4 Ways to Boost Engagement on Your Mobile App

Creating a mobile application that keeps users engaged takes more than just an interesting app idea. Along with having an application that is actually useful to the user, you need to entice the user to interact with the app.

The more engagement you can create around your app, the more users that you could potentially gain. As a Chicago mobile application development company, it is mission-critical for us to understand how to keep users engaged.

Push & Local Notifications

While there are many misconceptions of push notifications, push & local notifications are one of the best ways to boost engagement and overall increase user retention. Notifications like this will allow you to also reach users when they are not only using the application.
A push notification can display any message that you want, play a sound to get the user’s attention, and provide different actions that the user can take, without even opening up the app.

SiriKit

If your iOS mobile app falls into the below categories, then you can use SiriKit to allow your mobile app to converse with your users via Siri.

  • Messaging
  • VoIP Calls
  • Payments
  • Ride Sharing + Ride Booking
  • Workouts
  • Photo Search

Allowing your users to talk to Siri to engage with your app, is just another way to increase overall engagement on your app. Your iOS development company will absolutely be able to assist you in integrating SiriKit with your app.

Social Media

As the years go, social media continues to dominate users time they spend on their smartphones. Embracing the culture of social media in today’s world can only increase engagement, as social shareability is absolutely critical to user engagement.

While you should not be intrusive and should not interfere with the overall user experience, social shareability is important and can bring your business a handful of new users every day. If you’re working with a user experience design agency, they can conduct UX research services to validate the fact that your target users will want to engage on social media websites.

Deep Linking

Another way to increase user engagement is to employ deep linking to your mobile application. This is the practice of using a within-app linking structure to direct your users to a specific screen in the app, instead directing the user to the app’s homepage.

This form of engagement will keep your users in the app for as long as possible. Taking your user to a new page that they may have not seen before will keep them interested and more likely to keep browsing through the app. This is something that your iOS or Android app design company can help you strategize.

What now?

If you need assistance with your mobile app, reach out to Codal to discuss what you may need to do in order to gain more users. Adding a few simple integrations, or redesigning a few new screens can really change the way in which users interact with the app.

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4 Ways to Boost Engagement on Your Mobile App

How Does a Persona Fit Into the UX Design Process?

Persona’s have been in place for decades, and are not only used in the user experience design field. A persona is synthesized individual that represents a significant amount of people.

More specifically, a user experience design agency would use a persona in order to focus on the target market that they are designing for. Each persona in UX should represent a user type of the application or web platform and should represent the needs that a larger group of people have. Below is what an example of a persona looks like (created by Chicago UX design company, Codal).

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Most personas will have an image, description of who they are, and most importantly, their frustrations, goals, values, and preferred solutions. Personas are something that is included in most UX design services, and will be conducted by the UX UI research team.
So, where does it belong in the UX process?

Personas are typically created in the very beginning of the user experience design phase, but should be referenced throughout the entire process, even into the mobile app design and development phase.

Finding Focus on the User

When designing a website or mobile application, it can be very easily to get lost in the rut of different, unique concepts. You cannot design something just because you like it as a designer. The platform is likely not being designed for you. Personas will keep you focused on the types of people that you’re designing for.

For an example, an older generation may not understand how to use the gestures on SnapChat, yet every millennial does. When SnapChat was being designed, the target persona was most likely a millennial and not a mother of 5 kids.

Design End Goals

A persona is a very goal-driven tool. The purpose of it is almost to ensure that all of the user goals have been met. Therefore, use your personas to reference check that every goal that was determined in the beginning of the project has been met.

Functionality

It is important for these personas to stay present through the software development cycle, and that your design transfers into the functionality that you were hoping for. If it doesn’t, what was the point of the UX research services that you utilized?

Defend your Decisions

If you’re a designer, I’m sure you have been asked “why does this look like this, why is the button here, why is the navigation menu like this?” Well, personas are a great way to back up the decisions that you make as a designer. You designed it a certain way because that is how “persona X” would expect it to be.

Conclusion

Personas are an extremely effective tool for every stage in the user experience and interface design process. Ensuring that your design is user-centered should be one of your main priorities as a UX designer. Interested in learning more about user-centered design? Contact Codal!

How Does a Persona Fit Into the UX Design Process?

How do you know if your website is effective?

Essentially, your website works as you virtual landscape. Your website visitors want your website to be easy to find, engaging, and informational. Don’t you want users to return to your website, for some reason or another? Without having purpose behind your website, it can be quite useless to a consumer. As a web development agency in Chicago, we know what you should be evaluating to understand the effectiveness of your website.

Do people know what you do?

If a user cannot tell what products or services the company offers within the first few seconds of being on the website, it is probably not effective. Users do not want to navigate through multiple pages to find out what the company does. Using Codal, UX Design Agency’s website as an example:

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As soon as you land on the homepage, it tells you exactly what Codal does; UX + UI design, and mobile app development.

Can users find what they need?

If a user cannot find it, they cannot buy it. Your navigation should be clear and concise, and should know exactly what they are going to get when they click on a menu item. This is an easy thing to test; sit down with a few friends or coworkers, and ask them to complete a task. It can be as simple as “Change your account settings to private.”

