Unfortunately, we still see product teams that operate under a “Field of Dreams” fallacy: “If you build it, they will come.” Digital products may be built based on assumptions or because it matches what competitors are already doing. Alternatively, if product teams are limited in budget, scope, time or capabilities, then user testing and insight gathering can get the short straw.
The key to creating a superior experience design is not an exceptional user interface or on-trend and in step with your competitors (though, that’s part of it); it’s understanding and solving for the needs and desires of your users – asking ourselves:
Your users should be at the center of everything you do. User research and collaboration with a broad range of experts are critical for success. Understanding your users’ motives and pain points requires research to shape a solution that offers high-value benefits. This doesn’t mean months of discovery work.
Instead of building it (digital products) and expecting them to come, build it SO they (your users) come and choose your product again and again.
Recently, Nerdery worked with a large trucking company to research their user needs and competitive landscape – in this case, owner-operator truck drivers. Research led to developing a first-of-its-kind, easy-to-use application to increase efficiency and cut down on costs.
During the pandemic, subscription services and other online digital products boomed in popularity, and that trend is still full-force. As a result, B2C – and even B2B organizations – are investing in digital transformation. Because of the ubiquity of these products, consumers have a lot to choose from and will no longer tolerate cumbersome user experiences. For that reason, business leaders are investing in superior UX and CX, and designers are partnering with researchers, working more closely to give users what they want.
Experience design is deeply rooted in empathy and radically focused on human and business outcomes. It doesn’t stop at the empathize and define phases; it’s essential to gather and implement feedback and insights into every design iteration. The best way to achieve that is, by having insights, strategy, design and technology teams work collaboratively and in tandem.
Input from multiple perspectives, along with research and insights, help you develop a sound product roadmap while minimizing risk.
Every digital product is designed with unique functions and capabilities, but every journey to get there requires answers to five pivotal questions:
The goal for every digital product should be to achieve deeper connections with customers to speed up time to value, so they continue to choose your product time and again. When research and design work together, they are more likely to achieve business outcomes and help ensure product loyalty.