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Measure & Optimize the Digital Customer Experience

Our CSO, Roger Beynon, recently conducted a webinar for Qualtrics. In this webinar Roger discusses: The seven levels that comprise a comprehensive Customer Experience analysis framework How Site Intercept can facilitate behaviorally- and contextually-triggered data collection within that framework How the framework helps dictate improvement priorities for your site to drive greater customer conversion, retention,… read more

Best Practices From 5 Years Ago

5 Years ago the world, and more specifically the internet, was a different place. Customers were looking for a better online shopping experience.  At that time one of our researchers put together a list of best practices for an online checkout process.  What’s amazing about this list(from 5 years ago) is that almost everything on… read more

Three Questions on Your VOC Strategy

Our COO, Scott Gunter, wrote a blog post for Qualtrics.  Check out the synopsis below and then head over to Qualtrics.com to read the whole post. When deploying a voice of the customer (VoC) program for your website, there are three critical questions to ask. These questions can guide your program design and the technology you need… read more

The Everywhere Customer

GIGAOM recently put together an infographic on the “Everywhere Customer” and the omni-channel customer experience.  The research, conducted by Google, Nielsen, and Harris Interactive, shows that 98% of respondents use multiple devices in a single day. Additionally, 43% report using their smartphones during shopping trips to supplement the shopping experience. The findings reinforce every brand’s… read more

Beauty Is Skin Deep: The Need for Usability

As a usability practitioner, I often find myself critiquing things I come across in the course of my day: “Why is this so hard to figure out?” “It’s too difficult to find the information I want—I’m outta here!” “The company should cut down on the number of steps in this process,” etc. My intellectual knowledge… read more

The Futurama Principle of User Experience

The animated show Futurama, from Simpsons-creator Matt Groening, brought us absurd comedy and heartbreaking sadness, with nuggets of wisdom throughout. One such tidbit, which generally applies to life, philosophy, and other lofty ideas, has also seemed to me to be very fitting in this field of user experience. In the episode “Godfellas”, God tells Bender,… read more

Whose Journey Is It, Anyway?

As corporations set strategy and re-organize around the idea of customer-centricity, they look to achieve competitive advantage by creating a superior customer experience.  Building that experience starts with a candid view of the customer journey.  Journey mapping is an art, to be sure, and there are two primary schools of thought about the best way… read more

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus: Fragmentation in the iDevice Lineup6

For the past several years, as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems have competed across multiple fronts (for consumers, for developer support), one point that has frequently been called out is the issue of Android fragmentation. This refers primarily to the numerous versions of Android that developers must target, since OEMs may or may… read more

The Xbox One and Usability

Microsoft’s Xbox One has been out and available to the public for about 10 months at this point and is really just starting to hit its stride. It has certainly suffered its fair share of setbacks to get to this point, namely the controversy over Microsoft’s “always online” and used game policies (which were both… read more

Finding a Healthcare Provider – Part 3

Provider Profile Details page In Parts 1 and 2 of “Finding a Healthcare Provider,” we covered the best practices of medical insurer site search features found on 3 sites: Aetna, United Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas during June 2014. In this post, we will look at the provider profile. While examining several insurer… read more

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