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Posts in Customer Experience

Jakob Nielsen: "Web 2.0 can be bad for business"

Businesses should beware of adding too many Web 2.0 features to their websites, and instead concentrate on getting the basics of user experience right.

This is the view of web usability guru Jakob Nielsen, who argues in his latest post that, while features like user reviews can benefit consumers, others can make sites overly complicated.

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BBC opens up iPlayer

The BBC last week made a streaming version of its iPlayer available for the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

BBC iPlayer

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BBC tries out new Web 2.0 homepage

The BBC has launched a redesign of its homepage, adding all kinds of zeitgeisty Web 2.0 features, as well as allowing users to customise the site.

new BBC homepage 

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Why retailers need effective feature filtering

Providing feature filtering on e-commerce websites is a no-brainer in terms of improving the user experience, so why aren't more retailers doing it properly?

Effective feature filtering allows shoppers to remove much of the pain of finding products. When there are hundreds of products to display these tools are essential.

I spent the weekend looking for a new TV, mainly using the websites of Currys and Comet. Both are good sites, but Comet was much more effective at helping me narrow my search options - here's why...

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eBay plans user experience changes, but is it enough?

I spotted an interesting article in the Washington Post, which looks at online auction giant eBay and its plans to improve the user experience in 2008.

The story focuses on eBay’s proposed introduction of a shipping fees ratings scheme, to clamp down on sellers who charge bargain basement prices but make profits on exorbitant delivery ‘costs’.

All good, but what about the improvements that eBay’s website has been in need of for a considerable time? Adding functionality and tweaking its ranking algorithms are one thing, but what I think it needs is some proper usability testing and a bit of a makeover.

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LinkedIn opens up its platform

Professional social network LinkedIn has launched a developer platform as well as a redesign of its website.

As previously outlined by CEO Dan Nye, the new "Intelligent Application" platform will not be as open as that of rival Facebook, and will be limited to ‘business productivity applications’.

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Tips on improving customer experience

Online retailers still have much to learn about customer experience, and are missing conversion opportunities by not producing more usable websites.

This is the verdict of FutureNow's 2007 Customer Experience Study, which looked at over 300 US e-commerce sites, and grading them on 69 customer experience factors.

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NewsNow revamps website, jury remains out

News aggregation site NewsNow is undergoing a redesign at the moment, with a beta version now available for use.

We caught up with NewsNow CEO Struan Bartlett to talk about the changes.

Newsnow

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Firms' email response times 'getting worse'

Major UK firms take an average of 46 hours to respond to customers' emails, according to a new study that shows pretty mixed levels of customer service online.

What's more, that's 13 hours more than the average last year.   

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Technorati relaunches website (again)

Serial relauncher Technorati has revamped its website yet again, adding a blog/news aggregator to the homepage.

Technorati homepage

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Top 10 most common e-commerce mistakes

While there are many excellent e-commerce sites around, many online retailers are still making some schoolboy errors on their websites which can have a negative effect on sales and customer satisfaction levels.

Customers want a smooth experience when visiting a website, and if they encounter errors, or are frustrated by usability problems, then many will abandon their purchases and shop elsewhere.

What then, are the common mistakes made by e-commerce companies?

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Mobile takes the web back to the 90s

With mobile phone penetration significantly higher than PC ownership, why has mobile internet yet still to take off?

While many predict that mobile internet is set to explode, could its simplicity also be its biggest failing?

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