Vodafone DesignOps • December 2018 - Today
Following the succesful work done by the team on the My Vodafone App, the company looked to expand the design language and interaction pattern more broadly resulting in an omnichannel approach. A framework that takes into account all of the digital retailing activities aimed at successfully selling products to consumers using multiple available channels simultaneously.
Within this context I helped the company execute its digital transformation strategy, creating new products and services following an omnichannel approach. We evolved to a new operating model that removed legacy systems and working siloes and enabled the organization to innovate and deliver at pace.
Understand the role of each digital touchpoint in the customer universe and define how the different channels coexist consistently to maximize sales opportunities and elevate the brand top of mind
After the discovery research, we had a substancial amount of qualitative user data, and the challenge was to present the findings to stakeholders and teams. We summarised those as functional pillars, which helped us illustrate the proposition and establish the design direction. Thanks to this, it was easy for stakeholders to see the core challenges and the underlying user needs.
Successful organizations take care of customers loyalty and user retention. Emotional experience is an essential part of user-brand interaction. Positive and delightful experiences can be reached only by a robust service that shows cohesion and consistency between multiple touchpoints.
My Role in the Project
UX/UI Design lead
UX chapter lead
Design Squads X4
The Vodafone design operating model enabled us to work collaboratively within all the design squads, guide the work of the designers and align with product managers from the discovery to the delivery stage. I worked closely with the product owners, program lead, Service and UX design lead and the business analyst on all VF consumer touchpoints and determining user needs, pain points and the broader experience framework. I led a few multi-purpose design workshops and went through the design thinking processes to help designers validate assumptions. I helped the team consolidate our visual design language across channels and cement our design system in our design processes.
Ultimately I supported the work of agile teams, signing off the UI design work and
helped product owners prioritize features based on the balance of business objectives and user expectations.
After several interviews with customers and staff advisors, we identified critical "to be" user journeys to provide a baseline for developing the holistic Design10 experience. In this exercise, we considered all the touchpoints and non-existing functionalities based on our collected information.
After several interviews sessions with both customers and staff advisors, we identified critical “to be” user journeys to provide a baseline for developing the holistic Design10 experience. In this exercise, we considered all the touchpoints and non-existing functionalities based on our collected information.
MY role in the project
My Vodafone as a Service
When considering the broader experience, My Vodafone is ultimately a utility service designed to resolve customer needs across multiple touchpoints. Website, chat messenger, mobile, smart home devices, wearables and retail kiosks. I worked on the holistic framework and experience strategy model to meet the customer's expectations in each context. The goal was to provide a continuous, seamless, and consistent experience that would enhance the touchpoint thanks to signature moments and ultimately enhance the specific channel experience for customer and staff advisors.
How can we transform transactional journeys into engaging, authentic, personalised and consistent customer experiences in both the digital and physical environment?
We crafted customer journey maps to visualize the process a customer, prospect, and advisor go through to achieve their goals. Thanks to these visualizations, we were able to get a broader sense of our user motivations, needs, and how to satisfy those efficiently. Here you can see an example of one of the maps we produced.
Given the complexity and the scale of the project, we went through multiple stages of investigation to exactly find out the user needs and determine the business goals we wanted to focus on. We collaboratively work to establish a coherent experience strategy by pursuing design thinking artefacts and exercises that would support the execution, elevate the experience and ultimately align the different parts of the business at a global scale.
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Customer journeys are beneficial assets to understand the customer engagement on each touchpoint. However, communicating the bigger picture to different levels of stakeholders can be challenging and cumbersome. To facilitate understanding the journeys and long-term opportunities, we created few vision videos that worked as north light for the design direction and helped align the teams towards common goals and objectives.
Retail Experience - Pain Points
Retail was a crucial element to tackle and solve in our digital transformation efforts. With Vodafone's extensive and widespread retail store presence, it was imperative to ensure that the digital retail experience in our shops was seamless, intuitive, and fulfilling for our customers. Many customers initiate their journey with the brand by purchasing a SIM card in-store or renewing their plans with the assistance of in-shop advisors. Therefore, optimizing the in-store digital experience was essential in providing a strong and consistent customer journey from the very first touchpoint with our brand.
