UX heuristic review

Our expert UX team calls on their 90+ years of combined experience and our world-class heuristic framework to detect usability issues and persuasion opportunities on your website.
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“Each year I mark our research engagement with you on our site analytics and see it rise as we test your recommendations. Your customer research drives our roadmap."
Alexander Robinson, Director, PMO at RevZilla
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What are the benefits of the UX heuristic review?

Speero has created an industry-leading UX heuristic process that combines numerous frameworks used widely in the industry, to evaluate your site for usability issues and opportunities. The main benefits are; 

● The heuristic review follows a structured process to find usability issues and provides you with a list of optimization opportunities that don’t require extensive user research to uncover.

● This is a fast and budget-friendly option to start optimizing your site which also removes much of the bias from trying to optimize your website without a formal approach. 

● The process is “issue” focussed and not “idea” focussed, however, based on our expertise we will suggest the next steps, “just do it” recommendations and test ideas. 

● At the end of the project, you will get a clear overview of the main usability issues on your site and a roadmap to start fixing them.

Who’s a UX heuristic review for?

Companies who want to improve conversion rates and user experience on their website but need more traffic, budget, or internal buy-in for a full experimentation program. 

This is also a good fit for acquisition teams who want a partner to support higher conversion rates from acquisition traffic. 

We can apply our UX heuristic process to any digital experience, from a standard website on desktop and mobile, to prototypes, staging websites, mobile apps, and internal systems.

What will my UX heuristic review look like?


We assign a team of UX specialists, an analyst, and a project manager to your project and start by learning about your business, challenges, and goals via an intake survey to make sure we’re aligned. We’ll also do a  review of your analytics to help us determine which pages and journeys to focus on.

Heuristic workshop

A team of Speero strategists and analysts will go through the main user journeys during this collaborative workshop, discussing issues, insights, and ideas.

This workshop can also be delivered with up to 30 members of your own team as an opportunity for them to learn about the process.

Heuristic deep dive

Your dedicated UX team will do a deep dive heuristic analysis, scoring the experience against Speero’s heuristic framework that focuses on five key dimensions of user experience; value, relevance, clarity, friction and motivation.

UX analysis

The lead specialist pulls the data together from both sessions, prioritizing the issues and main themes into a list of growth opportunities.

Findings presentation

The team will present the findings and provide you with time to discuss any of the findings in more depth. You will receive the written report and a link to AirTable with a prioritized roadmap.

Research case studies

$2M additional revenue

A single research-backed recommendation for RevZilla delivered $2M in annualized revenue.

Research-backed redesigns

America’s largest mattress brand completely redesigned parts of their online experience based on our customer research findings, increasing revenue per visitor by more than 40%.

Business growth from research findings

A research informed redesign for Inspiration Outdoors, led to web sales overtaking both word of mouth and repeat bookings, the need to hire two new staff, plus over 90% occupancy rates for their tours.

“Having spent the last decade developing a brand and product line, we found we were unable to disengage emotionally and to truly understand our market and our customer’s mindset.
Speero’s process has removed the emotional and sophistication bias we have with our market, and allowed the data and testing to paint the real picture, presenting our audience with what THEY need, rather than what WE need, to ultimately accomplish our goals. 
The results of this project have improved top, and bottom-line numbers, and increased customer satisfaction – a huge element in building brand equity in our market.”

Sky Boulton, Owner & Principal at BlastZone

UX heuristic review FAQs

How long does the heuristic review take?

Typically a heuristic review project will take 3 weeks to complete.

Does the heuristic review consider accessibility issues?

No. It will pick up some top level accessibility issues, e.g. colour contrast, font sizes, etc. but not things on the more technical side of accessibility.

What is a heuristic?

The definition of a “heuristic” is “a mental shortcut that allows people to solve problems and make judgments quickly and efficiently”. As such, our UX heuristic framework is made up of a set of guidelines which allow our team to assess and analyse any digital user experience and identify areas of opportunity for optimization.

What types of digital experiences can you review with your heuristic framework?

We can apply our UX heuristic process to pretty much any digital experience, from a standard website on desktop and / or mobile, to prototypes, staging websites, mobile apps and internal systems. We can even conduct this process on static designs at early stages of the design process to pick up any issues or opportunities before you start development. 

How did you develop your heuristic framework?

We developed the framework by combining and consolidating the frameworks used by the industry’s leading UX and CRO agencies. This resulted in a set of 60 guidelines across 5 heuristic themes;

Value: does the content communicate the value to the user?
Relevance: does the page meet user expectations in terms of content and design?
Clarity: is the content/offer on this page as clear as possible?
Friction: what is causing doubts, hesitations, uncertainties, and difficulties?
Motivation: does the content encourage and motivate users to take action towards the goal?

What should I do with the findings of the heuristic review?

The findings from the heuristic review will be categorised to help you create an actionable roadmap of activity for optimization of your digital experience.

These categories include “JDI” or Just Do It, e.g. things that need fixing, A/B tests and "investigative" which are recommendations where more research or exploration is needed. 

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