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How a heat map will help you to understand your user experience

Heat maps are increasing in popularity and they are a great way to look at data and easily identify trends. They also help you to understand what you need to do next.

How a heat map will help you to understand your user experience.

So what is a heat map?

A heat map is a way to visually represent user activity on a page on your website.  It highlights the varying intensities of user activity at each point on the page and records the data.

There are broadly two types of heat maps;

1. Mouse tracking which tracks the mouse movement of the visitor on a website over a specific period of time.  The data is then shown as a graphic, most commonly using colours to identify intensity.

2. Eye- tracking: A type of user testing across a sample size of the website’s visitors that tracks their eye movement as they engage with the webpage.

So what are the advantages of a heat map and what can you learn?

  • You can identify which headlines draw in visitors and encourage them to click.
  • How images attract attention and how people engage with them.
  • What are the distractions? Are visitors looking at the content that you want them to look at? Does it match your expectation?
  • You will be able to see how your email opt in/opt out box is performing. Just one simple change here can improve sign up dramatically.
  • Whether the site navigation is clear and whether visitors know how to use it.
  • If people can locate your search functionality easily.
  • How much content your visitors are actually reading and how engaged they are with it.

These are just some of the things that you can do.  If you drill down further you can look at where on the page your customer looks and how much time they spend on each section. This identifies where you should distribute content on your page to get the best response.

How a heat map will help you to understand your user experience.You can also start to identify the differences between your audiences.  How gender, age and geographical location affect how content is consumed. Eventually you can also start to look at images across your pages and how users interact with them, allowing you to test and tailor your content.

Identifying these issues that negatively impact conversion rates is a great way to continuously optimise your website.  It gives you the knowledge to better understand what you need to test on your website with the ultimate goal of improving the customer journey and conversion rate.

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