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- Why UX design for cookie consent is so bad
- Common cookie consent UX pitfalls not to fall into
- Dark pattern: resist crossing over to ‘the dark side.’
- Three best practices for excellent cookie consent UX design:
UX design plays a massive role in providing excellent cookie consent experiences. This blog post explores the connection. In the first part of this blog post, we looked at the relationship between poor cookie consent and UX. Now, we will roll our sleeves and dig into the real problem and the solution.
Why UX design for cookie consent is so bad
On the one hand, companies needed to comply with strict privacy regulations and inform website visitors of their rights to obtain explicit concerns.
On the other hand, they needed to ensure they were not interrupting the user journey while not taking away from the website’s content or aesthetics.
It was no easy feat, and some companies just slapped together some horrendously-looking, quick-fix solutions to ‘check all the boxes.’
From endless dropdown menus, ambiguous check boxes, and creative sliders to landmines of embedded links—there have been all sorts of stomach-churning consent UX that do not help inform the user.
“By overwhelming users with technobabble, legal jargon, and myriad options, companies know damn well that users will not have the time or inclination to make informed decisions. Most users are simply clicking yes and moving on.” (Boagworld.com)
And is that what you want? To pressure a potential customer to decide haphazardly, not knowing what they agree to?
And if you’re thinking, ‘But visitors can easily opt out of consenting,’ think again. Based on a website consent tracking experiment done by a Vice editor, she was unsure if she successfully opted out of 34% of the websites she visited.
In the world of consent cookies, you’re darned if you do, and you’re darned if you don’t.
Common cookie consent UX pitfalls not to fall into
As we mentioned, it was a challenge for companies to a) ensure their website is privacy compliant and b) not interrupt the user experience, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
You may have to spend a lot more time developing a more empathetic, respectful, and informative cookie consent UX, but it’s in your best interest to do it well—or it may cost you in the long run.
Why you need to avoid ‘Accept All’ at all costs:
It’s so much easier for companies to design a cookie consent UX that prompts users to ‘Accept All’ out of desperation. We get it: no one wants to see their website traffic drop off because of a few cookies.
But this is not an effective long-term solution, nor does it help the growing ‘Consent Fatigue’ many are experiencing.
“‘Consent Fatigue’: burdening users with questions and forcing decisions when they access a website for the first time.” (Practical-ux.com)
As companies, we need to do better than rely on the apathy of our users and cross our fingers, hoping they’ll ‘Accept All.’
Also, wouldn’t you rather have consent from users who are interested in your brand and content and who give you their consent enthusiastically?
That’s why it’s essential to resist consent. UX design faux-pas. The worst of them all? ‘Dark Patterns.’
Dark pattern: resist crossing over to ‘the dark side.’
With a name like a bad sci-fi thriller movie, Dark Patterns are known as UI/UX cookie consent practices that “lure internet users into providing consent for cookies.” According to UX specialist Harry Brignull who coined the term—they trick users into “doing a thing you wouldn’t otherwise have done.”
It’s fundamental for your business not to fall victim to them because 1) they can be illegal, and 2) they are deceptive and make your brand look bad.
For example, the app below asks if it can collect your data but doesn’t allow you to opt out, thus nudging you to say yes.
Or this one, which is just flat-out confusing and not giving you a simple way to disable cookies:
The point of the matter is this: is this the first impression you want to have on a potential customer who could be loyal for years to come?
Brands that usually fall into the ‘dark patterns’ trap are likely afraid of a low cookie acceptance rate. We know it’s tempting to implement a quick fix with minimal damage—but it’s not right.
What if we told you there is a solution to boost your cookie opt-in rate that is 100% grass-fed and dark-pattern-free?
Three best practices for excellent cookie consent UX design:
Good and bad cookie consent UX design comes down to 3 things: clarity, simplicity, and empathy.
Clarity means that the visitor should clearly understand from your cookie consent banner why you are collecting their data, what you will do with it, and how to accept/opt-out/ manage your preferences:
“Website owners should give a fair choice between two options. They should explain what happens to users’ data, how it will be stored and for how long. Nothing should be left to interpretation.” (Practical-ux.com)
Empathy means that you’re designing with the end-users in mind—not only empowering them with a choice—but also presenting the consent process to them in a friendly and personalized way.
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Sounds too good to be true? Let us explain how we’re different:
- First, we don’t rush the consent experience. We know trust takes time to build, even if it’s the first impression
- We’re fans of using conversational language and friendly, cute cookie characters to set a welcoming tone
- Instead of blocking the visitor from your content immediately to get consent, we wait for various on-page engagements like a scroll on the page or a click on a button. We apply our freezing overlay and very politely ask for their consent.
- We try to integrate our tool as seamlessly as possible into your design so it doesn’t feel like we’re interrupting the flow.
Cookie consent UX doesn’t have to be complicated. Or shady. Or ugly. It can be perfectly compliant while respecting your website aesthetics, brand values, and, most of all—your users.