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ROI on web site usability still pretty high - Nielsen

25 January 2008  |  2970 views  |  0

Jakob Nielsen's site is always an interesting read as usability is one of my big obsessions.

It sounds obvious stuff really - if your site loads quickly and is easy to use - folk will not click away elsewhere, yet so many sites get this wrong. Horribly so. I have a huge problem with some blogging sites in this regard. And don't get me started on accessibility...

Nielsen writes about a new survey comparing key performance indicators before and after a site usability overhaul - the average improvement was 83%. This is a smaller figure than a similar survey a few years ago but you'd expect that - surely we're all trying to make better web sites these days.  Hopefully gone for good are the days of waiting hours for a page to load just for it to say "welcome - click to enter". 

Typical indicators are conversion rates (lead generation or sales), page view numbers and user performance - such as the time needed to perform key tasks. Interestingly you don't have to double your visitors to double your business - you just need to up the conversion rate, which is a much cheaper proposition. 

He says "spend 10% to gain 83%" - which is something any business should pay attention to.

Read more at useit.com 

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I was the technical lead on the Finextra family of web sites from 1999 to 2009. I'm at UCL these days supporting Moodle.

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