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Criterionmgmt.com. Usability Evaluation. By Neil Olsen. Agenda. Website Overview Target Audience Competitive Analysis Willis-Consulting Schwarzkopf Recruiting Services Expert Analysis Data Collection Data Analysis Conclusion Recommendations. Website Overview.

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agenda
Agenda
  • Website Overview
  • Target Audience
  • Competitive Analysis
    • Willis-Consulting
    • Schwarzkopf Recruiting Services
  • Expert Analysis
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
website overview
Website Overview
  • Purpose: To provide background information on Criterion Management and contact information.
  • Business Goals: To get financial advisors to contact Criterion Management and to build relationships.
  • Value Proposition: Criterion offers good customer service and experience negotiating salaries.
  • User Needs: To learn about the history of Criterion and its principles.
  • Purpose of Evaluation: To determine the level of usability for the website Criterionmgmt.com and to assess if it is achieving the goals of the business.
  • Expected outcomes: Criterion Management will redesign their website to make it more effective in meeting their business goals of recruitment and building relationships.
target audience
Target audience
  • Occupation: Financial Advisor (Retail business)
  • Income: Managing $30 million in assets with gross commissions of $300,000 or higher over last 12 months.
  • Education: Series 7 License
  • Computer Experience: Frequent internet user
  • Browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
  • Gender: Mostly male, but can vary
  • Age: 35-65, but can vary
  • Location: Nationwide in U.S.
competitive analysis
Competitive analysis

Aspects of Heuristic Evaluation :

  • Simplicity
  • Consistency
  • Focus
  • Simplification and Reduction
  • Contrast
  • Balance
  • Repetition
  • Gestalt Principles
  • Good Use of Page Real Estate

http://www.criterionmgmt.com/

willis consulting
Willis-Consulting

http://www.willis-consulting.com/

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Willis-Consulting
  • The page is free of clutter
  • The text is consistent throughout all pages and there is consistency in the design between pages.
  • There is a clear and unambiguous structure to the page
  • A contact number is at the top right of the screen
  • The users focus is drawn by the use of graphics and titles
  • The color tone gives the user a sense of professionalism and the contrast is not overwhelming or dithered.
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Willis-Consulting
  • There is a top running navigation bar with text and a clear home page.
  • The page is well balanced
  • There is repetition of elements within the page and effective use of the Gestalt principles
  • The page has a little too much blank space at the sides on a high end display (the image in this presentation was cropped at the sides).
schwarzkopf recruiting services
SchwarzKopf Recruiting Services

http://www.stockbrokerjobsite.com/index.html

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SchwarzKopf Recruiting Services
  • The page is free of clutter
  • There is consistency in the page design across pages
  • There are 2 different fonts used and bolding to create a 3rd difference, so text consistency is an issue.
  • Titles are used to help guide the user to the important areas of the page, although the relevant information is on the right side and not the left.
  • The page is well balanced around a central point.
schwarzkopf recruiting services2
SchwarzKopf Recruiting Services
  • The color tone is pleasant and professional, and the contrast is not overwhelming or dithered.
  • However, the Contact button does not have the proper contrast from the background.
  • Repetition of elements is low but not necessary.
  • The Gestalt principles are well employed for the most part, except for the contact button.
  • The page has a little too much blank space at the sides on a high end display (the image in this presentation was cropped at the sides).
expert analysis
Expert Analysis

http://www.criterionmgmt.com/

expert analysis1
Expert Analysis
  • The page is free of clutter
  • There is consistency in the design of the website, however, the company address in red text and all other text is black, with links in red.
  • There is a title on each page, but there are no titles in the navigation bar and no Alt Text so this detracts focus from the content.
  • Also, the text is not broken up into chunks to make it salient to the user, which takes away from the users ability to focus on the important content.
  • Only the necessary elements are included on each page.
expert analysis2
Expert Analysis
  • The color tone is not professional and is hard to look at the site. The contrast is a little to high causing the page to seem overwhelming.
  • There is repetition of elements and mostly the text just changes.
  • The Gestalt principles are employed on the contacts page and in the navigation bar.
  • The page has far too much blank space at the sides and across the bottom on a high end display (the image in this presentation was cropped at the sides and bottom).
data collection
Data Collection

Tasks

  • Determine the purpose of the website.
  • Determine who the website is for.
  • Find the contact information for Scott Colton.
  • Determine what the opportunities are.
  • Find out why you should leave your current broker dealer for another one.
  • Determine what the fee is for using Criterion Management.
data analysis
Data Analysis

Ranking of Site Elements

  • Participants were asked to rank three elements using a Likert scale.
  • 1 being it was easy/good
  • 5 being it was hard/bad
  • A check indicates that a participant was able to complete the given task.

Task Completion Chart

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Fact: Criterion Management is a recruiting business
  • Fact: The business goals of any good recruiting website are for users to understand:
    • What do you do?
    • Why they should contact you as opposed to someone else?
    • What opportunities are available?
  • Problem: As it stands right now, Criterion Management’s website merely tells a story of who the principles are and how they got there.
  • Result: Based on this problem and the evaluation of “best practices” from other company’s websites in the same industry, a redesign is needed.
recommendations
Recommendations

General

  • Site contains the following pages:
    • Home page
    • About Us page
    • Contact Our Recruiters page
    • Opportunities Page
    • How the Process Works
    • FAQ page
  • Company name and phone number at the top of every page.
  • The different pages in the site should not exist within a flash based frame on a single page (the link to every page should not be criterionmgmt.com)
  • The content from the Introduction, Philosophy, and About Us pages should all be transferred to the About Us page.
  • Pictures of at least the principles of the company should accompany their bios.
  • The content should be updated as necessary for each of the pages.
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Recommendations

Home page

  • The Home button should take the user to the home page.
  • The home page should provide a statement of what Criterion Management does and who the website is for.
  • The company name and a contact phone number should be right at the top of the home page.
  • The contact information such as address and email address should also be on the home page. Near the bottom.
  • There should be no splash page
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Recommendations

Page Layout

  • Navigation menu is a fixed landmark on the top of every page and uses text instead of graphics
  • Include a search bar as a landmark.
  • The site should take up more space on the page.
  • The contrast of the website should be changed to a light and professional tone. Perhaps light blue and white or grey and white.
  • Text should be broken up with titles and should use brief explanations perhaps through the aid of bullet points or just more frequent titles.
  • Links should be blue and underlined as opposed to red.
  • Testimonial quotes can be used to break up information.
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Recommendations

Browser Integration

  • Allow user to hit back and forward buttons in the browser to navigate.
  • There should be an actual scroll bar and the content should not scroll within a single flash based frame.
  • If scrolling is needed, have a redundant menu at the page bottom.
  • Alt Text should be added to the graphics

Ideal

  • Have a page dedicated to relevant news in the brokerage industry (could be difficult and/or costly).
  • Pictures and bios for each and every recruiter (may not project the tone the company wants).
  • Include testimonials from previous clients (would need to get client consent)
references
references
  • http://www.criterionmgmt.com/
  • http://www.willis-consulting.com/
  • http://www.stockbrokerjobsite.com/index.html
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