Anyone have experience with Remote user testing services?


We are looking to do some usability testing on our site. Any experiences with either specifically or other similar services? You pay them to have users test your site, record their experience..

Appreciate it

Website Product Management User Interface

asked Jan 21 '10 at 07:20
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Besides usability tests being a waste of money IMO you should really be careful even if you believe in them.

I would therefore get clarity on the following questions.

  1. What assurance do you have that they in fact have access to the right demographics
  2. Is it helpful to talk about demographics when it comes to your product
  3. Is it helpful for you to get qualitative feedback?
  4. if quantitative feedback is preferable then would it be better to just launch it.
answered Jan 21 '10 at 09:07
Thom Pete
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One of the companies I advise uses, and it's awesome. Their product is a consumer-oriented web site with a very broad market (almost any adult in the US is a potential customer). lets them make a revision to their site and test whether the change is helpful or not. We do a ton of conversion funnel testing to understand if the change has a positive or negative impact, but helps us understand WHY the change is having an impact.

We've learned some interesting things that we didn't expect. For example, the site used to have a small Google AdSense block on some of the interior pages, and the users found it to be very irritating. The Google ads decreased the credibility of the site in the users' minds. Since we weren't getting much revenue from the ads anyway, we simply removed them. We would never have known this without

Two thumbs up.

answered Jan 21 '10 at 10:38
Michael Trafton
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  • Thanks for the recommendation. Ironically shortly after I posted this a colleague I respect greatly at another company recommended without any prompting from me. Looks like we're going to move forward with them. Your recommendation (plus others here) helped seal the deal. – Chris 14 years ago


I found to be useful and cost effective. I summarised my experiences here:

answered Jan 22 '10 at 00:20
Andy Brice
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  • Great, nice write up. Very helpful for us. – Chris 14 years ago


We use Usertesting a lot :) It really helps to see if you User Interface is intuitive enough, how clear is you message for visitors and what impression your site makes on them.
Plus it helps sometimes to catch bugs you'd never discover yourself. Awesome service - it's like getting in the head of your visitors.

Other tool you may want to use to monitor your site is
They allow you to see each visitor to the site in real time, check where they came from and what pages they are viewing. This all is on top of standard site statistics.

Finally, there is an amazing tool called that shows you the heat map of your pages - the most clicked spots that make it apparent if you are succeeding in controlling users behaviors/funneling process with site's UI. See what they notice the most and what they don't see at all.

answered Jan 21 '10 at 17:06
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  • Thanks, excellent suggestions. Both services look real interesting. I'm going to explore a little further. – Chris 14 years ago


Crap service. Tried to sign up with them both as a customer and a tester. Their own web service kept crashing, phone number went nowehere, and the online support essentially told me that they don't care. Oh well...

answered Jun 8 '11 at 05:59
Francene D'angelo
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