CX/UX – Only one letter different? Well, more than one letter, but there are a lot of similarities between Customer Experience and User Experience work. Professionals with either focus work to learn about people by doing research!
The Similarities of Customer Experience and User Experience
Customer and User Experience goals and process are often similar. Both have:
- A sense that business is not just about selling and buying, but about satisfying needs and providing value while making money.
- A concern about the problems that happen when we make assumptions and respect for the power of good data.
- Interest in the data collected from current or potential customers.
- Respect for people who use products and services and who are customers and clients.
- A belief that ordinary people can provide useful information about products and services.
The Differences of Customer Experience and User Experience
- Customer Experience Research – While the differences seem to be mostly about methods, the data collected may provide different answers. Customer Experience Research prefers data from large numbers of people to predict probable behavior when many people are taking similar actions, asks for opinions about a feature, product, or brand and often collects answers to specific questions. People often report personal opinions and say what they believe to be true. CX research often learns things like:
- I like this product.
- I don’t need that feature.
- I would buy the product if available.
- I would give it a 3 out of 5 in terms of being difficult to use.
- I would recommend this product to others.
This is valuable information!
- User Experience Research – UX research focuses on data collected from small numbers of people who are like real users of the product and services. Most of the research is done with individuals rather than groups of people. Asking questions may be part of the process. A key difference with user experience research is that people are observed in realistic settings where they are attempting to complete appropriate tasks. The focus is on behavior, not just opinions, like:
- Several people had difficulty finding the login fields
- All people observed were able to select the desired product.
- Only one of the people was able to complete the checkout process without errors.
- People often looked for features that were not included in the current design, such as a search function.
Why are these differences important?
At Gravitydrive we know that behavior is more likely to tell us what people will really do. Our experience when watching people try to use products is that they often believe they are successful, even when they have not completed a task or action correctly. Users say they find a product satisfying or easy to use, even when they have had difficulty while using it. And users often express confusion and frustration, but blame themselves for their problems using the product. Their behavior does not always match what they say soI tend to believe the behavior!
Customers purchase products and services. Users make decisions, love or hate your brand, get confused, use your product every day, buy things and become customers and clients.
Because we continue to learn from each other, I suspect that CX and UX methodologies and data collection methods will continue to merge/overlap. The goals are the same in many aspects – to create products and services that are useful, usable, and appealing
and to communicate their benefits to potential customers.
We continue to have much to learn!