Quick-UX Credibility from Likexo to Etsy

As a brief postscript to the series exploring Quick-UX and Credibility I would like to share a back of napkin sketch that I made at the beginning of the process that helped structure the series; and that I feel would be most instructive.

credibility-napkin-sketch_thumb[3]

This series’ exploration of Credibility has been a long one, but not an undeserving subject. Credibility, and being able to quickly assess it for an online product, is critical in the increasingly complex ‘web of apps.’

Likexo

00_likexo_homepage_thumb[4] 
(before / after)

None / Average
0 / 0.75

No Obvious Typos

no / yes

General Contact Info Provided

no / yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no / yes

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

no / yes

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no / yes

ConvertFiles

00_convertfiles_homepage_thumb[2] 

(Barely) Low
0.325

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

no

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no

IndyBudget

06_indybudget_homepage_thumb[2] 

(Barely) Low
0.325

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

no

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no

ToRSS

04_torss_homepage_thumb[2] 

(Barely) Low
0.325

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

no

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no

Chart.ly

00_chartly_homepage_thumb[2] 

(Solidly) Low
0.325

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

no

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no

Pogby

00_pogby_homepage_thumb[2] 
(before / after)

(Solidly) Low / Average
0.325 / 0.75

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no / yes

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

no / yes

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no / yes

TechCrunch

00_techcrunch_home_thumb[2] 

Average
0.45

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

yes

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no

Mashable

00_mashable_homepage_thumb[2] 

Average
0.575

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

yes

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

yes

GigaOM

00_gigaom_homepage_thumb[2] 

Average
0.625

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

yes

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

yes

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no

ThumbTack

00_thumbtack_homepage_thumb[2] 

Average
0.75

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

yes

Physical Address

yes

About Us with Team Member Bios

no

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no

MakingOf

00_makingof_homepage_thumb[2] 

Average
0.45

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no

Physical Address

no

About Us with Team Member Bios

yes

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

no

Etsy

00_etsy_homepage_thumb[2] 

High
0.825

No Obvious Typos

yes

General Contact Info Provided

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

no

Physical Address

yes

About Us with Team Member Bios

yes

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

yes

Quick-UX Credibility

No Obvious Typos

+0.15

General Contact Info Provided

+0.175

Telephone Contact Info Provided

+0.175

Physical Address

+0.25

About Us with Team Member Bios

+0.125

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

+0.125

Quick & Useful

Quick-UX Credibility is a measure of the starting point, the foundation of a product’s Credibility. How products, and the people behind them, strengthen, or erode, their trustworthiness through their subsequent actions governs the Credibility imparted to the product’s consumers over time, through extended exposure to the product. However, this extended exposure is only achievable after these products have successfully enticed and converted their visitors into returning readers, by way of a comprehensive User Experience, in significant part due to an initial demonstration (or lack) of Credibility.

And until next week, when the exploration and discussion of products, user experience, modular innovation, startups, or perhaps something quite new, enjoy reviewing the products and ensuing discussions of this series, and see you then.

 

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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UPDATE: Pogby Renewed

Quick-UX provides for the rapid, simple and quantifiable assessment of a product’s User Experience (UX). In answering the question of Usefulness, "Should I use it?" the sub-category of Credibility is one in the frequent discussion of cautious engagement, especially in the ever increasing, in both frequency and size, waves of introductions of online products.

Quick-UX is a method that I have developed and refined over time and frequently utilize when quick assessments are best suited to the task.

Quick Indeed

In this latest series on Credibility, 2 products were chosen as worthy representatives of specific Credibility values, and explored in the articles…

Unbelievable Likexo, and
Puzzling Pogby.

And, shortly, excitingly, after these articles were posted, I received appreciative comments from their respective CEO’s, as well as an invitation to take a look at the rapid improvements to their products that these articles spawned. This week, I decided to revisit Pogby.

Stepping Forward

The earlier state of the Pogby product resulted in an assessment of Low Credibility and a Quick-UX Credibility value of0.325.

00_new-pogby_homepage

Spurred onward by Pogby CEO, Josh Gooch’s message…

"We made some rapid changes last night. Please check it out when you have a chance. Appreciate the feedback – josh"

… I decided to see how these changes stacked up and look at their impact on the product’s overall Credibility (if any). The results of the evaluation and side-by-side, before and after, comparison follows.

Rule

Value

Before Changes

After Changes

No Obvious Typos

+0.15

yes

yes

General Contact Info Provided

+0.175

yes

yes

Telephone Contact Info Provided

+0.175

no

yes

Physical Address

+0.25

no

no

About Us w/ Team Member Bios

+0.125

no

yes

Team Member Bios have Direct Contact Information

+0.125

no

yes

       

Total

 

0.325

0.75

Credibility

 

Solidly Low

Average

Kudos to the Pogby team in addressing the issues that the Quick-UX analysis along the variable of Credibility was able to provide.

Special Note

Particularly well executed is the new ‘Who We Are’ page, with background information for the team, and direct contact email address provided to both the CEO and Chief Architect.

01_new-pogby_who

In the previous article I took particular note of the awkward content and structure of the header region.

