Grazr - Gather Feeds, Create Streams, Publish Widgets 22 Things You Don't Know About Your Customers | Internet Ma There are things you don’t know about your customers. It’s not you, it’s them. But you need to figure it out. Here are some hard lessons I’ve learned over the years – they apply to usability, pet peeves and other fun stuff. 1. The most basic principle of usability: It’s hard for folks to read online. 2. Oldest rule of marketing, from way back when we printed on paper and used mail and stuff: Write no more than 4-5 lines in a paragraph. to learn just how little the rules have changed. 3. Reading onscreen is hard. 4. Also know as ‘leading’, wide line spacing makes text easier to read. 5. We are trained to read dark text on a light background. 6. With those nifty mouse wheels, folks stopped getting unhappy about scrolling – it’s no longer a usability issue, unless you create a 5000 word page or some silliness. 7. You can write a list in a paragraph, so that colors look like red, green, blue. Red;Green;Blue. Your audience wants the latter. 8. 9. Seriously. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
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