USA.gov Blog

Topic: User Experience and Accessibility

Press or Say 1: USAGov Expands Its Use of Interactive Voice Response

A significant part of USAGov’s work is to answer the public’s questions about government through our USAGov Contact Center. In 2019, we received more than 430,000 calls. Our agents answered many requests for other agencies’ phone numbers and questions about the status of applications, payments, or personal information. We believed that we could answer these requests more efficiently by expanding our use of interactive voice response (IVR). An IVR is an automated system that routes callers on a phone tree, based on their voice responses or pressing a specific button on their phone keypad.

March 24, 2020 Read More

Topics: User Experience and Accessibility, Design and Development, Multilingual

Top Searches on USA.gov in 2019

Take a look at the Top USA.gov Queries from Google in 2019 and compare.

February 11, 2020 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Performance and Analytics

Top USA.gov Queries from Google in 2019

Take a look at the Top Searches on USA.gov in 2019 and compare.

February 11, 2020 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Performance and Analytics

Taking a Look at the USAGov Analytics Dashboard

How many people are visiting USA.gov and USA.gov/espanol right now? What kind of devices are they using and what content are they looking for the most? These are all easy-to-answer questions with the USAGov analytics dashboard. It’s open to everyone and provides a snapshot of popular content on our websites and technical and geographical stats about our users. 

January 15, 2020 Read More

Topics: User Experience and Accessibility, Performance and Analytics, Multilingual

USAGov’s Chatbot Users Talk Back: Find Out What They’re Teaching Us

Earlier this year, we piloted our USAGov chatbot to help visitors find answers to their questions about scams and fraud. After the launch, we made tweaks to the interface based on customer feedback and usage data. 

November 19, 2019 Read More

Topics: User Experience and Accessibility, Design and Development, Multilingual

USAGov Contact Center: Five Most Popular Questions from May to August 2019

USAGov manages a contact center that answers questions from the public via phone and chat in both English and Spanish. We analyze the types of questions we get so we can learn about our users and their needs. This data allows us to continuously revise and improve the ways we’re providing services to our audience, not just through the USAGov Contact Center, but online at USA.gov, and through outreach and social media as well. 

October 07, 2019 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Multilingual

USAGov’s Tips to Kickstart your Video Strategy

Right now, the common denominator across all online platforms seems to be video. Whether it’s breaking news or information about a long existing government program, video content is a powerful way to present information.

September 10, 2019 Read More

Topics: Marketing, Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Design and Development

USAGov: Always Evolving, Always Connecting People With Their Government

For nearly 50 years, USAGov has been working to serve every person and every government agency. Our history has been full of change, and never static as we improve people’s lives by connecting them with the government services and information they need.

July 10, 2019 Read More

Topics: Marketing, Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Design and Development, Performance and Analytics, Multilingual

Our First Round of Updates to the USAGov Chatbot

One of our core principles behind the USAGov chatbot is consistent, iterative improvements. We recently released our newest batch of small changes and wanted to share them with you.

May 14, 2019 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility

Researching and Implementing Sticky Navigation in USAGov

USAGov and USAGov en Español offer a wide range of government information and services organized by topics to make it easy for people to find what they’re looking for. But navigating through different sections within our sites could be challenging and overwhelming for our visitors, especially first-time users.

May 03, 2019 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Performance and Analytics

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