What is product experience? How is it different from user experience? Why does it matter? And how can the product team create a great product experience?
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- Product experience (PX) is how the product makes the user feel.
- User experience (UX) is limited to how easy it is for users to accomplish their goals inside the product.
- A good product experience is the foundation of product-led growth. It enables customer success and improves their satisfaction. This translates into better retention, account expansion, lower support costs, and higher customer lifetime value.
- Personalized user onboarding contributes to a good experience by reducing the time to value.
- In-app surveys help teams keep track of user satisfaction and identify ways to improve it.
- Product analytics help you understand how customers interact with the product and optimize the user journey.
- In-app messaging improves PX by helping users discover important features.
- Book the Userpilot demo to see how it can help you collect feedback, track user behaviors in-app, and drive adoption with onboarding experiences!
What is product experience?
Product experience (PX) describes the feelings, emotions, and perceptions that users have when they’re engaging with different product features.
It consists of elements such as:
- Product usability and accessibility – how easy it is for users to achieve their goals?
- User interface – how intuitive and user-friendly the product is to navigate?
- Features and functionality – how well it addresses user pain points, needs, and desires?
- The platform it’s built on – how reliable or scalable it is?
- Information architecture – how easy it is for users to find the information or assets they need?
- Content strategy – how relevant, engaging, and informative the content is?
Product experience vs. user experience
Product experience and user experience are closely related and are a part of the wider customer experience. However, they differ in scope and focus.
Product experience is a broader concept. It focuses on the overall emotional response that the user has while inside the product. It’s affected by all user interactions at all touchpoints in the user journey – from the moment they log in, and until they log out.
User experience (UX) is a part of the product experience. It’s shaped by user interactions with the product’s core functionality and how easily they can use it to complete their tasks.
Why is product experience important?
Delivering an outstanding product experience is important for a number of reasons. A good product experience:
- Fosters customer success and drives product adoption – when the product is simple and intuitive to use, and users can easily accomplish their goals, they will keep using it.
- Increases customer loyalty and retention – satisfied customers are less likely to seek alternative solutions.
- Reduces customer acquisition costs (CAC) – loyal customers often act as product advocates and promote the product for you, for example, through word-of-mouth marketing or referral schemes.
- Drives account expansion – content users are more likely to upgrade to higher plans or buy add-ons. Combined with higher retention, it translates into greater customer lifetime value (CLV).
- Reduces customer support costs – the more intuitive and user-friendly the product, the less support users need, especially if it’s available through self-service.
Overall, creating an excellent product experience is essential to promote product-led growth.
Elements that create a great product experience
User onboarding for shortening TTV for new users
User onboarding is one of the fundamental ingredients of a great product experience.
How do you do it?
Start the onboarding process with a welcome survey to collect the data you need to personalize the experience. Based on the responses, trigger an onboarding flow that introduces only the core features that users need to complete their JTBDs.
Customer feedback to measure customer satisfaction
It also helps product teams understand the impact of the changes during usability testing.
Product analytics to track user behavior across customer journey stages
For example, funnel analysis can reveal friction leading to bottlenecks and drop-offs in the customer journey. Armed with such insights, product managers can optimize the experience at relevant touchpoints to improve product adoption and customer success.
Contextual in-app messages to increase user engagement
For example, if a user has completed one step in the onboarding flow, you could use a tooltip to prompt them to complete the next one.
A great product experience is the foundation of product-led growth. When users can easily achieve their goals and the interactions with the product give them joy, they will not only keep paying their subscriptions but also spread the good word.
If you want to see how Userpilot can help your product management team improve product experiences, book the demo!