The demand for UX has increased considerably in the last few years. Companies rush to create products that meet the demands of its users, and big organizations often have large teams and resources to focus solely on UX. What about a one man team? As it is common in UX research, there is little to no resources for testing and very limited time. We’ll review a case study on how to tackle a really bare bones UX review of an existing digital product.

In this first part we will start with setting the framework for the process and analyzing the user flow of the task at hand, but first let's set some rules. The main focus will be on a low cost airline based in Colombia and its website is the product to review. The idea is to limit the scope of the analysis to only a single aspect of the site, also using what is called opinion mining with online reviews as our source of user data. Let's begin.

PROBLEM

This airline has a common low-cost airline strategy when managing its services, starting with a basic fare for the ticket and multiple tiers that add additional services, such as extra bags.

Another important part of its revenue comes from extra services that offer a better experience for the user, such as sittings with more space and express boarding and insurance. They aim to increase one of its major KPIs: Additional services sales through the web channel. As of now, the airline has noticed a significant drop-out rate in the purchase flow in this specific stage, and they are willing to begin a redesign process to provide an enhanced experience that increases business performance.

The process is the following:

  • Evaluate the current flow for purchase through the website
  • Data synthesis, define criteria and pain points
  • Benchmark competitors
  • Generate recommendations
  • Propose solutions and next steps
Basic UX Review - Process

USER FLOWS

This Simple framework in phases will analyze the situation and define what needs to improve, allowing for iteration of the design to finally arrive at a final delivery.

Basic UX Review - Framework

What you are seeing is the diagram for the user interaction on the current website, in this first part the user must:

  • Fill data about the flight, like dates, destination and passengers.
  • Choose a type of experience and tier, per flight.

The airline has 3 tiers for the type of ticket, offering different experiences depending on the price: BASE, MEDIUM and FULL.

Basic UX Review - Type of Ticket

This second part shows us the data needed for the personal information form and gives us an option for people with special needs.

Further, the main part of the flow will be the focus of our analysis. The option for extra services and insurance represents the main source of income for this airline, so in order to improve the dropout rate and to increase the sale of these services, the focus of our hypothesis will be in this section.

OPINION MINING

Due to limitations in this scenario, it is not possible to have actual user interviewees to understand more thoroughly their opinions on the services.

However, it is possible to use user reviews to get insight of the experiences of users (this process is

called opinion mining) in this case using trip advisor as a source. This allows us to understand pain points and emotional reactions to experiences of the product from a firsthand perspective, whether they are positive or negative.

This allows us to have a human centered design approach to the reviews and a better understanding of the main cause of their reaction.

Basic UX Review - Opinion

HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN

Users desire the cheapest price possible, but they do not take into account the considerations and conditions for the specific type of price tier.

They have negative experiences due to the clarity surrounding the value and offerings of a certain ticket tier.

Users avoid inquiring more about the services in the moment of purchase or deselecting the extra services, because the value is not expressly shown to them.

Basic UX Review - Human

This approach to problem solving will allow us to eliminate bias and subjective positions regarding our analysis.

With the conclusions from the reviews, it is necessary to focus on the problem rather than the specific case of the reviewer. This situation can also present itself when hearing requirements from stakeholders or directly from users, our analysis must focus on the problem at the core of the product.

Using a human centered approach to problem solving will allow us to “translate” any conclusion that may come out of our analysis, into a hypothesis that we can understand and target the main pain points which allow us to get the necessary criteria to continue our review of the website.

HYPOTHESIS

Basic UX Review - Hypothesis

We have reached the hypothesis and at the end of the first part of our bare bones UX review, we have analyzed user data, user flows and hypothesis.

In the following weeks we will be continuing with benchmarking, expert review and some conclusions.