A “crowdsourcing” service that provides fast and cheap usability testing. UserTesting gives you access to a large panel of users, on-demand. You get to “look over the shoulder” of these users while they perform common tasks on your website, to see and hear where they get confused and frustrated. This dramatically decreases the cost and hassle of user testing.
$49, which gives you two things:
If it’s your first order, you pay only $33/user when you sign up for three users.
Yes. Our screen recording software records both the audio of the user speaking and the video of the screen. The videos are Flash files.
Usually about 15 minutes. The length depends on how many tasks the user is asked to do. Tasks should be written so that they can be completed in not much more than 15 minutes.
Yes, you can download the videos in MPEG-4, QuickTime, or WMV formats. This allows you to:
In as little as one hour. Here’s the most common scenario: You request five usability tests—you’ll receive a couple of the results within the hour and all five within a few hours. One caveat: Requesting users with narrow demographics slows things down a bit because fewer users are qualified to do the test.
Anyone involved in the design, development, or marketing of a website. Seeing real people use your site lets you see where they have problems and how you can make it easier to use. Many of our clients work for website design and optimization firms, and they test both client and prospect websites. It’s a very powerful pitching tool to show videos of real people using a client site (followed by how you’d improve it).
The users on our panel are typical Internet users, not usability experts. They are normal people who have been screened to make sure they articulate what they are thinking as they browse. We have made a big effort to find these users and make them available to you for a low price. Learn more about our user panel.
Currently we only ask our users for five demographics: gender, age, income, country, and web expertise. When you are writing your test, you can request additional demographics (for example, “You must be a high school teacher”). Even if you make an additional request, the test is made available to users based on the five demographics we do have. The users then self-select based on whether they match the additional requirement. (It’s rare for users to do tests that they’re not qualified for, because they don’t want to risk getting removed from our panel.) If users don’t feel they fit your additional requirement and don’t accept your test, we will contact you with the option to edit your demographics or cancel the test for a refund.
Want your actual customers to be the users? See the next question…
Wait, is that a question? Actually, we’ve made this easy to do. When you sign up for an Enterprise plan, you can use our user panel or your own customers.
We recommend five, since some usability experts say that you’ll discover most of a site’s problems with as few as five users.
Yes, you can test any website. In fact, you can run a test where the user looks at two different websites–such as your website and a competitors–and tells you which they prefer and why. To do this, when posting your test, just enter one of the websites in the URL field and reference the other in your task description.
Yes. When writing your test, just warn the users that the site is only partially working, or that it requires a username/password. They’ll have no problem with this.
You have two options:
Yes, about 15% of our clients are outside the U.S.
Yes, we now offer user panels in the United Kingdom and Canada. Want users from other countries? When you sign up, select the option to use “my own customers.” Then you can invite people from your own country to be your user testers.
If you are not 100% satisfied, just click here within one year for a full refund.
Yes, our enterprise clients rely on our Research team to write test plans, watch and annotate videos and summarize key findings in a written report. Click here to learn about our Enterprise plans. Alternatively, there are usability experts and website optimization experts who will perform advanced usability services for UserTesting customers. Here are a few that we know best and recommend.
Well, it always has before.
Yes, our Agencies program makes it easy to set-up tests for your various clients and share results along with your comments. The results you share with your clients can have your logo (not UserTesting) so you can use your brand and set your pricing.
Sign up here to be a user. If you are accepted, you’ll earn $10 for each website you test (unless the client isn’t satisfied with the results, in which case the entire $49 fee is refunded, including your $10).
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