave us building products based on our managers personal opinion, or client specifications, and never really knowing how we can serve our users better.

But the good news is there are many opportunities for user research that most designers and developers just aren’t aware of. They are cheap, easy to implement, and can used straight away on almost any project.

Lily will talk you through 3 methods of no excuse user research that you can use immediately on the websites, products, apps and services you work on every day.

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No excuses user research

  1. @lily_dart lilydart.com Lily Dart Freelance user experience design & research No excuses user research
  2. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Most of us are plagued by opinion-driven design
  3. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Design and development based on subjective opinion, not objective data
  4. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research When we can’t agree, it’s the highest paid opinion who gets to break the tie
  5. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Forced to prioritise features based on internal wants and pressures Make design and language decisions based on project-leader preferences Become focused on delivery speed and uptime over usability and product fit
  6. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Forced to prioritise features based on internal wants and pressures Make design and language decisions based on project-leader preferences Become focused on delivery speed and uptime over usability and product fit
  7. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Forced to prioritise features based on internal wants and pressures Make design and language decisions based on project-leader preferences Become focused on delivery speed and uptime over usability and product fit
  8. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Forced to prioritise features based on internal wants and pressures Make design and language decisions based on project-leader preferences Become focused on delivery speed and uptime over usability and product fit
  9. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research For most of us, this sucks
  10. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research To counter to subjective opinions, we need objective data
  11. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research We just don’t have the time, money or people to do research.” “ Excuse
  12. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research We already have a site that people use. Why do I need to know more about those people?” “ Excuse
  13. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research We already know what our users want.”“ Excuse
  14. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research We don’t know enough about the behaviour or needs of our users
  15. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research User research doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive or difficult
  16. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research User research doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive or difficult
  17. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Method Usability feedback through complaints and bug reports Method
  18. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Bug reports, where no functional bug can be identified, are a potential source of user feedback.
  19. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research The problem does not exist between chair and keyboard.
  20. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research If you’ve handled ‘PEBCAK’ reports, then you’ve been handling usability feedback.
  21. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Complaints are feedback borne of frustration and dissatisfaction. They often reveal the best insights.
  22. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify potential usability issues in our interfaces Identify mis-matches in product features and user expectation Reduce the amount of non-functional bug reports and complaints we receive
  23. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify potential usability issues in our interfaces Identify mis-matches in product features and user expectation Reduce the amount of non-functional bug reports and complaints we receive
  24. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify potential usability issues in our interfaces Identify mis-matches in product features and user expectation Reduce the amount of non-functional bug reports and complaints we receive
  25. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Record reports in a system that allows tagging Tag reports with appropriate labels; e.g. “usability” and “login” Check back regularly until you have enough for analysis
  26. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Record reports in a system that allows tagging Tag reports with appropriate labels; e.g. “usability” and “login” Check back regularly until you have enough for analysis
  27. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Record reports in a system that allows tagging Tag reports with appropriate labels; e.g. “usability” and “login” Check back regularly until you have enough for analysis
  28. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research I’ve just tried to make a payment on my credit card but the debt is still showing the same amount.” “ Two days ago I paid £300 off my credit card, and the payment still hasn’t shown up. Has the payment bounced?” I tried to pay off my credit card, the money has left my account, but isn’t showing up on my statement.” “ “ #usability #card-statement #usability #card-statement #usability #card-statement
  29. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research I have just moved house and am trying to update my address, but the button won’t work.” “ Recently I changed my surname after getting married, but can’t seem to make the change on your system.” I want to update my profile photo, but the page won’t save it.” “ “ #usability #profile #usability #profile #usability #profile
  30. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research I have just moved house and am trying to update my address, but the button won’t work.” “ Recently I changed my surname after getting married, but can’t seem to make the change on your system.” I want to update my profile photo, but the page won’t save it.” “ “ #usability #profile #usability #profile #usability #profile
  31. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research An individual bug report or complaint isn’t enough to give us certainty of an issue Not everyone has the time or motivation to provide feedback or log bugs Consider the size of your user base, ease of reporting and the severity of the issue
  32. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research An individual bug report or complaint isn’t enough to give us certainty of an issue Not everyone has the time or motivation to provide feedback or log bugs Consider the size of your user base, ease of reporting and the severity of the issue
  33. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research An individual bug report or complaint isn’t enough to give us certainty of an issue Not everyone has the time or motivation to provide feedback or log bugs Consider the size of your user base, ease of reporting and the severity of the issue
  34. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research An individual bug report or complaint isn’t enough to give us certainty of an issue Not everyone has the time or motivation to provide feedback or log bugs Consider the size of your user base, ease of reporting and the severity of the issue
  35. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Users who report issues in anger are unintentionally doing you a favour.
