What the challenger banks did differently.

A study into the user experience of banking.

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Introduction

Billion dollar experiences

Monzo, Revolut and Starling—often called the challenger banks—have built billion-dollar businesses around the belief that they offer the best overall banking experience.

But are they actually any better, or is it all clever marketing? To answer that question I opened 12 real bank accounts, and logged everything.

Each chapter provides a forensic analysis of a particular feature or user journey.

But more importantly, I’ve highlighted what can we all learn from the challenger banks, and used real examples to teach you how to craft better experiences in the future.

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ONE

It took 18x longer to open an account with HSBC that it did with Monzo.

8 min read  ·  May 21

TWO

Payment notifications were at least 2x faster with the challenger banks, and in some cases 100x faster.

10 min read  ·  May 28

⚡️ Includes 12 case studies

THREE

There were the only 3 banks to send notifications when someone attempted to use a frozen card.

6 min read  ·  Jun 4

⚡️ Includes 10 case studies

FOUR

It cost at least £20 to send £1 (GBP) to a US bank (USD) with three banks.

8 min read  ·  Jun 11

⚡️ Includes 12 case studies

FIVE

It took nearly 4x longer to authorise an Open Banking payment with Lloyds than it did with Starling.

8 min read  ·  Jun 18

⚡️ Includes 10 case studies

SIX

Revolut only ever replied to 20% of my live chat support messages, and don’t have a phone line.

9 min read  ·  Jul 2

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