Usability Test Participants

9 Nov 2010 - 11:40pm
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NickHB
2010

I'm working on a website redesign for a small baking company and am looking for participants for a usability test I'm administering this weekend.  I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good website or two where I could post an ad in order to find some people.

If it sounds like something you'd like to help a fellow IxDA'er with, please e-mail me at: nickhburton@gmail.com. I'm based in Stamford, CT and need men/women between the ages of 24-45 who on occasion or regularly order baked goods online.  I'm on a small budget, but can compensate with lunch, Starbucks, etc. 

Thanks!

Nick

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10 Nov 2010 - 3:54am
Payney
2010

Hi Nick,

I use a local self-employed 3rd party for such recruitment, when looking to involve competitor's customers rather than my own.

Have you considered remote testing?

This site allows you to define demographics and then watch videos of people using the site.

Could be quick and cost-effective:
http://www.trymyui.com/

Cheers,

Richard.

10 Nov 2010 - 7:05am
Lee Andrese
2010

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On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 4:02 AM, Payney <richy_payne@hotmail.co.uk> wrote:

Hi Nick,

I use a local self-employed 3rd party for such recruitment, when looking to involve competitor's customers rather than my own.

Have you considered remote testing?

This site allows you to define demographics and then watch videos of people using the site.

Could be quick and cost-effective:
http://www.trymyui.com/

Cheers,

Richard.

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10 Nov 2010 - 4:05pm
Debbie Piper
2009

I do remote testing often, with students and instructors, and regularly use Facebook to recruit individuals. I have a lot of "friends" online, and even if my "friends" aren't interested, they are often able to assist with people who are. I have found that offering gift cards, in fairly modest amounts, will be enough incentive that I get valid results. I know some others at my company have also placed ads on Craigslist, which has worked somewhat well...screening initially, of course, for demographic info and using a survey tool for this purpose.

Debbie Piper Usability Specialist | Global New Media Cengage Learning 5191 Natorp Boulevard Mason, Ohio 45040 513.229.1623|(c) 513.335.0943|(f)513.229.1072 debbie.piper@cengage.com -----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of NickHB Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:05 AM To: Piper, Debbie Subject: [IxDA] Usability Test Participants

I'm working on a website redesign for a small baking company and am looking
for participants for a usability test I'm administering this weekend.  I was
wondering if anyone could suggest a good website or two where I could post an
ad in order to find some people.

If it sounds like something you'd like to help a fellow IxDA'er with, please
e-mail me at: nickhburton@gmail.com. I'm based in Stamford, CT and need
men/women between the ages of 24-45 who on occasion or regularly order baked
goods online.  I'm on a small budget, but can compensate with lunch,
Starbucks, etc. 

Thanks!

Nick

(((

10 Nov 2010 - 6:05pm
gthomas10
2010

Debbie

What is your tool of choice for moderated remote testing? Skype screen share? Just curious how you prefer to record - if at all - your sessions.

GT

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM, Debbie Piper <debbie.piper@cengage.com> wrote:

I do remote testing often, with students and instructors, and regularly use Facebook to recruit individuals. I have a lot of "friends" online, and even if my "friends" aren't interested, they are often able to assist with people who are. I have found that offering gift cards, in fairly modest amounts, will be enough incentive that I get valid results. I know some others at my company have also placed ads on Craigslist, which has worked somewhat well...screening initially, of course, for demographic info and using a survey tool for this purpose.

Debbie Piper
Usability Specialist | Global New Media
Cengage Learning
5191 Natorp Boulevard
Mason, Ohio 45040
513.229.1623|(c) 513.335.0943|(f)513.229.1072
debbie.piper@cengage.com
-----Original Message-----
From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of NickHB
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:05 AM
To: Piper, Debbie
Subject: [IxDA] Usability Test Participants

I'm working on a website redesign for a small baking company and am looking
for participants for a usability test I'm administering this weekend.  I was
wondering if anyone could suggest a good website or two where I could post an
ad in order to find some people.

If it sounds like something you'd like to help a fellow IxDA'er with, please
e-mail me at: nickhburton@gmail.com. I'm based in Stamford, CT and need
men/women between the ages of 24-45 who on occasion or regularly order baked
goods online.  I'm on a small budget, but can compensate with lunch,
Starbucks, etc. 

Thanks!

Nick

(((

(((
11 Nov 2010 - 9:05am
Debbie Piper
2009

Hi GT, Excellent question. I had been using a product by TechSmith called UserVue, but they are no longer supporting that product. I currently use WebEx, which does have some flaws, such as instructing the user on how to share his or her desktop, as well as the "beeps" that happen when an observer connects or disconnects to the phone call. I am able to record the WebEx for future reviews and to forward to non-attendees. I definitely prefer moderated testing for the work I do, and wish there was another product that would allow remote users to simply connect and voila! I see their screens, I can chat with observers who may have additional questions, observers are automatically silent and I can record the test easily.

Debbie Piper Usability Specialist | Global New Media Cengage Learning 5191 Natorp Boulevard Mason, Ohio 45040 513.229.1623|(c) 513.335.0943|(f)513.229.1072 debbie.piper@cengage.com -----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of gthomas10 Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 6:06 PM To: Piper, Debbie Subject: Re: [IxDA] Usability Test Participants

Debbie

What is your tool of choice for moderated remote testing? Skype screen share?
Just curious how you prefer to record - if at all - your sessions.

