Let’s break it down…
What is empathic UX?
Empathy is recognizing how others feel and what emotions they experience. It means you can understand and share other people’s feelings. Empathetic UX is the result of getting into the mindset of your users, understanding their goals, motivators and emotions. When you have that level of understanding, you can easily identify and connect with them. You will discover what they want and how they want their needs to be met. Isn’t that half the battle?! Imagine how much simpler this knowledge would make your product’s journey to greatness!
What is emotional UX?
People are emotional. Our emotions spur us on to act in certain ways.
Emotional UX is engineering a user experience that plays to human characteristics and evokes an emotional response. Triggering emotional responses in your users humanizes your brand and importantly, it helps your users empathize with you. Building emotional connections is key to crafting meaningful interactions and experiences.
Is it worth it?
To be honest, by now the answer to this question is clear.
There’s so much competition in business, you have to stand out from the crowd to succeed. Improving your user’s experience is a sure fire way to get ahead AND improve the happiness of your users too – there’s literally no downside. UX is fast becoming one of the very few remaining differentiators between competitors.
Empathetic UX, in particular, has the potential to ramp up conversions and take your product to new heights. After all, there’s not a limit to how in tune you can be with your audience, and the more in sync you are, the better you can meet their needs or even exceed their expectations!
How do you form emotional connections with my users?
You’ll know from daily interaction with the many websites that you visit daily, that most are emotionless, corporate and boring. This doesn’t have to be the case!
If you incorporate emotion into your landing page, you can engage and connect with your viewer much more effectively. Appropriate use of excitement or humor, for example, or a sense of sadness or loss where relevant, can trigger feelings of understanding, validation and empathy. Talk to your user like a real person.
10 tips for applying emotion to improve UX and conversion:
- Images are really important – Avoid stock images where possible! Imagery needs to emotionally represent your brand. Try and use real people or well thought out emotive illustrations
- Show you care – Ensure your text if presented as benefits and uses emotional language to connect with your users
- Show understanding – Emphasize that you get the issues faced by your user. Highlight the pain they feel and clearly solve the issues for them as early up the page as possible
- Be conversational – And be genuine! Use your copy to talk like a real person by injecting emotion, happiness, sadness or humor as appropriate
- Tell a story – Storytelling is ingrained in every culture. Stories evoke emotion and people recall stories up 22x more than just facts alone!
- Be passionate – It’s important that you have enthusiasm and care about helping your users, make sure it shows
- Use Video – People connect more easily with video. Use this to your advantage by using videos to get important messages across and to build emotional connection
- Give a gift – Gift giving always gives people the warm and fuzzies! It also improves trust so be generous
- Leverage social proof – Show testimonials and images of genuine, happy customers or users. Social proof helps viewers to relate to and build a connection with your product and the others using it. They’ll then want to be part of the crowd.
- Iterate – Realize that any landing page or product is never finished. Regularly review feedback, continually strive to improve empathy, evoke emotion and iterate. SEE MORE