When using an enterprise SaaS application, a few common thoughts that cross a user’s mind would be “Why is every process so time-consuming?”, “Why is it so difficult to find something?” or “What if I made a mistake?”. Effective SaaS UI design plays a crucial role in mitigating user frustration during onboarding and while performing core functions. This often results in a loss of productivity and a bad user experience, thereby leading to a higher churn rate. The lack of a well-thought-out UX impacts the average revenue per user or ARPU of the product.
The omnipresence of well-designed consumer applications in daily life has increased the expectations of enterprise product users. They expect consumer-grade UX in their business applications. Many SaaS product companies have identified this trend and have started responding. In fact, consumer-grade UX has become the USP for a SaaS platform operating in a competitive marketplace.
When using an enterprise SaaS application, a few common thoughts that cross a user’s mind would be “Why is every process so time-consuming?”, “Why is it so difficult to find something?” or “What if I made a mistake?”.
Effective SaaS UI design plays a crucial role in mitigating user frustration during onboarding and while performing core functions. This often results in a loss of productivity and a bad user experience, thereby leading to a higher churn rate. The lack of a well-thought-out UX impacts the average revenue per user or ARPU of the product.
Enterprise design for SaaS products is about having a clear understanding of a user’s requirements, designing the SaaS interface based on their feedback & making sure it is scalable for future changes.
As a product design agency, we often come across good enterprise products that struggle to reach their true potential due to their inability to provide a rich consumer-grade UX.
Before we move on to understanding our SaaS product design approach, let us share our insights on the most common design problems faced by SaaS products.
The SaaS problems you can solve through UX/UI design
In SaaS products, common problems like a complex UI, lack of user onboarding, lower conversion rates, ineffective data visualization, and collaboration difficulties can be alleviated through UX/UI design.
Turn a SaaS concept into a reality quickly and accurately.
If you quickly develop a minimum viable product (MVP) that showcases the core functionality of the platform, it will allow you to gather feedback from early users, iterate on the product, and validate the concept. By leveraging expertise and advanced technologies, complexities are eliminated to deliver a robust and scalable SaaS product that aligns with unique requirements.
Improve the usability of the product.
Through meticulous research, testing, and iterative design processes, you can refine the user interface and interaction design, resulting in a user-friendly, efficient, and highly accessible product.
Increase the paid subscription from the free trials.
Drive conversion and boost paid subscriptions by maximizing the transition from free trials to premium memberships. A comprehensive approach focuses on optimizing the user journey and implementing effective strategies to increase the conversion rate. Through data-driven analysis, you can identify key pain points and implement targeted improvements to enhance the value proposition of your offerings. (Read more: 8 tips on increasing subscriptions of your SaaS products)
Convert more signups from the SaaS landing page.
Optimize the conversion rate of signups from your SaaS landing page by implementing effective strategies to attract and engage visitors. Through data analysis and user behavior insights, you can identify areas for improvement and implement persuasive techniques to encourage more signups.
Provide consumer-grade UX to the enterprise users.
Elevate the user experience (UX) for enterprise users by providing a consumer-grade interface that exceeds their expectations. Your approach should revolve around incorporating intuitive design principles typically associated with consumer applications into enterprise software. By harnessing the extensive UX design expertise, you can reimagine the user experience to be visually appealing, streamlined, and user-friendly.
Common Enterprise Design UX Problems
Prioritizing features over experience
When you add a myriad of features to your enterprise software without researching your user’s needs and usage patterns, it leads to a clunky application. This app is not only hard to maintain but also has a bad user experience. And what follows next is users dropping off because the features you added have spoiled their workflow.
Continuing further on the point above, adding new features also adds the need to showcase them. And in this process of showcasing features and the data affiliated with them, the UI of the app is compromised too. So now you have a SaaS product with a bad UX, a compromised UI and features with no users.
Users are surrounded by digital devices that function similarly. Yet, SaaS companies fail to capitalize on this opportunity. They fail to design and develop products that are responsive – mobile, tablet friendly. This inconveniences users because it keeps them from working as per their preferences.
Lack of personalisation
Think of it like this, if you had to wear the same set of clothes every single day without any variation or options, life might become less colorful & a bit boring. Similarly, a personalized user experience in the form of a contextual dashboard & information will not only add color to a user’s workflow but also reduce the overall frustration they might face otherwise.
SaaS UX Design framework
We follow a well-defined design framework to audit and design enterprise SaaS products. Our SaaS UX framework is based on our years of experience in SaaS product design of different scales across different industries. This framework allows us to evaluate a product on various parameters that are essential to the success of SaaS software.
The sign up process experience of your enterprise SaaS applications should be short and to the point. This helps get users quickly in the door and you can always collect more information as and when needed in the future.
The product onboarding process should focus on educating users about the workflow of the application, its features, its different modules, and its utility. This leaves a good first impression and reduces user churn rate owing to lesser confusion. Popular SaaS apps like Slack, Grammarly, Trello etc. are great examples of how the product onboarding process should be.
Hints, states, helpers
One way of encouraging users to explore the app and use the features it has to offer is to constantly provide users hints and tips through tooltips, microcopy etc. Furthermore, providing easy access to “Help and Support” from any point in the product also helps instill confidence.
Enterprise SaaS applications are geared towards increasing employee efficiency. Thus, it is important that it be able to share easily readable insights through tables, graphs and charts. We conduct UX activities like red route analysis, user research, user journey mapping and more to understand user’s usage patterns. Then, provide dynamic dashboards and reports as per user needs.
A powerful search and a simple IA encourage users to explore your product. We believe offering two search features in an application further enhances efficiency. One search at a universal level and one search at a local/function level. This way, users can choose what search to rely on thus limiting their time spent.
Notifications and reminders
Working in an organization requires frequent collaboration between users. Thus, to ensure smooth collaboration and continuity in work, features like notifications, reminders are keys. They help meet task deadlines and ensure no work is delayed due to dependency.
History and Activities
When working with multiple people on a project/document, helps to be able to track the history of progress. So that in case users want to jump to a previously saved point or want to track how the endpoint was achieved, our designed history tracking feature can help.
Let’s say if a user doesn’t want the product to access their camera or microphone, they can disable the permissions, keeping their interaction private & safe. They can set their own reminders & personalize notifications as per their preference.
The users of a SaaS product are not always the decision-makers, and yet they could be key supporters of business growth. This is because they are the first-hand benefactors of it.
Given the steps we follow for designing SaaS products, we are able to provide users with a delightful experience. This translates to users becoming promoters of the product. And if the users are happy with the product, it reflects on the overall growth of the business.
There has been an increasing demand for well-designed enterprise SaaS products. And a consumer-grade UX can help you optimize your enterprise SaaS product as per the user’s preferences.
If you own a SaaS product or are planning to build one, we’ve mentioned a few good points to get you started with optimizing the UX.
And if you are looking for an expert partner to redesign your SaaS product, or have an idea that you want to prototype, be sure to fill out the form below and we’d love to hear from you.
We can turn the design of your SaaS product into a USP.
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