One of the main concerns of any online portal and product would be acquiring new customers and users aka Acquisition.
More often than not i see businesses take this crucial aspect for granted by designing complicated user journeys and more complexed user onboarding process.

However this is not done deliberately but its the lack of understanding their users and gap between what the business goals are and what the user/consumer goals are.

And when there is a wide gap between goals of the business and goals of the user, the result is going no where but south.

Designing a User Experience Strategy is a matter of logic and empathy.

Couple of things required to do this is:

  1. User Study / Research : Studying what the end goal of the user is. For eg in this form the form the user wants to simply book a test ride. By adding hurdles like extra and irrelevant input boxes its making the journey long, tiring, confusing and boring.
  2. Communication: Give users what they need. I donot want to do product enquiry. Don’t force me to. By writing irrelevant information and content you are expecting the user to be a super user. It does not work that way. Be simple and minimalistic unless you are adding value by clutter just declutter.
  3. Time : Its the fast age. Dont expect users to sit and work for you. They would rather leave than get bored filling your forms unless you have a monopoly say you are the central govt and filling that form is a matter of your life and citizenship it is highly unlikely the user would choose to do it.

Product Designing  can be confusing but if applied common sense its easier than what you think.

And if you see no savior and have no clue “baby just eat the data”

Data Analysis is the God’s word. It will always speak the truth. Never ignore it. It will tell you your demons and what should be your next step and incase of a disaster your SOS plan.

Cheers,

Shaheena Attarwala

 

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Reviewing the “shortlist” feature on www.makaan.com web portal.

A potential house seeker is someone who would like to get rid of the burden of house hunting as soon as possible. For that its obvious he compares and analysis options available to him on various sites offering real estate services. One such popular website is www.makaan.com

Being one of the most successful indian sites in real estate offering i have not really seen much progress when it comes to swift user experience and usability on the website.

On reaching the listing page the first thing thats pushed on your face is the cluttered layout. The density of elements is not divided in an easy to digest format and makes you feel claustrophobic in the first go itself. While we go through the listing the if the user is deprived of the option to add any property to its list of favorites. That being said from the listing page onwards the user is actually made to go through the pain of “discovering” the add to favorites or say shortlist property option for any property the user wishes to shortlist. And lets assume somehow if the user stumbles upon the SHORTLIST option on click an irrelevant modal pops open which forces a user to enter details which are completely pointless to be asked at that moment. It would make more sense if they asked this info when the user is trying to get in touch with the seller of the property as the user is more likely to share information at that point and it also builds a sense of credibility as a brand  in the eyes of the user. Some other real estate portals have handled this scenario in a much better way compared to www.makaan.com 

Review by

Shaheena Attarwala (UX & Usability specialist Mumbai)