Improve your myBalsamiq Prototypes with UsersThink

The following is a guest blog post by John Turner of UsersThink. Enjoy!


Being able to iterate quickly is important for any project, and that's one (of many) reason why Balsamiq is so awesome. It makes it easy to build and edit mockups quickly, even if you're not a designer.

But being able to get objective feedback is also important in the process of designing, and that hasn't always been easy. I started UsersThink to make it easy to get focused feedback on your mockups and prototypes, without needing endless setup or recruitment or any of the usual hassles.

And the combination of an easy-to-use mockup tool like Balsamiq with an easy-to-use feedback tool like UsersThink is like peanut butter and jelly, especially when you see how well they work together.

Here's how to get UsersThink feedback on a myBalsamiq design in just a few steps:

1. Get the prototype URL from your myBalsamiq mockup

Head over to your project and open the mockup you want to receive feedback on.

In the upper right corner of the mockup screen, there should be an arrow pointing to the upper right.

myBalsamiq

If you hover over that arrow, it should say "Launch Prototype".

Launch Prototype
Click it, and you'll get a publicly shareable URL of your mockup. Make sure to copy that URL, you'll need to enter it into UsersThink.

2. Visit UsersThink.com

UsersThink provides you with focused feedback on any landing page you give it, including a myBalsamiq mockup, like the one you've just prepped for feedback.

UsersThink Homepage

To get an example of what a UsersThink participant's feedback will look like, check out a sample user response on the home page.

Click on the Pricing option, and then select the test option you want. The test options are distinguished mainly by the number of participants who will be giving you feedback.

Select the option that works best for you.

3. Paste the Launch Prototype URL into UsersThink

In the first part of ordering, there is a field labeled "Your Landing Page URL".

Prototype URL

Paste the Launch Prototype URL into that field, then hit the right-facing arrow button.

Enter your payment information, and click Pay Now.

4. That's it!

That's how simple and easy it is to order feedback from UsersThink. We got tired of the endless options and configurations of other tools, so we standardized and streamlined the process so you can focus on the feedback, and not waste time on setup.

Within 24 hours (often much sooner) you'll get the results of the feedback via email.

5. Get feedback and improve your prototype

Read through the feedback on your prototype and you'll notice trends in terms of what's working and what isn't with your initial design. Since Balsamiq is so easy to use, you can take your newfound knowledge and quickly turn it into improvements in no time.

If you have any questions or if there's anything you'd like to know, feel free to reach out to me, John Turner (CEO of UsersThink) at john@usersthink.com.

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