I'm wondering if you could help me to gather some ideas.

Basically, one of our products overseas has to make fundamental changes to its credit card deposit system due to a variety of problems incl. a change legal requirements that will require us to implement a 3rd party provider that handles the credit card transactions (additional and new step in between).

Unfortunately, this change will require a last minute implementation (not ideal) and our customer base will face this change from one day to another. No doubt that some of our customers will be rather confused by that and are potentially worried being scammed as the 3rd party provider has a complete different look/feel than actual site (apart from a smaller logo from us in the upper corner). This could've a direct impact on the revenue of the business and worries me quite a bit.

Ideally we would've been able to prepare our customers upfront, but we had no chance to prepare for this.

Initial idea:

Showcase a modal after engagement of the credit card deposit button to prepare users what's coming up next. This modal may not only contain textual information about what changed and why but potentially also displays an actual image of the site that a user will encounter. Unfortunately, we can't introduce any changes to the 3rd Party layout/step.


  1. Do you think that's a valid approach?

  2. What information would a user potentially want to see within the modal? How could we phrase the text so that it's clear what's going on?

  3. How can we address this in a way that is still perceived to be positive (Improved security, additional credit cards being allowed) but also not entirely lying about the fact that it's potentially an annoyance for our customers? Something along the lines of ‘Good news! We introduced a new credit card deposit system…’ Maybe acknowledgement that it ‘Improves your security’ and that it allows for ‘multiple cards to be accepted’.

I want to shine a positive light on this without hiding the fact that it may be an annoyance for customers who were very much familiar with the previous process.

Any ideas at this point are quite useful.

Sorry for bugging you with this stuff, guys. Thanks for your help.

Thanks! :-)

  • Please let me know if my understanding is correct: You have a screen where the users are going to enter their card details -> They'll tap on the CTA which will take them to the new service providers portal (on which, you have no control in terms of styling). And your initial thought is to show a modal between the tap of the CTA and the appearance of the third party screen?
    – Chandan
    Sep 26, 2018 at 3:27

2 Answers 2


Less than ideal situation indeed! I have a few thoughts for you, do you have access to an email base? Get that information out to them as quickly as possible. It won't remedy the situation, but it may do a small part in preventing some frustration/confusion.

Second off I think a modal is your best bet in this situation. However, I would be careful with how much information you share on this modal.

Removing a user from the flow of the application should be avoided if at all possible, but if you have unforeseen circumstances such as your current situation.... Removing a user from the flow of the app will convey a sense importance to the message you need to display in the modal.

Having an image of how the site should look may be useful, but you're also setting yourself up for failure. There will be someone who is paranoid and scrutinizes the photo to no end looking for flaws. Because of the situation their mind will trick them into seeing a difference that isn't actually there.

I would simply say that because you care safeguarding customer data some changes in the backend were made so ensure that their information more secure. I would also provide an email/phone number for them to reach out with specific questions.


It is quite difficult to answer this question but here are my thoughts:

Usually a modal is annoying to the user and is likely to be clicked away without reading the content. So nothing gained there.
I would rather use the CTA to prepare the user that she is redirected to a new payment provider. e.g. instead of "pay now" it should state "forward to paymentprovider xyz". You could even place a small explanation close to the new CTA button. In this case the user will be prepared that there will be a redirect to a provider.

A further consideration: how often does a single customer uses your services. If it is not very often, they will not remember the previous payment process, which means, there is no problem.

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