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Posts in Customer Experience

Amazon.co.uk gets a revamp

Amazon has unveiled a new design for its UK site, with a new homepage and navigation system.

New Amazon.co.uk design

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ITV to relaunch its online video player

ITV's online catch up TV offering will be revamped in an attempt to compete more effectively with the BBC's iPlayer.

Though ITV launched the service months earlier than the iPlayer, it has quickly been overhauled by the BBC's offering. Around 11m videos were viewed via the iPlayer in January, compared with just 2m for ITV.com  

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How to retain customers in hard times

It's doom and gloom, according to many of the economic commentators, but now is not the time to take your eye off the customer experience ball. 

When things get tight, a company needs any edge it can get and retaining the customers it has is one way of minimising the impact of any downturn. Here are a few things to try to hang on to those most valuable of assets – your customers.

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If SEO's a hygiene factor, why are so many sites dirty?

Many in the SEO world joke that if an agency or consultant starts talking about title or meta tags to potential clients, they should be ignored as this sort of thing is now considered very basic and suggests that the SEO doesn't know what they're talking about.

But looking at the websites of some pretty major brands, it's clear that for many people, SEO 101 is still pretty advanced.

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The last mile - a rant about delivery

Call me old fashioned if you will, but I still believe in the premise that when a customer places an order online, they should receive their goods within the timeframe highlighted by the retailer. Or better still, they should actually receive their order at all!

How about really stretching it and offering the customer the opportunity to choose a convenient delivery method and time?

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Site review: Halfords.com

Halfords recently launched a reserve online, collect in-store service so we had a look its website from a user experience perspective.

Halfords homepage

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Just how much of the customer journey will Google own?

Google's stated mission is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful".

The genius of this statement is that it sounds quite innocuous, indeed philanthropic, despite its obvious grand ambition, but actually allows pretty much anything within its scope.

It is interesting to see just how much of the online customer journey (from search, to research, to purchase) Google is taking hold of. Will we all end up as "wholesalers" to Google's customers?

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10 things Tesco can do better online

Tesco.com receives more than 300,000 orders a week and its online sales for the first half of 2007 reached £748m, so it is hard to pick any flaws with it's business. But could it be doing even better? We think so.

Tesco is in a similar situation to Amazon (which we looked at last week) and may not want to mess around with a site that is clearly working in terms of revenue.

Nevertheless, we've identified 10 areas that could be tweaked to generate even more of the green stuff for the retailer...

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Breathing customer oxygen: How to build a customer-centric retail organisation

Everyday work life is filled with profit and losses, initiatives, metrics, administration, logistics and politics. All of this – along with the operational aspects of running your retail establishment – is vital to your business.

However, the most important aspect of your business, and one that must be measured on an ongoing basis, is the opinions and perspectives of your customers.

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Eye-tracking 2.0: it's about users, not science

Eye-tracking has been used in web design for many years. However, the widespread preconception is that it takes PhD skilled technicians - plus long consulting hours - to make any sense or use of people’s eye gaze data.

The value from eye-tracking has been directly related to consultancy skills, but shouldn’t it be more about real users?

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Online advertisers! Stop shouting at me!

There are a number of very irritating advertising techniques still used on the web today. Pop-ups, overlays and site intros are all highly annoying, but for me the worst ads are the ones that play sound as soon as you visit a web page.

I seem to be noticing this a lot more recently, and it isn't limited to low rent websites or brands. A bunch of well-respected sites regularly allow this, despite the fact that it makes visitors aim for the Back button.

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Arena Flowers’ Sam Barton on web design and development

Online florist Arena Flowers has had quite a lucrative time since its launch in late 2006.

The site says it generated £2m in revenues in its first year, helped by a strong focus on SEO, a bespoke e-commerce platform and a Facebook app that provides 15% of its traffic (albeit at lower conversion rates).

Here, head of design and development Sam Barton talks about its web strategy and plans for the future.

Arena Flowers homepage

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