Usability tests are an invaluable tool in the process of creating engaging and desirable products. There are various methods you can employ depending on your time, resources and goals. Online surveys are an easy way of gathering a lot of quantitative data in a short amount of time. You need to create a set of questions that will help you gather information valuable to your product. Online surveys are easy to distribute and you can gather answers from thousands of users just with a few clicks.
Usability tests can give numerous insights on the first versions and iterations of a product. They consist of inviting potential users and letting them use your product in a scripted way by conducting prespecified tasks. Alternatively, you can observe users live or remotely using your product in a more unstructured but organic way in order to understand how the product is actually used, shedding away any assumptions and biases. A very useful method that can be applied rapidly and reveal insights, user preferences and evaluate options is A/B testing. A/B testing is useful when you want to evaluate different solutions and pick the clear winner. It is very easy to employ in digital environments with minimal obstruction to users. No matter which method you employ, the ability to engage with users by collecting data on actual behaviours, desires and objectives is a great way to ensure your product works as intended.