a great resource, and a work in progress.
tackles the hairy question of ‘where do patterns fit in a UI designers toolkit’… a good discussion starter.
Talk is necessary. But after the words are spoken, the actions which are taken both define us, and change circumstances. Talk alone does not do that. So what are you going to do to increase diversity in our professions?
There’s a kind of grim irony in exploring Crazy Egg, only to discover that the very thing that would make their website and service useful for me would never be able to be detected using the tools that they provide.
Crazy Egg is designed to help you continually test and improve your site.
They do this by capturing where on your site people are clicking and providing you this information in a range of formats, from a simple list, to an overlay (which we’ve seen a fair bit of now, and is even included in Google Analytics these days), to a ‘heat map’ that looks a lot like something you’d generate from eyetracking, but is of course based on the volume of clicks in various parts of the page.
There’s obviously a lot of interesting information you can gather from this kind of data, and it’s particularly digestible thanks to the visualisations. It is only one of very many ways that you can establish what people are doing or not doing on your website, and it is far from telling you what is working and what is not. Crazy Egg says their data can help you:
- Test different versions of a page to see which works better
- Discover which ad placement gives the best results
- Find out which design encourages visitors to click deeper
- Learn which content leads to improved sales
I don’t have a huge problem with most of these claims… except for the first one – how on earth do you define what ‘works better’ based on clicks?
What Crazy Egg doesn’t tell you, though, is why something that you’re *not* doing is making people unable to use your service.
Case in point – me!
I got an email from Crazy Egg this morning to tell me that they’re up and running and inviting me to register and have a play with their service. It’s a particularly interesting service for someone in my line of work – might be another quick, cheap tool to add to the research kit. I’d love to use their services if only they’d make it a little easier for me!
I couldn’t find a word of ‘support’ or ‘help’ content on their site, nor did their blog appear to have a search facility so that I could see if they’d address the issue I was looking for help with.
My problem is that I want to try Crazy Egg, and I want to use my WordPress Blog as a test. I’m guessing that I won’t be the only person they’ve emailed today with this question. I’m guessing they’ve emailed a lot of people who blog today.
At the moment, I’m at the point of abandonment with Crazy Egg because of their lack of support. Surely an FAQ or a discussion board or a Wiki could be in order? OK, so they’re new and they don’t necessarily know what people need to know… let us all help each other. OK, so they do have a ‘Contact Us’ form… eh, at a pinch, perhaps, but I’m still disappointed.
Is lack of help content a bug? (They want us to report bugs… what do you think?)
For now, I’m hoping that someone out in blog-land can help me?!
I have my Crazy Egg Code and I was thinking of putting it on my blog homepage. Anyone got any idea where in the template code I should be putting this code? I had a quick look at places that seemed logical and couldn’t see anything that matched Crazy Egg’s instructions.
Seriously… not even an FAQ on their website. Who do they think their customers are?!
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yet another great post from Kathy Sierra with some great tips on getting (and keeping) people’s attention
I love this. Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Go, now! Check it out. Let someone else get more value from $20 than you ever will.
This isn’t actually an article about design, but I think it’s really relevant to anyone who is trying to design a good and effective user experience.