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How persuasive design and impactful content builds great digital experiences

Chris Bush
December 02, 2020

How persuasive design and impactful content builds great digital experiences

Usability is a great way to enhance the effectiveness of your site, but in an age where an alternative option is only a click away, is it enough to keep your users engaged?
Great content is the foundation of your website. The content you produce plays a fundamental role in marketing campaigns and needs to work in tandem with both code and design. It's also what your customers want.

Chris and Dan will explain the fundamentals of creating persuasive design and impactful content, then share tips on how the two should work together for your business.

In this webinar you will learn:
- Introduction to persuasive design
- How design can influence user behaviour
- The relationship between content and user experience
- How to define meaningful content
- Techniques to improve your website and services

Chris Bush

December 02, 2020

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    of principles (based on cognitive biases) that help teams align usability, psychology and marketing principles with their digital products. ▸ Persuasion Principles used to encourage or discourage behaviours during a process. ▸ Emotion Principles used to encourage an emotional response such as satisfaction, achievement, empathy or surprise during a process. ▸ Trust Principles used to establish confidence during a process. For example, perceptions of security and credibility. Persuasive design
  4. wearesigma.com @wearesigma ► On average, most adults read about 190-225

    words per minute when reading online content These are people whose first language is English, reading English ► People forage for information; they do not read whole sections or pages in sequence ► Users “hunt down” information based on its “scent” ► They scan each page looking for signposts and visual cues ► They are focused on specific information, goals and phrases How we read online
  5. wearesigma.com @wearesigma ► What users notice when they get to

    this content ► Headings stand out ► Details fade into the background ► This helps them navigate (It doesn’t help them read) Scanning text-heavy content
  6. wearesigma.com @wearesigma Usability specialist Jakob Nielsen analysed website access data

    to calculate the average time that users spend reading a web page: ► Average reading time = 25 seconds + (4.4 seconds per 100 words) ► Let’s consider three hypothetical pages. Nielsen’s formula predicts that, at 200 words a minute, a user will read the following amounts: Reading content Words on page Time spent reading Words read (maybe) 952 ~1 minute ~200 1,931 ~2 minutes ~400 14,341 ~11 minutes ~2200
  7. wearesigma.com @wearesigma A 2018 NN/g study found that users spend:

    ► 57% of their viewing time on the first screenful of content ► 74% on the first two screenfuls of content Scrolling pages 1st 2nd
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    model of the content in a section and decide a route forward (or back)
  9. wearesigma.com @wearesigma Ensure your content is clear ► Establish a

    clear visual hierarchy that supports scanning ► Use headings correctly (H1 > H2 > H3 > etc) ► Check your contents readability tools like Siteimprove or Hemingwayap
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    centred and focus on the user’s expected outcome For example: • “Start my free 30 day trial” over “Start your free 30 day trial” • “Get information” over “Order information” • “Join now” over “Sign-up” / “Create account” • “Get 3 months free” over “Download now”
  11. wearesigma.com @wearesigma For processes show users where they are in

    their journey and how much further they need to go
  12. wearesigma.com @wearesigma ► Focus on user needs and their objectives

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  14. Define • What do you want to achieve? Plan •

    What data do we have about this topic? Distribute • How are we going to reach people?
  15. In the first month after launch, Virgin Media Ireland experienced:

    ✓ An overall 6% drop in calls to the Support team (exceeding the objective of 4%) Specific call drivers to the call center were drastically reduced, including: ✓ 63% drop in calls from the Moving Home page ✓ 22% reduction in calls from the Contact Us page ✓ 19% reduction in calls from the Support landing page Image/Data Source: Nomensa, Virgin Media
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