“Shake it off” may be a useful mantra in achieving calm in your everyday life, but if you’re a product manager, UXer, or any other person trying to improve your product, “haters gonna hate” is not a helpful refrain.
Collecting feedback from your users is perhaps the most important thing you can do in order to drive continuous improvement and growth. But anyone in the business of collecting feedback will be familiar with the dilemma of how much weight to assign certain voices. You can’t simply discount the “haters.” After all, their gripes may be your best weapon to fight churn. “Look, there are all these people that love my product!” you might say, but does that push you toward innovation? And what about those who are using the competition’s product? What can be learned from them?
In our poll this week, we wanted to find out which group is the best source for product feedback – lovers, haters, or those who use the competitor? 51% percent voted for the haters, a sense that customer complaints still drive a lot of products. 22% voted to look at the competitor’s users for feedback, and the other 27% think that your product’s lovers are the best source of feedback.
What do you think? Are those 27% being overly optimistic? What’s your best source of feedback? Tell us in the comments.