  36. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify usability issues Identify product misunderstandings Reduce complaints and bug reports Complaint and bug report analysis can help you to:
  37. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify usability issues Identify product misunderstandings Reduce complaints and bug reports Complaint and bug report analysis can help you to:
  38. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify usability issues Identify product misunderstandings Reduce complaints and bug reports Complaint and bug report analysis can help you to:
  39. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Complaint and bug report analysis Dev time None Analysis time 30 mins +
  40. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Method User feedback through transaction audits Method
  41. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research A transaction audit allows us to capture feedback from users at the point of success, or failure.
  42. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Transaction audits are usually single questions or short forms that we ask users to fill in at the end of their journey.
  43. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research
  44. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research
  45. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Transaction audits give us on the spot feedback about user interactions They can tell us why a user was unsatisfied, and give insight into improving our sites They give users a simple route to feedback when they may not otherwise be motivated
  46. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Transaction audits give us on the spot feedback about user interactions They can tell us why a user was unsatisfied, and give insight into improving our sites They give users a simple route to feedback when they may not otherwise be motivated
  47. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Transaction audits give us on the spot feedback about user interactions They can tell us why a user was unsatisfied, and give insight into improving our sites They give users a simple route to feedback when they may not otherwise be motivated
  48. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research testtransaction.com Did you find what you were looking for? Yes No
  49. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Thanks for your feedback. testtransaction.com Did you find what you were looking for? Yes No
  50. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Thanks for your feedback. testtransaction.com Did you find what you were looking for? Yes No If the user answers yes, submit the form.
  51. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research testtransaction.com Did you find what you were looking for? Yes No
  52. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Did you find what you were looking for? Yes No What were you looking for? Send testtransaction.com
  53. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Did you find what you were looking for? Yes No What were you looking for? Send testtransaction.com If the user answers no, submit the response immediately. The text field should be optional. If a user fills it out, update their response.
  54. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Thanks for your feedback. testtransaction.com We use all of the feedback we receive to improve the site.
  55. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research How was your shopping experience today? We’re sorry. What could we have improved? Send testtransaction.com
  56. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Keep questions as simple and straightforward as possible to maximise responses If a user completes a transaction regularly, don’t keep asking them Reserve audits for key user journeys, or keep them discrete for content feedback
  57. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Keep questions as simple and straightforward as possible to maximise responses If a user completes a transaction regularly, don’t keep asking them Reserve audits for key user journeys, or keep them discrete for content feedback
  58. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Keep questions as simple and straightforward as possible to maximise responses If a user completes a transaction regularly, don’t keep asking them Reserve audits for key user journeys, or keep them discrete for content feedback
  59. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Keep questions as simple and straightforward as possible to maximise responses If a user completes a transaction regularly, don’t keep asking them Reserve audits for key user journeys, or keep them discrete for content feedback
  60. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Keep questions as simple and straightforward as possible to maximise responses If a user completes a transaction regularly, don’t keep asking them Reserve audits for key user journeys, or keep them discrete for content feedback
  61. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Audits can be created from scratch, or can be embedded using an external survey tool If you’re using a survey tool, the only additional feature you’ll need is ‘branching’ Some tools also allow you to add a hidden field to pass the URL of the page the form is on
  62. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Audits can be created from scratch, or can be embedded using an external survey tool If you’re using a survey tool, the only additional feature you’ll need is ‘branching’ Some tools also allow you to add a hidden field to pass the URL of the page the form is on
  63. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Audits can be created from scratch, or can be embedded using an external survey tool If you’re using a survey tool, the only additional feature you’ll need is ‘branching’ Some tools also allow you to add a hidden field to pass the URL of the page the form is on
  64. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research So that transactions audits do not become intrusive to users, they must be optional.
  65. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Transaction audits are not surveys.
  66. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Transaction audits are not surveys.
  67. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research They are satisfaction gauges, or red flags for underperforming transactions.
  68. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Transaction audits can help you to: Gather feedback at the point of success or failure Identify unsatisfactory transactions Receive continuous user feedback
  69. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Gather feedback at the point of success or failure Identify unsatisfactory transactions Receive continuous user feedback Transaction audits can help you to:
  70. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Gather feedback at the point of success or failure Identify unsatisfactory transactions Receive continuous user feedback Transaction audits can help you to:
  71. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Transaction audits Dev time 30 mins + Analysis time 1 hr +
  72. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Method Content and language analysis through search logs Method
  73. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Internal search logs are a rich, often untapped, source of insights about user behaviour and needs.
  74. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search log analysis reveals the value of “search returned no results”
  75. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search logs can help us to identify content missing from our site that users want or expect They can reveal when we’re using different language or categorisation than our users They can give us an indication of how easy our popular content is to find
