Why you should Measure User Experience In Your Product

Why you should measure user experience in your product 

Naturally, gaining more users and interacting with them through your product is your main objective. But how can the way a consumer interacts with your product be practical? How can you determine whether your users are engaged? And how do you determine why they aren't? What metrics exist for user experience?

It is imperative to create a sustainable product, measure design, and use data. UX research is a crucial component, and UX metrics are the answer. 

Our crew was quite happy after we finished our previous job. The layout was fantastic. The product owners rejoiced to see their ambitions materialize. Nicely, the theories were investigated and tested. The most recent round of user testing revealed that the prototype was fluid and straightforward. Cool, but what follows after that? How will you determine whether the design is effective once you launch? How can you tell whether your users are interested?

Man analysing data

There is a solution, and we can find it in the data. These metrics help us transform data into easily understood information that can aid in making decisions and drawing conclusions about user experience. Identifying the proper ones is a difficult task. It may even be challenging.

So let's go through the phases of assessing user experience to establish the appropriate metrics for your product:

What do metrics mean?
⁠What distinguishes "metrics" from "UX metrics"?
⁠Why use user experience metrics?
⁠When should your design be measured?
⁠How can the appropriate metrics be defined?
⁠Who should establish these measures?
⁠What do metrics mean?

Metrics are units of measurement used to evaluate a website or program's effectiveness, functionality, development, or quality. It gives you a greater understanding of the issues you're attempting to resolve.

How do I use metrics?

They can pinpoint users' actions, but they cannot explain why they are doing them or how to stop them. Through A/B testing, they can tell you whether your design is superior to or inferior to another.

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Benchmarks and UX metrics

They symbolize a product's difficult-to-measure user experience. However, several practical frameworks can be used to assess user experience.

Team doing user research

Many large companies employ user experience measurements to enhance the usability of their products (Google, Airbnb, YouTube). "An average number of minutes spent watching videos/user/day" is one statistic from YouTube that gauges user involvement.

Why are UX metrics important?

The most superficial response is to make better decisions. One of the main advantages when evaluating user experience is that, but the tricky part is to identify the components that will enhance decision-making and learning. Without a limitless design budget, it's critical to understand the areas of a product that suffer the most.

When should user experience be measured?

During a product launch, ensure that it is ready to receive data before distributing it to consumers. The optimum time to establish a measuring strategy using user experience metrics is now. New users can contribute vital information, so don't let these crucial details escape your grasp.

2 guys working on user experience

These metrics should be established as soon as a product is on the market. If not, make a strategy to fix it. Establish the user experience metrics, include them in the product, and then convey user feedback to the entire design team before the subsequent design sprint.

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Get adequate data going back one or two months before making any modifications to your product. To determine whether the designs produced the desired results, measure and compare them.

A strategy is required to evaluate user experience

Understand what you should look for. Connecting Google Analytics to your website isn't enough. That might have a negative impact. You could get lost in the data if you don't know what you're looking for. Even worse, you can reach the incorrect conclusion and make a wrong choice. Sounds awful, doesn't it?

So take a step back before diving into the specifics. Consider the larger picture and invest the necessary time and money to create a measuring plan.

A few frameworks exist that can be used to establish the metrics used to gauge product user experience. The HEART, created by Kerry Rodden, Hilary Hutchinson, and Xin Fu from Google's research team, is the one we use and is very beneficial!

The HEART system

Team analysing data

First step:
Selecting categories

From the user's standpoint, there are five areas to consider:

Happiness – Measures of attitudes, often collected via survey
– Level of involvement
– Gaining new users of a product or a feature
– Existing user return rate
⁠Task Success
– Efficiency, effectiveness, and error rate

Start by defining simply one or two crucial factors for the product. The better metrics are those with fewer actions. For this experiment, let's pick "Engagement" for the YouTube product. There are three steps to take after choosing a category: Goal > Signal > Metrics.

Team watching a man do a user test

Second step:
⁠Establish a goal

Start with the objectives! I have found that it can be very challenging to begin measuring user experience on an abstract level. Define the "big picture" in this step. What does user involvement entail?

For the YouTube product, "engagement" is "people enjoying the videos they view and discovering new videos."

UX researcher delivering data to his co worker

Third step:
⁠Define the aim in terms of signals

Goals cannot be divided into signals until they have been defined. How do we know when we've succeeded? Create signals that will respond to this query. The number of times consumers spend watching videos will serve as the indicator of "engagement."

Team discussing about user test results

Fourth step:
⁠Metrics conversion from signal

Signals can be converted into metrics that the product can measure. "The average number of minutes spent watching videos/user/day" will be the signal's statistic.

The PULSE and the AARRR are two other frameworks that can aid in defining measurements.

Once you have a strategy in place, you can go to work applying your measurements to your product. Numerous analytics tools are available that can be useful. The most widely used are Google Analytics, Kissmetrics, Mixpanel, Crashlytics, Firebase, and Hotjar.

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Who should establish these measures?

Many people view the same object from various angles. It takes a team to determine the appropriate measurements to evaluate your design. To get the proper answer, you need to have a variety of knowledge. It would be best if you have people who understand…

Design, the infrastructure of your product
Users, target audience and user behavior in general
Business goals, the product itself, and it's business goals
Technology, the technical side, who knows its limitations
Metrics & Analytics, the possibilities of the tool to be used


So how do you make sure your product is being used the way you want it to be? UX research and metrics. Measuring UX design helps you understand how users interact with your product and whether they are engaged. This data can help inform future changes or iterations to keep them coming back for more. It’s also important to consider unique user needs when designing your website or application - after all, not everyone interacts with a product in the same way. Creating a tailored experience for each customer will go a long way in keeping them satisfied and coming back for more.

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