In this context, we conducted in-depth research through Store Safari activities, interviews with store managers, and customer surveys. These efforts allowed us to pinpoint specific pain points and shortcomings, enabling us to design solutions that addressed real user issues, benefiting both end customers and shop advisors
As soon we started tackling the design framework, we developed few design principles to guide the execution of Design10 Omnichannel. We acknowledge that user needs and motivations were a fundamental factor for the experience success. For this reason, we leveraged those desires to create critical principles that helped us resolve the complexity of targeting very different personas and multiple touchpoints. The design principles were broad and inspiring to enable the teams to experiment and innovate whilst being detailed and considerate when making critical decisions for both customers and advisors.
In recent years we witness new, disruptive innovations in the world of wearable technology, advances that will potentially transform life, business, and the global economy. The wearable revolution is also shifting long-established patterns of utilizing data in our daily lives and social interactions. It's a lot more personal, immediate and accessible. With the advent of new interface mechanisms transforming how we view and interact with technology, we explored how MVA would surface on these devices. Leveraging our Omnichannel approach, we determined few opportunities and innovative use cases on smartwatches, extending the MVA capabilities towards new scenarios to help the customer and the business achieve further goals.
My Vodafone app - "In-Store" Mode
Modern users use their smartphones when shopping in brick and mortar stores and expect consistent customer service that will learn from their in-store and online activity. With the power of integration, deeper analytics, and more robust technology, we explored the opportunity to do more to drive and enhance the in-store and omnichannel experience. Within the standard MVA framework and its design approach, we developed the "Instore" solution to make the customer experience original and seamless in the physical space. I was in charge of leading the design activities. We developed an omnichannel design strategy with the team that focuses on providing a superb customer experience by maximizing the product&services browsing inside the shop.
MVA10 "InStore" mode can guide the customer to the shop thanks to AR directions, prompt check-in, allow automatic login and ultimately delight the customer by transforming the user interface to contextualize the retail digital interaction. The application can then surface further opportunities from the specific store, such as live deals, events and gamified activities to unlock rewards.
Thanks to My Vodafone backend synchronization, data optimization, predictive analysis, and automatic queue management, we uplifted the role of the store advisor, so that he/she could discuss offers, plans, and upgrades easily while also negotiating side-by-side with the customer. This solution empowers the advisor to be more productive and enhance the customer experience in the shop. Also, as the customer interacts with digital kiosks and interactive tables located in the physical space, the gathered data can help determine the user's behaviour all along their buying journey. These insights would converge into the Retail10 application on tablet, assisting the advisor to build stronger relationships by informing the offers and experiences that the specific store can provide.
With "Retail X", Vodafone advisors have access to a shareable and accessible single source of truth to make decisions, a solution that impacts their business's health from the ground up. A platform that offers a 360-degree view of customers' needs and data enables the advisors to strategize more customer-considerate products, marketing, and customer service.
Vodafone Web Portal
The web portal experience -code named "Web Semplicity 10" or simply WS10 - represents the next evolution of the Vodafone web experience. Implemented successfully in 24 markets, WS10 has contributed to the overall increase in Vodafone digital sales, task completion, and customer satisfaction, as well as a decrease in the overall bounce rate. With WS10, we leveraged the omnichannel framework. We evolved the design to deliver a more personalized experience, a state-of-the-art interface, and a common design language between web and app. WS10 created a fresh, innovative, and inclusive experience that better serves our users' needs and gives them the confidence to establish a trusting relationship with Vodafone.
Tobi experience framework
To kick the project off, we conducted several group (multi-discipline) ideation and brainstorming exercises. By building upon insights learned during research, we created design principles, an archetype for our chatbot TOBi to guide our tone of voice and an interaction model to guide our experience design.