GT

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM, Debbie Piper
wrote:

>I do remote testing often, with students and instructors, and regularly use
>Facebook to recruit individuals. I have a lot of "friends" online, and even
>if my "friends" aren't interested, they are often able to assist with people
>who are. I have found that offering gift cards, in fairly modest amounts,
>will be enough incentive that I get valid results. I know some others at my
>company have also placed ads on Craigslist, which has worked somewhat
>well...screening initially, of course, for demographic info and using a
>survey tool for this purpose. > >Debbie Piper >Usability Specialist | Global New Media >Cengage Learning >5191 Natorp Boulevard >Mason, Ohio 45040 >513.229.1623|(c) 513.335.0943|(f)513.229.1072 >debbie.piper@cengage.com [2] >-----Original Message----- > From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [3] [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org [4]] On Behalf
>Of NickHB >Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:05 AM >To: Piper, Debbie >Subject: [IxDA] Usability Test Participants > >I'm working on a website redesign for a small baking company and am looking >for participants for a usability test I'm administering this weekend.  I
>was >wondering if anyone could suggest a good website or two where I could post
>an >ad in order to find some people. > >If it sounds like something you'd like to help a fellow IxDA'er with, please >e-mail me at: nickhburton@gmail.com [5]. I'm based in Stamford, CT and need >men/women between the ages of 24-45 who on occasion or regularly order baked >goods online.  I'm on a small budget, but can compensate with lunch, >Starbucks, etc.  > >Thanks! > >Nick > >((( > >((( > (((

11 Nov 2010 - 3:05pm
Trit Mulligan
2007

We use a combination of LiveMeeting or GoTo Meeting along with Morae. I prefer GoTo Meeting over LiveMeeting. LiveMeeting and Morae recorder cause a lot of performance hits for our customers. Morae allows us to do video editing for multiple sessions.

-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of Debbie Piper Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:49 AM To: Trit Mulligan Subject: Re: [IxDA] Usability Test Participants

Hi GT, Excellent question. I had been using a product by TechSmith called UserVue,
but they are no longer supporting that product. I currently use WebEx, which
does have some flaws, such as instructing the user on how to share his or her
desktop, as well as the "beeps" that happen when an observer connects or
disconnects to the phone call. I am able to record the WebEx for future
reviews and to forward to non-attendees. I definitely prefer moderated
testing for the work I do, and wish there was another product that would
allow remote users to simply connect and voila! I see their screens, I can
chat with observers who may have additional questions, observers are
automatically silent and I can record the test easily.

Debbie Piper Usability Specialist | Global New Media Cengage Learning 5191 Natorp Boulevard Mason, Ohio 45040 513.229.1623|(c) 513.335.0943|(f)513.229.1072 debbie.piper@cengage.com -----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of
gthomas10 Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 6:06 PM To: Piper, Debbie Subject: Re: [IxDA] Usability Test Participants

Debbie

What is your tool of choice for moderated remote testing? Skype screen share? Just curious how you prefer to record - if at all - your sessions.

GT

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM, Debbie Piper wrote:

>I do remote testing often, with students and instructors, and regularly use >Facebook to recruit individuals. I have a lot of "friends" online, and even >if my "friends" aren't interested, they are often able to assist with people >who are. I have found that offering gift cards, in fairly modest amounts, >will be enough incentive that I get valid results. I know some others at my >company have also placed ads on Craigslist, which has worked somewhat >well...screening initially, of course, for demographic info and using a >survey tool for this purpose. > >Debbie Piper >Usability Specialist | Global New Media >Cengage Learning >5191 Natorp Boulevard >Mason, Ohio 45040 >513.229.1623|(c) 513.335.0943|(f)513.229.1072 >debbie.piper@cengage.com [2] >-----Original Message----- > From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [3] [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org [4]] On Behalf >Of NickHB >Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:05 AM >To: Piper, Debbie >Subject: [IxDA] Usability Test Participants > >I'm working on a website redesign for a small baking company and am looking >for participants for a usability test I'm administering this weekend.  I >was >wondering if anyone could suggest a good website or two where I could post >an >ad in order to find some people. > >If it sounds like something you'd like to help a fellow IxDA'er with, please >e-mail me at: nickhburton@gmail.com [5]. I'm based in Stamford, CT and need >men/women between the ages of 24-45 who on occasion or regularly order baked >goods online.  I'm on a small budget, but can compensate with lunch, >Starbucks, etc.  > >Thanks! > >Nick > >((( > >((( > (((

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11 Nov 2010 - 4:05pm
Audrey Crane
2009

WebEx has an option when you're setting up the session to turn off the notification beep when people join and drop off.

I prefer to use screenflow to record everything, in person or remote. Then I use AdobeConnect for remote connecting, which is less painful or problematic than WebEx or Go2Meeting in my experience. But they're supposed to be turning off their dial in capabilities at some point.

I must have particularly bad luck with Morae -- if everyone had as many problems with it has I have, no one would be using it at all....

11 Nov 2010 - 9:05pm
gthomas10
2010

Thanks for the responses! Great insight.

11 Nov 2010 - 11:12am
NickHB
2010

Thanks all for your comments, suggestions and help.  Much appreciated!

Nick

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