04_pogby_ad

But, now users are presented with a very much welcomed and improved header region for this product, negating the previous confusion of ownership, sponsorship, advertising, etc.,

  • Labeling, prominently, the ‘Featured Venue’, and
  • Providing clear separation between venue and the product’s name / logo.

02_new-pogby_header

Broadly Speaking

Recently, I caught up with Josh Gooch, CEO of Pogby, and we discussed the broader impact of, and his thoughts about, Quick-UX. Out of this exchange there were some important points that Josh sought to make, and I am flattered to share…

“All the evaluation was terrific! I am thankful you are out there taking the time to provide guidance. You have a solid methodology and are trying to provide guidance to companies that may not fully understand how to best relate to customers of their site. It was honestly an honor that you did this for our site. It was great direction that you provided and we rapidly worked to improve things. Your points were all accurate and supported gaining Credibility. All of the content you’ve written has been a great guide for us.”

…and on companies, from big to small, and whether or not they should use Quick-UX…

“Absolutely. We are a startup, so the feedback is key … especially when you don’t have a full-time staff focused on the website. But, bigger companies seem to struggle with this (too) … it is whether or not the company has an interest (or feels the value) in making changes …”

Great Work!

Resulting from an analysis that took minutes, Pogby was able to take focused, quick action, and implement changes with a significant impact on this product and its Credibility.

Quick & Useful

Throughout this series I have been exploring and ins-and-outs of Credibility, walking through real-world examples of the Quick-UX evaluation of Credibility

No Credibility
Barely Low Credibility (part 1, 2, 3)
Solidly Low Credibility (part 1, 2)
Average Credibility & Tech News (part 1, 2, 3)
More Average Credibility (part 1, 2)
High Credibility

Update: Renewed Pogby
Update: Likexo

Quick-UX Credibility, In Conclusion

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The Product Guy

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Puzzling Pogby

The Credibility of a product is absolutely critical, whether it is coming from a brand-new startup, or an established corporation. There is a great deal that goes into the Credibility of a product, from the people that hype it, to its visual presentation. However, there are a few basic elements that go directly to the foundational aspects of product Credibility upon which the rest of the product’s truthfulness is built.

Quick-UX provides for the rapid, simple and quantifiable assessment of a product’s User Experience (UX). In answering the question of Usefulness, "Should I use it?" the sub-category of Credibility is one in the frequent discussion of cautious engagement, especially in the ever increasing, in both frequency and size, waves of introductions of online products.

Establishing and maintaining Credibility is the removal, or minimization of concerns arising from these types of questions. Many elements (design, accuracy, usability, timeliness, advertising, etc.) contribute to the positive, or negative, perception of overall product Credibility, but for Quick-UX’s evaluation we assess only the most elemental. For a refresher of the Quick-UX Credibility Rubric visit: Quick-UX & Credibility: Do you believe?

Today, we will look at the first of a set of two products that achieved a solidly Low Credibility value of 0.325.

Low Credibility

Each of these 0.325 scored websites leave a varied resultant feeling of Credibility, in-part due to design, marking, color choices, etc. But, overall this set of products with solidly Low Credibility were assessed low values due to a lack of fulfilling some of the most basic, and easiest to achieve, fundamental elements inherent to any quick assessment of a product’s Credibility.

Example 1: Pogby

Pogby is an event planning and venue booking product that presents a welcoming experience.

00_pogby_homepage

But, while there are clearly…

  • No obvious typos and
  • Contact methods are provided,

01_pogby_contact

…many other elements are absent, most importantly those …

  • Showing the real people behind this organization, and
  • Establishing other characteristics that cement the "realness" of the organization (e.g. physical address).

The content and function of the site is presented fairly well.

02_pogby_content

But, when it comes to the content of ‘About Us,’ there is a clear disconnect in expectation.

03_pogby_aboutus

The ‘About Us’ page goes far in describing the intricacies of the product, but misses on the ‘us.’ They leave one central question unanswered..

Who is/are us?

Awk Ad

Pogby has a nice color scheme. This color scheme is strangely very well coordinated with the single advertisement of the product.

04_pogby_ad

The position of the ad, coupled with its color scheme, brings up questions of ulterior motives and inherent biases. While not having a direct impact on the Quick-UX Credibility value, this does hurt the product’s Credibility.

Is this website run by American Express?

Is there a bias towards venues that work exclusively with American Express?

These questions may be "nonsense" to the individuals behind the product, but the are nonetheless fueled by these poor decisions of matching color schemes coupled with the advertisement’s placement and persistence.

Furthermore, just by placing the ad within the page header, on a level of importance to the product’s name and logo, is much too forward an advertising strategy for the average user. When websites are too aggressive with their presentation of ads, they wear away at their own Credibility.

Should Do

Pogby presents a user experience with a very solidly Low Credibility. In the near term, to improve their Credibility, they should focus…

  • Show the living, breathing people behind the product. Talk about them and bring some authenticity to the product.
  • Provide a broader array of contact methods. (for example: direct to team members, telephone, address, etc.)

