Quick Answers are recorded video feedback of customers or prospects as they complete tasks and answer questions. The tasks and questions are written for you by UserTesting, and designed to answer the most common marketing challenges. You can read more about Quick Answers in Marketing Insight: Getting Started.
“Test Messaging” is one of seven types of Quick Answers in Marketing Insight. With it, you can determine whether people understand your messaging and how well it resonates with them.
After running this Quick Answer test, the Summary tab shows how many test participants understand the message (agree) vs those who don’t (disagree). There are two automatically generated highlight reels - split based on their responses - of them explaining why they answered the way they did.
If you want to dig into the findings, there are several options. The results table below the highlight reels provides additional feedback from participants about how they feel about that particular experience or activity. The Metrics and Session tabs provide the full recordings broken out by question or participant respectively.
When to use "Test messaging"
Use “Test Messaging" in the Design and Build phases of your marketing campaign to:
- Get reactions to email copy including both subject line and body copy
- Test different messages on creatives to get a sense of which will perform the best and why without using any impressions
- Understand whether the messaging on your digital properties resonates with customers
- Test social media messages - including tweets or LinkedIn messages to avoid costly mistakes
- Get candid feedback on decks, datasheets, banners and other marketing collateral
How to setup "Test messaging"
1. Quick Answer Inputs
From the dashboard click Get Quick Answers, then click “Test messaging”.
Enter a link to a publicly accessible page or document that shows or describes the content. The link needs to point to a single document, hosted online, and accessible and readable by a typical browser. The link can be to a Microsoft or Google doc, a Slides or PowerPoint presentation, a PDF, image, text, or anything similar - but it should be publicly accessible (via Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, your site, etc.)
Then name your test so it’s easy to recognize from other tests on your dashboard. Marketing Insight displays all your account’s tests on your dashboard. This makes it easy to share tests with other stakeholders.At this point, you'll need to determine whether you'd like to test with participants from the UserTesting Panel, or your own customers, via My Recruit. When you’re done, click Next.
2. Select Demographics
The UserTesting Panel
The UserTesting panel is a diverse and global on-demand group of people who take tests. The panel is made up of real people, carefully selected after a thorough application process, who are continually rated by our customers, assuring the highest quality results. To find participants you’ll be able to select device type, set demographic filters, and create custom screener questions. These are detailed in Marketing Insight: Find the Right Participants.
My Recruit gives UserTesting customers the ability to create and launch a study with anyone, anytime—on demand. This feature is completely self-service: you can recruit, manage, and determine appropriate compensation for your customers. You also have the option to add your own branding to the test. After you build your test plan, we'll provide a URL for you to distribute to your participants. Learn more about how My Recruit works.
3. Launching a Test
- To see a list of all the questions the test asks participants, click the link under Tasks. To see what your test looks like to participants, click Preview Test to the right of the Test Plan Summary, then click Preview Test. When you finish the preview, click the Close button. ⓘ Note If you realize you need to add or remove a participant, or you find something you need to change in your inputs, do either of the following:
- Click Participants to add or remove test participants (requires additional purchases of the Participant Pack).
- Click Edit in the upper right. When you are done editing the test, click "Save and Go to Order Page."
Click Launch Test to send the test to the UserTesting Panel.
4. Reviewing Results
As participants finish, the software uploads the recorded video to our system and notifies you by email. To configure notifications, see Email notification preferences.
Open the email and click the “account dashboard” link in the order summary to go to the dashboard.
For each test, the dashboard displays the type of test—using the same icon from each Quick Answer button—the test name, the day you created it, and how many participants have and have not taken the test.
After all participants finish, a summary appears on your main dashboard.
Click a test title on the dashboard to go to the Summary tab on the Results page.
The Summary tab is a great place to start for Quick Answers. It summarizes the findings from the test: Do more participants understand the purpose of your message? The answer is split into two automatically generated highlight reels (Watch key moments) to help you summarize and organize the findings based on the participants preferences.
Whether a participant understands the purpose of your message from Question 8. We ask participants, “I understand the purpose of this. Explain your answer.” 1= Strongly disagree, Strongly agree. A score of 1, 2, or 3 means they strongly disagree. A score of 4 or 5 means they strongly agree.
The automatic highlight reels show participants describing in their own words, the main point the content is trying to convey? We get this information from Question 2 below. We ask participants: “In your own words, describe what it says. What is the main point the content is trying to convey?
The results table below the highlight reels provides a quick and easy way to scan through the results in greater detail. We’ve summarized the key findings in the following sub-tabs:
- Meaning of content
- Outstanding concerns
- What resonates
- Areas to improve
Most sub-tabs have brief written responses (provided by participants) to help you identify interesting responses more quickly. Once you’ve found feedback you’d like to dig into further, you can watch the video response from that participant by clicking on the written responses. This will take you to that specific moment in the video to hear what else they had to say about that particular experience. Alternatively you can watch their entire response by clicking on “Watch Session” below their username.
The results table on the Summary tab is where you are likely to find the most useful feedback and insights because it lets you focus on the most important questions and zero in on specific answers from individual participant’s without having to watch their complete sessions.
Click the Sessions tab to watch each participant’s complete video as they answer all the questions in order. Sessions are available as each participant finishes. There is a text field on the right for you to add a summary of the video. The Summary field is also useful for adding timecodes for moments of interest, such as a participant expressing delight with an experience, or complaining about a difficult interface.
Click the Metrics tab to watch participants’ videos broken down for every single question so you can easily skim the results. It’s essentially an expanded view of the results table on the Summary Tab.
Click the Details tab to see the demographics breakdown and an overview of the test plan’s tasks and questions.
How you get Quick Answers
After you click Launch Test, we send the test to participants in the UserTesting Panel who match the demographics you chose. These participants then answer any screener questions you added in order to qualify to take the test.
If you’d like to see what answering screener questions looks like from the participants’ view, watch this video.
Here’s what we ask participants:
- Please read the content presented out loud. Take as much time as you need. Move to the next task when you are finished. [Verbal Response]
- In your own words, describe what it says. What is the main point the content is trying to convey? [Verbal Response]
- Summarize your previous answer in one sentence. What is the main point the content is trying to convey? [Written Response]
- What questions or concerns, if any, do you have after reading this? [Verbal Response]
- Summarize your previous answer in one sentence. What questions or concerns, if any, do you have? [Written Response]
- What, if anything, draws your attention or resonates with you? Explain your answer. [Verbal Response]
- Summarize your previous answer in one sentence. What if anything, draws your attention or resonates with you? [Written Response]
- I understand the purpose of this. Explain your answer. [5-point Rating Scale: Strongly disagree to Strongly agree]
- If you had a magic wand, how would you improve this? [Verbal Response]
As participants finish, the software uploads the recorded video to our system and notifies you by email that the videos are ready to watch. Watch each participant’s entire video on the Session tab or wait for the fifth video session to be uploaded, at which point the highlight reels and results table are available.
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