The situation: Two financial services firms discover unusually high bounce rates on their website product pages. Company A decides to rework all of its product content pages. Company B decides to start with usability testing and user research.
The result? Company A found that an expensive rework of all the pages didn’t improve the bounce results, and they were back to square 1. Company B’s testing revealed that the problem wasn’t actually the product pages, it was the global navigation. Session replay and customer service call recordings validated that customers couldn’t navigate to the pages easily. The company then launched a plan to rework the navigation.
It might seem obvious that organizations should consider how customers use websites before redesigning them, but this step is often skipped. According to Digital Synopsis, 35% of people couldn’t complete even simple tasks on the average website.
“Websites should deliver what your customers want or need in an engaging way that easily allows them to take action,” says Jane-Anne Mennella, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner. “A website that isn’t easy to use or understand and that offers no relevance can result in lost sales, squandered internal resources and damaged brand reputation — costs that are too high for companies to absorb.”