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Evaluating small business web sites-understanding users

Fisher, Julie, Craig, Annemieke and Bentley, John 2002, Evaluating small business web sites-understanding users, in ECIS 2002 : proceedings of the Xth European conference on information systems : information systems and the future of the digital economy, Gdańsk, Poland, 6th-8th June 2002, University of Gdańsk, Department of Information Systems, Gdansk, Poland, pp. 667-675.

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Title Evaluating small business web sites-understanding users
Author(s) Fisher, Julie
Craig, Annemieke
Bentley, John
Conference name European Conference on Information Systems (10th : 2002 : Gdańsk, Poland)
Conference location Gdansk, Poland
Conference dates 6-8 June 2002
Title of proceedings ECIS 2002 : proceedings of the Xth European conference on information systems : information systems and the future of the digital economy, Gdańsk, Poland, 6th-8th June 2002
Editor(s) Wrycza, Stanislaw
Publication date 2002
Conference series European Conference on Information Systems
Start page 667
End page 675
Publisher University of Gdańsk, Department of Information Systems
Place of publication Gdansk, Poland
Summary The cost of developing a website can be considerable and there is ample literature describing how to build effective websites. However, despite this many small businesses embark on the development of a website without any real understanding of what they are trying to achieve, who their audience is and the impact poor design will have on usability and user satisfaction. This paper discusses the results of a study that examined user reactions to a number of small business web sites. In particular it explored the interaction of different design factors on users. The study found that in many cases the websites are not meeting the needs of their audience. Specifically users become frustrated when attention is not paid to the design and quality of the information, the quality of the interface impacts on task completion and sites users find uninteresting are usually those they also had difficulty navigating and interacting with. Whilst none of this should be surprising, what is surprising is the continuing lack of attention paid to website usability.
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ISBN 8373260773
9788373260771
Language eng
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2002, University of Gdańsk, Department of Information Systems
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