Watch how the user interacts with the platform. Did they easily find their account settings? Could they easily change them? Observing how users interact with your digital product will ensure that all user types will be able to find what they are looking for. If you hire a company that specializes in UX design services, they should be able to hand this for you.

Is your website visually pleasing to the eye?

While user experience and user-centered design is absolutely critical, the graphical and visual design has to also be aesthetically pleasing as well. The look and feel of a website is just as important, as if a user lands on the page and it’s extremely outdated, chances are they will consider your website to be untrustable, and bounce off the site.

Are you keeping your CTA’s Straight to the Point?

Great websites need solid call-to-actions. Even if you have amazing content, you need to tell the user what their next steps should be.

The call-to-actions should also reflect the content on the page. If the content is about mobile app design and development, than the CTA about that, and not UX design services.

Just these four steps alone, should allow you to understand how effective your website is. The more effective your website is, the more visitors you can attract, and convert to help build up your business. Need help with the design of your website? Check out Codal’s website, an agency that can help you with UX , UI design services, or mobile application development.

How do you know if your website is effective?

Minimalism in Mobile App Design: Part 1

As a mobile app development company, we always have to stay on top of industry trends, and consider what users and consumers actually want while they are using their mobile applications on their smartphone.

In a recent survey that we conducted (part of our ux services), we found that users want minimalism. They want a simple, easy-to-use interface that doesn’t include anything besides what it needs to. Of course the design always needs to be usable, but being consistent and clear is sometimes just as important.

Below are a few simple ways that you can design your mobile application taking a minimalistic approach.

Typography

I great rule of thumb when designing a mobile application, is to stick with one font. Using different fonts can make the application’s interface look confusing and sloppy. Just from a quick glance at the two screens below, it is obvious that the screen to the right looks cleaner and more usable.

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Instead of playing around with the different fonts, play with the weight of the font. This can add more detail to the design, while not completely ruining it. The size of the font can also be changed to make certain text appear more important (or less) than other content.

Apple and Google both do this on their platforms, which also means it is a proven method that works, and all mobile app design companies should follow.

Whitespace

Many people assume that too much whitespace is a bad thing; it get’s criticized quite often. However, what people don’t understand is that whitespace is actually a powerful tool that can control what a user looks at on a website or app.

It can bring focus to a certain element on a screen, and can even organize a screen into different sections or elements. If you need to empasize something on a screen, you can use whitespace to do so.

Using whitespace also means you can take a minimal approach to the design on your app; and it is not a bad strategy.

Conclusion

When seeking out UI design services, you should keep some of these factors in mind while going through the UX design agency’s portfolio.

The fonts should stay consistent throughout the entire interface of an application, while you should utilize more white space than you may think. In part 2 of this article, we will explore different factors of minimalism in mobile app design.

Minimalism in Mobile App Design: Part 1

Introducing Innovation Days to Your Project

The mobile app development agency that I work for, Codal, recently introduced a new project exercise called iDays (or Innovation Days).

An Innovation Day is an extremely collaboaration ideation session that takes place in the discovery phase of a project. However, it is different than just any brainstorming session mostly because of who is involved. Typically, we will involve our ux ui research team, chicago app developers, visual designers, and even the clients.

The ideas that come from these Innovation Days are diverse in a sense, the approaches that a developer, versus the end user or the designer may take could all be different. However, it’s good to receive perspectives of all parties in order to come up with the best, most usable ideas.

How do you run an iDay?

Once the team that is participating has been assembles, it’s time to collect your materials. You’ll need post it’s (as a UX design company, we go through tons of post it’s per week), questions, prompts, and a timer.

The prompts are usually kept general and open ended. An example prompt could be “what do you think about the menu?”

On the other hand, some prompts can be much more detailed. When an iDay is conducted after a research phase, questions will be much more specific. For example, in a dating app project at Codal, research found that user’s may sometimes feel unsafe while using any type of dating app. A great prompt after this research could be “how can we make the user feel safe while using the app?”

Once a prompt is posed, everyone has “X” amount of seconds to write down as many ideas as they can on post it notes. Once the timer is up, each iDay participant goes around and discusses their ideas. Typically these ideas spark a meaningful conversation about their ideas and solutions.

The leader of the iDay then takes the post it note and places it in a category on the whiteboard. Once everyone has shared their ideas,another prompt is given, and the cycle starts again.

Once an iDay is completed, the room is completely filled with sticky notes.

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It is then the UX designers job to break down the data that was received from the iDay. Both qualitative and quantitative data are usually collected.

Introducing iDays into our Software Development Lifecycle has allowed Codal to come up with very scalable and innovative solutions.

Introducing Innovation Days to Your Project

Ways to Improve Traffic To Your Website Through Marketing Efforts

Having a strong digital presence across industries is becoming more and more important to the success strategy of a business. Engaging with a web development agency on ways to not only establish a digital presence, but to to make that digital presence current is the first step in achieving an optimal digital marketing strategy.

Below outlines some of the major components that contribute to an effective digital strategy. Incorporating all these elements in a digital plan of action is the most dynamic way to build your brand and increase traffic in the digital sphere.

