Thoughtful user experiences can positively impact customer retention
Tips to improve customer retention
There are many UX tricks that improve customer retention. Essentially, all you need is a:
- Consistent design
You’ve developed an exciting, new product. You’ve rolled out your onboarding. Not only that, but you’re confident you have developed around thorough research to solve your customers’ problems. However, you realize that your analytics are displaying something else. Customers are interested in engaging with your product, yet they do not return after their initial visit.
Where are you going wrong?
You can think of it as if you’ve invited a friend to visit your newly built house. For example, without proper directions or a confusing jumble of directions, they will get lost on the way. When they finally arrive, perhaps they need to perform several tasks to get past a security system. And then once through these hurdles, your friend now finds that the stairs to your front door are steep and there’s only a thin, flimsy handrail. While these design choices made sense in the beginning blueprints, your friend may feel frustrated and exhausted before even entering past the threshold.
Similarly, a user’s journey through your product is more enticing when roadblocks to their desired goal are removed. In essence, the harder it is for your customers to intuitively and easily find their way through your website or application, the less likely they’ll want to return.
But don’t worry, we will cover a few ways you can improve your customer retention.
In this article, expect to learn several UX tips that improve customer retention.
We will help you identify…
- where your blockers may be
- what you can do to improve on them
- and how you can make your user experience (UX) enticing to your customer
Streamline Your Onboarding
The onboarding process creates a first impression for your user. This experience invites users to explore your product so make sure it is clear, simple, and delightful. This is not the place to ask for too much personal information, use technical jargon, or provide too much information. Otherwise, the experience will be frustrating. Onboarding sets the tone for the entire experience, and is a pivotal moment for customer retention. A customer may be reluctant to dive into your product if you are flooding them with ambiguity or lack clear instruction all together.
Instead, try to make onboarding fast and fun by:
- Limiting information mining
- Add animations
- Add rewards for completion to give users a satisfying sense of mastery
- Provide guides, pop-ups, and highlights the customer can follow
These touches of delight bring joy while teaching them how to navigate. Combining a simple guide or tutorial on how to use your product, along with a sense of satisfaction upon learning your design systems, removes both problems of inundating your customer with instructions or not providing enough help to use your product.
Thoughtful Design Consistency
You’re excited to roll out innovative design and interactions immediately. However, overcomplicating usability may turn users away.
Consider the heuristics of each page and evaluate if more content chunking is necessary, better text hierarchy needs to be implemented, or more complex navigation systems need to be simplified. Keeping design systems consistent and simple throughout the product removes confusion with navigation, calls to action, and readability.