Bank Pekao's PeoPay 4.0 app: innovative solutions focused on personalization and adaptation to the digital-savvy generation’s needs
UX/UI Design, UX Research
Bank Pekao SA (formally Bank Polska Kasa Opieki Spółka Akcyjna) belongs to the group of the longest-standing Polish banks. It was formally established in 1929. Pekao PeoPay is one of Poland's most frequently chosen mobile banking apps. So far, 2 million users have used it. However, Pekao SA is a player with a strong group of conservative customers – traditionalists and representatives of the older generation. This type of customer has relatively low digital skills, and they regard mobile banking applications with a sense of distrust. At the same time, they are very attached to the solutions that they know and do not like changes, especially in the digital environment. Therefore, our primary goal with this assignment was to build a completely new, experience-oriented application that would satisfy the current customer base and attract a new group of younger, tech-savvy potential customers.
At the beginning of the project, our team classified four primary areas targeted within the application: the needs of mobile-only customers, which should be acknowledged; the banking branch embedded within the app; the prizing of experience over products; and extending banking with non-banking services.
The new target group
When designing PeoPay 4.0, we wanted to attract a new target group – younger users banking mainly via the mobile channel. This digital-savvy generation already knows and has used several banking apps. They don't fear innovations – they love them.
An Embedded branch allows its users to perform all necessary banking activities through the app. Nowadays, customers get used to typical banking features, and they expect more – apps that will adapt to their way of living. This goal could be fulfilled, for example, with dedicated financial management and tailor-made savings programs.
Perfectly suited for every user
When we are talking about the overall trend – experience over products – we aim to address the needs of users who are eager to use mobile solutions more and explore new tools to improve their daily life. Essential elements are valuable features that users could exploit with pleasure of use, supported by visual aspects, simplicity, and the possibilities of personalization.
Last but not least, our task was to increase sales of banking products. And from practice, we knew that the banking app could achieve this by activating users to access it more frequently. So we needed to extend the offer with non-banking services (VAS) directly from the PeoPay app. This is in line with the theory that banking apps are heading toward becoming super-apps, a concept that visualizes the banking app as a hub for various services that make everyday life easier and are not directly related to managing money.
Our approach & solution
When designing the new PeoPay 4.0 application, we have always kept our new target group at the center of our hearts. This audience grew used to the most prominent social media applications and their way of serving content. Our team set up the whole process, starting with benchmarking to see what solutions are used by other players, fin-tech, traditional banks, and the most utilized apps from Polish and European markets. Following gathered guidelines, our strategic UX team started almost immediately to create the initial product concept. The first screen and sketches followed by user flow aimed to cover the most critical parts of business challenges – the pre-login screen, onboarding, dashboard with customizable widgets, cross-selling features, and personal assistant. Once finalized, reviewed and accepted, we carried out the following UX and UI steps based on the Scrum framework as part of a more extensive agile community within the Bank.
We conducted usability tests and qualitative research.
The former took place throughout the whole process and followed the RITE (Rapid Iterative Testing and Evaluation) method. Our research team invited Pekao's customers, who also have accounts in other banks, to verify our concept at each stage of its creation. We concentrated on a different area of the new PeoPay app during each testing slot. After that, the design team improved the UI/UX concept based on key observations and recommendations.
During qualitative research, users familiarized themselves with a relatively complete product (the main areas of the application presented the final UI layer). Thanks to this, stakeholders, creators of the application, and respondents had the feeling of using an almost final version of the application.
Thanks to our joint work with Efigence, PeoPay 4.0 enables the customer to manage finances using only the application. Premium UX combined with the power of personalization results in a modern, pleasant-to-use tool that reflects essential mobile-only users’ needs. It was a great pleasure to work on this project in such a team – with a partner who knows all of our customer types’ needs and represents out-of-the-box thinking at every level of the process.
Michał Ornatowski, Lead of Alternative Payments and Value-Added Services Team at Bank Pekao
Five main areas of strategic UI/UX in the new PeoPay 4.0 app
When designing such a widely used application as PeoPay, we knew that the whole process should come naturally as an evolution – not a revolution. As a result, the new UI/UX is easy to understand and interacted with by both older and younger users. Furthermore, the whole solution meets the high standards of WCAG readability. Here are the five most important areas of the new application redesigned by our strategic UI/UX team.
Communication – Pekao chat assistant
Supersmooth cooperation with the client, high UX maturity by the organization and – most importantly – a unique dose of mutual trust resulted in great effects. We created an application that is easy to use, reflects a user's sense of security and supports the daily struggle with the complexities of financial life. The last, but not the least important aspect is the fact that the application gives customers such pleasure of use, confirmed by comments and during research. In today’s financial reality, this is neither an obvious criterion nor an easy-to-achieve goal.
Paweł Dunia, UX Director at Efigence