Optimize Your App with Exceptional UX

Optimize Your App with Exceptional UX

People download apps because they serve a purpose in their lives. Once installed, they expect that app to make their life simpler and solve their problem(s) efficiently. If your users don’t gain that expected experience then they will quickly give your app the boot. Avoid becoming discarded by investing in good user experience (UX).

A successful app doesn’t need to explain how to navigate from one screen to another or what each button means. The users should easily navigate through your app on their own. People lose interest when things get confusing or have to be explained. They don’t need another task to sort out.

Keep it Simple

Begin with choosing the right features. User experience starts at the planning stage. But beware of App Insecurity, where app businesses feel the more features the app has, the more value it will have for the user. That couldn’t be more wrong. It’s actually quite the opposite – bigger is almost never better.

You can’t win without your Minimum Viable Product (MVP). The very core of your app. Start with the main functions that solve the problem at hand. One of the toughest parts of building an app is deciding what to keep in the first version. Keeping it simple and creating an app that offers the core value will help your users to navigate through the app easily. Once you’ve got them locked in on your MVP, then you can analyze their behavior and build additional features.

Once you’ve narrowed down to the first set of features, it’s important that you make it easy for the user to flow from one screen to another, or from one feature to another. This is where investing in a good UX designer comes into play. Don’t short your app with a cheap development plan. What you invest in your app is what you get in return.

Understand your Users

A large part of providing a great user experience is knowing the end-user. Who is your target audience? Get specific; age group, gender, culture, behavior, etc. If you’re making a gaming app for kids ages 3 to 10, features such as button size or content will differ versus an app for adults.

Be mindful of your users’ irritability level. Push notifications can get annoying. However, they can really help your app business push forward. When setting triggers for notifications, don’t become intrusive. Users should always have the option to turn off all notifications.

Furthermore, feedback is crucial for your apps continued success so give users the option to leave it. Feedback from your users allows you to understand what the shortfalls are in your app or what features they enjoy so you can grow to meet their needs.

Treat user experience as not just a part of the design, but as an essential part of your app.

Myranda Cate

myranda@phdlabs.com

Myranda "Coach" Cate is a wordsmith by day and a volleyball extraordinaire by night. When Myranda isn't using her writing degree skills to blog on Nerdy Talk, she spends her spare time shaping young volleyball champions. Coach love's meeting up with friends at Esther's Taco House always with a Dos Equis Amber in her hand.

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