User Experience Drives Success – A BuyersGap Analysis
An online user’s experience will instantaneously make or break a sales funnel. People inherently want things to be as easy and therefore small businesses must focus on improving the user experience. Loquantur is a business communication systems company that has built a business around exceptional customer service in all aspects, but their online presence did not match this high level of assistance. This summary of the BuyersGap analysis explains how improving the user experience drives success in the early stages of the sales funnel.
Background on Loquantur
Loquantur’s success has come from helping small businesses make improvements in managing their cloud-based phone systems. They have grown by focusing on creating a great customer experience and in return, receive referrals from their satisfied clients. However, they recently decided to revamp their website and branding to draw in more opportunities.
John Farhat, Loquantur CEO, recently explained that user experience is the main focus of his business. “Many businesses struggle with their phone systems – voice quality and performance issues, technical issues that take too long to get resolved, ‘nickel and diming’ from the customers’ existing providers, and so on.” He understood the importance of good user experience from his side of the business but had not considered the value of it in his online presence.
Finding the Gaps
The point here is really very simple. Poor user experiences drive customers away from some companies while providing opportunities for those that can provide a better experience. In order to drive new customers, Loquantur decided to focus on one of the most important marketing tools a business can have; a user-friendly website. About halfway through the design, BuyersGap approached them to participate in a live beta test. Initially, the founders were not interested. Most savvy decision-makers have heard this pitch before, right? The “Free Analysis” that is nothing more than a disguised sales pitch. However, when they learned about the unique technique that BuyersGap uses, their curiosity was piqued.
BuyersGap’s approach is to educate clients about the deficiencies in their current marketing strategy. They leverage focus groups to mimic a “real customer”, evaluating and documenting their overall user experience with a company’s online presence.
Being almost 75% complete with its website overhaul, John explains, “We had never seen anything like a BuyersGap Analysis before, and we had to test it. Of course, we want to know what our audience thought about the new design!”
In this scenario, the BuyersGap focus group consisted of small business owners (Loquantur’s target audience) to complete the surveys and the analysis had begun.
When you are rebranding or overhauling a website, it can be very easy to get caught up in the hype. Let’s face it, it is exciting to get a new website. Its a representation of you and all your hard work you have put into your company. However, you must remember that the website and/or brand isn’t only for you. To be truly successful, it must be appealing to your audience. There is such a thing as too many bells and whistles. Even something as simple as a color scheme can be off-putting to the general public. “We focus on analyzing the real experiences and identifying the gaps that cause people to move away from your company’s website and social media outlets,” explains BuyersGap Founder, Phillip Tuckwiller.
Here is an excerpt from Loquantur’s BuyersGap Analysis. This information was provided by a small business owner participating in the focus group, specifically referring to their website.
Way too busy. From the moment I went to the site, the pop-up window asking me for my email, the text spinning at the top, the text sliding in from the side, the picture popping out, there are things moving all over it and its distracting! I would start reading and scroll down a little and then my attention was drawn to something else moving so I lost focus on what I was reading about.
BuyersGap also focuses on the overall experience, not just the aesthetics of the website/social media platforms. The final question in the BuyersGap survey asks, “Did your overall experience build enough trust to contact this company?” This one question alone provides a tremendous amount of valuable information to a business. If your audience does not trust your web presence, how can you get them to connect with you, call you, or become a lead?
Here is one response to this question regarding Loquantur’s overall online presence.
No. I feel like although the testimonials seem to calm my fears of converting to a new phone system, I feel like the people at Loquantur are going to be high pressure and I don’t like that.
This is not at all true; Loquantur is more about customer service than they are sales. However, their website did not portray this to an average visitor and the prospect had no desire to learn more. Perceptions and feelings that create distrust will immediately have a visitor looking for another company to meet their needs.
“User experience is extremely important to us. Finding out that our website represented high-pressure sales helped us refocus our efforts.” John says. “We also eliminated a lot of the action to allow our users to focus on the content.”
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