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What is UX?

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and why it's important for your small business


When we're designing a web site, especially for small business, the most important consideration is the users experience. Most of us think that web design is a sibling discipline to graphic design; however I would say that web design exists closer to furniture design or architecture that it does graphic design. What is comes down to is - we interact with websites and software in general the same way we do furniture or space: we're intimate with them. Now, these technologies are intertwined with every part of our lives, so if the user experience is sticky or not fluid, it causes a disruption to our lives. You may believe that the experience of your small business website is less important than at a company like Amazon or Ebay, however I'd like to raise one concern I have about this assumption.

When we think about these big companies, we see scale, wealth, resources, labor force; these are all things that allow Amazon to do the things it does; these are also things a small business doesn't have. It's also important to remember that all of these assets Amazon has can't force customers to return to their service: the thing that brings people back is the easy of use and fluidity of Amazon's software.

Original text from Erik Flowers at uxisnotui.com

The challenge we must rise to consists of two parts; first we must successfully get your potential customers to chose your business over a larger competitor that has far more resources than you do. Second, we need to ensure that the user experience is pleasant and joyful enough that the potential customer will not only become a customer, but that they will also become a repeat customer.

At BCS, we're always ready to rise to that challenge! Reach out today if you want to begin the process of refining the User Experience for your customers.