… and very importantly…

  • Move the ad. Label the ad as an ad. Or if it is not an ad, and this site is more tightly tied to American Express, don’t obfuscate, provide greater transparency into this relationship and how it impacts the overall user experience.

Quick & Useful

Over the next few weeks I will be exploring and ins-and-outs of Credibility, walking through real-world examples of the Quick-UX evaluation of Credibility …

No Credibility
Barely Low Credibility (part 1, 2, 3)
Solidly Low Credibility (part 1, 2)
Average Credibility & Tech News (part 1, 2, 3)
More Average Credibility (part 1, 2)
High Credibility

Update: Renewed Pogby
Update: Likexo

Quick-UX Credibility, In Conclusion

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring the Usefulness and Credibility components of Quick-UX, the quick and easy method of generating quantifiable and comparable metrics representing the understanding of the overall User Experience of a product, as well as other insightful posts from The Product Guy.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

UPDATE: Resulting from an analysis that took minutes, Pogby was able to take focused action, over 1 night, and implement changes with a significant impact on this product and its Credibility. (Read more)

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Skeptical Convert

The Credibility of a product is absolutely critical, whether it is coming from a brand-new startup, or an established corporation. There is a great deal that goes into the Credibility of a product, from the people that hype it, to its visual presentation. However, there are a few basic elements that go directly to the foundational aspects of product Credibility upon which the rest of the product’s truthfulness is built.

Quick-UX provides for the rapid, simple and quantifiable assessment of a product’s User Experience (UX). In answering the question of Usefulness, "Should I use it?" the sub-category of Credibility is one in the frequent discussion of cautious engagement, especially in the ever increasing, in both frequency and size, waves of introductions of online products.

Establishing and maintaining Credibility is the removal, or minimization of concerns arising from these types of questions. Many elements (design, accuracy, usability, timeliness, advertising, etc.) contribute to the positive, or negative, perception of overall product Credibility, but for Quick-UX’s evaluation we assess only the most elemental. For a refresher of the Quick-UX Credibility Rubric visit: Quick-UX & Credibility: Do you believe?

Today, we will look at the first of a set of three products that just barely (and almost) achieved a Low Credibility value of 0.325.

Low Credibility

In the set of examples of Low Credibility, that we are exploring, each demonstrates a severe lack in fundamentals. Interesting to this group is the fact each just barely (or almost) achieved the Quick-UX Credibility value of 0.325, resulting from…

No obvious typos, and
Some form (some very minimal) method of contact provided.

Example 1: Convert Files

This professional looking product appears to have it all, from features to simplicity. But, the most important thing Convert Files lacks is Credibility.

00_convertfiles_homepage

There is little information of any sort that would allow an individual to trust this product with anything personal or sensitive. Most everything that the site has to say is said on the homepage. There is nothing personal, or otherwise, that exists to convince people that there may not be some ulterior motive.

Form of Contact

Convert Files does get positive credit for having a contact form. Barely.

01_convertfiles_contact

This means of contacting the product’s owner(s) is the most generic, barest minimum of contact forms. I was initially inclined to not count the contact form due to the lack of overall Credibility and utter lack of language used in describing it. This form is so under represented it is a wonder that anyone would even dare enter the minimal information (name, email address, message) required to try to establish a credible conversation.

Slightly Ad-ed

Ads don’t help the Credibility issues here. But, for this product, with this function and layout, the advertisements do not nearly have as damaging an impact on the site’s Credibility as those ads found at Likexo.

02_convertfiles_ads

Tricky "Tabs"

The page layout, too, is very deceptive. Many of the tabs on the top of the page merely link to sections within the page body.

03_convertfiles_tabs

The top navigation of the page follows a very standard user experience design pattern of tabbed page navigation. However, the behavior exhibited is not the expected behavior of tabs. This implementation creates an experience that just doesn’t feel right. And if there were ever a contest for the best example of dishonest design and user interaction, this product’s navigation would be in the running.

This sort of interaction damages a product’s Credibility, if not overtly, then often on a more subconscious level. Those behind this product would benefit from choosing to either present all of the information indicated by the ‘tabs’ on separate pages, or change the interactive design for intra-page navigation.

Should Do

After establishing a (much) more credible experience, Convert Files could make great strides in consumer value by building upon the trust and making individuals comfortable with using this service for ANY file. But, before that value can be found, let’s start with some bios and a more robust means by which to contact this organization.

Quick & Useful

Over the next few weeks I will be exploring and ins-and-outs of Credibility, walking through real-world examples of the Quick-UX evaluation of Credibility

No Credibility
Barely Low Credibility (part 1, 2, 3)
Solidly Low Credibility (part 1, 2)
Average Credibility & Tech News (part 1, 2, 3)
More Average Credibility (part 1, 2)
High Credibility

Update: Renewed Pogby
Update: Likexo

Quick-UX Credibility, In Conclusion

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring the Usefulness and Credibility components of Quick-UX, the quick and easy method of generating quantifiable and comparable metrics representing the understanding of the overall User Experience of a product, as well as other insightful posts from The Product Guy.

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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