You want to check the usability of your product? In a usability test you learn how your target group really uses your product and how you perfectly adapt it to their needs!
When do we recommend a usability test?
The answer is: almost always. By observing and questioning your target group while they use your product, we find out how you can adapt it even better to their needs. Especially iterative and regular testing helps you optimize your product constantly.
Why is that so important? You and your team know your product well – too well to assess how your users get along with it. Professionally conducted usability tests provide the answer to that question.
Are you developing a new product or planning a revision of your existing product and want to make sure that it is user-friendly?
Agile product development
Do you want to regularly check the usability of your product during your agile product development process?
Optimizing existing products
Do you want to identify the causes of problems or simply evaluate the status quo in terms of usability for your product?
What can be tested?
In principle, all technical products, systems, and machinery that are equipped with a user interface and that are supposed to offer an easy and intuitive user experience.
Examples for fields of applications and test objects:
Web Portals, Online Shops, Web Apps, Intranet, ...
Apps, Tablets, Smartphones, E-Readers, ...
Low-fidelity Prototypes, Scribbles, Mockups....
Smart Home Appliances
Smart Home, Ambient Assisted Living, ...
Washing Machines, Microwaves, ...
TVs, SmartTVs, Gaming Consoles, ...
Applications, Games, ...
Geriatric care, Hospital technology, ...
Terminals, Vending Machines, POS, ...
Voice Assistants, Voice Control Features, ...
How do we conduct usability tests?
The right target group
It is crucial for the success of the usability test to recruit participants that are representative for your target group. In our extensive database, that we have built up over many years, we will find suitable participants – no matter if you need digital natives for a shopping app or employed workers for a tax software. Even special and hard to recruit target groups are no problem for us.
Let’s start! The usability test can take place at a usability lab, in the context of use of your product or as a remote session. You can observe the tests live and discuss your thoughts with our UX professionals. Depending on your research questions, unmoderated usability tests are possible, too.
Results and solutions
There are different ways of evaluating the results of the usability test, depending on your needs. From the collaborative evaluation after each test session (on-site or remote), with a photo protocol as documentation that you can take with you on the same day, to an extensive usability report with highlight video – together with you we determine what helps you most.
And we do not leave you alone with the problems! In a joint workshop, we communicate the identified usability issues to all project stakeholders and present concrete recommendations for solving them. In addition, our UX Design team will be happy to support you in developing design solutions.
How and where can we test?
- Test studio: fully equipped usability lab
- Context of use: mobile usability lab on the road, at the users’ home or at your site
- Remote: Directly on the participants’ devices – not matter where they are
- Follow all sessions live
- Nationwide or international testing in cooperation with our partners
- Always tailored to your needs
In our modern, fully equipped test studio we can test all kinds of applications on mobile devices or desktop.
Applications that require a certain context of use are naturally tested exactly there. This is no problem with our mobile test settings.
Your target group is difficult to reach or cannot come to our test studio? With our remote settings we can conduct usability tests independently from the participants’ location.
With eye tracking, you can observe the eye movements of the participants live.
We gladly fulfill your individual wishes and requirements regarding the test setting.
Context of use
Remote mobile usability test
We can conduct remote usability tests not only on desktop but also on mobile devices, like smartphones, without the participants having to come to our test studio.
Experience real mobile interaction
Participants will use your app or website on their own mobile device or will have access to our devices via screensharing.
Moderated or unmoderated usability tests
We can conduct both moderated and unmoderated usability tests.
Highest data protection compliant with GDPR
GDPR compliant protection of sensitive and personal data.
Specific target group
Recruitment from our panel or from your costumer base.
What can we find out with a usability test?
Ease of use
Are the users able to solve core tasks without experiencing problems?
Can important information be found easily?
Is the content comprehensible and well-structured?
Does the interface guide the user well through specific processes?
Are there any parts in the interface that cause the users to fail?
Joy of Use
Is it fun to use the application/the product?
Example projects for usability tests
Customer voices about usability testing
“usability.de impressed us with high-quality results and a flexible working manner. Thanks to the professional support we were able to seriously improve the usability of our web portal. With this kind of project we would always get back to usability.de again.”
“The results of the usability tests helped us enormously on the race to the site relaunch. Especially the well-structured report and the workshop with our project team and usability.de helped us to classify the test results correctly and to implement them easily. We are very pleased with the good cooperation with usability.de… and with the positive user feedback.”
- Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V.
“usability.de supported us a great deal in uncovering the strengths and weaknesses of our concept already during the conception. The combination of expert feedback and usability testing helped us enormously. We enjoyed the professional and smooth realization of several tests as well as the feedback beyond the project!”
- Messe Frankfurt
“Hurtigruten were seeing some usability issues with our new website, and we wanted to dig into what were the pain points. usability.de helped us with lab-testing using simultaneous language interpretation which were very impressive. We got tons of insights, both in the sessions but also from the follow up with recommendations from usability.de. We are very pleased with the way usability.de both arranged and worked through the whole sessions. We also appreciated their hospitality and can highly recommend them.”
“The usability testing helped us to identify important user needs and thus to improve the overall user experience of our website. Especially the professional recruiting of the participants helped to gain many different insights.”
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What do I get out of usability measures?
Satisfied customers and users
Higher customer loyalty, reduced bounce rates
Better product quality
Easy to use products, reduced errors
Increased revenue and profit
Conversion rate optimization
Employees, working efficiency, less operation errors
Decreased development time and costs
More agile processes, avoidance of failing products
Decreased support & training costs
Intuitive-to-use products that do not require any training
Win new customers by reducing exit rates
Reduced bounce rate through landing page optimization
User Experience as a positive product feature