  76. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search logs can help us to identify content missing from our site that users want or expect They can reveal when we’re using different language or categorisation than our users They can give us an indication of how easy our popular content is to find
  77. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search logs can help us to identify content missing from our site that users want or expect They can reveal when we’re using different language or categorisation than our users They can give us an indication of how easy our popular content is to find
  78. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Top search queries Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 On aliens4eva.com; a site about alien races in Science Fiction.
  79. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results
  80. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results
  81. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results
  82. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results
  83. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results
  84. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results 1. User language and categorisation doesn’t align with site content
  85. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results
  86. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results 2. Content that users are searching for does not exist on the site
  87. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results
  88. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Top search queries which don’t return results 3. Misspelling means some users can’t find pages they are looking for
  89. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Top search queries in the top 20 most visited pages Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
  90. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Top search queries in the top 20 most visited pages Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
  91. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Losing traffic for popular content to other sites in natural search Some popular pages are harder to discover through the site navigation User interface promotes some content, increasing the amount of page views
  92. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Losing traffic for popular content to other sites in natural search Some popular pages are harder to discover through the site navigation User interface promotes some content, increasing the amount of page views
  93. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Losing traffic for popular content to other sites in natural search Some popular pages are harder to discover through the site navigation User interface promotes some content, increasing the amount of page views
  94. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Top search queries in the top 20 most visited pages Klingons Daleks The Doctor Vulcans A.I. Borg Cardassian Ferengi Hirogen Romulan Delvian Time Lords Jedi Wookie Bajoran Robots Kardashian Peacekeepers Weeping Angels Ood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 4. Navigational routes to some popular content may be convoluted
  95. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search query analysis results User language and categorisation doesn’t align with site content
 Content that users are searching for does not exist on the site
 Misspelling means some users can’t find pages they are looking for
 Navigational routes to some popular content may be convoluted 1 2 3 4
  96. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Consider the timeframe for analysis; do external factors affect your traffic and search terms? Consider the size of your user base when deciding on depth of analysis Test out top search terms in your search engine; where do they appear in the list of results?
  97. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Consider the timeframe for analysis; do external factors affect your traffic and search terms? Consider the size of your user base when deciding on depth of analysis Test out top search terms in your search engine; where do they appear in the list of results?
  98. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Consider the timeframe for analysis; do external factors affect your traffic and search terms? Consider the size of your user base when deciding on depth of analysis Test out top search terms in your search engine; where do they appear in the list of results?
  99. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search log analysis can help you to: Identify missing or difficult to find content Identify non-user friendly language or categorisation Reveal poor information architecture
  100. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search log analysis can help you to: Identify missing or difficult to find content Identify non-user friendly language or categorisation Reveal poor information architecture
  101. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search log analysis can help you to: Identify missing or difficult to find content Identify non-user friendly language or categorisation Reveal poor information architecture
  102. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Search log analysis Dev time 10 mins + Analysis time 1 hr +
  103. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify usability issues and reduce usability related bug reports and complaints Gather continuous feedback on transaction success and user satisfaction Improve poor information architecture by aligning it to user language and categorisation
  104. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify usability issues and reduce usability related bug reports and complaints Gather continuous feedback on transaction success and user satisfaction Improve poor information architecture by aligning it to user language and categorisation
  105. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify usability issues and reduce usability related bug reports and complaints Gather continuous feedback on transaction success and user satisfaction Improve poor information architecture by aligning it to user language and categorisation
  106. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Identify usability issues and reduce usability related bug reports and complaints Gather continuous feedback on transaction success and user satisfaction Improve poor information architecture by aligning it to user language and categorisation
  107. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Using all of these methods on a project would likely take less than 8 hours a month.
  108. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Reduced uncertainty Better outcomes Less conflict
  109. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Reduced uncertainty Better outcomes Less conflict
  110. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Reduced uncertainty Better outcomes Less conflict
  111. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research Reduced uncertainty Better outcomes Less conflict
  112. @lily_dart lilydart.com No excuses user research User research is the cure for opinion-driven design.
  113. @lily_dart lilydart.com Lily Dart Freelance user experience design & user research Any questions?
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As designers and developers, we don’t always have access to research to about our end users, or the opportunity to learn about them. This can leave us building products based on our managers personal opinion, or client specifications, and never really knowing how we can serve our users better. But the good news is there are many opportunities for user research that most designers and developers just aren’t aware of. They are cheap, easy to implement, and can used straight away on almost any project. Lily will talk you through 3 methods of no excuse user research that you can use immediately on the websites, products, apps and services you work on every day.

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