Useful Things

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Survey Monkey for User Research

You may already know that Survey Monkey is a free service for creating and sharing surveys, but it can also serve as a user research tool by helping you start conversations with people using your site. You can create and post a complete survey and start gathering feedback in minutes. It also allows you to post screenshots of new site navigation options and have people give feedback. Writing an effective survey is a bit of an art form, but this UXMastery.com article can help you get started.

Guide to A/B Testing

Having difficulty deciding how to best present an idea, product or call-to-action on your website? Enter A/B Testing—a powerful tool in your UX arsenal that, through comparative analysis, can replace assumptions with actionable data. To learn more about A/B Testing and how you can make it work for you, check out Smashing Magazine’s in-depth article, The Ultimate Guide To A/B Testing.

Curve

Curve is a well-curated blog by Getty Images that is a great resource for the latest strategy, insights, and visual trends for businesses. From everything from articles on visual storytelling to tips for which videos are best for branding and marketing, Curve is a one-stop-shop for all things hip and trendy in the online, visual space.

IFTTT

Having trouble keeping up with all your interests? Use If This Then That (IFTTT) to keep you notified in the way that you want, whether it’s via email, SMS, Twitter, Facebook, a flashing light on your computer, or even flashing lights in your house. By using an existing IFTTT app or creating one of your own, you can be kept up to date on topics ranging from when your child gets home from school to when a basketball game is starting.

VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch allows you to search for volunteer opportunities nearby based on things you care about the most. For example, you can find 32 volunteer opportunities that involve animals in and around Austin. It also provides a range of tools for nonprofit organizations to recruit and manage volunteers with both free and paid plans available.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator is a 501 (c)(3) organization that seeks to guide intelligent giving in order to “…advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace”. They rate thousands of charities based on financial health, accountability and transparency to help donors make good decisions. They also provide studies such as the 2013 CEO Compensation Study resources on topics such as questions you should ask before donating, the tax benefits of giving, and protecting yourself from scams.

Google Alerts

Google Alerts logoKeep your finger on the pulse of the online conversation with Google Alerts. Google will send you an alert when it finds new blog posts, news articles, videos, or other content on terms relevant to you.

NeighborGoods

Neighborgoods logoSocial media doesn’t have to be all selfies and food photos. NeighborGoods is a searchable inventory of things that your friends and neighbors are willing to lend. Saving money and resources is a definite plus, but so is that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you help out a neighbor.

Section 508 website

Section 508 imageThe Section 508 website offers a terrific overview of accessibility, and the tools and resources you need to implement their guidelines.

 

W3C Validator

W3C logoThe W3C provides a handy code validator that can give you a quick review of the accessibility of your code.

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