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Musician’s Friend’s Search UX

This is a usability benchmark of the e-commerce search experience of Musician's Friend and 49 other sites. The overall performance of Musician's Friend is mediocre. Some of Musician's Friend's biggest on-site search usability issues are due to broken Results Filtering & Sorting, broken Results Layout, and poor Autocomplete. That said, their search experience performs great within Search Form & Logic.

Rank: #19 of 50

Usability Score: 259

URL: musiciansfriend.com

Reviewed by: Christian Holst

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Overall Search UX Performance

60 Guidelines · Score: 259

Query Types

12 Guidelines · Score: 47.7

Guideline #1: Adhered High · Score: 54.5
Guideline #2: Violated Low · Score: -27.3
Guideline #3: Neutral · Score: 0.0
Guideline #4: Neutral · Score: 0.0
Guideline #5: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #6: Adhered Low · Score: 23.9
Guideline #7: Violated High · Score: -47.7
Guideline #8: Adhered Low · Score: 17.0
Guideline #9: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #10: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #11: Adhered High · Score: 27.3
Guideline #12: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
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Search Form & Logic

10 Guidelines · Score: 197.6

“State of the Art” Performance
Guideline #13: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #14: Adhered High · Score: 40.9
Guideline #15: Issue Resolved · Score: 34.1
Guideline #16: Adhered High · Score: 47.7
Guideline #17: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #18: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #19: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #20: Adhered High · Score: 27.3
Guideline #21: Adhered High · Score: 13.6
Guideline #22: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
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Autocomplete

7 Guidelines · Score: 6.8

Guideline #23: Violated Low · Score: -20.4
Guideline #24: Adhered Low · Score: 20.4
Guideline #25: Neutral · Score: 0.0
Guideline #26: Issue Resolved · Score: 34.1
Guideline #27: Violated Low · Score: -20.4
Guideline #28: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #29: Adhered High · Score: 27.3
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Results Logic & Guidance

8 Guidelines · Score: 119.3

Guideline #30: Violated High · Score: -47.7
Guideline #31: Adhered Low · Score: 23.9
Guideline #32: Adhered High · Score: 40.9
Guideline #33: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #34: Adhered High · Score: 20.4
Guideline #35: Issue Resolved · Score: 34.1
Guideline #36: Issue Resolved · Score: 34.1
Guideline #37: Adhered High · Score: 13.6
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Results Layout

8 Guidelines · Score: -64.7

“Broken” Performance
Guideline #38: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #39: Adhered Low · Score: 27.3
Guideline #40: Violated High · Score: -54.5
Guideline #41: Adhered High · Score: 47.7
Guideline #42: Violated Low · Score: -17.0
Guideline #43: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #44: Neutral · Score: 0.0
Guideline #45: Neutral · Score: 0.0
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Results Filtering & Sorting

15 Guidelines · Score: -47.7

“Broken” Performance
Guideline #46: Violated High · Score: -54.5
Guideline #47: Violated Low · Score: -27.3
Guideline #48: Adhered Low · Score: 23.9
Guideline #49: Adhered Low · Score: 23.9
Guideline #50: Violated High · Score: -47.7
Guideline #51: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #52: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #53: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #54: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #55: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #56: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #57: Adhered Low · Score: 20.4
Guideline #58: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #59: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #60: Issue Resolved · Score: 13.6
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All 50 sites were benchmarked across the 60 guidelines from the E-Commerce Search usability study. During our evaluation, the search engine and interface of Musician's Friend adhered to 28 usability guidelines, violated 16, and scored neutral on 5 occasions, while a remaining 11 guidelines weren’t applicable.

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Industry Comparison: Sports, Toys & Hobbies

Overall Musician's Friend ranks 19 when comparing their on-site e-commerce search UX against the search experience on the 49 other major US e-commerce sites in the benchmark, and is the best performing site in the Sports, Toys & Hobbies industry.

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