Helping to create a no-touch car buying process during Coronavirus for a £bn car dealership
Creating a no-touch car buying process for JCT600
The perfect time to transform the car buying process and create a self-serve online dealership.
Back at the end of 2019 (ah, remember the good old days?) we had already been working with long-time strategic partner JCT600 on a self-serve customer proposition to improve customer experience and operational efficiency of appointments…and then we all know what happened and the proposition instantly had even more product/market fit.
The opportunity to create a self serve portal came out of a period of ethnographic observation across dealer sites in all areas of the business. We spoke to staff and customers across sales and service journeys and mapped the systems and processes that enabled the experiences and where frustrations or opportunities lay.
Service map creation
Service map evaluation
Establishing the value proposition, finding customer 'fit'
We ran a series of design sprints to explore the concept of a customer portal; testing in our labs with high fidelity prototypes. Balancing user feedback and business needs we defined the MVP experience that we would roll out in the first release.
A fresh new look and UI
Our Design studio created a refreshed Art Direction for the portal which was then also rolled out to the customer website.
Defining design principles, an extended palette and new font ensured the portal looked as good as it was made.
Modern engineering and serverless architecture
The portal essentially serves as a connector of services provided by 3rd party APIs that come together to deliver one overall self serve appointment tool. Our engineers used AWS serverless architecture to optimise performance.
Iterative roll out and Covid customer launch
The portal is currently being rolled out in batches and staff trained on the benefits and best practice. Feedback from staff and customers is being fed into the ongoing product development backlog alongside new feature development.
We produced promotional collateral to explain the role of the portal alongside physical retailing changes in providing a Covid safe experience.
Watch the video about the portal…