What is User Experience (UX) and what does it mean for your product? Unfortunately, many companies have not yet understood that many business goals can be achieved with outstanding UX. Today products have to prevail against mass competition. With good UX you will.
What exactly is this UX ?
UX Design draws the full potential from every product. The User Experience (UX) refers to the experience the user has during all interactions with the product. A good UX depends on the usability, the ease of use of the interface. For a product to survive in the modern world, it must be easy to use.
A good UX design is a basic requirement to achieve this goal.
It is often wrongly assumed that UX designers act as a link between product managers and developers. UX designers do much more than just embellish designs or make them understandable for developers. This assumption is simply wrong and leads to a disregard for the actual task, namely making the product usable. We would like to show you what UX Designer can do and how you can benefit from it.
"Good usability is important" - but why? What are the advantages of taking the user experience as a benchmark? We show why companies should urgently invest in UX.
Don't get overrun by Google and Apple!
Not only in the consumer sector, next to product and price, UX is the most important brand differentiator. If your product does not offer the same UX as consumer products, it is not sustainable. Today, users expect an intuitive and playful experience, whether in the workplace or in a private context. They expect to get results quickly and easily. (Software) companies that reached global success mostly owe this to the simple and intuitive operation of their products, the Iphone is the best example.
Good UX always wins, as the most successful (software) companies prove (image via Ariel, Unsplash)
Steal your competitors' thunder
With good UX 2215 hours time saving per year!
Your customers benefit considerably from outstanding UX. The example of our customer from the mechanical engineering industry proves: by intuitively mapping a production step, employees no longer have to search for information on an external device. All information is collected on the device for the user, so he is not forced to waste unnecessary time with searching or inquiring, and the previously required annual 3-hour training is no longer necessary.
This results in the following time saving:
1 hour per day * 5 users = 5 hours per day, makes about 1200 hours per year plus 15 hours per year of training and education costs.
Furthermore, the high error rate has decreased. From 10 user errors per week, this has dropped to 2 errors per month after the redesign.
It takes 30 minutes to correct the error. This saves 20 hours per month and about 1000 hours per year for error corrections.
A good UX will save your employees time they can use for more significant tasks (image via unsticks, unspalsh).
After the introduction of the new software, the productivity and motivation of the employees has increased significantly due to simpler processes and manual administrative work is also automated. With a uniform UX design, employees can transfer their knowledge from one device to another. With UX Research, monotonous processes can be automated and thus offer the user more freedom for creative, innovative and demanding activities. His or her daily work routine is relieved. A good UX design can therefore contribute significantly to employee satisfaction.
If you do not offer your customers the best UX, a competitor will. Therefore: Give your customers decisive arguments to focus on your product.
Less costs due to failures
efficient work processes
falling education costs
lower costs due to operating errors
Is your software development too expensive?
With UX Design you not only develop a good product but the right product.
Often decisions regarding the user interface of software are made on the basis of non-validated assumptions. This is a serious mistake. Product managers need to keep in mind that in the end it is not the product manager who will interact with the product but a real user. If this is not taken into account, there are badly defined requirements for the product right from the start of development and unrealistic goals are set. Most of the time there is a lack of efficient communication between the customer, your developers and the users and features are realized without knowing if they will be needed in the end. Especially the development costs increase immensely if corrections have to be made afterwards. Resources are wasted. If the user is not involved, basic user and market requirements are ignored. This leads to dissatisfaction, which will have negative effects in different forms.
Development costs can be significantly reduced with good UX design (image via Fabian Blank, Unsplash)
Do not develop the wrong product!
Suppose you invest in extensive UX consulting with a kick-off workshop, in-depth UX research with real users. You invest in user tests with a prototype that experienced UX designers have built through valuable user feedback. Studies show* that errors that could be detected in the design phase will cost 10 times as much development time and 100 times as much during development. These immense costs are therefore eliminated. Overall, the development effort is reduced by up to 50%, as only features that actually make sense are implemented.
Decide on the basis of facts which features are really needed!
For you as a product developer, this means that you can save a large part of your development costs through UX Design if you involve experienced UX designers early on in the project. How often is development effort estimated to be much higher at the end than at the beginning? Investments in user feedback and UX-centric evaluation pay off many times over in the end! No expensive and lengthy corrections and a lean development process are the key to completing projects on time. Involving experienced UX designers in your development process saves you development costs that would otherwise be wasted on rework, unnecessary features and inefficient communication. You can plan the development process in agile sprints and implement them in the agreed time. The communication between design and development is right and saves you valuable time.
Good UX is the best marketing you can get
Customer acquisition through outstanding UX
A good user interface immediately catches the eye.
The user interface is your best selling point, your figurehead and unique selling point (BIld via merakist, Unsplash)
The global players in software development recognized this early on: Instead of launching expensive marketing campaigns promoting a less usable product, it makes much more sense to invest in UX and the quality of their product. The Google founders took UX courses at Stanford, Amazon invested in UX instead of marketing, the founders of AirBNB claim that the revision of UX saved their company from a near failure. Today the startup is valued at $30 billion. In our experience, more leads and new customers are generated after a UX-led redesign because an outstanding user interface is immediately apparent. It is the product's flagship. UX always wins! Positive experiences quickly spread in the business environment, products with a good UX are much more likely to be recommended.
Retain your customers
Improved UX allows you to expand business with existing customers. They offer you a high added value without having to purchase new and expensive capital goods. This is because a software update involves far less effort and lower costs. You also enhance your unique selling point over your competitors by offering the best usability available on the market. A software that saves significant costs and is also an eye-catcher visually simply sells better. Customers who would have switched to the competition will find you offer a significant increase in quality and will retain your brand.
How a UX journey starts
Often an already existing user interface can be reworked in a UX process. In this case, the old software gets a fresh UI redesign in which UX designers create a uniform visual concept, solve existing navigation problems and create a brand-consistent overall look and feel.
By using so-called UI Patterns, design templates that solve recurring UX problems, a UX designer does not have to start from scratch every time he faces a UX challenge. In this way, UX designers work very efficiently and routinely, using already validated patterns that work. This gives you the certainty that features are not just based on assumptions. This approach, in turn, fits perfectly with agile development processes such as Scrum and Lean and ensures rapid product development. In addition, UX designers can quickly transform their assumptions into paper or click prototypes and quickly and easily subject the results to user tests to make decisions. With UX Research, precise development efforts can be estimated.
UX Design is the basis for building the right software
A little tip: With an existing product, it is often enough to interview 5 users to identify 85% of usability problems. With a really minimal effort, hidden potential in the user interface can be quickly discovered.
Invest in UX Design NOW!
Use the potential of UX before your competitors do and build a solid UX strategy!
You offer your customers the best quality and increase the value of your brand
They form a unique selling point compared to the competition
You stand out from your customers with the reliability of your development
You inspire your customers with the operation of your software
Satisfied customers who recommend your product to others and stay with your products is one of the biggest advantages of a good UX
You can expand business with your existing customers
Your development process becomes lean and efficient
You save significantly on development resources
You generate more leads
It is easier to win new customers for your product
* Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach