The Guide to Product Analytics - Conclusion | Mixpanel


Imagine that every digital product has a value button. Every time a user gets value from your product, they hit that button and pay you a dollar. If they don’t get value from your product, you don’t get paid.

So what are you going to build?

In this book, we’ve covered the foundations of product analytics. You now have the knowledge and tools to understand your users, measure engagement and retention, and optimize user acquisition for your north star metric. We’ve shared tips from PMs, data scientists, marketers, technology VPs and CEOs who rely on product analytics to make decisions. They also rely on their product intuition, which can be just as valuable as their data.

The truth is, you need both. The reason product analytics is so often mystified is that, unlike other forms of analytics, what we attempt to measure is, at its core, something very elusive: a person’s behavior and their emotional state. Are they feeling entertained? Motivated? Happy? Does the product fill the need they have?

So when we see Video Views and Friends Added on Mixpanel dashboards, what each of those events represent is a moment when a person got a sense of satisfaction or happiness from a product. Unlike a set of data grounded in physical reality, like the number of items sold in a store, product analytics is an attempt to capture these behavioral signals and turn them into something tangible, a number that can guide you as you iterate and improve your product to serve the user.

Given this approach, when you analyze product usage as a PM, it is key that you bring not only the hard knowledge and skills and data to problem-solve but also your intuition and empathy to ask: How would I feel if I were a parent signing up my kid for this online education app? Or a newly divorced person joining this dating app for the first time? Only when you layer intuition and empathy on top of product analytics data will you be able to build truly useful features and product improvements that bring value, over and over again.


Written by

  • Anya Pratskevich - Product Marketing Manager, Mixpanel
  • Marco Sanchez Junco - Former Head of Customer Education, Mixpanel


  • Lorraine Valestuk - Editor


  • Alex Shepherd - Associate Creative Director, Mixpanel
  • Mike Casebolt - Brand Design Lead, Mixpanel
  • Goksu Kocakcigil - Brand Designer, Mixpanel


  • Drew Ashlock - Lead Product Manager, DocuSign
  • Brian Balfour - CEO, Reforge
  • Akio Bandle - Sr. Product Manager, ZipRecruiter
  • Henrique Boregio - CTO, Primephonic
  • Stephan Brenner - VP - Product, Avira
  • Andrew Chen - General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, Board Member, Reforge
  • Idan Dadon - Product Manager, Viber
  • Ola Dipeolu - Data and Insights Manager, SPC Card
  • Shreyas Doshi - PM Lead at Stripe, Former PM Lead at Twitter, Google and Yahoo
  • Josh Elman - VC & Advisor; Former Product Leader at Robinhood, LinkedIn, Twitter
  • Manuel Eugster - VP - Data Intelligence, Avira
  • Shannon Ferguson - Director of Measurement, The Weather Company
  • Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia - CEO Product School
  • Dan Hockenmaier - Founder, Basis One; Growth Mentor and Contributor at Reforge
  • Jamie Kapilivsky - Data Insights, Vrbo, part of Expedia Group
  • Vinati Malik - Sr. VP of New Product Development, TataSky
  • John Meakin - Lead Statistician, Vrbo, part of Expedia Group
  • Karim Mouahbi - Head of Marketing, Mad Paws
  • Jordan Ng - Sr. Product Manager, Deliveroo
  • Ira Patnaik - Director of Product, Ro, Former Product Lead at Airbnb
  • Lenny Rachitsky - Advisor; Former Lead PM at Airbnb

Mixpanel Contributors

  • Moinak Bandyopadhyay - Sr. Product Manager, Mixpanel
  • Jeff Beckham - Director of Product and Content Marketing, Mixpanel
  • Sam Graham - Brand Marketing Manager, Mixpanel
  • Pranav Kashyap - Group Product Manager, Mixpanel
  • Michael LaRosa - Product Manager, Mixpanel
  • Hannah Maslar - Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Mixpanel
  • Kiley Sheehy - Customer Success Manager, Mixpanel
  • Alana Tees - Content & Communications Lead, Mixpanel

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