Ask DN: How do you recruit for usability tests?

over 7 years ago from , Design @ OneSignal

I try to run tests early and often, either remote or in person. The part I find takes up the most time is recruiting and scheduling. Curious how others do it, and what tools you use to help manage the process?


  • Samihah ASamihah A, 7 years ago

    usertesting.com, as someone has already mentioned, is pretty awesome. I've also used Twitter before (set up a Twitter account, search for people discussing X topic near you, and tweet them to come in for a user study at your office in exchange for $5 or a Starbucks gift card). A few years ago, when I was working for a startup that didn't have a product-market fit, we were talking to a bunch of different demographics. College students was one of them, so I would just go to Berkeley or Stanford around lunch and go up to students that seemed like they didn't have anywhere to go at that moment, and ask them if I could ask them a few questions for 15 minutes for $5. People were generally friendly and receptive towards doing a user study.

    If you have a community team, you can also ask them to set up user studies for you from your existing user base.

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  • Pascal MolletPascal Mollet, 7 years ago

    A friend recently started testingtime.net. They provide remote and In-House testing (at least here in Switzerland). Already used the service and very happy with the recruiting and results. Definitely worth checking-out.

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  • Tor Løvskogen BollingmoTor Løvskogen Bollingmo, 7 years ago

    At EyeQuant we've used usertesting.com with great results, you should check it out.

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