For many Capital One customers, there is no easy way to find answers to the questions they have about their card. This leads them to call the call centre, where they wait upwards of an hour to talk to an agent. I was part of a team that wanted to make it easier for customers to self-solve any inquiries they had about their card. The design challenge: design an online self-serve experience that enabled customers to easily solve their inquiries online without having to seek any further help.
In my role as an UX design intern, I did the following:
After going through user research, as well as creating a new IA and user flows, I was able to take all the learnings to create an initial prototype of a self-serve support portal. You can view it here (click to enlarge):
For a more in-depth look at the design process, please read the case study below.
To understand if the portal had the right content for inquiring customers, my team and I conducted interviews with call centre agents and clients.
Call centre agents who interacted frequently with customers that had issues with their credit cards
1 hour per interview
Two-part semi-structured interview involving: 1) a card sorting activity 2) an interview
Capital One customers who had prior issues with their cards
1 hour per interview
Task-based testing, with a focus on whether customers could understand the content
Key topics were omitted, such as the rewards offered with each credit card.
There was a need for plainer and clearer language.
From talking to agents, it became clear that we lacked content specific to the perks programs offered by various Capital One credit cards. In particular, agents highlighted that they received many inquiries about the Costco and travel reward cards, and even created new cards about those topics.
This led to the design team coming together and synthesizing an improved information architecture (sitemap) that included those topics in particular.
From the post-it notes, we came up with the finalized sitemap of all the topics that the portal should have. This is the sitemap below:
To understand whether customers could easily find articles based on how we had organized them into various categories, I lobbied my team to conduct a tree test using Optimal Workshop.
To wrap up the project, I finalized the prototype and handed it off to the development team. The tree test was recently launched to positive results, and Capital One Canada launched the portal in 2021.
In terms of reflecting on what I learned, I have two particular lessons:
Launching a new product involves more than just technology hand-off and deployment.
In this instance, the prototype that I created existed within a system of larger change that needed to be implemented across the organization. This meant that it was important for my team to socialize the product across the bank. In the future, I aim to prioritize stakeholder engagement early and get needed buy-in from key executives.
There are other ways to obtain the user-centred perspective when users are not available.
Due to resource and space constraints, it was difficult to interview customers for all phases of this project. To overcome this, we conducted research with call centre agents, which was incredibly insightful and directly informed the portal's content and design. In the future, if I'm faced with similar difficulties, I aim to be creative and find valuable proxies in order to obtain the user's perspective.