If you’ve ever done user testing, you will know that finding the right panel of testers is one of the hardest parts of the process. Ethnio aims to solve this by recruiting users directly from your website. While it is useful to be able to tap into the extensive networks of popular online user testing platforms, recruiting panellists using Ethnio offers some clear advantages.
Firstly, you get the opportunity to test the site on people with an interest in your service or product. This is particularly important if you serve a niche target market. Secondly, it negates the biggest downside of “canned” panels – many of those users have become so professional at testing websites that you risk not getting an authentic experience.
An overlay, called the screener because it screens participants, is displayed to your visitors. You can control the precise position where it appears on the page. As you’d expect, you also have control over copy and general appearance. There is an easy 4-step process to setting up the screener, plus Ethnio provides you with some tools to manage your recruits to website testing.
Stage 1 (Design) is where you are guided through the following easy steps:
Stage 2 (Invite) is where you write the call to action copy and set the position of the overlay. This is done with an interactive drag and drop facility that shows the screener on your site in a preview window.
Ethnio provides placeholder copy, which you need to adapt.
Stage 3 (Questions) is where it starts becoming evident why it’s called a screener. Based on the answers to your questions respondents will be recruited into the usability research – or not.
Standard question types include the following:
The Ethnio Recruits interface lists all respondents, also assigning a rank to each based on their responses. Ethnio can be set to automatically advance qualifying respondents to a test on a user testing platform. Alternatively, you may prefer to contact users manually. At AWA, our preference is to do usability testing with qualified visitor to your site. These are people that are interested in your products or services. These are best people to recruit for usability testing.
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