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NEOUPA Remote Usability Studies

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NEOUPA Remote Usability Studies

  1. 1. Remote Usability Studies Get Great Results While Saving Time and Money Jason Holmes Aaron Rosenberg American Greetings Interactive
  2. 2. So…you need to do a user study… by tomorrow <ul><li>Your boss comes by and says, “We need to test this on users. I need answers by the end of the week.” </li></ul><ul><li>Options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Call a marketing/UX consulting firm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do it yourself at your desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do it yourself…remotely! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is Remote Usability? <ul><li>Research where the facilitator and participant are separated by time and/or space </li></ul><ul><li>Can involve unmoderated or moderated methods </li></ul><ul><li>Usually mediated by technology </li></ul>
  4. 4. Unmoderated tools <ul><li>Optimal Workshop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OptimalSort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treejack </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chalkmark </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Loop11.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Task-based testing </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. OptimalSort - Open
  6. 6. OptimalSort - Closed
  7. 7. Treejack – Optimal Workshop
  8. 8. Where would you find a baby book? Where would you find a baby book? Treejack – Results
  9. 9. Chalkmark – Optimal Workshop
  10. 10. Loop11.com
  11. 11. What do you get with remote testing? <ul><li>More contextual, more ethnographic </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder participation </li></ul><ul><li>Remote logging </li></ul><ul><li>Instant messaging between </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitator <> Observers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitator <> Participant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Import into Morae </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compile in-person Morae studies with UserVue studies </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What do you give up with remote testing? <ul><li>Non-verbal cues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facial expressions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Head movement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Moments of confusion and hesitation are more difficult to detect </li></ul><ul><li>Less control </li></ul><ul><li>More distractions </li></ul>
  13. 13. Are the results as good? <ul><li>According to Bolt|Peters, yes! </li></ul><ul><li>In a comparative study between in-person and remote methods, they found remote was better </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remote yielded more key findings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shorter sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 day vs. 12 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$17,000 vs. $26,000 </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Getting Remote Participants <ul><li>Tap existing customer base </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited to current customers…not prospective customers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ethnio (Bolt|Peters) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick screener </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DHTML popup using JavaScript </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographically neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By combining Ethnio and Uservue, you can live recruit and record what real users actually do! </li></ul>
  15. 18. UserVue <ul><li>Setting up study </li></ul><ul><li>Running study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install plug-in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiate call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiate screen connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Logging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Analyzing results with Morae </li></ul>
  16. 25. Analyzing Results
  17. 26. Remote Moderating Tips <ul><li>Explain that you can see everything on their screen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If you have anything of a personal or sensitive nature on your screen, please close it now.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use their name often </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ There’s a slight delay between when you do something and when I see it, so I might ask you what you just did.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blame technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ You just cut out.” </li></ul></ul>
  18. 27. Not everything is great <ul><li>Participant commitment not as great </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare for “no-shows” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unforeseen logistical problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give you their cell number but don’t want to use it for an hour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer is in basement, but their phone signal won’t reach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“Can you hold on a second…” </li></ul>

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