By Aga Bojko, Associate Director
As soon as Microsoft's new search engine Bing was launched (on 5/28/09), User Centric conducted an independent and non-sponsored study to offer a glimpse into the battle between Bing and the powerful incumbent, Google. Eye tracking technology was used to capture 21 participants' eye movements as they completed two informational (e.g., "Learn about eating healthy") and two transactional (e.g., "Book a last minute vacation") search tasks in each engine.
The goals of the research were (1) to compare the distribution of attention on equivalent areas of Bing and Google and (2) to assess how much attention is captured by elements that are unique to Bing.
Attention heatmaps are only data visualizations. They cannot explain or help analyze the data. Heatmap analysis often leads to misleading conclusions. To maximize their usefulness and reduce ambiguity, heatmaps should always accompany a quantitative analysis and serve as illustrations only.
User Centric, Inc. announces a new service, Eye Tracking for Package Design, that analyzes consumers' eye movements to help make packaging more noticeable, engaging, and convincing. The service enables businesses to compare the impact of their package design against their competition, and either improve an existing design or identify the most effective one from a group of new concepts.
Strong shelf presence for consumer products is critical in a rough economy. Effective packaging increases the product's likelihood of being purchased by making it stand out among other products. But how does a company figure out what draws consumers' attention, especially before their product hits the stores?
Which way should I go?
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