First-Time User Experience

Elisavet Maniou
by Elisavet Maniou Growth Marketer @ GrowthMentor

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Have you ever used a product or service that left you feeling confused and frustrated?

Maybe it was a new app that you just couldn’t figure out or a website that seemed to have a million different options. 

If you’ve been there, you are aware of the significance of making a good first impression on businesses. This is where the First-Time User Experience comes into play.

In this post, we’ll look at how First-Time User Experience affects user engagement and loyalty and offer some advice on how to design a First-Time User Experience strategy that will entice people to return.

What is the First-Time User Experience?

The  First-Time User Experience (FTUE) is the experience that users have when they use a product or service for the very first time. It’s all about making a great first impression. 

FTUE is incredibly important for businesses because it can make or break user engagement and retention. Think about it – if a user has a great experience the first time they use a product, they’re much more likely to keep using it and become a loyal customer. 

But if the FTUE is confusing or frustrating, they might give up and move on to something else. So, businesses need to make sure they’re designing a great FTUE to set themselves up for success.

What does First-Time User Experience include?

The FTUE includes everything a user goes through when they use a product or service for the very first time. This includes things like signing up or creating an account, onboarding or getting started with the product or service and using its features or capabilities for the first time. 

Essentially, it’s the entire user journey from start to finish. It’s important for businesses to pay attention to all aspects of the FTUE to ensure that users have a positive experience and keep coming back. 

Why is First-Time User Experience important for businesses?

FTUE is incredibly important for businesses because it can have a huge impact on user engagement, retention, and loyalty. When a user has a positive experience the first time they use a product or service, they’re much more likely to keep using it and become a loyal customer. 

If the FTUE is confusing or frustrating, they might give up and try a competitor’s product instead. 

For example, Dropbox has a great FTUE that emphasizes the value of its product and how it can make users’ lives easier. This has helped them to become a widely used and trusted file-sharing platform. 

Similarly, Instagram’s FTUE is designed to make it easy for new users to create an account, find friends, and start sharing photos. 

By prioritizing the FTUE, these companies have been able to build loyal user bases and achieve long-term success.

Best practices for designing a good First-Time User Experience

Here are some best practices for designing a good FTUE to keep your users engaged and loyal:

  • Keep it simple and intuitive: Make sure that the product or service is easy to understand and use, without requiring too much effort from the user.
  • Provide clear instructions and guidance: Use tooltips, pop-ups, and help buttons to guide users through the onboarding process and make it easy to get started.
  • Emphasize the value proposition: Ensure that users understand how the product or service can solve their problems or meet their needs, and why it’s worth their time.
  • Gather feedback: Use user testing, surveys, or other forms of feedback to identify areas for improvement and make changes over time.

Measuring the effectiveness of First-Time User Experience

Businesses should assess the success of FTUE to enhance the user experience and keep users engaged. There are several metrics that businesses can track to measure the effectiveness of their FTUE, such as user retention, engagement, and satisfaction.

User retention is a measure of how many users continue to use the product or service after their first visit.

User interaction with the product or service, such as how frequently they use it or how long they spend using it, is measured by engagement.

Satisfaction measures how users feel about the product or service, which can be measured through surveys or other feedback.

User testing is another strategy that businesses may use to identify areas for improvement and gradually apply changes.

Common challenges in designing a good First-Time User Experience

Many of us may struggle when start shaping a strategy as we may worry about the drawbacks we will face in the long run. To avoid that and keep you motivated to build your plan, we listed some common challenges to take into consideration while developing your FTUE strategy:

  • Balancing simplicity with functionality: It’s important to keep things simple and easy to understand, but businesses also need to provide enough functionality to meet users’ needs.
  • Providing enough guidance without overwhelming the user: Users need enough guidance to get started and understand the value of the product or service, but they don’t want to be bombarded with too much information.
  • Addressing technical limitations and constraints: Designing for different devices or platforms can be challenging, and technical limitations can sometimes impact the user experience.
  • Iterating and making changes over time: Even with the best planning, there will always be room for improvement, and businesses need to be willing to listen to user feedback and make changes accordingly.

Final Thoughts

Investing in designing and optimizing the FTUE is crucial for businesses looking to maximize user adoption and retention. By prioritizing the FTUE and following best practices businesses can create a positive user experience that will keep users engaged and coming back for more. 

We strongly encourage you to prioritize your FTUE and set your company up for long-term success. While working on your FTUE, you can also schedule a call with a mentor to talk about your specific needs and challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

The first experience a user has with a new technology is known as their “first-time user experience” or FTUE.

A positive first-time user experience can increase adoption and encourage users to continue using the technology.

Some challenges include balancing simplicity with functionality and providing enough guidance without overwhelming the user.

By following best practices like keeping things simple, providing clear instructions and guidance, and emphasizing the value proposition.

User retention, engagement, and satisfaction are all important metrics to track.

User testing, surveys, and other forms of feedback can help businesses identify areas for improvement and make changes over time.

Suggested mentors to help you make sense of First-Time User Experience (FTUE)

Barbara Stewart

Customer Experience Design & Marketing Specialist

Passionate end to end CX consultant with a knack for distilling complexity into simplicity.

Farzad Khosravi

Customer Experience : Email and Sales Strategy : Startup Ideation

+10 years experience in sales, marketing, and customer experience strategy. I’ve helped dozens of executives and founders set up KPIs, OKRs and tactics for email marketing, lead generation, content and product marketing, customer success, and sales.

Oz Merchant

Sales/Customer Success Consultant and Mind Hacker

Founders and new Team Leaders: I love helping build sales and customer success teams. I focus on lead to sales hand-off and then to implementation/customer success. And if you are feeling stuck, a mindhacking session will get the roadblocks out of your way.

Valentina Ricupero

Entrepreneur | Customer Success | SaaS | Customer Experience

14 years’ experience in customer experience strategy, digital products and sales. I helped dozens of executives and founders to map their customer journey, create customer onboarding, increase CLV, define KPIs and OKRs, prototype ideas, products, processes and increase team performance.

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