To explore the effects of information usefulness, visual attractiveness and (actual and perceived) usability, an experiment was conducted in which 40 customers visited the website of a Dutch Internet hosting company. Half of the participants were given search tasks (condition 1), the other half were allowed to explore the website without such a task (condition 2). The participants had to think aloud in both conditions. Afterwards, they judged the website's visual attractiveness, the usefulness of its content, and its usability, as well as answered questions about their trust in the company and their behavioral intentions. The results underline the importance of an effective web presence for organizations: 27% of the variance in the participants' trust in the company was explained by the website characteristics included in this study; on top of the participants' trust in the company, the website characteristics explained another 15% of the variance in participants' intentions regarding the company. Of the website characteristics included, both usability and visual attractiveness had a significant relationship with the participants' trust in the company.
|Title of host publication||2009 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC 2009|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Nov 2009|
|Event||IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC 2009 - Honolulu, United States|
Duration: 19 Jul 2009 → 22 Jul 2009
|Conference||IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC 2009|
|Period||19/07/09 → 22/07/09|
- Website evaluation