Wed Jan 15 2020
Information Architecture (or IA) is the way that your website’s content and functionality are structured. This is part of the UX design process. Organising information architecture in UX involves various steps. These include reorganising, structuring and labelling content in an effective and sustainable way for your business.
The goal is to help users find the information they need quickly and complete any tasks they have in mind. This needs to be done whilst building site and brand authority all at once. Organised IA is vital for a high-performance and functioning site.
Your IA serves the role of helping users understand where they are on your site, what information they have gathered, what other information is around and what else to expect from your site.
The purpose of conducting an Information Architecture (IA) Audit is to examine the current information on the website and determine how it can be restructured to enhance the user experience. Additionally, it identifies potential areas where new content can be added to the website. This new content will help to boost organic traffic and enhance user experience.
The aim is to have users land on the site and be able to navigate through the site intuitively. Users should always be able to understand where they are on your site and how their current location relates to the information they are viewing and the information they will view in their next steps.
During a content audit for IA, there are a few steps involved. In order to gather information and context about the site, we use different processes and tools. These include target audience identification and analysis, keyword volume research and competitor research of both direct and indirect competitors. If you have an existing site, this can also be audited for improvements.
During keyword volume research, you can determine what keywords and phrases users are entering into search tools like Google or Bing to find products like yours. This can help understand the goals of users visiting the site as well as the content they are hoping to find and engage with. This element also ties directly into improving organic traffic over time.
Competitor research can be used to determine the industry environment. Direct competitor research is used to identify those that have products in direct competition with yours. That is competitors whose product offering is, at its core, the same as yours. By auditing direct competitor websites, it is possible to understand how competitors structure their content and how they envisage the user journey for their own customers.
Indirect competitor research involves researching competitors that have products that offer similar or substitute products to your own product. In other words, they offer a different solution to the same target market’s needs and wants. By auditing indirect competitors, we can identify tried and tested practices for different product areas.
A review of the current Information Architecture for UX is also completed. This provides a benchmark of what your site is currently doing in terms of information presentation on the website.
The last part of an IA Audit includes recommendations for how to improve the way the content on your site is organised. This may include:
The overarching goal of an IA audit is to provide recommendations for improving the content structure of the website. The goal is to increase organic traffic, improve user navigation and increase goal conversions. After the audit and optimisations are implemented many benefits can be expected:
Overall, an IA audit can improve the quality of your site to both your site visitors and search engines. This will positively affect your ROI by increasing conversions.
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