Strategic design for digital customer care

Major Public Utilities Provider

Transforming digital customer interactions by designing a new customer portal for a major utilities provider.


Reshaping customer interactions for 21st century needs

Our client was one of the largest gas and electricity providers in Hungary, that lacked well-functioning digital touchpoints for its retail customers. A large public sector organisation currently undergoing a merger, they are dedicated to transforming themselves into a modern market leader that meets 21st century needs. Isobar was commissioned to understand and re-shape how the company interacts with its customers through its digital customer care channels (currently consisiting of 2 customer portals and 2 applications, all legacy items). With the active support of the client's team, we were asked to conduct in-depth research on the needs of present and future portal users, as well as to lay the foundations, not only for the new digital interfaces, but also for the underlying service processes and strategies.


Unified customer care platform

Based on a thorough audit of present interfaces, as well as an ethnographic research into user needs, we identified 5 personas with different needs profiles, along with key design principles and the main functional building blocks for the future platform. As a next step, we took a closer look at present offerings and created a detailed plan for how the current functionalities, user profiles and service processes should form one single platform in the future.
We analysed channel usage data, conducted a number of stakeholder and user interviews in addition to facilitating several co-creation workshops with the client's team. This allowed us to establish the main information architecture of the solution and thereafter create a high-level functional specification for the new platform. Finally we prepared a detailed omni-channel process flow for the most important customer interaction processes.


New framework for the unified portal

We established a structural and functional framework for a new, unified customer portal that caters for the diverse needs of customers, while remaining feasible within our client's technical constraints. Isobar also delivered an in-depth analysis of needs and possibilities to ground our design, as well as strategic recommendations on key user interactions.