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Optimising User Experience with Hotjar

By February 5, 2024February 29th, 2024No Comments

We utilised Hotjar’s session recording feature (Glassbox and Crazyegg are good alternatives) to observe individual user sessions. This lets us identify recurring patterns and pain points, helping us comprehend the user experience granularly. Combining quantitative data from heatmaps with qualitative insights from session recordings gives us a comprehensive understanding of user behaviour.

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Background:
A website aimed to provide visitors with a seamless and engaging experience. We sought to understand user behaviour, identify pain points, and implement improvements. Hotjar, a powerful user behaviour analytics tool, became integral to this process.

Challenges:
Before incorporating Hotjar, the site faced challenges such as high bounce rates, low engagement, and unclear user pathways. The need for data-driven insights to inform design decisions led us to explore Hotjar’s capabilities.

Implementation:
To start, we deployed Hotjar’s heatmaps to gain a visual representation of user interactions. This revealed high and low engagement areas, allowing us to focus on specific elements like navigation menus, call-to-action buttons, and content placement. Understanding where users clicked, moved, and dropped off provided crucial insights into the overall user journey.

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Findings:

Navigation Challenges: Heatmaps indicated that users were struggling with the navigation menu. Session recordings revealed instances of users attempting to find specific projects but getting lost in the menu structure.

Content Relevance: Hotjar’s feedback polls and surveys were employed to gather direct input from users. This provided valuable insights into their preferences and expectations, helping us refine and tailor content for relevance.

Mobile Experience: With Hotjar’s responsive design testing, we identified areas where the mobile experience could improve. This prompted us to adjust to ensure a consistent and intuitive experience across all devices.

Outcomes:

Streamlined Navigation: The menu structure was simplified, and navigation pathways were made more intuitive, addressing the challenges identified through Hotjar.

Content Optimisation: Content was reorganised based on user feedback, ensuring that the most relevant projects were prominently featured.

Mobile-Friendly Design: Improvements were made to the mobile interface to enhance the overall user experience on smaller screens.

Tracking HotJar Events overtime - image displays 3 dashboards from different months of the year.

Tracking sessions and user behaviour

Results:

Reduced Bounce Rates: Users were now navigating through the site more effectively, resulting in a notable decrease in bounce rates.

Increased Engagement: Heatmaps demonstrated a more evenly distributed engagement across various website sections, indicating improved user interaction.

Positive Feedback: User feedback gathered through Hotjar surveys reflected an increased satisfaction with the website’s design and usability.

Conclusion: Hotjar is pivotal in transforming user experience. By combining quantitative and qualitative insights, we could make informed design decisions, resulting in a more engaging and user-friendly website. The iterative nature of this process, fuelled by Hotjar’s continuous data feedback, ensures that the site remains responsive to evolving user needs and preferences.

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