Elizabeth has tackled the topics of content governance and process, information design and much more at Intercom.

Q:

Elizabeth, what’s the key element in setting up and managing expectations for any online product/service? What are the most common mistakes made and how to avoid them? 

For me, expectation management is really relationship management. The product has to understand the relationships it supports.

Expectation management

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Relationship management

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I focus on content and messaging, so to some extent I can control how a product sounds and the role it plays, but to get that right I need to understand how it'll be interpreted. I need to find out our customers think about the job the product is doing for them. And, as we're a business product, what do our customers' customers expect? What role does the product play for them?

We risk making mistakes if we don't investigate how those roles can change over time: they don't necessarily stay the same. New product elements can change the landscape and change the role we play. 

Product’s role may change over time