It Starts With The Website

Although a fairly obvious statement, but to have a digital presence, on the most basic level you need a website. Regardless if you are selling products and fall under the category of “e-commerce” or just simply want to have a presence with a marketing website, being visible, findable and usable is key.

In the initial stages of developing your website, it is almost mandatory to hire a UX design agency so that your website is built for the specific user.

From color scheme, layout, features, and consumer pathway, user experience research services have the tools and testing capabilities you need to design the best experience for your target audience.

Display Ads

In almost all digital marketing plans is the inclusion of display ads. Although the movement of display ads is to be more relevant and targeted to the consumer, enter programmatic advertising.

Programmatic advertising to the process of ad buying that uses software and data to purchase ad space. This allows advertisers to be both dynamic and interactive in the ads that are created and served to the user.

Since ads can now be interactive, but the goal of getting the user to click through to a redirected page is still the same, the ads in and of itself need to be usable. This leads to the importance of using a UX design company for the creation of ads, not just design the website.

Search: Paid and Organic

Implementing a strong search strategy is becoming a top priority for many companies. As users are looking towards search engines to answer, offer suggestions, and provide endless amount of information, making sure your organization’s offerings is included is critical.

Having the combination of both paid and organic search greatly improves visibility and findability of your website. To organically rank, a robust and time intensive strategy needs to be implemented, one that can grow and continue; as investing in organic is investing in the long term.

Contrarily, paid search is for that immediate quick result, but one that requires payment for each click. Depending on budget, resources and timeframe will be the determining factors on how to tackle the search beast. Although since search is rather a difficult endeavor, enlisting IT strategy consulting may be necessary.

Blogs, Blogs, Blogs

Providing valuable and thought provoking content is super influential in establishing credibility and actively engaging the user beyond looking at the products or services that are offered.

Especially in an industry where decisions are more thought out and less immediate, for example being mobile app development company, continually providing why your company is superior will increase conversions on the site.

More importantly, continually updating the blog on a regular basis, posting the articles on social or an email campaign will give the users new material and another reason to visit the site on an ongoing basis.

Conclusion

Having a strong digital presence is essential to sustain a competitive advantage. Although since digital covers an array of practices, honing in on the important strategies is key for improving traffic to the website and ultimate long term digital sustainability.

Looking for more insight on UX design services? Are you wanting to develop an app and you need to know the cost of developing an app is? Visit Codal’s blog, or come talk to us on go@codal.com! We’d love to hear from you.

Ways to Improve Traffic To Your Website Through Marketing Efforts

Applying Psychology Principles to Improve Your UX

Psychology is one of the main disciples outside of technology that the user experience field heavily relies upon. A UX design company needs skills being the technical and the creative design, but to also have a deep understanding of the user.

Utilizing psychology principles is a key component in order to optimally design for the user. Regardless if the project is web application development or requires the services of a mobile application development agency the same psychology concepts can be applied.

Below outlines the best psychology insights that a user experience research services are implementing in their designs and process of UX.

The Primacy Effect

The primacy effect is the psychology understanding associated with memory that an individual has a greater ability to recall items in the beginning of a list.

Knowing this common technique, UX design services design a page in a way that the most important items are in the beginning and end. For instance, placing a call to action immediately in this spot is one way to help boost conversions.

Overall, it is important to first captivate the user in the beginning, not only to encourage them to keep looking, but also to engrave the image or messaging in their memory.

The Recency Effect

Likewise to the primacy effect, the recency effect is one that a user would be more likely to recall the item that is last or most recent.

The ending of a page should leave a lasting impression or an action by the user. It is up to the UX design firm to creatively design a page in a way that the end action of the user is one that gets them to accomplish a specific task, rather than just bouncing from the page.

Repetition is Key

Repetition is one of the well known psychology concepts that really resonate in a digital sphere. The text on the page that is most often repeated is usually the information that the user will most likely remember.

In understanding this concept, UX services need to ensure that the most important information is the one that is repeated. For example, as an e-commerce store, repeating the concepts of the sale that is underway will help in encouraging a purchase behavior.

FOMO

A new phenomenon that has emerged, especially since the popularity of social media, is FOMO, which stands for fear of missing out.

People have a uncomfortable and negative association when they are told they are missing out, either from an experience or product. Inserting that sense of urgency in certain offerings will capitalize on this general user fear, in a way that will encourage and persuade action.

It’s Free

In marketing, one of the words that tends to instantly create a reaction in a consumer is the word “free.” It is not a new concept that people in general get excited about getting anything for free.

These offers that revolve around the “try before you buy” is one that not only instills trust with the consumer, but also adds a boost to the UX of the site or application.

Conclusion

UX research services with a clear understanding and expertise in the psychology field is critical to capitalize on the human tendencies; an understanding that will result in an overall better user experience.

Looking for more insight on UX design services? Are you wanting to develop an app and you need to know the cost of building an app is? Visit Codal’s blog, or come talk to us on go@codal.com! We’d love to hear from you.

Applying Psychology Principles to Improve Your UX